Senior Data Analyst - Glasgow

Location: Glasgow

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Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CCG - Risk & Intelligence Services - RIS Profiling & Case Delivery (PCD) - Projects & Profiles (P & P)

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts




About the job


At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.

We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.

It’s a very exciting time to join HMRC!

HMRC is the UK’s tax, payments and customs authority, we have a vital purpose, and we collect the money that pays for public services and help families and individuals with targeted financial support.

Risk & Intelligence Service (RIS) Profiling and Case Delivery (PCD) Projects & Profiles (P&P) is part of HMRC’s Risk and Intelligence Service, located across five National Profiling Centres that lead on the design and development of high-risk profiles, delivering hundreds of thousands of data led compliance cases to front line colleagues every year.

Based at St Vincent St, Glasgow Profiling Centre is a fast-paced area which embraces creative thinking and new approaches to data led risking. Recently, the team have been heavily involved in priority COVID response work, but we also engage directly with multiple customer groups across HMRC and beyond. Over the last year we’ve been involved in the data led risking Excise Alcohol, Environmental Taxes, Betting & Gaming and Excise Oils. We encourage innovation and offer excellent opportunities for personal and career development.

Job description

As a Senior Data Analyst (SDA), you’ll have a genuine passion for analytics, an innovative mind-set and the ability to lead and communicate effectively, actively seeking to build capability across our network. We’re looking for people that will question our current methods and offer outstanding solutions to emerging challenges.

Our Senior Data Analysts demonstrate high levels of experience and ability when using a range of ground breaking analytical tools and software, manipulating complex datasets to develop insight and risk.

SDAs lead on our technical standards of analysis and are responsible for the quality of our analytical products, ensuring standards are upheld and improved. They provide leadership and mentorship on ‘big ticket’ projects and support our data analysts on complex profiles, encouraging delivery through others and seeking new and innovative ways of working.


Key Responsibilities

  • Employ advanced analytical skills to design and deliver products that identify individuals, businesses and customer behaviours of the greatest risk to the UK economy.
  • Use new tools and techniques to develop your expertise for manipulating large datasets, including a range of taxpayer, government, public and commercially available information.
  • Initiate and undertake complex and accurate analysis.
  • Train and mentor our data analysts, building their confidence and capability.
  • Be responsible for building the overall skills of our analytical community.
  • Be a member of the Leadership Team, however, there are no line management responsibilities.
  • Building capability within our analytical community, developing effective and efficient working processes which encourages our people to flourish.
  • Ensuring products meet our quality standards.

Essential Criteria

  • Relevant previous experience of working in an analytical role where the skills you have developed can be transferred to this Senior Data Analyst role.
  • Be able to effectively communicate using verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Proven experience of working with ambitious, non-analytical stakeholders, often across multiple lines of business.
  • Proven track record to be flexible, manage conflicting demands and deliver to tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrate high levels of experience and technical ability when using bulk data analysis tools or languages, such as SAS Enterprise Guide (or similar).
  • Work with business stakeholders to capture their requirements to develop and deliver analytical projects; and demonstrate a capability of effectively communicating project changes, progress issues and results to stakeholders.


A first or second-class honours degree (2:2 minimum) or higher in a subject containing formal mathematics and / or statistical training (for example, Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography, Computer Science or similar).

Candidates may apply in their final year of study whilst they are still awaiting their degree result, however, job offers will not be made until we receive confirmation of your degree result.


Membership of a Government Analytical Service such as the Government Statistical Service, Government Operational Research Service, Digital, Data and Technology Profession (or similar).

All candidates will be required to demonstrate in their application form and at their interview their continuing professional development that would demonstrate knowledge and experience of using software packages and tools to analyse and manage data at the same level as a foundation degree / HND (Level 5).

Qualification certificates will be checked before your blended interview stage of the recruitment process.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Changing and Improving
  • Developing Self and Others

Technical skills

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

  • At the blended Technical/Behaviour interview you will be asked to deliver a 20-minute presentation. The presentation will demonstrate a significant piece of analysis you have undertaken which developed insight and delivered a real business benefit.


  • Learning and development tailored to your role.
  • An environment with flexible working options.
  • A working environment which encourages inclusion and diversity.
  • A Civil Service pension, you'll join a scheme as soon as you start.
  • Generous annual leave, on top of bank holiday leave and you'll also enjoy an extra day off to mark the Queen's birthday.
  • You'll benefit from generous paid maternity and adoption leave.

Team members that are moving offices as a result of the Locations Programme will be entitled to a Moves Adjustment Payment for three years where they incur additional costs. This is calculated based on the difference between the costs of travelling to and from the new and old office, over a weekly period. You will get more detail on this as part of targeted locations move communications.

Find more about HMRC benefits in 'Your little extras booklet' for further information

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