We have an opportunity for a senior analysis professional, who combines deep technical knowledge with a focus on customer needs.
£60,000-£90,000 (dependent on experience)
Full-time or part-time
Analysis and Research
UCAS is the UK's centralised higher education admissions service. We track choices and decisions across millions of applications for higher education – half of all young people pass through our systems. We have around 500 staff, including around 40 analysis and research specialists, and are based in Cheltenham.
About the role
We publish authoritative and trusted quantitative research on all aspects of university admissions, which shapes the national understanding of higher education. But we also use our research capability behind the scenes, to put an evidence base under important decisions on running the admissions service, and to help universities, schools and Government achieve their objectives.
We now have an opportunity for a senior analysis professional, who combines deep technical knowledge, a focus on customer needs, and influencing skills. You will build on the success and reputation of this area and set the strategy for a research capacity that answers the right questions to guide the key decisions for students, providers and policy-makers over the next decade. Working closely with colleagues across the Analysis and Research business unit, and UCAS’ Executive Team, this important role sets the agenda on our analytical understanding of admissions and ensures that understanding drives better outcomes across UCAS and beyond.
You will take complex situations and use your analytical expertise to define the right questions, answer them in the right way, and ensure those answers have the right impact. Able to think long-term, you will translate the strategic analytical direction into a coherent and efficient research programme. Your excellent analytical judgement and communication skills let you distill complicated results down to salient points, and then ensure that senior decision makers understand and can act on them.
Working through a code-based SAS platform you will find the most demanding new research yourself, but the majority of your success will be enabling quality, creativity and innovation in the work of all your team.
You will work closely with the Director of Analysis and Research to set the direction of travel for our research, and create and execute the strategy to achieve this. Overall, you will be a key figure in setting the agenda for ensuring the organisation has the right understanding and research capability for achieving its strategic objectives.
· Strong personal values for committed and collaborative leadership.
· High level abilities to diagnose customer and business needs and construct efficient research activities to directly answer them – track record of creation of value for customers through data.
· Deep knowledge and experience of directly using a wide range of analysis, statistical and data science methods – equivalent to that typically gained from extensive working experience.
· Advanced analytical programming expertise in SAS, commensurate with a senior technical professional across analysis methods, data creation and output.
· High levels of professional judgement in choosing analysis pathways that give rapid, high quality, actionable results.
· Leadership and management capability to achieve section outcomes. Evidenced ability to build strategic capacity in teams.
· Influential and credible. Fluent and engaging in conveying the value in research findings and programmes.
£60,000 - £90,000 with 30 days annual leave, voluntary flexible benefits, paid volunteering days, and a contributory stakeholder pension. It’s not just about the financial benefits that UCAS offers – on-site you can also benefit from our restaurant, affordable gym membership, free parking, unlimited tea and coffee, and many other perks. You’ll enjoy an exciting, agile working environment, with a vibrant culture and flexible approach to work, all of which reflects our teamwork and innovative spirit.
How to apply
Please email the Recruitment Team at email@example.com, with your CV and cover letter.
You will receive an email confirming that your application has reached us. We endeavour to contact all candidates before or soon after the closing date. However, due to high volumes of applications, we may not be able to contact all candidates. If you do not hear from us, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.
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We reserve the right to close this job vacancy prior to the advertised closing date, if we feel we have found a suitable candidate.