Data Analyst – 62871
£29,363 – £36,296
We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit:
Business Intelligence and Insights
National: £ 29,263 to £ 32,304 plus a potential recruitment allowance of up to +10%
London: £32, 943 to £36,296, plus a potential recruitment allowance of up to +10%
New entrants are normally expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
Head of Information and Analysis
National or London
Full time: 37 hours per week
Job type (i.e. fixed term/permanent/loan/secondment)
Security Clearance Required
Who are we?
The YJB is the public body which advises Ministers, including the Secretary of State for Justice on the youth justice system. Our ambition is to see a Child First youth justice system. A system which looks to children’s’ strengths and supports children to become the best version of themselves. To this effect we engage with a wide variety of organisations, partners and parties with an interest in youth justice, we share good practice, champion improvement and issue grants.
Our recruitment is based on merit, we welcome applications from all who can commit to our vision and values, we offer considerable flexibility in how you work and expect commitment and flexibility in return. We continue to strive for equality, diversity and inclusion in our culture and our staff group to this end we encourage applications from those people with traditional protected characteristics. Our staff are public servants, eligible for the Civil Service pension scheme and we are accredited by the Civil Service Commission. This means applications from across Civil Service Departments, their agencies and Arms-Length Bodies are treated as internal applicants. We also welcome applications from those who do not work in these bodies.
Working to ensure a youth justice system that sees children as children, treats them fairly and helps them to build on their strengths so they can make a constructive contribution to society. This will prevent offending and create safer communities with fewer victims.
Aims of the Youth Justice System
Prevention of offending by children and young people:
- To reduce the number of children in the youth justice system
- To reduce reoffending by children in the youth justice system
- To improve the safety and wellbeing of children in the youth justice system
To improve outcomes of children in the youth justice system
YJB is the only public body with oversight of the whole youth justice system. Research and evidence are key to our understanding of the youth justice landscape. This supports effective decision making, gives assurance to ministers that our advice has a solid evidence base and supports the achievement of our strategic objectives.
The Business Intelligence and Insights Directorate gathers and interprets information from a range of sources (including data, research, and wider intelligence). This information supports: the YJB’s oversight of the Youth Justice System (YJS), helps us to understand how the system is operating and whether it is achieving its aims, and helps to identify future opportunities and challenges for children and the YJS. The directorate leads the organisation in gathering, developing and using data and evidence well.
As part of the Information & Analysis team you will be responsible for updating existing reporting and dashboards, the generation of new reports to meet organisation needs and delivery of ad hoc reports and analysis.
You will support the building of all standardised reporting to ensure automation of frequently run reports. You will be working in collaboration to understand reporting needs and how effective analysis can be supported. You will have accountability for delivering current defined reports within agreed timeframes and required quality.We need intellectually curious team members with coding experience who have a proven record in the practical application of statistical analysis. Applicants should have good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate complex data/analysis to non-specialist colleagues and stakeholders.
- Develop and maintain analytical models.
- Build an understanding of the range and quality of data sources in relevant portfolio, evaluating, and advising on appropriate use of data sources.
- Analysing and communicating trends and key areas or issues from the data.
- Assist with the development and continual review and improvement of statistical outputs and processes, to meet the needs of internal and external users in an efficient and effective way and assessing future demand. This includes considering best use of digital technology in analysis and presentation in line with the strategy for the UK statistical system (Statistics for the public good – UK Statistics Authority)
- Promote statistical best practice, ensuring compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics and related legislation.
- Support the SEOs and G7 in the development of the Information and Analysis Team.
- Build collaborative and productive relationships across the YJB and wider.
- Proactive in self-development to learn and apply cutting edge statistical techniques.
All posts within the YJB operate flexibly to ensure the requirements of the business are met and as such you may be required to undertake other duties in their role or duties in other parts of the business at their grade to meet business priorities. You will expect to work within a matrix management approach often undertaking regular tasks alongside providing project support to wider programmes; you will be expected to take on corporate responsibilities in addition to your role.
- In carrying out your duties you will respect the YJBs commitment to equality of opportunity and the diversity of the YJB and its stakeholders.
- You will make sure you understand and adhere to your responsibilities in relation to health and safety and data protection.
- Carry out data analysis, quality assurance, and produce graphical representations and data visualisations to present and communicate trends and key areas or issues from data.
- Assist with the production of statistical outputs, including consulting with users and ensuring compliance with Office for Statistics Regulation requirements and that outputs/analysis are fit for purpose.
- Assist the development, continual review and improvement of statistical outputs and processes, to meet the needs of internal and external users in an efficient and effective way and assessing future demand. This includes considering best use of digital technology in analysis and presentation in line with the strategy for the UK statistical system (Statistics for the Public Good).
- Responsible for highly effective oral and written communications, including reports and submissions, using appropriate styles, methods and timing to translate complex data into clear and concise information for a wide range of audiences to maximise impact and understanding
- Build and manage collaborative relationships with stakeholders in the youth justice system to gather and share requirements and findings.
- Coding experience (able to manipulate and filter data) – preferably confident in R but other languages (eg SQL) will be considered if candidate can demonstrate an aptitude to code
- Experience and knowledge of both Power BI Desktop and Tableau to build/update dashboards, reports and datasets.
- Proven analytical experience, including a track record in the practical application of analysis with an in-depth knowledge of data sources and resolving any anomalies with data suppliers.
- Ability to deliver analysis outputs to tight deadlines contributing to statistical production.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate complex analysis to non-specialists.
- Experience of modelling data/regression analyses/Bayesian analyses
- Experience of working with large datasets
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles and will assess your Technical Skills, Abilities, Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
The assessment process will be made up of two parts:
- A statement demonstrating in no more than 250 words the lead behaviour Delivering at Pace
- A statement, no more than 1000 words, which sets out your suitability for the role. This should include how you meet the essential and desirable skills above and essential Technical and Ability criteria (outlined below).
- Membership of (or willingness to obtain when in post) the GSG.
- Technical skills as described in GAF Technical Skills and at the end of this job description although encourage applications from anyone from analytical professions e.g. GSG, GSR, GORS, GESR to apply
- Competent in R/SQL (experience in using statistical software).
- Proficient in MS Office suite, including intermediate Excel skills.
- Working data visualisation skills in Power BI/Tableau.
The interview will be a blended interview. The focus will be on:
- GAF technical skills and behaviour;
- Civil Service behaviors: Delivering at Pace (Lead), Communicating & Influencing, Managing a quality service
- Strengths as described in the Success Profiles (this is a very particular style of interview please make sure you make yourself aware of these in advance).
Contact for information
Rhian Manley (email: Rhian.Manley@yjb.gov.uk; Phone: 07929712426)
Civil Service Behaviours
- Delivering at Pace(Lead)
Show a positive approach to keeping the whole team’s efforts focused on the top priorities. Promote a culture of following the appropriate procedures to ensure results are achieved on time whilst still enabling innovation. Ensure the most appropriate resources are available for colleagues to use to do their job effectively. Regularly monitor your own and team’s work against milestones ensuring individual needs are considered when setting tasks. Act promptly to reassess workloads and priorities when there are conflicting demands to maintain performance. Allow individuals the space and authority to meet objectives, providing additional support where necessary, whilst keeping overall responsibility.
- Communicating and Influencing
Communicate with others in a clear, honest and enthusiastic way in order to build trust. Explain complex issues in a way that is easy to understand. Take into account people’s individual needs. Deliver difficult messages with clarity and sensitivity, being persuasive when required. Consider the impact of the language used. Remain open-minded and impartial in discussions, whilst respecting the diverse interests and opinions of others. Introduce different methods for communication, including making the most of digital resources whilst getting value for money. Monitor the effectiveness of own and team communications and take action to improve where necessary.
- Managing a quality service
Develop, implement, maintain and review systems and services to ensure delivery of professional excellence. Work with stakeholders to set priorities, objectives and timescales. Successfully deliver high quality outcomes that meet the customers’ needs and gives value for money. Identify risks and resolve issues efficiently. Involve a diverse range of colleagues, stakeholders and delivery partners in developing suggestions for improvements. Establish ways to find and respond to feedback from customers about the services provided.
Technical skills Summary
Government Analytical Function Data Analyst Key Skills;
- Logical and creative thinking skills – Working
- Analytical and problem-solving skills – Working
- Good IT and mathematical skills with the ability to learn new systems and ways of working – Working
- Data Management – Working
- Quality Assurance and validation and data linkage – Working
- Ability to produce clear graphical representations and data visualisations – Working
- Data modelling, data cleansing and data enrichment techniques – Working
- Statistical methods and data analysis – Working
- Communicate insight – Working
- Project Management – Awareness
Benefits of working for the Youth Justice Board
- Opportunity to work in an organisation that seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of children at risk of entering and within the youth justice system
- Family friendly policies including flexible working opportunities. Many of our staff combine working from our offices in either London or Wales with working from home; compressed hours, part-time working
- Civil Service Pension Scheme, and/or continuous service transfer of Civil Service Pension Scheme as applicable
- Annual leave of 25 days per annum plus public holidays (or for those transferring directly from Civil Service Departments, their Agencies, Arms-Length Bodies (ALBs) and Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPB) we will match current annual leave entitlement, up to 30 days)
- As an accredited NDPB we can accept your continuous service from other Civil Service departments their agencies and ALBs/NDBPs
- Special recognition bonus scheme
- Special leave for unplanned emergencies and for voluntary work
- Employee Assistance Programme offering confidential support and advice for personal and work issues and occupational health
- Health and well-being initiatives such as flu-vaccinations
- Free eye tests and eyecare vouchers for VDU workers
- Interest free season ticket loans
- Regular professional development
- Professional HR Case Management support for managers
The national salary range is £29,363 - £32,304, London salary range is £32,943 - £36,296. Your salary will be dependent on your base location
Flexible working hours
The Youth Justice Board a flexible working system in many offices.
The Youth Justice Board offers a range of benefits:
For nationally advertised campaigns, candidates will be appointed to their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) on the completion of pre-employment checks.
Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.
There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.
The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
The Youth Justice Board is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.