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Senior Analyst (SAS programmer)

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Recruiter: Cambridge Assessment
Listed on: 23rd December 2020
Location: Cambridge
Salary Notes: Circa £46,000
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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Do you have expertise in SAS programming?
Are you highly numerate with knowledge of statistics?

We are looking for two Senior Analysts to provide expertise in the data, analytics and reporting requirements of the Assessment Division within Cambridge Assessment International Education.  Working predominately with SAS the Senior Analysts will lead the development of statistical reporting to support the delivery of new and existing qualifications, impacting our learners across the world.

Your work will make a real difference. 

Statistical programming 
With your expertise in statistical programming you will be responsible for the design, delivery, testing and maintenance of data analysis and reporting processes, primarily using SAS.  You will contribute to the continuous improvement of SAS code, adding functionality in response to user feedback and business requirements, and will ensure that business critical, time sensitive statistical reports are available to users.With a sound understanding of statistics, you will have the confidence to learn and implement techniques such as Item Response Theory and to advise on the appropriate use of statistical methods.

Increasing efficiency through improved access to and use of data
Collaborating across the business to support decision making by senior managers, Product Managers and other colleagues, you will provide analytical and statistical expertise to the Assessment Division and the wider business.   

You'll be involved in projects to automate processes, working with developers and data engineers to improve data flows and data availability. You will engage with initiatives across Cambridge Assessment to promote data science, ensuring that the Assessment Division is contributing to and benefitting from developments in skills and technology.

What we're looking for
Already an expert in data analysis and reporting in a language such as SAS, R or Python, you will need to rapidly acquire proficiency in SAS if you are not already proficient.  You'll be confident in writing queries to extract information from complex relational databases and highly numerate, with knowledge of common statistical measures.

With the ability to deliver business-critical data and analytics services in a time-sensitive context you will have demonstrable examples of how you have collaborated with a wide range of stakeholders. Taking responsibility for identifying and solving problems, you will be responsible for delivering successful projects.  Critical to your success will be the ability to communicate technical information clearly to specialists and non-specialists as well as your methodical approach with excellent attention to detail.  

It would also be desirable if you had any of the following skills and experience:

  • SAS certification as Base Programmer or Advanced Programmer
  • Experience of version control software e.g. Git, SVN
  • Experience of using SQL, VBA, PowerBI or similar tools
  • Advanced knowledge of statistical methods used in assessment, such as Item Response Theory and experience of using specialist statistical software such as WinSteps
  • Understanding of the principles and processes of assessment
  • Experience of automating data flows and reporting
  • Experience of using "big data" in Hadoop 

Preparing students for life

Cambridge Assessment International Education prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of Cambridge Assessment, our international qualifications are recognised by the world's best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. As a not-for-profit organisation, we devote our resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners' potential. 


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:

  • Generous contributory pension
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Annual salary review and discretionary company bonus
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay
  • Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
  • Cycle scheme
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Subsidised staff restaurants
  • Support for professional qualifications
  • Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.

We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone's contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 17 January 2021 and interviews will be held on 27 and 29 January 2021.

To apply, please upload CV and covering letter please click the APPLY button.

If you're successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.

The University of Cambridge will be bringing together its publishing and assessment operations to create a single organisation from 1 August 2021. Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment publish and create world-leading content and examinations that are used across more than 170 countries.

The move is in response to a growing desire from learners, teachers and researchers to engage with Cambridge in a joined up digital way, and the demand for innovative products that combine expertise in learning and assessment. The new organisation will have the capabilities to provide world leading assessment, learning and academic research offerings globally, under the Cambridge brand and backed by first class teaching and research departments.