Operational Research Analyst / Statistical Analyst
The role is within the Performance Reporting & Analysis Unit (PRAU) which operates under the Home Office’s Performance, Assurance & Governance (PAG) Directorate.
PRAU’s role is to lead on reporting and analysis of performance for the department – to ministers, the executive committee, operational directors, and for publication. The unit provides the department’s operational areas with access to the management information that they need, and advises and supports others in the department on how to make best use of performance information. PRAU has a particular focus on supporting the Borders, Immigration and Citizenship System (BICS), providing data on the activity of the system and performance analysis against the system’s objectives.
PRAU is focused on enhancing the way Management Information (MI) and performance analysis is provided to the BICS, to take advantage of modern technologies and support the department’s transformation programme.
The role sits within a team of specialist analytical staff who will work across the unit’s business: leading on cross-cutting analytical projects, providing additional, flexible, analytical capacity to support the work of other teams in the unit; and leading work to ensure that staff across the unit learn and apply advanced analytical skills to further improve the insights that they provide to their customers
As part of this role, you will be involved in varied and challenging analytical projects where the operational impacts of the analysis can rapidly be seen. This will include:
• Acting as part of a flexible and responsive expert resource to support other teams in the Unit in taking forward urgent analysis in response to emerging performance issues.
• Leading on significant performance analysis projects, in particular projects that cut across several Home Office business areas or involve other government departments.
• Supporting the design, testing and implementation of future solutions within the PRAU Data Environment when appropriate. This will include the use of the SQL programming language and data visualisation software.
• Where it would provide improved analytical insights to customers, supporting the introduction of more advanced analytical techniques into the routine and ad hoc reports produced across the unit -through building the skills and knowledge of the staff who design and produce the reports and providing tools to help them, and helping educate customers where needed.
• Representing the Unit with senior operational managers and identifying opportunities for higher analysis to add value.
• Line Managing and developing other analytical staff, ensuring that their work is prioritised appropriately.
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