The Scottish Government

Geospatial Data Analyst (Digital Connectivity)

Job description

We are currently seeking applications for a Geospatial Data Analyst (Digital Connectivity) within Digital Connectivity Division based in Glasgow. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

DDaT Pay Supplement
This post attracts a £4,000 pay supplement after a 9 month DDaT competency qualifying period. Pay supplements are temporary payments designed to address recruitment and retention issues caused by market pressures and are subject to regular review. This post is part of the Scottish Government DDaT profession. As a member of the profession you will join the professional development system, currently BCS RoleModelplus.

Scottish Ministers have consistently emphasised the importance of digital infrastructure as a key priority in supporting Scotland’s economy. The Covid-19 pandemic has underlined the fundamental importance of Digital Connectivity, and continued delivery of improved Digital Connectivity in Scotland is at the forefront of Scottish Government’s recently updated Digital Strategy.

Scottish Government’s Digital Connectivity Division manages a portfolio of high profile programmes delivering increased capacity and coverage in fixed broadband and mobile connectivity, as well as managing a strategic agenda in relation to core digital infrastructure, green datacentres and international connectivity.

The ability to efficiently collect, manage, analyse and share high volumes of complex project data is fundamental to the effective delivery of digital infrastructure programmes. This function is delivered centrally across all SG digital infrastructure programmes by the Digital Connectivity Information Management (DCIM) unit. DCIM forms a key functional pillar within SG Digital Connectivity Division, working closely alongside Policy and Programme Delivery.

As part of DCIM you will develop an understanding of the current and future digital infrastructure landscape across Scotland. Working collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders to form a picture of connectivity in Scotland you will use data from a range of commercial broadband suppliers to identify gaps and opportunities, report on delivery progress, and deliver valuable evidence-based insight and understanding of the continually changing picture of digital infrastructure across the nation.

What do we do for you
We offer meaningful and engaging careers, a collaborative culture, and support for your career goals, all while nurturing a healthy work-life balance. We provide an employment package that attracts, develops and retains only the best in talent.
Our reward scheme includes:
  • Pay progression starting at £31,266 up to £35,813, plus a DDaT allowance of £4,000 after 9 months
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • 36.5 days annual leave (including public and privilege holidays) (increasing to 41.5 after 4 years)
  • Weekly Hours: 37 Hours
  • Flexible working arrangements with potential of up to 4 days off a month
  • Professional – Member of Digital Data and Technology Profession

Essential Criteria
1. Proven evidence of managing and analysing large and complex reference datasets in a relational database environment (e.g. Postgres/PostGIS)
2. Proven evidence in automation of data processing and analytical tasks using a relevant coding language (e.g. SQL, Python).
3. Proven evidence in undertaking spatial analysis of large and complex datasets using GIS specialist software (e.g. FME, QGIS, ESRI ArcGIS and extensions, etc.) in a high profile project or programme management or environment
4. Excellent communication skills are required, particularly the ability to explain technical concepts to a non-technical audience and produce clear, high quality analytical output in both written, visual/cartographic and verbal format

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Aisling East on email at

To apply for this post, you will need to provide the information requested below via the online application process. These must be combined into one document as the system can only accept a single document upload per application.

A CV (no longer than two pages) setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Add to your CV your personal statement (no longer than 750 words) explaining why you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience suitable for this role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Failure to submit a single combined document (CV and personal statement) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and personal statement to reflect the role and the essential skills/criteria as described in the job description/person specification.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview as well as a personal device of choice with an account registered to either ‘Microsoft Teams’ or 'Webex' applications by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. Should you be invited to interview, you will be told which platform the event will take place on. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

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