Entry Level Data Analyst

Description of work area
CEH’s research underpins our understanding of the environment and the processes that support life on Earth. We undertake large-scale monitoring and experimentation to detect and predict the causes and consequences of environmental change. Our science is managed and delivered through integrated science.  Study of the abundance and distribution of plants, and their interactions with their environment are central to this.
We are looking for an entry level data analyst to work within a team of 15 ecologists working within the Biological Records Centre (BRC – http://www.brc.ac.uk ).  BRC is the national focus for research on the distribution of non-marine wildlife in the British Isles.  BRC is a major partner in the National Biodiversity Network, holding and processing data on behalf of data providers, and posting most of our data on the NBN Atlas https://nbnatlas.org . We are seeking a data analyst within BRC to assist with the collation, analysis and presentation of biodiversity data.

Apprenticeship Opportunity
The post holder will be supported to complete a level 4 Data Analyst higher apprenticeship, with the University of Bedfordshire. This would be a great opportunity for someone who has completed their A-levels and would like to continue studying alongside getting hands-on experience in the workplace, in the arena of environmental sciences. Alternatively for someone looking for a career change or someone looking to return to the workplace following a break.

Main duties
The post will involve the preparation and collation of data, ensuring that data is dealt with accurately and efficiently. The data analyst apprentice will use programs such as Excel, mapping software (e.g. ArcGIS) and a number of database systems e.g. Access, Oracle and MySQL to provide data exports in various formats for: scientific analysis, data summaries for internal and external users, and outputs for use in publications such as books or scientific journals. The role will provide training in the use of SQL and database design and development, and other packages as required for the projects undertaken during the apprenticeship.

Skills required
Candidates are expected to demonstrate the following:
Computer literate with some experience of using analytical tools including Excel
Knowledge of Access (or other database systems) is desirable
Genuine interest in data manipulation and analysis, with a desire to further develop skills in this area
Thorough and methodical approach to data handling, with good attention to detail
Understanding of data recording and storage methods is desirable
Good communication skills, both verbal and written
The ability to effectively organize and prioritise your workload
Knowledge of mapping software (e.g. ArcGIS or comparable GIS package)
Motivating for continues learning – learns from experience and applies learning to new situations
Scientifically numerate with good mathematical skills

Qualifications
Minimum of 2 A Levels (grades A-C) or equivalent qualification e.g. NVQ Level 3, in STEM subjects, or
A degree in an unrelated subject, wishing to retrain
You should also have demonstrable interest in your own continuing professional development (CPD).
Hours: Full time – 37 hours per week
Contract: 24 month contract
Location: Based in Wallingford
Apprenticeship: Level 4 Data Analyst, University of Bedfordshire https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/apprenticeships

Applications Closing Date: Wednesday 6th September, Midday
Interview Date: Wednesday 13th September

How to Apply
If you would like to apply, please send your CV and covering letter addressing the following two questions to recruitment@ceh.ac.uk:
1. What skills and knowledge specific to this role can you offer?
2. Please indicate what you consider to be your key achievement of relevance to this post?
Closing Date: 06/09/2017 Midday
Salary: £18,190pa

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