This opportunity is on a 12-month, fixed term basis. Working hours are Monday to Friday, 37 hours per week.
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda - one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We're immensely proud of our flexible working options.
The Analyst role is critical in providing senior leaders and politicians with the information and business intelligence needed for effective leadership, governance and decision making.
The post holder will have recognised technical ability in a range of data science and/or analytical specialisms and will provide detailed technical advice on their area of expertise, championing an 'analytics first' culture both within and outside of the organisation.
Post holders will be required to employ a range of data science, data visualisation and analytical techniques in their work. Typical tasks will include: scoping and development of system / reporting requirements; 'deep dive' analyses; mapping; and predictive analytics such as population and demand forecasting or risk stratification, for example. This will require working with a wide range of data and evidence sources, including local, partner and open sources for the development of services and products to agreed service standards.
* Responsible for providing Senior Leaders and stakeholders with the information and business intelligence required for effective leadership, governance, commissioning and decision making.
* Responsible for using a range of sources and analytical techniques to produce high quality analysis, giving clear recommendations for action to improve outcomes for local people and/or organisational effectiveness.
* Responsible for using understanding of the business, its processes, data and priorities and applying analytical techniques to present, communicate and disseminate analytical products effectively, appropriately and with high impact.
* Responsible for leading and developing predictive and other analytical projects to enable stakeholders to understand and proactively manage demand for council services and support the prioritisation of resources.
* Responsible for embedding and providing forward looking insight on the performance of ECC's strategic priorities by aligning predictive analytics with performance reporting frameworks.
* Working collaboratively with stakeholders, analysts and researchers to scope requirements and develop robust insightful products that enable colleagues to understand current and future needs, demands, trends and supply across geographies.
* Responsible for using intellectual curiosity to proactively explore areas and provide useful, timely analysis that enables the organisation to focus on demand management and prevention, as well as 'whole systems' integration.
* Responsible for producing high quality analysis that draws on a range of sources and uses the most appropriate medium to visualise data to tell compelling and actionable stories with clear recommendations to improve outcomes for local people or organisational effectiveness.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience.
* Evidence of continuing professional development and knowledge in relevant professional area.
* Experience of having worked within local government or public sector environment would be preferred, and in addition to the technical skills required in this role, it is desirable that the post holder has specialist knowledge of a business area within ECC.
* Practical experience and knowledge of a range of quantitative and qualitative analytical tools, with examples of having produced recommendations that led to improvement.
* Knowledge and understanding of the practical implementation of the Data Protection Act, in relation to handling data for analytical and research purposes.
* Experience of presenting data and analysis in a creative was, utilising a range of data visualisation techniques to communicate complex messages simply to a range of audiences.
* Excellent collaboration and communication skills and experience of working as part of multi-disciplinary teams and in a matrix environment.
* A self-starter with the ability to manage and prioritise own workload in a busy environment.
(Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.)
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on the Working for Essex website.