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Senior Data Analyst

Senior Data Analyst

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About Costain and your project.

Costain seeks to improve people's lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet critical national needs in transportation, energy and water. Data is being generated in increasing volumes at all stages of life of complex assets, supporting design, build, operations and maintenance. Costain’s customers need to increase capacity, increase resilience and enhance customer experience associated with complex assets and it is critical for us to be able to leverage data and the opportunities presented by artificial intelligence and related technologies to support these aims.

What will I be doing?


This role is to combine statistics, mathematics, programming, problem-solving, and capturing and use of data in ingenious yet customer-friendly ways.

The Senior Data Analyst will have the ability to look at data differently to find patterns, along with the activities of cleansing, preparing, and aligning the data to support the client outcome requirements.

You will be required to deal with unstructured and structured data, carry out data cleansing, preparation, and analysis with the aim to extract insights and information from data. AI techniques and technologies should be applied to leverage the data, in combination with existing systems, to generate insight, optimise the performance of critical assets and unlock opportunities to optimise maintenance activities.


The role will also be responsible for developing and enhancing Costain’s methodology and approaches in this domain, interacting with Business Development leads and Customers to shape approaches and solutions.


There is potential for the role to be deployed into a customer environment as part of a Costain team to support their use of analytics.


As such, consultancy skills and ability to shape and influence will be important.


Key Tasks & Responsibilities


  • To work within the technology team and carry out the following:
    • Review of what data our clients have, what is missing and what additional capture is needed
    • Input into and delivery of the most appropriate means of delivering insight and value to our clients through data analytics
  • To support the development of Costain technology solutions, such as Intelligent Asset Optimisation, Digital Asset Management and Capital Maintenance Optimisation, leading the analytics and machine learning elements
  • To develop and implement machine learning using platforms such as Microsoft Azure
  • To support internal data mining to deliver insight as to how Costain can improve delivery of projects
  • To remain current and inquisitive in technology as well as assist in identifying emerging and developing technologies



About you


Skills and qualifications needed


Knowledge of and experience with Machine Learning platforms such as Microsoft Azure

Master’s Degree or PhD in data analytics or related discipline

In-depth knowledge of SAS and/or R

Knowledge of and experience with Python coding, Java, Perl, C/C++.

Knowledge of the Hadoop platform, with experience in Hive or Pig being beneficial

Knowledge of and experience with SQL database/coding: Though NoSQL and Hadoop are the major focus for data scientists, preferred candidates can write and execute complex queries in SQL.

The ability to work with unstructured data: It is extremely important that a Data Scientist is able to work with unstructured data—whether from social media, video feeds, audio, or other sources.


Person Skills:


Consultancy skills, including the ability to work as part of a team;

Interpersonal and communication (both oral and written) skills;

Creativity and innovation;

Problem-solving and planning ability;


The ability to cope with pressure and challenges and meet deadlines;

Self-starter; able to engage a range of people, elicit needs and develop solutions with minimal guidance

Enthusiastic and proactive with a “can do” approach

Meticulous, with a strong attention for detail


Final Statement

We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.  


At Costain we ensure that we are an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.