Analyst for Maritime Statistics
|Do you want to lead work to improve statistical datasets and processes? If so then this challenging data analyst role in Maritime Statistics could be for you, and we’d love to hear from you.
As an island nation, the UK relies heavily on the maritime sector, with 95% of our imports and exports moved via sea. The Maritime Statistics team produces and publishes a range of National Statistics covering all aspects of maritime including port freight, sea passengers, seafarers and the shipping fleet. The team supports a broad range of users of maritime evidence providing tailored analyses, support and briefing to policy, operational and analyst colleagues as well as engaging with Eurostat.
This post will lead on the collection, validation and development of data for port freight statistics. The data collection system is currently being reviewed which presents an exciting opportunity to influence the future direction of the work, work closely with the department’s digital and data science teams, and develop skills in both database and project management.
As the maritime team covers a diverse range of work, including data collection, publications and analysis for policy, the specific responsibilities of the post can be adapted to meet the preferences of the successful candidate. However, it is anticipated that key responsibilities will include:
· Leading the collection of data for port freight statistics; currently this work is done under contract and the post-holder will help to successfully bring the work in-house acting as the project manager
· Proactively engaging and building relationships with digital and analytical colleagues (leading for the team) to manage the team’s databases, including future developments which will include migration to cloud-based platforms (which the post-holder would take responsibility for).
· Managing and improving validation processes for port statistics, including exploiting the use of new data sources; current projects include working with the data science team to exploit the Automatic Identification System (AIS) data for shipping, a true “big-data” source which offers huge potential.
· Supporting the wider work of the team, including contributing to publications on port freight and related topics, and providing analytical support to policy to help develop the department’s evidence base on ports (building on the recent Port Connectivity Study)
· Line managing at least one EO-level member of the team.
It is possible that there will be other opportunities at this grade within Transport Statistics, and a merit list will be maintained as a result of this process.
This post is within the Maritime Statistics team, which sits within the Aviation, Maritime and Environment Statistics unit. In addition to the post specific objectives, the post holder will contribute to the wider work of the team, unit and Transport Statistics group, comprised of around 70 staff across the Department. Transport Statistics has a strong identity and impact within DfT, producing a broad range of statistics and embracing innovation and improvement in areas such as data visualisation and data science.
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