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Lead Analyst - Research Sustainability

UK Research and Innovation

Location: London, Swindon
Salary: £50,702 annum pro rata (plus £5128.88 London allowance if applicable)
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th October 2021
Closes: 4th November 2021
Job Ref: 21000106


Open Ended

Full time/part time (minimum 0.5FTE)

Applications from job shares welcome
Open to flexible working arrangements and secondments
£50,702 per annum pro rata (plus £5128.88 London allowance if applicable)

The Research and Innovation System Analysis Team (RISA) is seeking an outstanding analyst to lead analytical projects to investigate sustainability issues in the system – both historical and the new ones brought by the pandemic – and help setting the direction for policy interventions. This is an exciting opportunity to join the dynamic, multi-disciplinary analytical team at the heart of UKRI.

We are a fun and diverse multi-disciplinary team, committed to supporting each other’s personal and professional development.

Key responsibilities

  • Leading an analytical work program and managing a team of analysts to develop an evidence base to advise on development of policy options in the area of financial sustainability of the system.
  • Drawing on a broad range of analytical tools to ensure your advice is practical, targeted and clearly draws out the policy conclusions.
  • Developing tools to help better understanding of research funding, consequences of the existing framework and resulting incentives for sh ort, mid and long-term system sustainability.
  • Modelling system behaviour in response to external factors (e.g. impacts of the pandemic on financial flows) and policy interventions (e.g. changes in Full Economic Costing methodology that is used across UK universities).
  • Developing and supervising a system of sustainability indicators.
  • Delivering accurate, high quality pieces of work at pace.
  • Regular exposure to senior decision makers in UKRI and engaging with diverse groups of specialists across UKRI and with wider analytical and academic community and government departments.
  • You will manage a Band E (SEO level) and a Band D (HEO level) analysts and will report to the head of RISA (Band G/Grade 6).

About you

  • Relevant degree or equivalent work experience in operational research, economics, statistics, or highly numerate subjects such as mathematics, physics or engineering.
  • Experience of problem structuring, working with qualitative and quantitative data and the model development cycle; analysing scenarios and investigating the impact of changes; applying quality assurance techniques to make sure that your analysis is robust and fit for purpose.
  • Familiarity with a range of forecasting, statistical and modelling techniques, eg. stock-and-flow, discrete event simulation, Monte Carlo etc, understanding their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Your ability to learn and apply a new analytical technique to advise on a solution to a problem.
  • Coding experience (eg. R, SQL) and working with large datasets
  • You will also be required to evidence the following civil service behaviours:
    • Analytical skills
    • Leadership
    • Making effective decisions
    • Delivering at Pace
    • Communicating and influencing

UKRI recognises and values emplo yees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance plus more!

How to Apply

Applicants need to provide an up to date CV and a cover letter outlining their suitability for the role, matched with the criteria. Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services.

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