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Data Scientist - Identity

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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IT & computing
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Apply your data analysis and data mining skills to identity management at Immigration New Zealand
  • Work in a rewarding and fascinating subject area of biometrics and identity fraud
  • Permanent position based in Wellington

About MBIE:

The purpose of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.  Our goal is to create a strong and high-performing economy by creating an environment that supports businesses to become more productive and internationally competitive.

At the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment, we look for people who are passionate about New Zealand and enthusiastic about making a positive change to our economy, our people and our safety.

The Intelligence, Data and Insights (IDI) branch within Immigration New Zealand provides up-to-date intelligence and information to advise sound strategic and operational decision making at all levels across the immigration system.

About the role:

We are looking for a Data Scientist to join the Data Sharing and Development team within Identity Services, IDI.  The Data Scientist will: 

  • Maintain a framework for the management of identity matching engine settings
  • Identify business problems and/or business risks and developing innovative solutions for implementation
  • Provide analysis of and recommendations for the maintenance, upgrade or improvement of biometric systems
  • Help monitor the stability of Identity systems and trouble shoot issues with the system as they arise
  • Support quality assurance process of Identity teams
  • Advance forecasting of identity resolution volumes

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Be competent in the use of specialist Data mining and Analytics software (preferably both SAS and R based)
  • Experienced in using advanced analytic tools to conduct complex analyses of large amounts of data or information
  • Experienced in working across multiple analysis disciplines and processes
  • Experienced in using analytics modelling or statistical analysis in a risk and / or operational research environment
  • Capable of translating complex and technical information into information easily understood by non-technical staff
  • Be professionally active and aware of recent developments in methodologies and practices
  • Interested in biographic matching, biometric matching and identity management
  • Able to build productive working relationships
  • Able to understand and process new information quickly
  • Have excellent organisational and time management skills

Applicants must be a New Zealand or Austrailian citizen or hold a residence class visa.

Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a Confidential government security clearance. 

How to apply:

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Email Fi Sanderson at quoting ref MBIE/1426539 if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 24 October 2019


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