Insights Data Scientist – Men’s Technical (0.4 FTE)


    Location
    Staffordshire
    Date

    FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

    Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation through Winning England Teams.

    We are excited to be searching for an Insights Data Scientist to join our Men’s Technical division. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, implementing, and managing data pipelines, tables, views, and processes within Google Cloud Platform’s BigQuery environment.

    You will collaborate closely with our performance technology team to ensure the efficient flow of data, enabling the creation of insightful reports and supporting data-driven decision-making. Your expertise in GCP and data engineering will be critical in shaping our data strategy.

    This role is advertised on a fixed-term basis for up to 6 months, plus the role is also part-time (0.4 full time equivalent)

    About the Team

    Our FA Technical teams support all aspects of Men’s and Women’s elite performance – including para football, the elite format of disability football that runs parallel to the mainstream game – so we can help England teams to win tournaments.

    Our teams manage everything from identifying talent to the development and coaching of multi-disciplinary teams throughout the age groups, up to our Senior England teams. To deliver on our goal we have invested heavily in developing a team of exceptional people capable of creating winning England teams at our world-class training facilities at our National Football Centre, St. George’s Park.

    What You’ll Do?

    • Data Pipeline Development:
      Design, develop, and maintain data pipelines that efficiently collect, process, and transform data from various sources into BigQuery.
    • Table and View Management:
      Create and manage tables and views in BigQuery to ensure data is structured, accessible, and optimized for analysis.
    • Performance Optimization:
      Collaborate with the performance technology team to optimize data pipelines and processes for maximum speed and efficiency.
    • Data Integration:
      Integrate data from different sources, ensuring data quality, consistency, and accuracy.
    • Machine Learning Integration:
      Leverage your knowledge of machine learning to integrate predictive analytics and AI capabilities into data pipelines and processes.
    • Documentation
      – create and maintain comprehensive documentation for data pipelines, tables, and views.
    • Troubleshooting
      – identify and resolve data-related issues and performance bottlenecks.
    • Collaboration –
      Work closely with cross-functional teams to understand business requirements and translate them into effective data solutions.
    • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group’s changing priorities.
    • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and well-being can be maintained.
    • As part of The FA’s commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

    What You’ll Need?

    Essential for the role:

    • Several years of hands-on experience with Google Cloud Platform, especially BigQuery.
    • Proven track record in data engineering, with a focus on designing and optimizing data pipelines.
    • Strong SQL and Python programming skills.
    • Experience with data modelling and database design.
    • Excellent problem-solving and communication skills.
    • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

    Beneficial to have:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Data Science, or a related field (Master’s degree preferred)
    • Knowledge of machine learning and its application in data pipelines (advantageous)

    What’s in it for you?

    We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, in order to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George’s Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

    We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

    • Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
    • Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park.
    • Free private medical cover.
    • A contributory pension scheme.
    • An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
    • A hybrid working model offering flexibility on where you work.

    For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page,

    Our Organisation

    The Football Association The FA is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

    The FA oversees England international teams across men’s, women’s, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women’s Super League, Adobe FA Women’s Championship, and Women’s FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

    We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

    Your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George’s Park or our Processing Centre unless the role is advertised as a home-based contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.

    The FA, For All, For You

    Our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy forms an integral part of our long-term commitment to using our influence across English football to create a game free from discrimination.

    A Game For All outlines three key strategic commitments – Lead the Change, Be the Change, and Inspire the Change – which will ensure tackling discrimination remains a core priority for English football for years to come.

    We are a diverse workplace, aspiring to represent football across the country. The Football Association actively promotes inclusion and diversity, encouraging you to be the best version of yourself at work.

    We welcome applications from everyone and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process, please mention this during your application.

    As part of The FA’s commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

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