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Data Scientist, BBC World Service

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Job Introduction

As Data Scientist in the Audiences team within BBC World Service, you will be leading on a number of business transformational projects. You will play a key role in modeling data for the calculation of the BBCs global audience reach metric. You will develop tools to analyze structured and unstructured data at scale. You will contribute to deeper audience understanding through projects that marry data science techniques with qualitative, quantitative, digital analytics and other forms of research. The projects you will be working on will involve a wide gamut of data science techniques- from regression and classification exercises to NLP and working with APIs- and the outputs will be used extensively in influencing long term business strategy as well as day to day decision making. In short, you have the opportunity to fundamentally transform how one of the world’s great journalistic organizations understands and connects with its global audience.

The role offers significant opportunities to work with the wider Audiences team within the World Service, operating as part of project teams to deepen our understanding of our existing and prospective audiences across all platforms; web, social, radio and TV.

Role Responsibility

  • Translate business challenges into machine learning problems
  • Develop machine learning algorithms to problems that don’t always have existing text book solutions
  • Develop creative solutions to the acquisition, analyses, and management of third party data /analytics (ie from third party platforms where BBC content is hosted)
  • Help develop solutions that aid the automation of repetitive tasks and analyses
  • Oversee the building of models that help in the calculation of the BBCs annual global reach
  • Help the WS Audience Leadership develop a data science strategy for WS Audiences
  • Play a leading role in in integrating the data science discipline with digital analytics

The Ideal Candidate

  • Strong programming skills, including proficiency in Python or equivalent programming language
  • Proficiency in the use of statistical packages and solid knowledge of statistical techniques
  • Experience in using APIs and web scraping
  • Experience in using machine learning algorithms
  • You have achieved business impact through a primarily data science role. 
  • You are able to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
  • You have strong quantitative analytical skills, particularly in working creatively with existing data sources/large data sets.
  • You know how to turn information into a meaningful story and communicate it effectively with stakeholders, especially those with limited technical knowledge.
  • Line management (one person)

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

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 Company

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic 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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