English Institute of Sport - Data Scientist (Performance Data Lead)-working with British Rowing

Location Caversham
Hours of Work Permanent Position Type: Full Time
Salary & Benefits£30,078 - £37,732 p.a Contract Type: Interview Date: Closing Date: Thursday 10 February 2022
Closing Date10 Feb

Job Description


The EIS exists to deliver outstanding performance – impacting support that enables UK High Performance System sports and athletes to excel.  

The EIS is the world's leading provider of Sports Science, Medicine, Technology, and Innovation to high performance sport.  It is unlike any other organisation in high performance sport, with an unrivalled network of experts in their fields delivering people-first solutions to over 40 Olympic and Paralympic Sports.  Established in 2002, and now a wholly owned subsidiary of UK Sport, the EIS has been providing support to Olympic and Paralympic sports for almost 20 years and is now one of the largest organisations in high performance sport globally. 

At the EIS we have around 400 high performing and highly motivated staff and work in a complex environment of external stakeholder relationships. The EIS sits in a pivotal role in the UK within high performance sport. On a day-to-day basis EIS people provide outstanding support services to sports in our elite training centres. It is also at the heart of leading innovation across sport as well as being a key voice in the world of sports science and technical and medical challenges that will face our world of sport over the coming years; mental health, doping, safeguarding, concussion – to name just a few.   


British Rowing is the one of the most successful Olympic rowing nations, having won medals in every Olympic Games since 1984 and has won six Paralympic golds since the sport was introduced to the Paralympic Games programme in 2008.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our team, dedicated to achieving our mission of becoming the World leading rowing nation at major championships by 2024, with an overarching vision that at the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games our medal winning crews and wider GB Rowing Teams are a true representation of British society.

As our Data Scientist, you will be responsible for executing on the insights and analytics aspects of our Data Strategy, working closely with the Head of Performance Support, Performance Engineer and performance support team to generate insights that inform decision making and impacts performance on the water.

Whilst rowing is a sport which has a wealth of performance data - from on-water metrics to athlete physiology measures - this will be our first specialist data role, and as such we are excited to find someone to come in and shape how we make the most of data and analytics as your understanding of the sport, the team and our data priorities evolve.

The EIS aims to foster a culture of continuous learning and professional development.

Working fulltime within British Rowing and employed through the English Institute of Sport you will have the benefit of being a fully embedded practitioner in the sport, whilst also receiving on-going technical leadership support and forming part of group of peers doing similar roles from across the world of high-performance sport.



Grade: Level 2i-3e (All Sciences)

Salary Scales: £30,078 - £37,732p.a.

Hours of Work: Such hours as necessary to carry out your duties. This will involve a minimum of 37 hours per week and may include working outside normal office hours at evenings and weekends and on Public Holidays.

Location: The normal place of work is Caversham however some flexibility for remote working is possible and the EIS may from time to time require you to travel to and work at other offices.  Occasional attendance at training camps or competitions may be required.


Working closely with the Performance Engineer and Head of the Performance Support you will:

  • Be an integral part of the British Rowing performance team, working closely with our coaches, sports science and medicine practitioners, senior leadership team and athletes to achieve our mission and vision
  • Apply your expertise in quantitative analysis, data integration, and the presentation of data to see beyond the numbers and generate insights that can inform rowing performance
  • Support the delivery of projects as a technical specialist, planning and coordinating tasks with colleagues as well as third party providers
  • Scope and shape data science projects in collaboration with the Performance Support team members. This includes working closely with colleagues to understand and describe the purpose, requirements, benefits and challenges of proposed projects.
  • Support the Head of Performance Support with the development and implementation of the data strategy to continually improve all the ways data is captured, stored, analysed, and used across British Rowing
  • Use analytical tools such as Python and Power BI to efficiently retrieve, manipulate and analyse athlete data
  • Keep up with the latest developments in the field of data science, exploring the feasibility of applying them in the performance environment
  • Work with the Athlete Data Coordinator to align NGB and performance data streams

Interview information 

First Interview:        Telephone     16th February

Second Interview:    Caversham   26th February


Please note successful applicants will be contacted by telephone on 11th February with their interview time slot for their telephone interview on 16th February.



WHY WORK FOR US?! Take a look.... 


The EIS is a dynamic, growing and fast-moving organisation that will offer you a flexible, positive, stimulating and challenging work environment with real opportunities to make the best better. Working for the English Institute of Sport brings its rewards not only in its salary and benefits package, but also in the opportunities for learning and career development.

Our generous benefits package includes:

  • 29 days paid holiday per year (pro rata for part time roles) plus 8 bank holidays
  • Membership of EIS's Occupational Sick Pay Scheme from your first day of employment
  • Automatic entry into BUPA health cash back plan for day to day expenses like dentist, eye tests, physio, etc.  
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Discounts on Shopping, Entertainment, Travel and Lifestyle services through our Benefits portal

We are committed to creating an even more diverse and inclusive workforce that will bring different perspectives to our work. So that we can more closely reflect UK society, we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups including Black, Asian and people with other ethnically diverse backgrounds, those with a disability or long-term health condition and people returning to work after a career break.

We also understand the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance, so all of our roles are open to flexible working and, in many cases, remote-working too. We ask only that you work with us to find an arrangement that meets our sports and business needs and enables you to perform the role in full, in a way that works for both of us.

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Interview DateWednesday, 16 February 2022