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Policy/Analysis Officer – Data Analysis

Salary in the range: £28,923-£34,737

Vacancy reference PAO/DA

This post will support the analysis of patterns and trends relating to college and university provision and participation in Scotland. In addition the post-holder will also work on the production of SFC’s national and official statistical publications.

The post-holder will be involved in the designing and carrying out analysis of statistical data and other relevant evidence to support the organisation in monitoring the performance of colleges and universities. Working collaboratively with SFC colleagues the Policy/Analysis Officer will gather evidence, provide guidance, support projects, disseminate management information as well as draft reports and papers to inform and underpin policy and decision making. There will also be involvement in our work to improve the quality of data collected and a requirement to assist in the development of internal and online tools for data interrogation.

Skills and experience

Applicants should have strong IT skills including expertise in Excel, Access and preferably SAS programming or SQL experience. The ability to communicate both orally and in writing is essential to ensure effective working with colleagues and to be able to interpret and explain complex information to audiences with varying levels of expertise. Problem solving skills are important as is the capability to work as a team player with internal and external colleagues to improve the quality of the evidence base and its use in decision making. Candidates should be educated to Degree Level (SCQF level 9,) preferably in a subject with significant quantitative content, or have equivalent experience.

Some awareness of and interest in the political context in which SFC operates would be desirable as is experience of using SAS, SQL, VBA or other programming languages and of using Business intelligence tools such as Power BI, Qliksense and or Qlikview.

Applications from minority ethnic candidates are particularly welcomed, because they are currently underrepresented at SFC.

No CVs accepted unless submitted with a completed application form.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon, 29 May 2018. It is intended that interviews will take place in the week commencing the 11 June 2018.

Related documents

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Conditions of Service [PDF]

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