Morgan McKinley

Senior Data Analyst

Job description


We have an exciting opportunity in the Data and Insights Department. The Data and Insights department is responsible for informing evidence-based decision-making and the implementation of sustainable energy solutions through the provision of policy-relevant research & guidance, robust evidence and energy modelling and statistics. In particular, the department is responsible for:

  • providing targeted and timely evidence to inform policy formation, decision-making and implementation.
  • improving the availability and accessibility of data and information to inform the national debate.
  • working with other Departments and organisations to engage society on energy issues in the context of the wider sustainability agenda.
  • providing economic, technical, behavioural and policy analysis & support to key stakeholders in the Irish energy sector.

The successful candidates will report to the Programme Manager for Energy Modelling but provide expert data analytical services across the wider Data and Insights team.

Key Responsibilities will include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Contribute to the work of the Data and Insights team through the development and maintenance of a range of analytical models including detailed heat, energy efficiency, transport, and electricity system modelling tools.
  • Develop new analytical tools using Python and Power BI
  • Contribute to the development of National Energy Projections
  • Prepare, integrate, and analyse programme data and external data to support assessments of impact and estimates of their contributions to programme and organisational objectives.
  • Develop analytical input to inform policy advice and analysis for relevant Government Departments (primarily DECC) and public sector organisations.
  • Contribute to the generation of clear and concise reports / issues papers etc. to inform policy making stakeholders.
  • Produce effective data visualisations to illustrate analytical insights.
  • Ensure thorough use of systems to monitor, manage and assure the highest level of quality service delivery.
  • Identify current and future data gaps, programme impact assessments and latest research to continuously develop model methodology, functionality, and other analytical tools.
  • Assist in specification and development of data storage and processing solutions to enable efficient data retrieval and analysis.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with external stakeholders and with organisations delivering services.
  • Undertake any other duties /projects as may be required from time to time within Data and Insights and in alternative Business Units.
  • Active cross-team and cross-department participation, supporting Research & Policy Insights, and other programme areas, as required.

The knowledge and skills required include but are not limited to the following:

  • Very well-developed IT skills including fluency in using databases, Excel, PowerPoint, visualisation tools etc.
  • Strong evidence of practical experience with a programming language such as Python or similar.
  • Strong experience in developing and testing statistical models for accuracy and robustness.
  • Some practical experience with data pipelines, especially integrated with cloud storage, and with query languages such as SQL or similar.
  • A proactive approach in objective setting, project tracking and driving for timeliness, quality and clarity of results and to operate with little guidance on project deliverables.
  • Ability to think strategically, work on own initiative and display sound judgement.
  • An ability to build and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders and to ensure good co-operation with data suppliers.
  • Very good understanding of statistical methods and best practice in data gathering, processing, analysis and presentation.
  • Ability to identify changes required to improve functionality and increase efficiencies in data management or modelling.
  • Excellent technical ability in information management and report writing skills, coupled with an understanding of the need for accuracy and rigour in data collection and management.
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and presentation skills
  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly within a small team, responding to needs as they arise.
  • Energy sector knowledge and a keen interest in climate action
  • A knowledge of novel methods of dissemination of data and analysis would also be an advantage.
  • A capacity to foster a positive working relationship with colleagues at all levels; to work in multi-disciplinary teams and to network effectively.
  • Excellent organisation skills together with the ability to prioritise work and manage a wide variety of tasks with a proven track record in meeting deadlines.

Essential Requirements

The successful candidates must be able to demonstrate:

  • A Postgraduate Degree and/or equivalent professional qualification in computer science, information technology, statistics, engineering, economics, or science.
  • Minimum four years' experience of working in these areas, or similar.
  • Excellent computer skills including a proficient use of Microsoft Excel, including spreadsheet construction and use.
  • Demonstrated extensive practical experience using Python, or similar programming language.
  • Practical experience in querying data using SQL or similar query language.
  • Successful track record of analysing substantial and multi-faceted data and creating clear and concise reports applicable to a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of advanced data analysis and modelling.
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences.
  • Passion for climate action and providing evidence base to advance sustainable energy policy.

Desirable Requirements

  • Knowledge of the energy sector and experience with energy data.
  • Extensive practical experience with Python applied to energy statistics or modelling.
  • Extensive experience working with databases and data pipelines, including design, setup, extraction and storage optimization.
  • Experience with version control tools, especially Git.
  • Experience with cloud services for data processing in Azure or similar.
  • Successful track record in building and maintaining good relationships with external clients.
  • A strong understanding of the public sector and industry environment and context.
  • Experience working in the energy sector and awareness of latest research in sustainable energy transition.

Morgan McKinley is acting as an Employment Agency and references to pay rates are indicative.


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