The Office for Students (OfS) regulates English higher education providers on behalf of all students. Our goals include helping students get into and succeed in higher education, ensuring students receive excellent information and guidance, making sure that students get a high-quality education that prepares them for the future, and protecting students` interests. We want to be driven by evidence, so data and analysis will inform our effective, efficient and intelligent regulation in the student interest.
If you join us, you`ll be working at an organisation that values teamwork, innovation and creativity. Our Data, Foresight and Analysis directorate (DFA) provides a range of data collection, analysis and research activities that underpin the regulatory functions of the OfS.
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What you`ll be doing
We are seeking an analyst to join our supportive, enthusiastic, and high performing team. Our analysts use a range of data science and analytics techniques, to illuminate trends, solve problems and provide evidence to help us support our world leading higher education providers.
The roles in our DFA analytics team involve helping to maintain complex analytical processes that generate information to underpin a number of our key regulatory functions. You will use SAS, SQL and in-house software to apply a range of analytical and statistical techniques. We operate flexibly within the analytics team so you may have the opportunity to work on a range of projects, such as the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) or the National Student Survey, as well as calculating funding allocations for providers and modelling their financial sustainability.
The role available
We currently have a vacancy in the analytics team, with the initial placement in our financial analysis work area. This post is a full-time role, we support flexible working, and we`re open to considering a job share.
With an initial assignment to the financial analysis area, you will be involved in maintaining and developing existing processes to collect and validate financial data from higher education providers. You will then go on to manipulate and present the data in the form of dashboards and other outputs, to turn it into meaningful information that can be used across the organisation. You need an analytical background rather than a financial background, with excellent skills in problem solving, and a keen eye for detail.
Who we`re looking for
We are looking for candidates who have the ability to gain insight from large and complex data, develop and present clear and concise conclusions.
- Have strong numerical skills, this may be evidenced through a degree in a numerate discipline, experience in an analytical role or other relevant experience or qualifications
- Work well within a team and communicate clearly with those who are not data experts
- Be able to work flexibly and manage your own time across a range of tasks
- Have experience of collecting, analysing and organising data
- Demonstrate an aptitude to learn to manage data-based projects, including engaging with policy issues and proposing how data could be used to support them
- Have an ability to learn how to use a variety of technology and analytical programming
- While knowledge of programming is essential these are entry-level roles, so we don`t require knowledge of any particular language. If you`ve already got some experience of SAS, SQL, R or Python please include this in your application.
Make sure that you have a look at the full job description to understand our person requirements in more detail.
In some roles the OfS operates a system of dual or triple pay banding. This enables candidates to the appointed to an appropriate pay band depending on their skills and experience, as demonstrated, and assessed through the selection process. See the job description for more details.
This role is assigned to pay bands 6/7 ie dual banded:
The full bands are:
- Pay band 6: £26,925 – £28,034
- Pay band 7: £31,177 – £32,462
Extras you can expect
Benefits include 25 days annual leave per year, membership of the Civil Service pension scheme and a comprehensive staff development programme. The OfS values knowledge sharing and development; we offer both external and internal training.
Applying for this role
The OfS is an inclusive employer, working towards equal opportunities in employment.
We welcome and encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and experiences, so we don`t have any preconceptions about how you`ll demonstrate that you meet our minimum requirements. If you have any particular requirements in relation to the selection process, please let us know immediately so that we can discuss any reasonable adjustments you may need. We are requesting this information to make the process as equitable as possible for each candidate.
As part of our longlisting process candidates will be invited to complete an online assessment, we expect this to occur during the week following the close date.
We are following government advice relating to COVID-19 and interviews will be held virtually. If you are shortlisted, we will work with you to ensure you are given the opportunity to attend interview in the most appropriate way. If you have any queries with regard to this, or any other part of the recruitment process contact Becki Witts, Business Support Manager, Rebecca.email@example.com.
For more information about this position please open the following documents:JDAtt-JDAnalyst-AnalyticsPB6-7November2020.pdf
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