Associate Data Analyst

Southampton, Hampshire
£25,638 - £26,382
03 Sep 2020
24 Sep 2020
Contract Type

Reporting to: Head of Data Science and Analytics.

Do you want to discover new insights in our data, deliver new visualisations and analysis and drive change to empower others through use of data?

Are you looking for a progressive role within the public sector?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

Job description

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency has started an ambitious transformation programme to bring data to the heart of what we do. We are currently building a new Data and Analytics team to deliver new capabilities across the organisation, making use of the wealth of data that we capture to better inform our decisions and future strategy.

We are looking for an Associate Data Analyst to operate within our Southampton based MCA team. You will be responsible for demonstrating the value of data to the organisation through analysis and visualisation to derive new insights. You will teach and inspire others across the MCA through demonstration of best practice for data analysis and providing technical leadership for our community of self-serve reporting users.

This role provides you with a fantastic opportunity to join a new and growing team and make a real difference in delivering our mission to ensure safer lives, safer ships and cleaner seas.


• Deliver a wide range of visualisation and analytical projects that solve organisational problems and create valuable insights.
• Understand and utilise a variety of statistical methods for all aspects of data analysis, applying theory to practise.
• Create data pipelines to support analytical use cases, including data manipulation, blending, transformation, cleaning and discovery.
• Validate, improve and innovate on our use of analytical tools and techniques.
• Act as an ambassador and champion for data visualisation and analysis, supporting others to improve and interpret data across the MCA.

Please see the attached Role Profile for an in-depth view of the post.

This is a full-time position with a flexible working pattern. You will sometimes be required to work outside of normal conditioned hours, and to work/travel on official duty within the UK.

About You

The successful candidate will have:

• Excellent quantitative skills and demonstrated analytical ability.
• Familiarity with core statistical functions, including regression, correlation, and significance testing is preferred.
• An understanding of tasks needed to prepare data for analytical use including; data manipulation, blending, transformation and cleaning.
• Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
• The ability to translate data into clear, understandable charts, maps and visualisations, ideally with tools including Power BI, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Confident using large datasets pulled from different sources.
• The initiative to undertake research into a technical topic.
• The ability to deliver technical guidance and training to others.

About us

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) implements the government's maritime safety policy in the United Kingdom and works to prevent the loss of life and occurrence of pollution on the coast and at sea. The work of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) makes a vital difference to hundreds of people every single day. We prevent the loss of life at sea and on the coast in the UK. People rely on our 24-hour emergency service 365-days a year. When you join us, you can be confident you are doing work the matters.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) implements the government's maritime safety policy in the United Kingdom and works to prevent the loss of life and occurrence of pollution on the coast and at sea.

Safer lives, Safer ships, Cleaner seas.

Our vision is to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world.

Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

How to apply

When considering applying please look at how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to reflect the role and the essential requirements described in the Role Profile.

- Awareness of delivering data visualisation and analyses that provide real value to stakeholders;
- Applied knowledge of data analysis and working with data from a variety of sources;
- Awareness of identifying and addressing user needs and building stakeholder relationships ;
- Awareness of data management processes and technologies, both traditional and big data.
- Applied knowledge of analytical and visualisation tools.

Sift & Interview Dates

The sift is due to take place w/c 28th September 2020

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

•an interview
•an interview with one or more exercises
•a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:

•what energises and motivates you
•how you would manage situations relevant to the role
•your previous experience
•your professional skills and knowledge

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here

Further Information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a reserve list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the reserve list you may be considered for the post. Within the reserve list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

We welcome applications from every part of the community and we don’t discriminate against any gender identity. We’re especially interested to hear from underrepresented groups in the DfT such as gender diverse, BAME, LGBT+ and disabled candidates.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Due to Covid-19, there is less capacity to complete National Security Vetting checks. Vetting is being prioritised for staff either directly involved in the HMG Covid-19 Response or roles in a limited number of agreed high priority areas.

Therefore, in some instances, following successful BPSS pre-employment checks, the successful candidate may commence employment on the premise that NSV higher security checks will be conducted once normal service levels resume. Should NSV checks prove to be unsuccessful, an alternative role, not requiring NSV clearance, will be identified within the department.

If this is not possible the start date for some campaigns will need to be delayed until vetting has been completed.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Any move to the Department For Transport will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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