Business Education Rankings Manager

The Financial Times

London, SE1 9HL

Ref: StatsJobs

The FT is seeking to reinforce and build on its reputation as a leading publisher of global business education rankings. The rankings are produced by the Work & Careers team, which is looking for a project manager with strong statistical skills to develop and execute the FT business school rankings both in print (magazine and newspaper) and online. The post is offered for an initial period of 12 months.

The job involves the management of at least eight large data collection projects a year, which must be completed to tight deadlines and thoroughly checked. The accuracy and integrity of the data is critical to the continued success of the business education rankings.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development of interactive tools and data sets as the digital rankings are enhanced and relaunched in 2019. They will also develop new and existing spin-off rankings, such as the Best MBAs for Women and Best MBAs for Entrepreneurship rankings..

They will lead on developing and maintain excellent working relationships with business schools, involving them in the rankings process, explaining the FT’s processes and speaking at conferences and events where appropriate.

The rankings manager must also ensure the rankings reflect current trends in business education, taking full responsibility for survey design and ensuring the various criteria on which business schools are measured are relevant and timely at a time when business education is changing.

They will also contribute to the development of creative ideas for using the wealth of data collected by the FT over the past 20 years and take editorial responsibility for the suite of online tools – directories, charting tools – that form part of every rankings package.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Project manage data collection and compilation of all rankings annually; plan and monitor related surveys, outlining key deadlines and final content
  • Write and produce content including data visualisations (liaising with the FT graphics editors) for the FT’s business education publications, interpreting latest ranking results and highlighting trends
  • Provide clear advice and interpretation about the rankings to business schools and other users; make presentations at international conferences and events as required. Take the lead in writing and updating manuals for business schools on data collection
  • Liaise with the Product and Technology departments on the redevelopment of the rankings.ft.com website with the Work & Careers editor
  • Work to bring the compilation of the of the rankings data in-house

The rankings manager should also have:

  • Advanced knowledge of statistical methods and skills in data manipulation and analysis using Excel. Experience of a SQL database manager or statistical software such as R.Access would be an asset
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel and Access
  • A good understanding of statistical concepts such as Z-scores and the Herfindahl index
  • Experience of project management and a demonstrated ability to juggle several complex, long-term projects at once
  • An ability to generate innovative ideas for presenting data in interesting ways
  • Strong communication and ambassadorial skills and an ability to deal effectively with scrutiny of rankings results from business schools. Willing to take on administrative tasks and respond to queries from business schools and students

Knowledge of the business education field would be an advantage but is by no means essential. More important is that the candidate should be an enthusiastic self-starter, who can work effectively as part of a close-knit team.

All staff are welcome to apply for Editorial vacancies as part of a flexible working arrangement. If you believe this role can be managed part-time or as a job share then please provide details as part of your application. All proposals will be seriously considered. While approval will be conditional on the demands of the role and team, the FT is committed to being responsive to the needs of its staff and the different ways they may want to work.

Applications should be made via Workday by 23 September 2018.


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