Data StrategistConnected Places Catapult

London, England, United Kingdom 12-06-2023


Location - London

Reporting to - Data Science Team Lead

Band - 3.1

Salary - £51,395 to £58,500 (depending on location and proven ability)

Working hours - Full time

Contract type/duration - Fixed term contract until 29th March 2024

Closing date - 27th June 2023

What will you be doing?

You will be working as part of a team of Data Scientists, Software Engineers and Technologists to address place-based challenges. We use our expertise in data processing, statistics, machine learning, multi-domain modelling and visualisation to go from place-based problems to appropriate and practical data solutions. We are collaborative with other teams and experts across the catapult, working very closely with specialists in housing, local planning, new mobility technologies, critical infrastructure, wellbeing and more.

You will work across multiple disciplines and take responsibility for the delivery of innovative projects. You would be expected to work well both in dealing with conceptual problems and data strategy as well as being able to support the team with data led thinking and high-level data analysis. We’re looking for somebody who is motivated by solving real challenges and getting their work into the hands of users, who wants to stay on top of the latest technologies and work with the team to keep us at the cutting edge of tools, approaches and best practise

Key Responsibilities

  • Work together with designers, full-stack engineers and data scientists, you will be able to convert problems into data driven solutions.
  • Work with data scientists, you will be hands-on in the exploration of new data sources, assessing suitability and refining the architecture and data strategy to incorporate them
  • Work in an agile manner to develop prototypes that we can quickly seek feedback on, responding to newly identified priorities and re-scoping to ensure we build on feedback.
  • Work with stakeholders to define problems in a manner tangible to both technical and non-technical team members
  • Create and present summary strategic recommendations to client stakeholders, identifying parameters, establishing aims and objectives for data use and outcomes.
  • Deep dive hands-on exploratory data discovery and exploration for selected stakeholders focusing on high priority data sets.
  • Synthesise key insights from data-related user research, highlight gaps, identifying pain points, understanding opportunity for value.
  • Identify what tools would be the best fit for specific data-based problems and outlining high level architectures


What kind of person are we looking for?

You are a well-rounded data-focused individual with the ability to work conceptually and a desire to tackle interesting problems. You are comfortable working fast and making things tangible in an innovation environment, prototyping quickly for feedback and iteration. You are keen to learn and extend the breadth of your skills both technically and non-technically, and you’re excited by shaping our solutions to problems, meeting stakeholder and collaborating with people from diverse backgrounds.

You will have:

  • Flexible programming ability, we work in python so knowledge of the Python statistical data-wrangling stack would be of benefit
  • Knowledge of databases and ability to use SQL to query data
  • The capacity to work with users and stakeholders to collaboratively develop and present software designs and outcomes
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Good, clear and appropriate communication to both technical and non-technical audiences. Ability to adjust and respond to others with different perspectives


Holiday entitlement – 25 days holiday entitlement for everyone (pro-rata if part time) plus a shutdown at Christmas (approx 3 extra days off)

Pension Scheme – We offer a competitive pension plan, helping you save for your future

Volunteering – Whether you’re looking to clean up a beach, are a school governor or charity trustee, want to support a local charitable event or use your skills and experience as part of a mentoring scheme for SMEs we are here to support you with two paid days of volunteering leave per year (pro-rata if part time)

Payroll Giving – Our Payroll Giving Scheme with GiveAll, is a flexible option which allows anyone who pays UK income tax to give back to their charity of choice on a regular basis from your pre-tax income – helping your money go further to those who need it the most

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – Provided by Health Assured, our EAP offers 24/7 confidential work/life support services to you and your immediate family members

Cycle to Work Scheme – We love to cycle and as well as bike racks and showers at our two office locations, you can spread the cost of a new bike over a 12 or 18 month period, through payroll deductions

Cash Health Plan – We’ve teamed up with Westfield to offer you a range of generous health and wellbeing cash plans. This benefit allows you to be reimbursed for a wide range of both essential and everyday healthcare expense

Tech Loans – As an innovative, early adopter and future thinker, you’ll want the latest gadgets, so you have the option of buying any IT equipment and repaying it through payroll deductions

Discounts and Offers – To provide you with a range of offers from a wide variety of retailers

Keeping all our colleagues safe is our first priority, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are back in our offices and all staff will have a working week both in the office and days at home as part of our Hybrid working model.

Employment here is based solely upon individual merit and qualifications directly related to professional competence. We strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, colour, religion, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by law. We also make all reasonable accommodations to meet our obligations under laws protecting the rights of the disabled.


Applications are now closed