Data Co-ordinator

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 15 Jan 2019

Reference number





Executive Officer
Payband 4

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Architecture and Data

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT

About the job

Job description

An opportunity exists for a Data Co-ordinator in the Radiological and Chemical Sciences (RACS) Group. The work area comprises a diverse group of scientists who provide high quality analytical support, data interpretation and scientific advice to a comprehensive portfolio of internal and external contracts for UK and international customers.

The purpose of the role is to co-ordinate the environmental monitoring data associated with our radiological risk assessment programme as well as maintaining a resilient and accessible data archive, making use of the Cefas Laboratory Information Management System.

The main duties and responsibilities involve collating environmental monitoring data for the Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE) report, which includes co-ordinating large amounts of data and producing accurate and consistent tables for use in assessments and for presentation in the RIFE report.

You will assist in the production of the RIFE report and will provide data reports to specified deadlines to external customers. The role requires excellent communication and organisational skills, the ability to work well under pressure whilst maintaining high quality outputs to tight deadlines, and the ability to work independently.

The successful post holder will work well within a team, providing advice, information and data to internal and external customers. You will collaborate with various external partners and successfully manage their different requirements. All data will need to be thoroughly quality assured, so attention to detail is essential for this post.

You will be flexible and capable of undertaking a range of activities to support the team.

Person specification

• You will have experience in co-ordinating data sets.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and customers
• Experience of working independently and as part of a team in a proactive way.
• Effective organisation and prioritisation skills to work in a multi-task environment and meet specified deadlines.


Academic qualifications required for direct entry into this PB4 post are a degree or an equivalent qualification in a relevant subject.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

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

  • Qualification
  • Computer Software Literacy
  • Data Processing



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

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


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and Interviews will be held at Cefas Lowestoft NR33 0HT

Cefas does not contribute to interview expenses, however we are able to offer an initial interview via Skype if candidates are unable to travel to Lowestoft

Further information

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 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

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.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment
Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact
Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can
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