Data Quality Scientist

Job Reference: RML20-09
Job Location: Skipton
Job Type: Permanent
Close Date: Sunday 15 November

JBA Risk Management looking for a talented individual to join our team of flood risk scientists, using their analytical, numerical and scientific skills to support the delivery of the highest quality catastrophe risk data possible.

About JBA

We are better known amongst our clients as The Flood People. We help the insurance, reinsurance and property industries understand flood risk. Our flood maps, catastrophe models and data are used by some of the world's leading organisations. We're experts in translating complex, scientific data into useful information, using sophisticated hydraulic approaches and models to provide cutting-edge flood risk intelligence.

The position:

The role will focus on our flood risk management products and acceptance testing of software developed by our in-house development teams. There will be an aspect of cross-training/skill-sharing to build capacity within a small quality-oriented team.

About you:

You will need a numerate first degree and be interested in data analysis or software testing. Domain specific experience is less important than evidence of strong analytical capabilities and the ability to learn.

You will be comfortable manipulating spatial data and understand the importance of precision, accuracy and correctness. You don't need to be a software developer, but your skills in this area will exceed those of the regular computer user and you'll be unafraid of code.

You will also need to be able to work with a variety of people with differing knowledge and backgrounds, be flexible in response to changing priorities, and not be intimidated by novel concepts.


You will need to be able to demonstrate the following essential attributes:

  • Good numerate first degree
  • Professional manner with strong interpersonal skills, with demonstrable experience of interacting with colleagues over a wide range of seniority and knowledge
  • Demonstrable ability of understanding and communicating technical concepts in person and in writing
  • Excellent time management
  • Ability to distinguish important details from the unimportant and work in a focused manner on those details that matter
  • Experience of teamwork/collaborative environments both in person and via collaboration technologies
  • Experience of Linux command line with scripting
  • Competent using MS Office 365 suite of tools (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, OneNote)

If you have any of the following, even better:

  • Experience of software platform testing/evaluation - particularly web interfaces
  • Coding experience in a high-level language using source control e.g. Python, R, SQL
  • Experience with GIS platforms (e.g. QGIS, ArcMap)
  • Knowledge of machine learning methods

Career Development and Benefits:

A competitive salary is available depending on experience, together with a comprehensive benefits package including pension scheme, life insurance, medical assistance scheme and subsidised group income protection. The JBA Group is an employee-owned company and staff qualify for profit share after a minimum length of service.

We are focused on helping our staff develop their skills and offer a generous training budget to every member of staff. Our well-regarded professional development programme provides the opportunity to enhance and update technical and management skills throughout your career. We encourage and support the attainment of professional qualifications including chartered membership of professional associations.


The role will be based in our Broughton Hall office near Skipton (North Yorkshire). The office is located on the Broughton Hall estate and is surrounded by 3000 acres of parkland, farmland, woodland and moors. This unique work setting sits on the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Further information and application particulars:

Application forms can be downloaded from our website: Please describe how you meet the essential and desirable criteria in the relevant section.

If your application is longlisted, you will be emailed a technical test after the application closing date. There will be a hard 1-week submission deadline.

For further information or an informal discussion about this position please contact Siân Lane t: 01756 799919.

Closing date: 15 November 2020.

No unsolicited CVs from Agencies.

published: 21 October 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.