Data Quality Scientist

We’re looking for a talented individual to join our team of flood risk scientists, using your analytical, numerical and scientific skills to support the delivery of the highest quality catastrophe risk data possible.

About JBA

We’re 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'll 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’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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
  • Experience 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


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.

Career Development and Benefits

We value our staff and believe in providing a competitive salary, flexible working conditions and the best benefits package we can. Our comprehensive benefits package includes pension, life insurance, medical assistance, subsidised income protection, occupational maternity, paternity and adoptive leave scheme, buy/sell annual leave scheme and professional memberships.

As an employee-owned organisation, we have no external shareholders to pay, meaning all our staff benefit directly from our profits through our annual Employee Owned Benefit scheme.

We’re focused on helping our staff develop their skills and offer a generous training budget to every member of staff. Our highly 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.

Further information and applications

To apply for the post, applications should be made using the JBA Risk Management Application pro-forma and emailed to our careers team. Only applications made using the standard form will be accepted; CVs and other supporting information is welcome.

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

For further information or an informal discussion about this position please email Siân Lane.

Closing date: 15 November 2020

No unsolicited CVs from Agencies. All Agencies should note that if JBA receives an application via other means - even if it comes after your first contact with us - there will be no contractual entitlement to an introduction fee or other fees. In sending us any applications you are deemed to have agreed to these terms.