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Data Science and Insights Lead

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime
London (Central), London (Greater)
£64,998 - £72,957 per annum
Closing date
29 Oct 2023

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Job Role
Insight Manager/Director
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

About the role

Do you want to play a role in making London safer through the generation and effective use of data science and analysis?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the MOPAC Evidence & Insight team as the Data science and insights lead.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) is the organisation through which the Mayor of London exercises his role as the Police and Crime Commissioner for London and is led by the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime. MOPAC undertakes a broad range of statutory duties and works closely with the Mayor of London, Deputy Mayor and Metropolitan Police Service to deliver the priorities that will create safer London communities.

Working within MOPAC - Evidence & Insight is the dedicated in-house analytics team consisting of experienced analysts and researchers conducting performance analytics, social research and public opinion surveys, all for the purpose of best supporting MOPAC and ensuring evidence is at the centre of policy to make London safer. Read more about the team here MOPAC data and statistics | London City Hall.

We are seeking to appoint a Data Science and Insights lead. This is a senior leadership role within the team as well as MOPAC. The successful candidate will develop and lead a key function of the Evidence and Insight team orientated towards data science capability and analysis, enabling MOPAC to discharge its statutory aims. Selected responsibilities would include:

  • To play a key role in developing the data science organisational capability within MOPAC. Oversight and delivery of a data science programme of analytics. Expertise in data science techniques and capabilities (i.e., applied mathematics, statistics, coding and programming). Ensuring data science is a key aspect within MOPAC decision making in terms of oversight of the MPS, but also other areas where appropriate. Attending, contributing to and presenting at MOPAC / MPS corporate (and other public scrutiny) boards and similar Policy meetings where required. Negotiating and influencing key senior officials and researchers of stakeholders both locally and nationally (external e.g., the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, College of Policing). 

If you have a specific question about this role, please contact Paul Dawson (Head of Evidence and Insights) via email at Otherwise please contact the HR team via the email below.

Political Restriction

Political Restriction: under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (as amended by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011), all MOPAC staff members will be politically restricted without the right to apply for an exemption.

Security Vetting Clearance

The successful candidates will be expected to undergo the necessary security vetting, which may take around 8 weeks to be completed. Applicants will also need to have resided in the UK continuously for at least the last three years.

Reward and Benefits

In addition to a good salary package, we offer an attractive range of benefits including 32.5 days’ annual leave, an interest-free season ticket loan, a civil service pension scheme and flexible working arrangements.

Where are we based?

We have moved to a hybrid working model with office hubs at Union Street (near London Bridge) and Newlands Park (postcode SE26). On average, staff will work 1-2 days a week from an Office Hub, but this may differ depending on the role requirements.

Applying for the Role

Candidates wishing to apply must complete the MOPAC Application Form and MOPAC Monitoring Sensitive Information Form, which can be found using the Apply Here button below, within the Supporting Document section.

Please ensure your Supporting Statement clearly addresses the essential criteria and competency framework outlined in the attached job description.

If you have any issues accessing any of the documents, please email

Please note we do not accept CVs for advertised vacancies and will only progress candidates who have submitted both documents stated above.

Please ensure you review both the MOPAC Application Form and MOPAC Monitoring Sensitive Information Form before submitting your application.

Got a query on the recruitment process?

If you have a question about the recruitment process, please contact a member of the HR team via email at

London's diversity is its biggest asset, and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

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