Senior Data Scientist - Local Land Charges
We are now looking for a Senior Data Scientist to join our Digital, Data and Technology team.
We are currently growing our Data Science Capability. By joining us, you will become a founding member of our Data Science Practice, part of our award-winning Digital, Data and Technology Directorate which is at the heart of the move to a digital, data-driven organisation.
Our ambitions are to provide our users with cutting-edge digital services and data products. You will help enable this ambition by providing thought leadership to develop our Practice, and the practical skills, expertise and experience in Data Science to help us apply new tools, technologies and methodologies for Machine Learning, data exploration and insight generation.
As a skilled, enthusiastic, and motivated individual with strong Data Science skills you will co-lead teams as part of the Data Science Team on the Local Land Charges (LLC) Programme. You will be expected to use your technical and analytical expertise to produce and deliver innovative Data Science solutions, linked to programme requirements and user needs. You will be providing support and guidance to teams of Subject Matter Experts, collaborating to identify complex business problems within the programme, and consult with project teams to ensure successful integration and delivery of wide variety of Data Science solutions.
You will work as key member of the Local Land Charges team within the Data Science Practice to co-lead design, development and delivery of Data Science solutions. Activities may include problem discovery, research and development of new technologies and techniques, prototyping and implementing pre-Discovery solutions, and supporting the on-going improvement and maintenance of Machine Learning solutions in production.
Local land charges (LLCs) are generally charges or restrictions on land usually imposed by public authorities under statutory powers and affecting successive owners and occupiers of the land. Examples include planning conditions, tree preservation orders or listed building status. This information is key to a buyer’s decision to invest in a property or parcel of land and is obtained as part of a local authority search completed as part of the home buying process.
LLC information is currently held by over 300 individual local authorities, in varied formats (digital, electronic, paper, microfiche), standards and accessibility. Currently it can cost between £0 and £100 and take between a day and over a month to obtain this information from the local authority. Through the Infrastructure Act 2015, Ministers gave HM Land Registry the powers to create a single national and live digital register of LLCs across England and Wales.
The LLC programme will transform a fragmented service, lacking consistent standards into a single, national register of around 25 million data items. The data will be held geospatially and on a register that includes a map of the affected land.
Further information about the Local Land Charges Programme can be found at:
To meet the requirements for this role, you will have experience as a Data Scientist and a degree in a discipline with numerical or statistical elements, OR, a demonstrable portfolio of data science and machine learning.
For more information about the role, please see the attached candidate pack.
HMLR believes that a blended (or hybrid) approach to where you work, with some time in the office and some time at home.
This means you will have some input and choice about how and when you will work on site versus from home.
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We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Working Together
- Delivering at Pace
HM Land Registry offers very competitive terms, conditions and benefits. We provide excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development.
You will have access to Civil Service pension and benefits arrangements and generous leave allowances, as well as flexible working, to help you achieve a work-life balance that works for you and us. HM Land Registry is a vibrant place to work with sport and social events and a variety of clubs.
HM Land Registry is a great place to work, where difference is celebrated.
We’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Diversity fuels our innovation. Our shared values help us work together, to benefit the communities we serve.
Our employee diversity networks support our culture of inclusion and contribute to our diversity action plan. Our current focus is to encourage people from under-represented groups into management and leadership roles, especially people with disabilities, women and ethnic minority colleagues.
Please click here for further information on our rewards package: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/land-registry/about/recruitment#what-hm-land-registry-can-offer-you.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
Please attach an anonymous CV when prompted; include your qualifications, career history, skills and practical experience clearly showing how you fulfil the role requirements. You must also provide a short statement of suitability (no more than 500 words) clearly indicating why you think you are suitable for the role, and how your specialist skills, experience and interests would make you successful in that role.
The sift will take place once we have received your application. The final selection stage will consist of a blended interview and pre-prepared presentation which will be conducted as a remote video interview which will be the week after you have been shortlisted.
Candidates should ensure they read the attached guidance document fully before submitting an application. Please review your application form before clicking ‘submit’ – once you have submitted, you will not be able to amend your application.
Ensure your application form is received by the closing date for receipt of applications – this is 11:55pm on the advertised date.
HMLR is accredited to the Disability Confidence Scheme, which denotes organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled people. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria at the shortlisting stage are guaranteed an invitation to interview.
If any candidate requires the panel to consider a reasonable adjustment or there is anything else they would like the panel to take into consideration they are asked to notify us of this at application stage where possible or during the process as soon as it becomes a requirement.
Any move to HM Land Registry from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
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This job is broadly open to the following groups:
- UK nationals
- nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
- nationals of the Republic of Ireland
- nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
- relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
- relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
- certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.