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London, United Kingdom
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Plymouth, United Kingdom
JOB #R2100368

Senior Data Scientist

If you are Senior Data Scientist interested in applying your expertise in text and data analytics to many of the major public policy challenges of our time then this may be the role you are looking for.  We are looking for an experienced data scientist to join our team and help put smart data science at the heart of what we do.

The team

ICF is a leading provider of public policy research and analytical services, programme support and communications. In the UK we advise and assist Whitehall departments, economic regulators, the NHS and devolved authorities.  At EU level we support the European Commission and a large number of the EU’s executive agencies. We work across a wide range of policy areas, from obesity to migration, gender equality to environment, and education to humanitarian aid. Our multi-national team includes specialists in learning, employment, communication, health and social care, justice and home affairs, economic policy, the environment, climate and energy. We are committed to the effective use of data to help decision-makers make better informed choices and to empower citizens and consumers. As examples, we:

  • work on the development of indicators of change in social, economic and environmental systems;

  • analyse data from multiple sources to gain insight into what works in public policies and programmes;

  • support our clients in development of regulatory systems that help them manage risk and monitor performance; and

  • design and deliver powerful communication campaigns.

The role

You will lead the growth of our data science services in the UK and the Europe Union. This a role that provides an opportunity to demonstrate innovation, leadership, technical excellence and business acumen. Working closely with our leadership team, you will implement and further develop our strategy for the expansion of our data science services. Informed by an understanding of our customers’ requirements and operating environments, you will ensure ICF is equipped to provide appropriate solutions and lead their application.

You will communicate and support colleagues to help catalyse the deployment of data science tools and techniques. You will contribute to proposal-writing. You will work with our in-house statisticians, economists, econometricians and survey and data analysts in the delivery of services. You will liaise with counterparts in ICF’s wider business to ensure we make the most of the firm’s global capabilities.  You will identify and build partnerships with organisations with complementary capabilities that can help increase our success.

Your main responsibilities will be to:

  • Lead implementation and further development of our strategy for expansion of ICF’s data science services in Europe, informed by an appraisal of market opportunities and capabilities, and articulating a clear value proposition;

  • Support the capture and successful delivery of client projects that contribute to the implementation of the strategy;

  • Innovate and demonstrate how the application of data science can solve our clients’ problems;

  • Support and mentor colleagues;

  • Guide business development activities and client engagement;

  • Ensure deliverables meet our expectations for quality.

Required experience:

  • Strong academic background; ideally at PhD level in social science, statistics, econometrics, mathematics or computer science-related subjects

  • Proven experience in managing the delivery of data & analytics projects, including:

  • Application of algorithms to develop insights from large datasets;

  • Handling large datasets;

  • Have experience with data linking / advanced data management, combining data from different sources, automation, and deploying data science solutions at scale;

  • Ability to lead on data organisation, cleaning, treating, etc., a knowledge of version control and reproducibility.

  • Experience in natural language processing;

  • Experience with one or more statistical software and database management software packages (e.g. SAS, STATA, R, Python and Microsoft Access, VBA)

  • Experience with one or more analytical and visualisation software packages (such as PowerBI, Tableau and GIS software)

  • Experience with machine learning

  • Good leadership and team-working skills

  • Ability to self-organise, prioritise and conduct research on multiple projects under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment

  • A proven ability to communicate clearly in written English.

  • Experience in working on the application of data science in a public service or public policy context either with the UK public sector or EU institutions would be an advantage

  • Prior experience in consulting is an advantage but not essential. We welcome applicants from research/academia and other domains beyond consulting.


Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

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Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with +7,000 people across +70 countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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