Higher Analytical Officer
About the job
Higher Analytical Officers are the powerhouse of Data and Insight. They take responsibility for a wide variety of products and outputs, including analysis and dissemination of findings. There are Higher Analytical Officer roles in most teams within Data and Insight and individuals may move between teams according to business need. Although the skills are common across the roles, the exact responsibilities vary according to the work of each team.
Higher Analytical Officers usually specialise in one remit area; schools, further education and skills, early years, or social care. They develop expertise in the data for their remit area; develop the technical skills to extract, quality assure and analyse it appropriately; develop an understanding of the policy context; and deliver high quality outputs.
Higher Analytical Officers may contribute to the development and production of datasets that inspectors use during their inspections; assist in deciding which providers should be inspected; forecast the impact of future policy changes; or analyse the outcomes of inspections. They may contribute to the production of published data and analysis about their remit area, such as for Ofsted’s Annual Report, official statistics or surveys on topical issues. As well as standard outputs they draft responses to ad-hoc requests for analysis.
Some Higher Analytical Officers will develop technical expertise in the systems used to manage our data. For example, they will develop the technical skills to extract it from the Data Warehouse and specify automated checks to ensure the quality of those extracts. For analysts in these roles, good technical skills are paramount. Others will develop an expertise in analysis and insight, analysing data appropriately and applying an understanding of the policy and the wider context for their area to deliver high quality outputs, ready to be disseminated and have impact across Ofsted.
The key responsibilities of the role are outlined below. However, this is an overview of the role and is not exhaustive. Ofsted reserves the right to assign other duties commensurate with the B2 grade as required.
To be a reliable source of knowledge about data in the relevant remit area including the systems in which it is held and how it is affected by policy changes.
To contribute to the delivery of timely and accurate data which meets the needs of inspectors, the sector, and other audiences.
To analyse patterns in our data and identify what they mean for the organisation and the sector, by providing appropriate insight and commentary. This may include forecasting and modelling ‘what-if’ scenarios.
To be innovative and curious in investigating hypotheses and pursuing analysis, delivering frequent new or updated insight into inspection and the relevant sector.
To work with the central data development team in developing data reports and using the data to its full potential.
To respond quickly and accurately to a range of internal and external data requests.
To keep up to date with research in their area of expertise so that work is informed by the latest findings and outputs fit into the wider policy context
Proven written and verbal communication skills with the ability to negotiate and engage with a range of contacts.
Statistical or research skills in designing and carrying out data analysis, implementing quality assurance procedures and summarising key findings in a clear and appropriate way.
Well-developed technical skills in appropriate tools or programming languages such as Excel, R or SQL. Ability to manage, manipulate and analyse large and complex sets of data and identify the key findings.
Ability to organise themselves and prioritise their work to deliver a challenging programme of work.
Ability to find solutions to relatively complex problems, weighing up options and using sound judgement to decide on or recommend an approach.
Degree level qualification or equivalent relevant knowledge and experience or professional qualification.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Changing and Improving
- Working Together
- Delivering at Pace
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Proven written and verbal communication skills with the ability to negotiate and engage with a range of contacts.
- Statistical or research skills in designing and carrying out data analysis, implementing quality assurance procedures and summarising key findings in a clear and appropriate way.
- Well-developed technical skills in appropriate tools or programming languages such as Excel, R or SQL. Ability to manage, manipulate and analyse large and complex sets of data and identify the key findings.
- Ability to organise themselves and prioritise their work to deliver a challenging programme of work.
- Ability to find solutions to relatively complex problems, weighing up options and using sound judgement to decide on or recommend an approach
Ofsted is committed to maintaining employee health and wellbeing, whether it is physically, emotionally, financially or socially, and offers a range of benefits to support employees in this. Such benefits include, amongst many more, the option to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme, professional and personal development opportunities, 32.5 annual leave days per annum (plus eight days public holiday) and counselling and advisory services for you and your family.
Things you need to know
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Selection Process Details
The most suitable candidates will be invited to attend an interview at 2 Rivergate, Bristol. Please ensure you are available to attend during the week commencing Monday 18 November 2019.
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