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Data Scientist

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Job Introduction

BBC audiences expect the best content to be available to them in a single place, personalised to their preferences and interests. At the moment this is difficult for us to achieve since our content and audience data is distributed across systems that are hard to connect. We’re also missing metadata about lots of our programmes, which makes them difficult to discover. We’re currently unable to properly engage the next generation of TV license fee payers, many of whom already have less affinity with the BBC than the rest of the UK population.

Datalab was formed to address these issues, by creating a simpler way to discover content. We are doing this by bringing all of our data together into one place, and by using machine learning to enrich it. As we do this, we become able to match our programming with individuals’ interests and context. Our approach is to build a data platform that can be extended by other BBC teams, and which allows many different products to create consistent and relevant experiences for audiences.

In December 2018 we launched the first completely algorithmically driven (but editorially supervised) product in the BBC. While this is an experimental platform with an audience experience that will continue to evolve, it provides an insight into the broader capability we are building. 

Our team objectives are:

  1. Make it easy for BBC teams to rapidly develop and deploy Machine Learning engines
  2. Provide great recommendations across multiple BBC products

Role Responsibility

Individuals within the Data Scientist role are responsible for modelling complex problems, discovering insights and identifying opportunities through the use of statistical, algorithmic, mining and visualisation techniques. In addition to advanced analytic skills, this role is also proficient at integrating and preparing large, varied datasets, architecting specialised database and computing environments, and communicating results.As a Data Scientist you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the BBC’s data management, analytics and data science services are implemented and matured in the area that you support to transform business capabilities and enable the next generation of Broadcast and Digital services.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Bachelor degree in mathematics, statistics or computer science or related field; Master degree preferred.
  • Quantitative and qualitative research and analytics experience.
  • Solid knowledge of statistical techniques.
  • The ability to come up with solutions to loosely defined business problems by leveraging pattern detection over potentially large datasets.
  • Strong programming skills (such as Hadoop MapReduce or other big data frameworks, Java), and statistical modeling (like Python or R).
  • Experience using machine learning algorithms.
  • Proficiency in the use of statistical packages.
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis, quantitative analytics, forecasting/predictive analytics, multivariate testing, and optimization algorithms.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of one or more business/functional areas.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Glasgow

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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