Senior Research Analyst

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West Midlands Combined Authority

Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Application Deadline
£32,657 - £37,109

Join TfWM to shape the future of transport & data insight in a globally significant change programme.

If you are the sort of person who is motivated by wanting to shape a better world, and you want to really influence how that happens in the West Midlands as we lead the way for the UK, then these opportunities will be perfect for you. We are looking six new team members to join our highly successful core Data Insights team. You will help us deliver intelligence about our transport system that can support better outcomes for the people, businesses and fantastic place that is the West Midlands.

Who we are

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) plans, develops and manages an integrated transport system for the West Midlands that is reliable, affordable and accessible for all. It is the transport arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

A standard setter in the industry, our achievements are regularly recognised nationally, most importantly as the winner of ‘City Region Authority of the Year’ in 2016, 2017 and 2019 at the National Transport Awards.

Whether it’s developing and delivering new infrastructure, collaborating on future mobility projects, operating the West Midlands Metro or helping customers to keep moving, we need creative and innovative talent to join our already excellent team and help us make a real difference to residents, businesses and visitors travelling in and around the West Midlands.

About the team

This is an exciting time for the West Midlands - with Coventry’s City of Culture in 2021, the Commonwealth Games here in 2022, and the arrival of HS2 which will help make us a world class business location. All supported by a massive local programme of bus rapid transit, highway improvements, bike hire, new metro lines and new local rail stations. Together we are forging new standards and new solutions for urban living and enabling social and economic growth. We are at the epi-centre of much of the UK’s research and are piloting new mobility services and data driven systems. We have a globally unique and massive programme of innovation and data science. This is driving a revolution in our transport system and enabling the delivery of an unprecedented scale of infrastructure investment. We deliver insight and analytics built on real-time data and we get recognised for our industry leading work: https://www.intelligenttranspo... makes for a uniquely challenging and evolving environment. We are looking for the right people to ensure we can meet the demands of delivering an ambitious agenda that will build a healthier, happier, better connected and more prosperous West Midlands, a region which is trial blazing a new approach for the UK.

As a highly successful team we take a very creative approach focusing on intelligence led policy, built on quality research, performance analytics, operational and strategic transport forecasting. The job is continually evolving to meet the challenges we currently face You do not have to be a transport expert to join us, but you do need to have an innovative and can-do mind set and be determined to explore new possibilities.

We are seeking new colleagues to join our dynamic, growing and highly agile team in our Policy, Strategy and Innovation Department of Transport for West Midlands. We have six newly established full time and permanent posts:

Who we need

This role seeks a research analyst with experience working in an analytical role who is passionate about the people of the West Midlands! Through this role you will have many opportunities to get involved to inform and evaluate policies, projects and plans for travel in the West Midlands. The ideal candidate will have strong analytical capabilities with statistical forecasting experience and an ability to understand and appreciate how human behaviour and experience influences movement on the transport network. Your attention to detail will be shared with a capability to see the bigger picture, be creative and problem-solve. You will have the ability to communicate clearly to a variety of audiences, including gathering requirements and the creation and presentation of reports that identify key actions to help build upon previous insight. You will demonstrate a high level of numeracy skills and the ability to critically examine and leverage large data sets to produce drill-down reporting and metrics as well as play a key role in defining and launching automated reports. You will be able to prioritise and manage your workload in an agile, fast-paced environment. A degree is not required for this role but experience with analytical software such as Tableau, ArcGIS, FME, Excel or equivalent, over at least two years is essential for this role. Experience with a programming language such as Python, R, SQL or equivalent and a working knowledge of data science techniques would also be preferable.

In return for your hard work and commitment, we will reward you with a range of competitive and attractive benefits.

This is a remote working opportunity until a date is agreed for the WMCA workforce to return to our usual place of work at 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham.

Our priority is to keep all our employees safe and well during this time. We will be working remotely for the foreseeable future, and we are doing everything we can to ensure all our employees can enjoy a comfortable remote working space.

How to apply

Please provide detailed information in your application outlining your suitability for the post and ensure it is submitted by the closing date.

Closing Date: Friday 21st August 2020

Interview/Assessment Date: W/C 31st August and 7th September

Please Note: We may bring the closing date forward should we reach a high level of applications for this opportunity. Please make your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed. Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance and support service delivery for the customer.


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