Signpost Programme Data Analyst (Temporary)

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Temporary Externally Funded Non Grant-in-Aid contract post, the indicative duration of which is 48 months, subject to contract. A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months.

Basic Function:

The primary role of the appointee will be to actively support the implementation of the Signpost Programme through the interpretation of programme generated data, for the creation of information and insights, to help Signpost Farmers, Teagasc, Signpost partner organisations and all farmers


The Signpost Programme is a major knowledge transfer and research programme recently launched by Teagasc, in collaboration with industry and other organisations. It will generate significant volumes of data, from the Signpost Farmers and other programme activities.

Job Objectives

  • Collect data both from the Signpost Farms and from the overall Signpost Programme.

  • Filter, clean and prepare data before identifying, analysing and interpreting patterns or trends (using statistical techniques) in complex data sets.

  • Report results, including the production and tracking of Signpost Programme Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s).

  • Create data visualisations which allow end users to more easily understand the data.

  • Develop dashboards to showcase Signpost Programme results.

  • Work with colleagues (including those in the National Farm Survey and other Research Departments) to create and refine data collection and analysis processes.

  • Develop relationships with external programme partners and stakeholders to develop multi-disciplinary approaches to data gathering and analysis, including to facilitate data sharing relevant for programme delivery.

  • Establish and maintain Signpost Programme databases.

  • Conduct surveys as required.

  • Assist Teagasc in meeting its commitments under Data Protection legislation.

  • Work with other Signpost Programme team members and Teagasc colleagues to create and develop innovative products/services for use in the Signpost Programme.

  • Provide technical leadership to the Signpost programme, internally, with programme partners and other external stakeholders.

  • Articulate Signpost Programme priorities, and represent Teagasc, via national media, local media, social media, conferences and events.

  • Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service charter and action plan.

  • Actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes.

  • Fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations (including full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement).

  • Carry out such other duties and assignments delegated by the Head of Department.

  • This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive. It will be reviewed from time to time with the post holder.

Skills Required




  • Candidates must have a Level 8 degree in a science or data based discipline, such as Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Computer Science or Spatial Analysis.

  • A postgraduate degree and/or relevant experience (minimum of two years in a similar role) would be an advantage.


  • Data analysis.

  • Outstanding analytical, numerical and problem solving skills.

  • Ability to collect, organise, analyse and disseminate significant amounts of data with attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Strong report writing skills.

  • A recognized ability to deliver high quality work, on-time.

  • Communications skills.

  • Facilitation skills.

  • Spatial Analysis/ GIS.


  • Detailed knowledge of data analysis tools.

  • Knowledge of database design, development and management.

  • Computer literate, with proficiency in the use of MS Office.

  • Statistical knowledge.

  • Knowledge of XML, API’s, SQL or similar.

  • Knowledge of statistical programmes such as SAS and SPSS.

  • Knowledge of EU and national policies and legislation relating to climate change.

  • Irish agriculture.

Behavioural Competencies

  • A results-driven individual with a strong focus on goal-setting, performance delivery and accountability.

  • Ability to work as part of a team, including consulting, collaborating and building relationships with key stakeholders.

  • Ability to communicate effectively to enable knowledge and technology transfer.

  • Innovative, and utilises new technologies to communicate with farmers/ students/ colleagues.

  • Honours commitments and is accountable for own actions and their impact.

  • Good record of achievement in previous work.

  • Willing to learn, strives for high quality of work and demonstrates commitment to the programme.


  • Candidates must satisfy and continue to satisfy during employment with Teagasc, legal requirements to drive a car unaccompanied on Irish public roads.

Note: The ‘essential’ qualifications, knowledge, skills and behavioural competencies outlined above are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the selection process.

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