Lead Statistical Analyst

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Higher Education Statistics Agency

Cheltenham, Work from Home

Application Deadline
£30,000 to £37,000

HESA exists to enhance the competitive strength of UK higher education by collecting, analysing, and disseminating data about the UK HE sector. We provide a trusted source of information, supporting better decision making, and promoting public trust, to support this strategy.

Our strategy is delivered through our people. Ensuring that our staff have the skills, capabilities, and tools to do their jobs effectively is therefore a key theme underpinning all our activities and objectives. This includes providing opportunities for development, growth, and learning.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lead Statistical Analyst to join a new team working on HESA’s new ‘College HE’ project. Further information about the role is listed below, in addition, please find full role profile here.

The high-level vision for this project is to create a single consistent, comparable, detailed source of information about all students enrolled on higher education (HE) courses in further education (FE) colleges, in the UK. Each devolved administration in the UK collects its own college HE dataset using different data definitions and standards. Having multiple different administrative datasets, which are quite different from each other, makes it difficult for users to assemble and produce information about the whole UK HE student population. We want to address this by publishing a single and complete source of data based on all administrative data collections, regularly. This role will play a key part in addressing this gap in the data, and improving our understanding of the HE sector.

As part of this role, you will get involved in:

  • Undertaking advanced data manipulation, using relational database query languages and data manipulation tools
  • Extracting, manipulating and quality-assuring often complex data from HESA databases.
  • Undertaking statistical analysis resulting in written and/or verbal reporting to meet user needs. This may involve the use of specialist statistical analysis software.
  • Undertaking data migration activity to transform data from legacy systems and external sources into a format compatible with existing data
  • Identifying and developing new processes as part of the work on Reproducible Analytical Pipelines (RAP)
  • Conducting appropriate quality assurance of data collected, processed and disseminated by HESA to ensure standards and outputs are fit for purpose.

You will be educated to Bachelors degree level in a subject containing a high proportion of statistical content, or have equivalent work experience and knowledge, including strong quantitative data analysis skills, knowledge of descriptive, inferential and/or multivariate statistical techniques, experience of analysing quantitative data for both oral and written presentations, sound report writing skills and experience of applying appropriate statistical techniques to generate insightful research and analysis within a subject domain, ideally within the education field.

Educated to Masters degree is highly desirable, as is experience with Oracle and/or SQL, experience using R, Python or Stata or other similar data manipulation software and existing knowledge of Open Data principles and processes. Experience of visualisation software such as Tableau or Power BI along with experience of JavaScript, HTML, CSS for maintenance of online assets.

The salary range for this post is £30,000k - £37,000k dependant on qualifications and experience. We offer an attractive package with initially 25 days leave, increasing to 30 days, plus bank holidays and extra Agency shutdown at Christmas; flexible working including UK based remote and home working options; pension scheme and occupational health support.

Application forms should be completed via our recruitment portal; it is planned that any suitable candidates will be interviewed at the earliest possible opportunity.

If you have the skills and experience, we require for this role and are looking for a new challenge please click on APPLY, to be forward to our on-line recruitment portal.

Thank you for your interest in HESA.

No Agencies please.


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