Regional Lead Analyst (Job Share/Part-Time)

Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 25th August 2021


Reference number



(pro-rata) per annum


Grade 7
Band A

Contract type


Business area

OFSTED - Digital and Information

Type of role

Architecture and Data
Knowledge and Information Management
Senior leadership

Working pattern

Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



The Axis, Birmingham; 2 Rivergate, Bristol; Eastbrook, Cambridge; Piccadilly Gate, Manchester; Agora, Nottingham; Foss House, York

About the job


This post is part of the leadership and management team of Data and Insight. The post holder jointly responsible for providing analysis and insight of regional and local data and work closely with the Regional Directors (RDs). They lead and develop their team to deliver high quality and timely analysis. They have have a strong knowledge and understanding of inspection outcome and performance data for schools, further education and skills (including colleges and apprenticeships), social care and early years. They triangulate with other data sources to gain a sound understanding of each sector and a view on areas where RDs might want to focus attention as they seek to bring about improvement to providers in their region.

The post holder liaises closely with the analysts in Data and Insight who compile and disseminate inspection data and produce insight. Drawing on these outputs they pursue further analysis with greater granularity, for example, to provide insight into more local issues. The post holder meets regularly, face-to-face, with each of the Regional Directors whom they are linked to. They have regular contact with Senior inspectors (SHMI).

The post holder will present and discuss the data and analyses with RDs, assisting them in drawing out issues. They investigate issues on behalf of the region. They also prepare briefings on regional issues for the Chief Inspector.

The post holder will also liaise with the Data and Insight system developers to ensure that the data and tools available to RDs meet their needs and that system changes are considered where appropriate. The post holder supports their team to identify and deliver operational insights that provide new insights for internal customers.

The post holder directly line manages some or all colleagues in their team and may also manage a range of staff from within the division on a project by project basis. They contribute to the leadership of the division, proactively identifying solutions to issues and effectively managing change.

Job description

Please refer to the job specification for further information.


The key responsibilities of the role are outlined below. However, this is an overview of the role and is not exhaustive. Ofsted reserves the right to assign other duties commensurate with the Band A grade as required:

> To manage an efficient and effective process for identifying, prioritising and delivering analysis and insight about regional issues to support the Chief Inspector, Regional Directors and other colleagues; ensuring that outputs are disseminated appropriately and with impact.

> To work closely with colleagues across Data and Insight to draw on the range of their insight, identifying where it is of value to RDs and SHMI and ensuring that it is communicated effectively to them.

> To generate local insight into the outcomes of inspections and the messages arising from internal and external data, for each region within the education, further education and skills remits, providing value-added analysis, insight, expertise and briefing.

> To build positive and productive working relationships with each Regional Director and their SHMI, holding regular face-to-face meetings and assisting them in analysing their data and drawing conclusions.

> To train and support RDs, SHMI and their support staff in using data analysis tools and liaising with Data and Insight's system development team to ensure any opportunities for system change are exploited to maximum advantage.

> To contribute to the leadership of Data and Insight, driving forward the vision to support inspection effectively and efficiently using relevant data and analyses and managing the change effectively.


Degree level qualification in a numerate discipline or equivalent relevant knowledge and experience or professional qualification. (Essential).

RSS Ordinary Certificate in statistics or equivalent or higher qualification incorporating statistics. (Desirable).


The post holder should be a member of the Government Statistical Group (GSG) or Government Social Research (GSR) or be able to demonstrate competencies in line with the requirements for one of these professions.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • Ability to successfully lead and manage a team motivating them and leading through change. (Essential).
  • Ability to support and oversee analysis of a wide range of complex information and data, using appropriate analysis tools and drawing out the key findings. (Essential).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with detailed and demonstrable proof reading abilities. (Essential).
  • Ability to advise and influence senior managers effectively. (Essential).
  • Experience of identifying key issues and underlying causes and identifying solutions that take account of wider policy and operational contexts. (Essential).
  • Recognised level of expertise in the education and/or further education and skills sector to enable effective decision-making and the provision of authoritative advice and guidance to senior and junior colleagues and stakeholders. (Desirable)


Ofsted is committed to maintaining employee health and wellbeing, whether it is physically, emotionally, financially or socially, and offers a range of benefits to support employees in this. Such benefits include the option to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme, professional and personal development opportunities, 32.5 annual leave days per annum (plus eight days public holiday) and access to counselling and advisory services.

Any move to Ofsted from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring 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.

The selection panel will assess your application based on your evidence you have provided against the essential and desirable criteria as set out in the job description and person specification.


Interviews and presentations are likely to be held for successful candidate’s on Wednesday 8 September or Thursday 9 September 2021.

If successful at application stage, you will be invited to interview where you will be assessed on the listed Behaviours, Technical and Experience set out in the job description and person specification.

Candidates will be required to do a presentation. Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates in advance of the interviews.

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we will hold interviews remotely via Microsoft Teams video call or face to face (dependent on government guidelines).

Please note that recruitment dates can sometimes be subject to change.

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Jennie Mangan
Email :
Telephone :  03000130815
Recruitment team :
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