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Policy/Analysis Officer – Data Analysis

Salary in the range: £28,923-£34,737

Vacancy reference PAO/DA

This post will support the analysis of patterns and trends relating to college and university provision and participation in Scotland. In addition the post-holder will also work on the production of SFC’s national and official statistical publications.

The post-holder will be involved in the designing and carrying out analysis of statistical data and other relevant evidence to support the organisation in monitoring the performance of colleges and universities. Working collaboratively with SFC colleagues the Policy/Analysis Officer will gather evidence, provide guidance, support projects, disseminate management information as well as draft reports and papers to inform and underpin policy and decision making. There will also be involvement in our work to improve the quality of data collected and a requirement to assist in the development of internal and online tools for data interrogation.

Skills and experience

Applicants should have strong IT skills including expertise in Excel, Access and preferably SAS programming or SQL experience. The ability to communicate both orally and in writing is essential to ensure effective working with colleagues and to be able to interpret and explain complex information to audiences with varying levels of expertise. Problem solving skills are important as is the capability to work as a team player with internal and external colleagues to improve the quality of the evidence base and its use in decision making. Candidates should be educated to Degree Level (SCQF level 9,) preferably in a subject with significant quantitative content, or have equivalent experience.

Some awareness of and interest in the political context in which SFC operates would be desirable as is experience of using SAS, SQL, VBA or other programming languages and of using Business intelligence tools such as Power BI, Qliksense and or Qlikview.

Applications from minority ethnic candidates are particularly welcomed, because they are currently underrepresented at SFC.

No CVs accepted unless submitted with a completed application form.

Closing date for applications is 12noon, 29 May 2018. It is intended that interviews will take place in the week commencing the 11 June 2018.

Related documents

Job Profile [PDF]

Conditions of Service [PDF]


Policy/Analysis Officer - European Social Fund (Maternity cover)

Salary in the range: £28,923-£34,737

Vacancy Reference: PAO/ESF

This post will provide policy and analysis support for the European Social Fund (ESF) team within our Finance Directorate. In addition the post-holder will help to monitor the delivery of the programme, collect and analyse data. This vacancy is to cover for the maternity leave of the current post-holder and we expect it to last up to the end of May 2019.

The post-holder will develop and maintain policy advice and guidance in relation to ESF funding and ensure that the aims of the projects and conditions of grant are met. Working collaboratively with SFC colleagues to ensure effective financial management of projects, they will also be required to provide advice and guidance on the ESF project to both internal and external stakeholders.

There will be a requirement to conduct verification visits to colleges to check rules are consistent with European funding rules and that data returns are accurate. There is a requirement to provide ESF data returns to the Scottish Government, ensuring they are accurate and analyse data to provide supporting evidence for project claims. They will, as appropriate, provide support to committees and working groups on European funding and this can include presenting policies and ESF data to both internal and external audiences.

Skills and experience

Applicants should have good oral and written communication skills and have the ability to interpret and explain complex information to a wide range of audiences. Possessing good analytical skills you must be able to appreciate the wider implications of your work and have a sound awareness of the strategic issues involved in policy development / implementation.

A good understanding of the further education sector and associated funding systems is necessary as are well developed IT skills, including the ability to work with Excel. Candidates should have experience of working on European funded projects, together with knowledge of the associated regulations, monitoring, audit and compliance processes. Ideally some exposure to policy development or implementation would be beneficial as would experience of dealing with financial information and an education to Degree Level (SCQF level 9) or equivalent experience.

Applications from minority ethnic candidates are particularly welcomed, because they are currently underrepresented at SFC.

No CVs accepted unless submitted with a completed application form.

Closing date for applications is 12noon, 23 May 2018. It is intended that interviews will take place early in the week commencing 11 June 2018.

Related documents

Job Profile [PDF]

Conditions of Service [PDF]


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