Data Scientist x2

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 days ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Other
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Date Advertised: 13-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: NZTA/1453647
  • Job Title: Data Scientist x2
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  • Summary:
  • Join the data science team at an exciting time of growth
  • Explore modelling and machine learning techniques with large, complex datasets
  • Wellington or Auckland-based

About us | Ko wai mātou

At Waka Kotahi, the NZ Transport Agency, it all starts with our people. The organisation’s performance and success depends on the people who choose to make this a great place to work and make a difference for Aotearoa. The Transport Agency has a strong future focus, understanding that new technologies and changing customer expectations mean the transport system we know today will not be the one we deliver in ten years time.

The Data Science team sits in and is part of the Research and Analytics team at the Agency. It aims to provide an evidence base to support and underpin smarter, evidence based decisions, for NZTA decision makers and those in the wider land transport sector. 

The opportunity | Te Whiwhinga mahi

As part of the Advanced Analytics and Modelling team you will be working closely with the Transport Agency’s delivery groups providing data science, statistical and modelling expertise to solve complex problems and challenges.

The role gives you the opportunity to build strong working relationships with key stakeholders to identify opportunities that would benefit from data science or other advanced analytical techniques. Your relationship with these stakeholders will be key to success and you are seen as a though-leader by providing advice as well as solutions.   

The small team is already working in a number of emerging areas including real-time predictions; identifying risks to public safety through advanced analytical and modelling techniques; forecasting; natural language processing; and evaluating the effectiveness of road engineering initiatives.

You will be a self-starter who is comfortable working with complex and often challenging data. We are looking for individual with a curious and inquisitive mind, looking to step into a position to explore and create an impact.

About you | Ko wai koe

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Experience working in an analytical environment using Python or R.
  • A strong grasp of data science concepts including machine learning and complex statistical analysis techniques, and experience in their application.
  • Strong relationship management and communication skills.
  • Proven experience translating complex analysis into business requirements for stakeholders.
  • Experience working with large complex datasets to draw insights or identify opportunities for the agency.
  • A curious mind-set and fast learner, with demonstrable experience of innovative thinking and looking for improvements.
  • Knowledge of ETL processes and experience working in a server-based environment would be an advantage.
  • Understanding of information security and discretion.

If you have the interest and think you have the skills to make an impression, we would love to hear from you!

Applications close | Rā Katinga: Friday 27 March 2020

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To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.

NZ Transport Agency is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). At the Agency we recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion and are committed to providing a working environment that embraces these values. Please let us know if you need any support or have any access requirements that will help you through the recruitment process.