Principle Data Scientist


Porterbrook Leasing Company specialises in the leasing and asset management of passenger and freight railway rolling stock and associated equipment. Based in Derby with a corporate Head Office in London, the organisation is undertaking a period of transformational change as it responds to the changing landscape in rail and is taking an active lead in the industry in terms of innovation. The ability to maximise the advantages of digital services within the industry will be a game changer in terms of reliability and performance.

The Principal Data Scientist within the Digital Services function is a new role with an ambitious and exciting remit. The overall objective of the role is to support Porterbrook in maintaining the value of company assets and to ensure that their customers are fully satisfied with the product they lease.

Working under the direction of the Head of Digital Services this role will support the delivery and development of the Porterbrook Digital Services Portfolio. The role will lead on data analytics/science tasks to prototype and productionise Digital Services to improve fleet performance and optimise maintenance and rectification activities. This role is pivotal in ensuring that Digital Services offers relevant, robust, high impacting Digital solutions within ambitious timeframes. It will involve technical leadership of analytics activities internally and across Porterbrook’s digital supply chain.

Working in close collaboration with key personnel in the Fleets Team the role will develop the processes to act on the analytics. It will also develop the evidence of how data and Digital Services can positively impact reliability and availability of the assets, ensuring that a compelling commercial business case can be built.

Our ideal candidate will be an experienced engineer, with an Engineering degree combined with a strong background in data science. With a proven background in conceptual development and the ability to apply complex analytics to impact operational/engineering environments. Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills are essential as the role holder will work with a wide range of external suppliers/customers along with the internal teams across the Porterbrook business.

It is essential that candidates have experience of working with cloud services such as Azure, web technologies and local IT infrastructure and software. An understanding of the fleet environment and an awareness of Remote Condition Monitoring products and techniques are desirable but not essential.

In addition, you will have a deep understanding of the benefits that digital services could bring to the rail industry and be passionate about the opportunities this will bring to the sector.

We are seeking the very best talent to join the team, and offer an excellent salary, along with bonus and benefits. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a great organisation with excellent people and a road map for the future to grow and develop the business.

To apply please send your CV and a covering email with full details of why you would be a great addition to the Porterbrook team, along with details of your current salary and notice period to our retained recruitment consultant