Head of Data and Infrastructure
Office for Students
17th November 2020
£59463 - £62708
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Who we are
The Office for Students (OfS) regulates English higher education providers on behalf of all students. Our goals include helping students get into and succeed in higher education, ensuring students receive excellent information and guidance, making sure that students get a high-quality education that prepares them for the future, and protecting students` interests. We want to be driven by evidence, so data and analysis will inform our effective, efficient and intelligent regulation in the student interest.
If you join us, you`ll be working in an organisation that values teamwork, innovation and creativity. Our Data, Foresight and Analysis directorate (DFA) provides a range of data collection, analysis and research activities that underpin the regulatory functions of the OfS.
We are seeking to appoint a Head of Data and Infrastructure to join our supportive, enthusiastic, and high performing team.
Who we are looking for
To succeed in the role you will have excellent leadership skills, a thorough knowledge of data analysis, IT and in particular data analysis systems, together with the ability to work with a separate IT department to deliver data management and systems. You will understand emerging technologies and be able to identify opportunities for these to be applied within the organisation. You will work with the head of data assurance to ensure that data used by the OfS are fit for purpose.
You will have experience in a similar role already - you will be hands on and used to leading a team of analysts, working collaboratively with internal and external colleagues.
Some of the key responsibilities for the role include (but not limited to) are:
-Provide the required data and analytical infrastructure to support the OfS data and analytics operations including identifying new technologies.
-Ensure key datasets contain the data needed to deliver OfS objectives effectively and coherently.
-Ensures that future data needs are anticipated and met, managing external stakeholders, providers of data, negotiating access and ensuring legal (GDPR) compliance and OfS data standards are met.
This post is a full-time role, we support flexible working, and we`re open to considering a job share.
Extras you can expect
Benefits include 25 days annual leave per year, membership of the Civil Service pension scheme and a comprehensive staff development programme.
Applying for this role
The OfS embraces and promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. We strive to reflect this in our workforce so that we represent the diversity of those whose interests we promote. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition. We welcome flexible working, and as an organisation which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we are firmly committed to providing learning and development opportunities for all employees.
We welcome and encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and experiences so we don`t have any preconceptions about how you`ll demonstrate that you meet our minimum requirements. If you have any particular requirements in relation to the selection process, please let us know immediately so that we can discuss any reasonable adjustments you may need. We are requesting this information to make the process as equitable as possible for each candidate.
We are following government advice relating to COVID-19 and interviews will be held virtually. If you are shortlisted, we will work with you to ensure you are given the opportunity to attend interview in the most appropriate way. If you have any queries with regard to this, or any other part of the recruitment process contact Becki Witts, Business Support Manager.
Closing date: 15th December 2020
Interviewing date: 8th January 2021