Head of Analytics and Data Science

Job summary
Are you a strategic leader with ambition and drive, who shares our organisation’s values and passion for improving the lives of young people through education?

We are undergoing a period of exciting change and our newly reformed Research and Regulation business area is looking for an inspirational leader who can provide direction and perspective for AQA’s Analytics and Data Science team. The Analytics and Data Science team are responsible for helping the business to understand how it is performing through the optimisation of data assets to support and enhance our business performance and to support our assessment research functions and standards setting. This role will be pivotal in its key contribution to strengthening leadership capacity, supporting teams and delivering major transformational, cultural and process change across the area.

We’re looking for a strong people leader, an influencer, with the ability to understand all aspects of AQA’s products and processes. You’ll be great at forging relationships and networks across multi-site organisations, whilst inspiring the team towards our vision of shaping world class practice across the education sector.

What you’ll do
• Lead the Analytics and Data Science team by developing and delivering team plans in line with business area strategy and AQA’s corporate strategy.
• Engender high levels of performance by modelling best practice in AQA’s leadership habits and by modelling and championing AQA’s values and behaviours.
• Develop and be accountable for the annual programme of data science and analytical services to the business. This includes:
• managing organisational risk
• ensuring an appropriate balance between potentially competing drivers, risks and medium to long term implications
• ensuring that data science and analytical services meet the needs of customers across the business
•support and inform the efficient delivery of corporate and departmental strategic objectives, particularly in relation to the delivery of qualifications.
•you will oversee planning activities, determination of customer needs and priorities, compliance with regulations, and the management of risk, quality, time schedules and costs.

What you’ll have
•A broad understanding of current thinking on the provision of data science and analytical services to a business operating in a technical environment
•Knowledge of a range of analytics and data science methodologies and technologies and their purposes, uses and potential impact
•Strategic, business planning and analytical expertise combined with good judgement and the ability to make evidence-based decisions collegially sometimes under time pressure, fostering a sense of calm and resilience within teams
•A record of excellent people management and leadership skills at senior level in a performance measured environment and experience in leading teams through change
•The ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a range of partners and stakeholders, including experience of networking, influencing, persuading and engaging with influential external stakeholders to help ensure desired outcomes are delivered
•Proven ability to think creatively and solve complex problems

Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience.

This role provides leadership to a team that is split across sites, and candidates should be prepared for a significant level of travel.

About AQA
AQA are an independent education charity and the largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges. With a turnover of over £170m, we set and mark papers for around half of all GCSEs and A-levels. In the summer of 2018 we awarded over 3 million qualifications. Born out of five leading universities, we have over a century of qualifications expertise. Today, we employ more than 800 people across six locations and work with around 30,000 teachers, lecturers, subject experts and academics, who help set and mark our exams.

Our charitable purpose:
To advance education by enabling teachers and students to realise their potential. This is our ‘higher’ purpose and ambition that encompasses everything we do; it’s what we are passionate about, what inspires us and what makes a difference to all our customers, stakeholders and society.

At AQA we recognise our employees’contribution and in return we are proud to offer an extensive reward and benefit package. This includes –

• Competitive salary
• 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days, plus all Bank Holidays and additional Christmas leave
• Highly competitive contributory pension scheme with company contributions
• An enhanced maternity/paternity and sick pay scheme
• 5 paid days per year for voluntary service

In addition we offer support for qualifications and several lifestyle benefits including flexible working, social activities and an employee assistance programme.

AQA’s main two offices are in Guildford and Manchester and are located on the towns’ University Campuses with train stations and several car parks within walking distance. Both have an onsite subsidised Bistro and breakout areas as well as access to outdoor areas on the campuses and good access to local shopping and transportation networks.

How to apply

To apply for this role, in one document, please submit the following to our website:
An up to date copy of your CV along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please include your current and expected salary.

Closing date for applications is 10am 23rd April 2019. Interviews will be held from week commencing: 23rd April 2019.

Applications will be reviewed as we receive them and if a suitable candidate is identified, we reserve the right to close our adverts sooner.

No applications from agencies, thank you.

AQA is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. AQA is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment. Our Safeguarding Policy is available on our website.