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UK Health Security Agency

Director of Analytics and Data Science

Job description

You may be based in any UKHSA location (Birmingham, Bristol, Horsham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham) although regular travel to London and UK travel will be required

About the job
Job summary

The Director Analytics and Data Science is responsible for building and providing a world-class analytics capability that improves health outcomes through innovative and transparent use of data, analytics, and insights. The directorate looks to:

  • Empower decision-makers by proactively providing the most actionable insights to detect and mitigate health security threats.
  • Inform the public with trustworthy and open/transparent data analysis collaborate with partners to welcome professional and public engagement that builds capability and encourages innovation.
    Job description
    You will:
  • Lead the development and application of cutting-edge technology, standards, methodology and techniques that will enable complex analytics, modelling, and data visualisation services. To inform health protection activities decision-making, actions and/or interventions and outcomes at a national and international level.
  • Manage inter-disciplinary teams to ensure an innovative, efficient, effective, and high-quality approach to generating analytical output that is clear and valuable.
  • Develop and enhance data analytics capabilities across the Data & Analytics function and wider UKHSA community
  • Work with key stakeholders across UKHSA to ensure alignment to priorities, thereby ensuring tailored and valuable outputs, as well as overseeing the duties of Head of Profession for Official Statistics within UKHSA
    Managing People & Resources
  • The role will manage four teams based at various UKHSA-identified office locations 
  • The post-holder will be responsible for owning and managing the entire team budget on delegation from the Director General of Data, Analytics and Surveillance Group. The post-holder will be expected to secure all necessary funding through SR processes, ensuring impact and value for money to the taxpayer
    Accountability & Decision Making
  • Lead the development of cutting-edge modelling, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Intelligence (MI) to bear against Health Protection / Security outcomes
  • Oversee the development and delivery of complex commissioned analytics outputs, including data visibility and data visualisation (e.g., geospatial) and advise/support other primary and secondary analysis on a commissioned basis
  • Lead the management and prioritisation of analytical work, ensuring inter-disciplinary teams work efficiently and effectively together to produce high quality analytical outputs  
  • Drive the adoption of a wide range of analysis and synthesis techniques and continually assure, improve and innovate practices to generate clear and valuable findings
  • Establish visualisation capabilities that tell an actionable story and inform decision making 
  • Support the Heads of Analytical Professions including Statistics, Economics, Data Science, Modelling and Geography to undertake their duties on behalf of the organisation
  • Provide tailored data and analytics services to wider UKHSA to achieve the full range of health protection outcomes 
  • Define standards of practice for MI collection
  • Support the UKHSA transparency agenda and encourage transparency of data and analysis by default across UKHSA, ensuring our trustworthiness with the public and regulator
  • Enhance and build upon academic partnerships in modelling, HPRUs. Making the most of links with global partners (CDC, WHO) and leverage the National Biosurveillance Network to coordinate expertise and resources.
    Person specification
    It is important through your CV and Statement of Suitability that you provide evidence and examples of proven experience of these selection criteria.
    Essential Criteria:
  • Empowering, inclusive and inspiring management of high performing analytical teams, with the ability to lead dispersed 
  • multifunctional teams through change and organisational transformation in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to forge relationships with senior stakeholders of various professions within and 
  • outside the organisation, collaborating across different sectors. Coordinating projects with a range of internal and external 
  • stakeholders, influencing, negotiating, and challenging where necessary.
  • Evidence of both management and leadership skills, working strategically in a wider context with clear ability to support decision making.
  • Evidence of leading teams at the cutting-edge of complex analytics and visualisation, thinking differently about how to deliver policy relevant health capabilities. Working with a range of national and international stakeholders.
  • The ability to connect strategy, operational planning, and complex capabilities to enable National outcomes; delivering continuous improvement in the way that we think and operate, for both our long-term efficiency and effectiveness
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