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Associate Director - Digital Ocean Transformation

Southampton, Hampshire
£67,700 to £74,470
Job Type
8 Sep 2020
Associate Director - Digital Ocean Transformation

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton


Full time (37 hours per week)

£67,700 - £74,470 (band 3)

Who are we?

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - the UK's centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We are a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

The NOC has entered a truly exciting time, having moved to independent charitable status as of 1 November 2019 it is now seeking to implement new ways of operating and reviewing strategic delivery. Data Science is a priority area for NOC and so this role has a responsibility for leading in the development of a strategic delivery plan in a key area.

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community of staff covering a range of specialist fields, backgrounds and experience. Each employee is committed to advancing the frontiers of scientific knowledge. All of us directly or indirectly support scientific research and by sharing that knowledge the NOC aims to contribute to the health of the ocean with a focus on improving the world in which we all live. Our work is balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a 'one NOC' approach.

About the role

The Associate Director (AD) will provide strategic leadership and direction for the digital ocean data transformation across the NOC, as we look to transform the way we acquire, utilise, manage and visualise data.

As ocean science generates big data we need to move towards near real time acquisition, using artificial intelligence and machine learning to help reveal valuable insights, and to aid the development of truly autonomous systems.

We're looking for someone to inspire a culture of innovation in our relationship with marine data of all types, instigating a step-change in our approaches to data storage, manipulation and interrogation.

The role includes overall responsibility for two national data centres, the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) and the British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility (BOSCORF). The post holder will represent the NOC in the wider national and international marine community and play a key role in supporting the delivery of our vision and mission.

The successful candidate should be able to bring in research funding, working across the breadth of NOC data science activities to open up funding opportunities.

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About you

We're looking for an empowering leader with substantial experience in data science (use of scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from structural and unstructured data), someone with the strategic vision and ideas on how to transform the NOC's data activity.

Your background will ideally include a variety of data science management / AI, analysis or modelling roles. You will be able to demonstrate up-to-date knowledge of methodologies used around technology and software development projects. Experience of working in a research environment and an interest in the development of interoperable research infrastructures internationally including data stewardship are essential for this position.

Passionate about the ocean and the power of data, you will be able to inspire, motivate and influence those around you. Excellent communication skills will therefore be essential, with a track record of building successful partnerships. The successful candidate must be confident representing the NOC at a senior level both locally and internationally.

Why the NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits, flexible working conditions and an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.

Some of the benefits we offer include 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, a competitive basic salary and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.

The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking. We support opportunities for further training and development.

Our commitment as an employer

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality.

How to apply

Please click 'Apply for this job' and submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC recruitment team.

Before submitting your application please ensure you have reviewed the attached job description and person specification.

Closing date: 9 October 2020.

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  • Job Reference: 172553328-2
  • Date Posted: 8 September 2020
  • Recruiter: NOC
  • Location: Southampton, Hampshire
  • Salary: £67,700 to £74,470
  • Sector: I.T. & Communications
  • Job Type: Permanent