Senior Data Scientist (Geospatial Data Exploitation)

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    £52,700 - £58,900
  • Closing date:
  • reference:

Ordnance Survey

About Us 

Ordnance Survey Limited (OS) is the national mapping agency for Great Britain, and a world-leading geospatial data and technology organisation. As a reliable partner to government, business and citizens across Britain and the world, OS helps its customers in virtually all sectors improve quality of life. OS expertise and data supports efficient public services and infrastructure, new technologies in transport and communications, national security and emergency services and exploring the great outdoors.

Imagine working for an organisation which has been innovating and pushing boundaries for over two centuries – and continues to do so today.  A company full of unique expertise and skill, with a host of exciting and innovative opportunities to pursue.  A business which is making a real difference to lives, communities and businesses everywhere.  Ordnance Survey provides world-renowned data and services which underpin critical activities across government and the commercial sector, while continually expanding its horizons both internationally and into the future.

About the Role  

This is an opportunity for a Senior Data Scientist to oversee our Geospatial Data Exploitation activities within our Data Science & Analytics team at Ordnance Survey - to provide geospatial data science expertise and leadership across a variety of data science projects.  

In this role, you will use your skills and experience to extract new data and information from existing geospatial and non-geospatial datasets using a full range of techniques, from traditional coding and data processing, to cutting-edge machine learning algorithms – all approached with an expert geospatial mindset.  You will also be familiar with cloud-based and distributed analytics environments such as Apache Spark and Databricks and will understand the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to working with geospatial data.

You will be highly customer focused, always considering the customer business problem in everything you do and working as closely with customers as possible at every stage.  You will provide expert advice to stakeholders in applying analysis, data-mining techniques and data modelling to optimise decisions across the business, and will provide thought-leadership, consultancy and technical expertise to external clients in geospatial data analytics and implementation.

You will also be a natural innovator – always seeking to try out new ideas, and you will regularly undertake rapid proof of concept work for new and innovative propositions involving data.  We’ll be looking to our senior data scientists as a rich source of new ideas and inventions – some of which will grow to become new products or services for Ordnance Survey.

Finally, you will manage a small team of highly motivated, highly skilled and similarly minded geospatial data scientists and will work with them to seek out and realise new opportunities to exploit geospatial data in new ways, as well as representing the team through meetings and presentations with both internal and external customers.

About You   

You will be able to demonstrate evidence against these key criteria; 

Degree level qualification in a quantitative discipline or significant experience in a relevant field
Prior experience in a data science role involving geospatial data
Expert in working with geospatial vector data and a passion for solving problems with all kinds of data
Track record of working with external customers and internal stakeholders to solve customer business problems using data
Strong database and programming skills (including at least one of: Python, Scala, R)
Track record in the application of machine learning and big data technologies
Positive and collaborative work ethic
Excellent ability to communicate and present complex subject matter in an accessible manner
Excellent and confident engagement, presentation and communication skills
Experience of managing people

About the Rewards 

We want you to love what you do. That’s why our benefits package rewards a job well done. We’ll give you: 

Salary – £52,700 - £58,900
Performance related bonus 
Competitive pension 
37 hour working week 
25 days annual leave - (30 days after five years) bank holidays and an extra 3 over Christmas 
Training and development – We offer in-house training, a variety of masterclasses, bespoke training, study leave, access to learning resources and professional membership subscriptions 
A wide range of additional benefits including free parking, paid volunteer day, support with health and wellbeing, sports and social activities, staff discount on over 500 national stores and more 

This role will be based at our HQ in Southampton   

Closing date - July 12th 2020

Apply Now

PLEASE NOTE: We strongly recommend that you do not provide your bank account details when applying for a job.
If you see a vacancy on Ethnic Jobsite requesting bank account details please email