Senior Data Scientist

Haywards Heath, Home Office (Remote) or Manchester
£60,000 - £65,000 depending on experience
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We’re First Central Insurance & Technology Group (First Central for short), an innovative, market-leading insurance company. We protect the things customers love so they can get on with what matters to them in life. 

Data drives us. It fuels our outstanding distribution, finance, technology and legal services. Our underwriting skills are built on data expertise; it creates the insights we need to give the right cover to the right customers at the right price. But, it’s the people inside and outside our business that power us. They make us stand out, help us succeed. We’re ambitious. We’re growing. We’ve won awards.   

Are you a talented Senior Data Scientist? Do you have a strong technical understanding alongside experience supporting junior colleagues? If so, we need you!

We’re looking for someone to join our Underwriting team either working remotely or in our Salford Quays, Manchester or Haywards Heath, West Sussex offices.

Analytical and inquisitive? Lets do this together!

In this role you will work as part of a team of data scientists and other specialists to help deliver a portfolio of innovative services, discovering and creating value from the Company’s vast array of information assets. Your main focus in this role will be to work individually and with others by applying data science techniques and solutions to deliver this value.

We’re all about people and we’re passionate about continuous improvement, so as a Senior member of the team you’ll share your thoughts and experience to continually progress our methods and team knowledge.

You’ll work with large amounts of data from a range of sources and in a variety of structured and unstructured formats, applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills to analyse and interpret data. You will also help to build predictive models and generate machine learning algorithms to extract actional insights. You will propose solutions to business challenges, and collaborate with other teams to implement these solutions. Recognising the dependencies Group companies have on technology provided in-house, you will work collaboratively and seamlessly with the Group’s in-house technology provider along with data presentation/delivery teams located in multiple locations.

You’ll be great in this role if you have: 

  • Experience in a similar role within the Insurance industry, ideally within personal lines
  • Machine learning experience
  • Experience using Databricks, Pyspark and Python
  • Ideally experience in Azure Dev Ops and NLP

Whats Involved

  • Find opportunities for, scope out and develop data services, including; deep learning, predictive analytics and machine learning, that help to solve business problems
  • Perform data analysis and data collection processes that effectively support these services
  • Continuously develop data sources through identification and testing of external data
  • Work individually and with team members, other teams and suppliers to deliver data science solutions. Guide and review output of junior team members
  • Help to identify opportunities across the organisation where data science can add value. Collaborate with necessary areas to design implementation of data science solutions
  • Support the ongoing development of the Data Science team, and Data Science usage across the organisation
  • Develop and adhere to good coding practices. Work within existing risk controls, identify and report potential risks. Propose new methods of controlling business risks
  • Comply with the requirements, and act in accordance with, the Group Code of Conduct and Fitness and Propriety policies at all times
  • Ensure compliance with Company Policies, Values and guidelines and other relevant standards/ regulations at all times

Your Experience

  • High performing experience in data science and data analysis
  • Strong understanding of statistical techniques and their application, including GLMs, decision trees, random forest, boosting, natural language processing, distributions, clustering, simulation and scenario analysis
  • Knowledge of data platforms, and data processing including batch and real-time automation, and methods to optimise efficient processing
  • Experience of utilising system integration techniques such as APIs, web services
  • Knowledge of data structures and schemas, data preparation and cleansing
  • Experience with machine learning techniques and libraries
  • Knowledge of data science toolkits and languages, such as R, Python, Scala
  • Experience of data exploration and visualisation tools
  • Strong knowledge of data query languages, such as SQL, HiveQL, scripting
  • Knowledge of data integration services and ETL
  • Analytical and problem-solving aptitude
  • Understanding of a service based approach to professional services.
  • Experience delivering through Agile change framework

Skills & Qualifications

  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Good time management and organisation skills
  • Proven analytical and statistical modelling skills
  • Degree in Data Science or other quantitative field


  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic with the desire to meet or exceed targets
  • Determined and passionate, particularly regarding data and technology
  • Supports development of peers and wider team capability
  • A decision maker with an ability to work on own initiative or as part of a team
  • Takes accountability and ownership of problems and solutions
  • A flexible approach and positive attitude
  • Strives to drive business improvements contributing to the success of the business
  • An organised and proactive approach
  • Role model for other team members

So, if you’re up for the challenge and would like to join our vibrant and busy team, we want to hear from you today.

We’ve received some great feedback from employees on Glassdoor. Don’t believe us? Check out our reviews for yourself!

What can we do for you?

People first. Always. We’re passionate about our colleagues and know the best people deserve an extraordinary working environment. We owe it to them so that’s what we offer. Our workplaces are energetic, inspirational, supportive. To get a taste of the advantages you’ll enjoy, take a look at all our perks in full here. 

Intrigued? Our Talent team can tell you everything you need to know about what we want and what we’re offering, so feel free to get in touch.

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86% of people would recommend a friend to work at First Central

Based on 164 Glassdoor reviews (March 2022)


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