Position: Lead Data Scientist
Salary: Bonus
Ref: 520849_1580311992
Job Type: Permanent
Published On: 29/01/2020
Contact Name: Jenna Jackson
Client: SSE plc

Location: Reading or Havant

Salary: Depending on skills and experience + annual bonus

Full Time Hours with flexible working patterns available

About the Department

SSE IT underpins the technology needs of all the different businesses that make up the SSE group. From emerging technologies to data and analytics to cyber security - we power SSE's growth and enable it to generate value, while keeping it secure. As a trusted business partner that helps SSE lead in a low carbon world, we are proud of our service. Working for SSE IT is all about equipping SSE for now and the future.

What is the Role?

This is an opportunity for a highly experienced and talented Data Scientist to join our expanding team, working closely with the SSE businesses on some of the most demanding, high-profile data science problems in energy. You'll build innovative proof of concepts for complex industrial problems across our key business units, including: Generation (Hydro, Offshore wind, Onshore wind, Gas, Coal): Transmission; Distribution (including Smart Grid), Trading, B2B supply, Enterprise (including Smart cities, Telco, Rail).

As part of the wider Data and Analytics (DnA) team, we work in small agile teams, applying state-of-the-art techniques from data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and decision optimization to discover value from data for our businesses as well as building advanced data visualizations. We carry out short term initiatives using a light-weight agile process.

Were building an advanced cloud analytics platform and use a variety of data sources ranging from IOT sensor data, geospatial, weather, lidar, fault and maintenance, to telematics and use advanced supporting technologies including GIS systems and PAAS machine learning services. Our future strategy is to provide scalability through trusted DnA partners, and to support federated data science capability within the business units themselves.

In this exciting role, you'll be responsible for managing the scope and setting the direction for the Data Scientists as well as ensuring the solution meets the business needs. Heading up a team, you'll also have line management responsibilities and proactively support and encourage the career development of your team members.

What do I need?

We need you to have a passion for Data Science and AI combined with the ability to communicate insights to the business and senior executives to help build winning business strategies. You'll already be operating at a senior commercial level, ideally within the energy or engineering sector, and this will be based on a Degree in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering or a related quantitative discipline, plus a MSc or PhD in a related subject such as Data Science or Artificial Intelligence, or equivalent knowledge developed through training or professional experience.

Evidence of continued development through online courses, meet-ups or equivalent is also highly desirable.

Technically, you'll bring exceptional experience in the majority of the following: Machine learning (Supervised, Unsupervised, scikit-learn); Deep Learning (Tensorflow/Keras); Python (Pandas, Numpy, PySpark, Jupyter); Git; Tableau or equivalent; SQL; Artificial Intelligence/cognitive services.

It would be an advantage if you also have knowledge and experience of: Automated descriptive analytics; Geospatial data science / visualization; Azure or similar cloud; Azure ML Services or similar PAAS ML; Anomaly detection; GIS; Diagnostics; NoSQL; Graph database; decision augmentation/automation e.g. Heuristic Optimization/ Reinforcement Learning; optimization/planning/scheduling; Apache Spark.

Building and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders will be pivotal to this role, therefore, excellent communication and influencing skills are essential. Intellectually curious, you'll also demonstrate the ability to present complex ideas to technical and non-technical audiences at all levels including senior executives. Were looking for a collaborative team player, with a professional and positive attitude who'll be able to play a key part in our Data Science team. You'll also be a strong coach and mentor of data science concepts and best practices for the team.

Please be aware if you are successful, you'll be required to complete our pre-employment screening process before joining SSE.

Our Benefits

Were committed to ensuring we offer our people a great place to work, with competitive salary, contributory pension plan and benefits package. Why not watch our short employee benefits video to see what else is on offer?

Next Steps

For more information about this role, or to discuss any adjustments you require to submit your application please get in touch with sse.

About SSE

We all have different skills here at SSE and that's what makes us stand out. We all take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future. Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE and we live by the mantra 'if it's not safe, we don't do it.

SSE is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Job Benefits:

Bonus