Senior Data Scientist

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Consulting

Manchester, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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Around the world, SYSTRA’s specialists plan, design, integrate, test, commission, project manage and deliver mass transit and mobility solutions that are relied on by more than 50 million people every day.
For more than 60 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and regions contribute to their development by creating, improving, and modernising their transport infrastructure with sustainability, accessibility, and innovation at the heart of our designs. With over 10,300 colleagues globally and around 1000 in the UK & Ireland we are growing significantly and seeking out the very best talent to join the SYSTRA signature team and be part of leading the way in infrastructure design.

We have an opportunity for a Senior Data Scientist to join our growing Data Science Team. You will get the opportunity to contribute to and lead data science projects for a wide variety of customers across SYSTRA’s consultancy and engineering departments.

This role could be based from either our Manchester, Dublin or Reading offices. SYSTRA have adopted a hybrid working model, where you will balance time spent working collaboratively in our state of the art offices with time working from home.

You will work on projects alone or with other data scientists, using analytical tools and environments to develop and deliver data science products including processing pipelines, interactive dashboards, machine learning models, as well as carrying out statistical analysis and deriving valuable insight.

You will get the opportunity to work closely with customers and business experts to scope and design the most effective and appropriate offers to solve their problems.

Current and past tasks range from using machine learning to extract causality for road collision severity, to visualising and mapping insights; using computer vision AI techniques to extract information from raster imaging saving weeks of work; improving and automating workflows; harvesting data from open datasets or licensed APIs; and building dashboards which provide an overview of the impact of spending on public transport. Project duration varies from hours to months and your specialisms are likely to be expanded and build on as part of your role.


Suitable candidates will have the following:


  • Proficiency with one or more programming languages, including Python, and ability to write structured and maintainable code
  • Experience working with source control systems such as Git
  • Hands-on experience in preparation of data, cleaning and transforming it for downstream data science tasks
  • Strong problem-solving skills which can be applied to client challenges and resolving issues that arise from implementation of data science solutions
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to tell compelling stories and adjust style to suit clients/stakeholders with varied technical knowledge
  • A passion for learning new technologies and an interest in the Transportation, Environment or Energy sectors
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, or related fields
  • Relevant industry experience, including demonstrable experience of delivering solutions, including machine learning, digital products, and working with large scale data

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Experience of working in a delivery team using Scrum methods
  • Experience with PostgreSQL, SQL Server or Oracle
  • Experience with dashboard tools such as PowerBI or Tableau
  • Experience with Spatial Data Science tools and processes
  • Experience with Azure, Amazon or Google cloud architecture
  • Knowledge of the data landscape in the UK and Ireland
  • Data processing, analysis and visualization skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills in relation to data science projects
  • Proficiency in Python, R, C#, JavaScript or another programming language
  • Proficiency with Git or similar source control systems
  • SQL and Database experience


Main Duties

The primary role of a Senior Consultant Data Scientist is to win and deliver projects safely in accordance with the divisional controls for bidding and revenue and margin delivery on projects. The main duties are:

Project Management:

Take commercial responsibility for projects/work packages 

Ensure successful project delivery to time, cost, quality and other contractual requirements   

Work with clients to understand ultimate objectives and desired outcomes for each project

Ensure that cash collection targets are met

Ensure overall client satisfaction targets are met

Technical Leadership:

Support/mentor less experienced colleagues

Support projects in your areas of technical expertise

Develop new tools and techniques

Encourage interaction and cross-fertilisation of knowledge between technical staff

Deliver presentations to clients, third parties and colleagues as required

Our three core values: Excellence, Connected Teams and Bold Leadership are kept at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the highest levels of technical excellence, achieving the best results through teamwork, both locally and internationally, and reward innovative thinking through encouraging all colleagues to think as leaders. We offer clear and well supported pathways for career development and qualification attainment, a competitive remuneration package including a bonus and private healthcare, an electric car scheme and a broad suite of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Because we value who you are as much as what you do, we want you to feel supported at work. We offer hybrid working, balancing the benefits of working from home with time in our modern, well-equipped offices for that crucial in-person contact, team development and collaborative working. We also recognise that life doesn’t always run to the same schedule for everyone, so we have a dedicated flexible working policy to support you in tailoring your work life to reach your full potential, for more details on this, please get in touch.

Diversity & Inclusion
We provide a warm welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of people who can enrich our company and offer perspectives which will drive better solutions in a truly inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups and clearly defined strategy help us to keep at the leading edge of important issues and keep us accountable. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and continually seek new ideas and contributions to ensure we continue to grow and develop in this space.

It’s no surprise that people do their best work when they feel physically and mentally supported. Our SYSTRA Wellness Programme offers a wide range of support; from Wellness champions to free health checks, healthy eating workshops and regular seminars, alongside access to a wide range of external support. We offer two paid days for charity work and an ever-growing social calendar.

Apply and find out more about how SYSTRA can support you in your career journey. If you require any adjustments or financial assistance to support you in your application or interview process please email:  where your request will be treated confidentially and with respect. We pledge to offer an interview to any candidates with a disability who apply for a role and meet the minimum criteria. 
As we are always looking to expand our team, we would still be interested in hearing from you if you fulfil most, but not all, of the relevant criteria for the role and if you are a returner looking to restart your career after a period outside the workplace – you could be just what we are looking for.