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Surrey County Council


This role has a starting salary of £43,923 per annum, based on a 36-hour working week.

This is a fixed term/secondment opportunity for 12 months (until March 2025). 

We are excited to be hiring a new Data Scientist, with the desire to continue their development in data science skills, to join our fantastic service and help use data to drive the function forward. To ensure none of our valued residents get left behind, we are committed to transforming the way the council manages and uses data and insight. 

This is an exciting time to join us as a Data Scientist and be part of shaping the team and forging links across the organisation.

This role is open to remote working meaning you aren’t required in the office 5 days a week, although there will be occasions when you will be required to be in the office for key events and meetings. 

Rewards and Benefits

  • 26 days’ holiday (prorated for part time staff), rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service and 30 days after 5 years’ service
  • Option to buy up to 10 days of additional annual leave
  • An extensive Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to support health and wellbeing
  • Up to 5 days of carer’s leave per year
  • Paternity, adoption and dependents leave
  • A generous local government salary related pension
  • Lifestyle discounts including gym, travel, shopping and many more
  • 2 paid volunteering days plus 1 team volunteering day per year
  • Learning and development hub where you can access a wealth of resources


About the Team

The role is within the developing Central Analytics and Insight Unit. The unit enables efficient, effective and consistent decision making by providing easy access to data and insight. We work collaboratively across the organisation and with our partners and communities in Surrey to improve what we do and how we do it.

About the Role

Our ambition is to build an insight function to influence decision making and show results in demonstrable positive impacts to our residents and the services we provide to them.

The role will employ a range of data science, data visualisation and analytical techniques in their work. Typical tasks will include:

  • Scoping out and development of system/reporting requirements.
  • ‘Deep dive’ analyses and mapping of data.
  • Predictive analytics, such as population and demand forecasting or risk stratification.
  • Working with a wide range of data and evidence sources, including local, partner and open sources for the development of services and products to agreed service standards.
  • Working with a team of analysts to develop technical skills in data science and statistical specialisms as an analyst.


Shortlisting Criteria

To be considered for shortlisting for this role, your application will clearly evidence the following:

  • Previous experience and understanding of data within a Local Authority, NHS or third sector organisation.
  • Technical knowledge, which includes descriptive and inferential statistics with an ability in handling large volumes of complex data.
  • Working knowledge on a range of business intelligence, statistical analysis tools (i.e., Excel, FME, SQL, R and / or Python).
  • Proficiency in data visualisation tools such as Tableau.
  • An ability to produce insight and communicate the outcomes in a clear and compelling way, interpreting and identifying patterns.
  • An ability to work collaboratively and independently to problem-solve in complex situations where both creativity and pragmatism is essential.


As part of the application process, you will be asked to upload a CV and answer the following 4 questions:

  1. Can you please outline your experience working in a data role within a Local Authority, the NHS or a third sector organisation?
  2. Can you please describe how your skills and previous experiences align to the technical requirements of this role, such as the use of analysis tools?
  3. Can you provide an example of a time at which you have delivered a data project and communicated the insights to a non-technical audience?
  4. Please describe your experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams and business areas to turn evidence into insight and recommendations to the wider business.


Contact us 

Please contact us for any questions relating to the role. This could be to discuss flexible working requests, transferable skills or any barriers to employment.

For an informal discussion please contact Camilla Bertoncin by e-mail at

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 11/03/2024 with interviews planned for the following week.

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.

Our Values

Our values are as important as our abilities and shape who we are as an organisation. Discover more about our values.

Before submitting your application, we recommend you read the job description. Our Life at Surrey handbook also attached provides insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:

  • The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
  • The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form

Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.

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