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Lead Specialist – Data Scientist

Reporting to: Lead Specialist – Data
Team: Strategy & Risk
Contract type: Fixed term for 12 months
Salary: From £49,466 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Sunday 2 February 2020

Job ref: 1722

TPR grade 7: Lead Specialist

About us

TPR is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.


We're looking for a data scientist to help TPR drive maximum value from its data. They will use compelling visualisations and storytelling to explain the complex mathematical predictive models that they have created enabling operational leaders to make decisions based on robust evidence bases, target inefficiencies in systems or processes across teams.


You will:

  • develop analyses and products that help TPR understand its business and its regulated community
  • solve complex problems using both internal and external datasets
  • build predictive models that help TPR achieve its strategic goals
  • mentor and develop more junior members of the team

Essential and Desirable Criteria


  • practical, applied and highly authoritative knowledge of specialised methods and processes, requiring considerable academic development in mathematics and statistics
  • experience of instructing and supervising junior data specialists performing related activities that are precise in content and objective, providing analytical quality assurance
  • competent in the use of open source programming languages, R and Python, as well as familiar with other languages on the estate
  • experience of communicating complex technical solutions in terms that non-technical stakeholders will understand, building trust in solutions that use novel or exploratory techniques
  • experience of developing and deploying machine learning models to automate processes and create efficiencies with the business or to generate the data we want from the data we have


  • ability to use third party APIs and advanced visualisations to democratise the data we hold, making it available and useful over and above the limitations of current systems
  • experience of rapid assimilation and understanding of key business processes (both existing and developing), in order to identify opportunity for improvement.

Person specification

  • proactive and flexible
  • ability to prioritise and use initiative
  • problem solving and analytical skills
  • communication skills at all levels
  • attention to detail and accuracy

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £49,466, we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

The Pensions Regulator is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. TPR welcomes applications from the BME and LGBT communities who are currently under represented at TPR.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please send your CV and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk  and inform your line manager of your application.

Employees within their first 12 months of employment who want to apply for this vacancy should first contact their line manager to discuss their application.

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.