Head of Data Science & Model Development

The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP)
Head of Data Science & Model Development
The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) will be the cornerstone of our environmental governance system now we have left the EU. As a new public body, our role is to drive environmental protection and improve the natural environment. Join us at the start of our journey and you’ll be pivotal in our success as we address the most pressing issues of our time, from climate change to biodiversity loss.
Leading our Data Science Team, which sits at the heart of our Insights Directorate, you’ll help to build our data science and modelling capability from the ground up. This is a high-profile remit and one that will see you overseeing cutting edge solutions for integrating a wide range of environmental datasets, forecasting environmental trends, automating analytical processes and quality assurance of the outputs. All of which will be absolutely fundamental in measuring improvements to the natural environment and assessing the effectiveness of the Government’s Environmental Improvement Plan (which is currently the 25 Year Environment Plan).
This is a role that will call on your leadership and strategic direction. You’ll need to keep abreast of current developments in data science, environmental policy, law, technology and all the relevant social and economic factors, in the UK and abroad. You’ll be politically astute and confident anticipating both short and long-term impacts on the future of the OEP. Alongside a 2.1 degree and, ideally, a post-graduate qualification in data science or similar, you’ll also have an excellent working knowledge of sophisticate quantitative techniques and how they apply in policy or consultancy contexts. Experience of developing compelling analytical insights and translating them for non-specialists using interactive s tools and data visualisation software will be essential too.
The OEP will be a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) sponsored by Defra. This means it will operate independently from Defra and will not be part of the UK Civil Service.
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Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 18th July 2021.


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