Job Title: Lead Analyst
Salary: £37,569 to £45,189 plus a Location allowance of £1,639. You will receive £37,569 the band minimum. Progress to the band maximum of £45,189 will be via incremental progression.
Location: New Scotland Yard, Westminster
Are you looking for a new challenge and want to join an innovative and rapidly growing team? Do you have a passion for analysis and exploring new ways to tackle thorny issues that affect millions of people? If so, we want to hear from you.
The Metropolitan Police Service is looking for an Analyst to join its Strategic Insight Unit (SIU) – a small, multi-disciplinary team that combines advanced data analytics and social research skills with expertise in, and experience of, operational policing and the strategic landscape.
The SIU delivers empirical insights in support of evidence-based policing via three main routes:We Explain – by examining patterns in police data using econometric and algorithmic tools to understand what is happening and why. We Innovate – by drawing from applied criminology and behavioural economics, and use operational expertise to apply relevant insights. We Test – by working with operations MPS units and external experts to co-design and deliver scientifically robust evaluations.
As a Lead Analyst in SIU you will provide relevant, high quality, insightful analysis to steer the organisational direction, inform decision making at all levels, and drive continuous improvement with a clear evidence base. You will support the Principal Criminologist and Head of SIU to deliver analytical projects and provide expert advice. This a key senior role, where you’ll also create new data solutions, guide junior analysts’ development and work with high-level staff and officers. The projects you lead will help front line officers and senior officers make important strategic decisions to deal with the complex and ever changing challenges facing the MPS.
You will be responsible for:Delivering projects from identification to full development that provide high quality guidance and insightful analytical products that enable leaders to understand empirical analytical outputs, apply new insights to areas in which they are operating and inform their decision making. Undertaking analysis, including analysing diverse datasets and research to make best use of the evidence base, understanding and manipulating data using appropriate systems. Producing high quality analytical products that communicate findings in a meaningful way for the intended customer using a range of presentational styles. Providing expert advice and guidance to support the development and delivery of SIU projects, including creating new data solutions to meet the needs of clients across the MPS, using analytical and econometric methods to uncover new insights, identify potential solutions, and suggest empirical evaluation methods. Managing analysts as they develop and implement analytical products in support of SIU objectives. Embracing change and develop analytical processes, tools and techniques to ensure the production of insightful products that enable decision making, learning and provide assurance. Developing the competence and professionalism of the SIU to ensure the delivery of a consistent, professional service.Understanding, adhering to, and ensuring that SIU projects and outputs adhere to MPS policies and any legal obligations such as the Health & Safety at Work Act, Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act and exercise judgment when releasing information.
Stakeholder engagement:Building, developing and maintaining effective relationships with internal stakeholders and providing insightful influence, challenge and negotiation to influence decision making to ensure delivery of effective services.Understanding internal ‘customer’ requirements and discuss and establish clear terms of reference.Building, developing and maintaining effective relationships with a range of external stakeholders including MOPAC, College of Policing, HMIC, external audit bodies, academic institutions and other partners.Establishing and upholding effective two-way professional relationships, understanding objectives, sharing good practice and promoting collaborative working across joint ventures, facilitating inspections and audits, providing information for external scrutiny.
Effective relationships:Line manager: Ensuring regular contact with your line manager, including regular meetings to set objectives, discuss taskings, provide updates on progress, seek advice and raise concerns/escalate issues. SIU: Working with others in SIU, combining skills and knowledge in order to provide a well-composed response to all requests. Attending regular team meetings to ensure joined up service delivery, awareness of team demands and develop working relationships with colleagues. Motivating and inspiring other SIU staff to achieve personal and organisational outcomes. MPS: Acknowledging effective working and addressing poor performance and behaviour in line with corporate processes. Working pro-actively and flexibly with other colleagues within the MPS to support organisational needs and customer requirements. Direct reports: Holding regular meetings to provide support, set objectives in alignment with SIU priorities, obtain updates on progress to deliver these, ensure staff development and listen to staff concerns/needs. Providing clear direction and expectations and support staff where necessary to achieve shared outcomes.Promoting and establishing an approachable, fair and understanding environment, demonstrating organisation values and behaviour, fostering an environment of trust. Tasking and coordinating resources to balance organisational needs and customer requirements, managing conflicting demands, including ad hoc requests and prioritising accordingly.
Note: You may in addition be required from time to time to undertake additional duties necessary to meet the needs of the MPS; such duties to be commensurate with the responsibilities and grading of the post.
Requirements for the role:
1. Qualifications/ExperienceYou will need to hold a degree or masters level qualification in statistics, economics, quantitative analysis, social sciences, or a relevant field. You will need to be able to demonstrate excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and be familiar with empirical research methods, including experimental and quasi-experimental methodologies.You will need to be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of how to manage and analyse large datasets (ideally using Structured Query Language, plus either R or Python).
2. Analytical and reporting
You will need to be able to:Use a range of recognised quantitative and/or qualitative analytical tools and techniquesCollect, collate, analyse and interpret diverse and often complex sets of information both operational and non-operational to create high quality products.Effectively convey findings in both a written and verbal way to deliver timely, high quality insightful products, making the best use of available technology. Develop improvement recommendations based on analytical findings Convey strategic data and findings both in writing and verbally in a meaningful and comprehensive manner to senior leaders, staff and external stakeholders to support corporate and operational priorities and inform board decision making.
3. Communication and leadership
You will need to be able to:Build effective working relationships with colleagues and peers internally and externally.Influence decision making through challenge and insight to drive the delivery of objectives.Influence and negotiate with stakeholders, recognising stakeholder needs and escalating complex and sensitive issues.Lead small teams, develop, prioritise and task resources and provide motivation to deliver a professionalised service.
4. Planning and Organising
You will need to:Have good time management and be able to plan to deliver required outcomes.Respond proactively to requests and work effectively with others to undertake focused activity to meet and deliver priorities.Be able to meet demanding deadlines in a pressurised environment and manage and prioritise a diverse workload.Effectively manage tasking systems to ensure the effective allocation of resources across the unit.Have the ability to organise and facilitate meetings and workshops across all levels including senior colleagues, practitioners and external stakeholders to elicit information and agreement from audiences of varying backgrounds.Be self-motivated to achieve results and develop in the role.
Please click on the below link to view an online candidate information pack that will you give you an insight into the MPS, the competency framework we use which shapes our daily work behaviours, the application process and a host of other information, that will help inform and support your application:
Click the ‘Apply’ button below and start your career at the MPS. Applications will be via a detailed CV, short Personal Statement and online application form. Your personal statement should outline why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience demonstrate your suitability for the role. (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).
Completed applications must be submitted by 26/05/2022.
We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.
As a Disability Confident Committed Employer the MPS have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
www.metpolicecareers.co.ukRevert to advert