Job description

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The Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, fire, counter-terrorism and police. They're at the frontline of the government’s endeavour to keep UK citizens safe and the country secure. What they do matters.

Job summary

The first duty of Government is to protect the public. Since 1782, the Home Office has led work to keep the country safe from those who seek to do it harm.

The Home Office covers three systems: Homeland Security, Public Safety and Borders, and Immigration and Citizenship. These systems work collaboratively to deliver their cross-cutting priorities, whilst providing increasingly efficient and secure services for the public.

Digital Data and Technology (DDaT) enables the Home Office to keep citizens safe and the country secure, as well as at the front line of making the Home Office a modern and capable department at a time of unprecedented global change.

Within DDaT, the Data Services and Analytics (DSA) team find innovative uses for Home Office data and contains one of the most advanced data analytics centres in Government. They strive to lead the way in appropriate and proportionate use of data and analytics to deliver joined-up, intelligent services that unlock the value from data and improve decision making, policy and operations.

What this means is a daily opportunity to work with teams across the Home Office’s areas of responsibility, from borders, visas and passports, to policing and national security, with some of the largest and most varied datasets and in support of critical national initiatives.

Data Services and Analytics consist of technical and non-technical professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds, they are the hub of data expertise within the department. They support their teams with structured learning, both formal and on-the-job, mentoring and feedback.

They embrace diversity and inclusion to ensure they represent the public they serve, and they are passionate about fair treatment and the wellbeing of their colleagues as part of their ambitions to be a brilliant Civil Service.

By joining Data Services and Analytics now, you can help drive forward their aim to become recognised as the leading provider of data insight services in Government.

***To be considered, you will need to successfully complete SC clearance before commencing the role. To meet the National Security Vetting requirements for this role you will need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 5 years.

Job description

Senior Data Analysts collect, organise and study data to provide business insight.

As a Senior Data Analyst, you will work across a broad range of areas (e.g. Business Intelligence, Data Assurance and Quality), understanding, manipulating and accurately analysing data. You will apply tools and techniques for data analysis and data visualisation (including the use of BI tools). You will provide insight, briefing internal and external audiences in ways that make complex data easy to understand, particularly for non-specialist audiences.

You may work on projects of high political exposure, value or complexity and you will engage with senior stakeholders, championing the value of data science.

You will be engaged with, and actively contribute to, the Data Science community and be comfortable with managing and mentoring junior staff.

Person specification

Your main day to day responsibilities will include:

managing, cleaning, abstracting and aggregating data alongside a range of analytical studies on that data

identifying, collecting and migrating complex data to/from a range of systems, and delegating to their team where required

summarising and presenting the results of data analysis to a range of senior customers, making recommendations

using a range of analytical techniques such as data mining, time series, forecasting and modelling techniques to identify and predict trends in a variety of complex data types

working with stakeholders to gather requirements and deliver findings, with oversight from lead data analysts

building capability and continually developing programming and analysis skills of self and others through line managing Data Analysts

You will also be expected to carry out the following day to day activities:

leading on data quality checking and cleaning

developing knowledge of cutting-edge techniques and sharing knowledge of data analysis across the organisation

working with Data Engineers to map, produce, transform and test new data feeds for data owners and consumers, advising on the most appropriate tools and techniques

leading ad hoc data exploration in a wide variety of data serialisation and storage formats, from across the business, for data consumers

designing, coding, testing, correcting and documenting moderate to complex programmes and scripts from agreed specifications and subsequent iterations, using agreed standards and tools

proactively exploring areas of innovation in both government and industry

manipulating and linking different data sets as required

interpreting and applying relevant data information security standards, policies and procedures to data

performing routine statistical analysis and ad-hoc queries which may include the production of reports

Essential Skills

You’ll have demonstrable passion for Data Analysis, with the following skills or some experience in:

helping teams apply a range of techniques (e.g. network analysis, data matching, information retrieval, text analytics) to analyse data and provide insight

understanding conceptual, logical and physical data modelling, developing knowledge of data cleansing and standardisation

presenting analysis and visualisations in a clear way to communicate complex messages that inform decisions to technical and non-technical audiences

leading a team to develop and deliver analytics products

identifying the business value for innovation within an organisation

using programming languages such as SQL and python and visualisation tools such as Power BI.

Technical skills

They'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

Analytics (INAN) – Level 3

Innovation (INOV) – Level 3

Programming/Software Development (PROG) – Level 3

Data Modelling and Design (DTAN) – Level 3

Quality Assurance (QUAS) – Level 3

Relationship Management (RLMT) – Level 3


You’ll also have access to the same benefits available to all civil servants in the Home Office:

Learning and development tailored to your role

An environment with flexible working options

A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity

A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Please find more information here - Benefits - Home Office Careers

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Experience and Technical skills.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and Statement of Suitability (Max Limit:1000 words).

Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Further information

Please read the essential skills for this position carefully. They will only consider those who meet the listed requirement.

Hybrid Working

Where business needs allow, some roles may be suitable for a combination of office and home-based working. Where this is the case, employees will be expected to spend a minimum of 60% of their working time in the office. Applicants can discuss any specific questions with the Vacancy Holder.

Reasonable Adjustments

If a person with disabilities is at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, they have a duty to make reasonable changes to their processes.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

UK nationals

nationals of the Republic of Ireland

nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020

Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements

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