2018 Commercial Graduate Programme - Asset Information Data Scientist

 £32,322 per annum
Closing date: 
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 00:00
UK Power Networks
United Kingdom
Interview Date Early April 2018
Closing Date Sunday 11th March 2018

Salary Range

 £32,322 per annum

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Asset Management - Asset Information


London, Crawley or Bury St Edmunds


2018 Commercial Graduate Programme - Asset Information Data Scientist

Job Purpose:

This role is of strategic importance within the Asset Management Directorate and reports to the Information & Data Solutions Manager. The successful candidate will be expected to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team discovering and leveraging information residing within vast amounts of data. The resultant products will be used to inform strategic Business decision making. The ambition is to be regarded as an industry leader, and as such the role holder must have the leadership talent with vision and motivation to lead change.

The key role of the Data Scientist Graduate is to lead and collaborate with the Business in undertaking data mining techniques, doing statistical analysis and building high quality integrated prediction systems. These products will subsequently be used to facilitate desktop diagnosis capabilities that allows the Business to successfully inform its strategic decisions and measure and monitor performance against its chosen strategic Objectives.

The role will include the necessity to network throughout the company, undertaking regular communication with senior managers, line managers and teams from across the directorates and with our IS service and support partners, key external stakeholders and contractors. Effective interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate clearly and confidently are as such essential.

The role is a great opportunity for an analytically minded person who is comfortable in interpreting and co-ordinating data from a wide variety of source, mining it into information outputs to highlight key opportunities, risks and exceptions to the business. The role requires a high degree of Business Intelligence technical skills to facilitate delivery.


The Asset Management function is responsible for the development of investment plans and programmes to improve the performance, and maintain the condition, of a regulated asset base of  £4billion with an MEAV of  £28billion, serving 8 million customers through a network of 137,000km  of underground cable, 90,000km of overhead lines and 71,000 sub-stations.

Over 3000 staff and contractors had information delivered to the desktop in the last calendar year using our web technologies.

Our activities cover all enterprise applications which are Netmap (GIS), PowerOn (Network Control), SAP (Asset Register and CRM), MPRS (Income Management), plus a number of secondary systems.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for and the management of the provision of strategic information and data science services and industry leading strategies for areas including data mining, statistical analysis and high quality prediction systems
  • Use state of the art methods fro data mining activities
  • To assist UKPN in supporting the development and implementation of a Data and Information Governance Framework to include master data management and operational data quality
  • Extending the company €™s data with third party sources of information where needed
  • Enhancing data collection procedures to include information that is relevant for building analytic systems
  • Processing, cleansing and verifying the integrity of data used for analysis
  • Creating automated anomaly detection routines\systems and supporting tracking of performance
  • Undertake ad-hoc analysis when required and presenting results in a clear and concise manner

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Qualified to degree level in computer science, computer engineering or equivalent experience.
  • Sound knowledge of Business Intelligence strategies, methodologies and frameworks.
  • Knowledge of working with data from the SAP component landscape including SAP Business Warehouse would be advantageous
  • Experience in the use of machine learning techniques and associated algorithms
  • Experience with common data science toolkits such as R, Weka, Matlab etc
  • Proficiency in using query languages such as SQL
  • Good applied statistics skills such as distributions, statistical testing, regression etc
  • Advanced IT skills in the Microsoft Office suite especially Excel and VB techniques.
  • Able to analyse and grasp a situation and create well-reasoned solutions.
  • Persuasive influencing skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Understanding of the terminology used within the electrical distribution industry would be advantageous
  • Able to define and align to the company €™s vision and values.
  • Innovative in delivery and Customer focused.
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuous professional development.

Nature and Scope:

The Asset Information team is a technically multi skilled business unit liaising with and drawing upon resource across all Directorates. The team has a close relationship with IS and in particular its Enterprise Architecture team to ensure we directly contribute to informing future architecture, frameworks and governance strategies as well as ensuring the optimum utilisation of all existing platforms.

The person must have a tenacity to drive excellence and quality in all aspects of their area of responsibility; identifying and embracing best practice. They will demonstrate a strategic focus on long term aims and objectives while dealing tactically with day-to-day data and information management issues.

The individual must be able to demonstrate high-calibre analytical skills along with the commercial, communication and presentation capabilities necessary to successfully deliver value to the business. Strong communication expertise is also required along with excellent IT skills, including a sound knowledge of relational database architecture, data extraction and associated analytical techniques.

Working as part of a small high calibre team, the individual must have the ability to influence and co-ordinate others throughout the business, building lasting working relationships and being a strong team player. 

The Graduate Programme

Year 1: The programme begins with an eight-week induction during which time you will gain an in depth insight into our business and will also receive training in additional areas such as finance, accounting and successful negotiation.

You will also attend some engineering specific courses to introduce you to the technical aspects of our industry.

Throughout your first year you will have a home base location. You will divide your time during this year between your home base and shorter rotational placements in other business areas across the network.

Year 2: In your second year, you €™ll then be placed into your first supported role in the business. During this time, you will receive all of the mentoring and support you need to ensure you succeed. You will gain valuable work experience  €“ not to mention the opportunities you need to gain the professional qualifications to become a future leader in your field.

At the end of the two years, you will then have the choice to continue working in your home base location and business area or at another location. Our graduate career progression policy will ensure that you continue to be supported in your professional development.

Over the course of the programme, you €™ll be reviewed on a quarterly basis to monitor your progress and development. You will also have access to exciting opportunities such as attending external industry conferences and site visits.

If you share our values, want to play a role influencing the energy industry €™s future and want to join a critical sector at a critical time of change then we believe our unique combination of classroom training, hands €on work and real life experience as well as competitive benefits will get your career with us off to a flying start!  

Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.

Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.

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