Lead Data Scientist (Head of Machine Learning): Up to £87,933, 27.9% pension, 60% home working, flexible hours, work life balance and lots more Are you a Data Science leader at the top of your game? Do you want to solve big, complex problems? Do you want a unique opportunity to use your skills to make a genuine difference to society, to change the way government works? Can you harness the power of data and machine learning to help our expert digital teams innovate? DWP. Data with Purpose. DWP is the UK's biggest government department: few other organisations globally provide the same opportunity to apply data science on a massive scale to issues which affect so many. We want an expert Data Scientist with a background in Machine Learning to join our Integrated Risk and Intelligence Service (IRIS) team. IRIS is central to DWP's fraud and error strategy. You'll be radically transforming how the welfare system and those that use it are protected. We make £195bn a year, to over 20 million people, and look after pension assets worth over £1.7tn. It's huge and every penny is important to our users. You'll be our effective Head of Machine Learning with all the opportunity and influence that brings. You're our go-to expert for machine learning and you'll help define what ML means in government. What skills and experience do you need? You provide direction and lead on change related to development, deployment and monitoring of machine learning models. You understand a wide range of datasci and ML techniques and methods and when they are appropriate to use. You can apply emerging theory to practical situations. You lead and set high standards and best practices for teams. You ensure accuracy, fairness, protection of data and delivery pace. You can communicate relevant, compelling stories with senior stakeholders and make recommendations that people can understand and act on. You can see where capability improvements are needed to meet goals and objectives. You encourage, recognise and share innovative ideas You create a diverse and inclusive environment where people feel safe to challenge, innovate and speak up. Details. Wages. Perks. You'll join us in our brilliant digital hub in Newcastle. We also have all the tools and tech we need to enable our people to work flexibly. We work a hybrid model with 60% home working. In return for your skills, we offer a competitive salary of up to £87,933. You'll get a brilliant civil service pension with employer contributions worth over 27% - DWP adding over £20,000 to your pension pot each year (depending on your starting salary). You'll also get 26 days annual leave, rising to 31, plus all the usual bank holidays. And you can take up to 3 extra days a month using your flexi time. We have a broad benefits package built around your work-life balance which includes: Flexible working, flexi hours and flexi days off Hybrid working: 60% home working, 40% in the office Family-friendly policies Time off volunteering and charitable giving Bring your authentic self to work with 'I Can Be Me in DWP' Discounts and savings on shopping, fun days out and more Interest-free loans to buy a bike or a season ticket Sports and social activities Working in an award-winning environment and culture Professional development, coaching, mentoring and career progression opportunities. Click Apply now for the fine print, and to start an application on Civil Service Jobs.