Data analyst - 19427

Staff Grade 5
Fixed Term
Full Time, Part Time
£36,389 Pro-rata
This is an exciting and challenging role that sits at the heart of the organisation's response to Chemicals Regulation and our new role outside of the EU. The Chemicals Programme was set up to help consolidate existing regulatory resource in this field, shape and manage the delivery of new roles arising as a result of EU Exit and set a new direction for our Chemicals Regulation work.

Interpreting EA and external data is essential to enable us to fulfil our potential influence in this area. We are recruiting a fixed term data analyst who will work closely with one other data analyst, and with other team members, to provide influential information. Future work includes:
• Operation of CANARY- a data and analysis tool that provides geographically referenced chemical LCMS/GCMS scan data
• Data interpretation to support the chemicals Prioritisation and Early Warning System
• Interpretation of environmental data to inform risk assessment
• Bringing together data to develop new metrics on chemical exposure and impacts
• Provision of data externally for use in pesticide authorisation
• Data exchange with the NORMAN network of chemical laboratories
The post sits within the Chemicals Strategic and Regulatory Planning Team, which leads on developing a strategic approach to chemical management, commissioning and interpreting evidence on chemicals issues so that the Environment Agency is able to support Defra in developing a chemicals strategy, influence policy, and inform its own regulatory response and that of other regulators, and voluntary initiatives

You will work across the Environment Agency and potentially with Defra and HSE.
You will be well organised and able to plan effectively and deliver within a project and matrix management structure. A technical background in analysing and presenting data and good communication skills to convey information to relevant audiences is essential. Experience in coding, statistical analysis, GIS mapping, manipulating EA data sets and working with other IT/data teams and processes are all relevant. An understanding of chemicals in the environment would help you engage with a wide range of technical experts on data interpretation and you should be prepared to develop your understanding in this area.

Technical skills required are:

• Proficient with R (essential)
• Experience with Shiny (desirable)
• Experience with collating and manipulating large datasets (essential)
• Experience with Markdown (desirable)
• Experience with ArcGIS (desirable)
• Experience with statistical analysis of data (desirable)
Our team has an inclusive culture. We value diversity and support work/life balance, and encourage applications from all interested candidates with the required skills and experience for the role.

The role may require regular travel, mainly to Bristol, Birmingham, and London. This may require overnight stays. However, currently, limited or no travel is expected in the foreseeable future as the organisations considers its safe systems of working.
This role covers a maternity leave

You are welcome to contact Isobel Bain 07765221928 for an informal discussion about the role or any questions/concerns relevant to your application.

Interviews will be conducted via video call. Further information will be provided to candidates invited to interview. Interviews are expected to be on 3rd December, but this may change

24/10/2021, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Up to 1 year
Data and Information Management
Using a specific example please describe how you collate, manage and interpret data

Please describe in more detail some of the statistical approaches you would take to handling the data interpretation?
Communicates Effectively
How do you interpret data and communicate what this shows to a non technical audience?
Achieves Results
When you have a large data analysis task, how do you manage this to ensure you deliver to time?

How would you manage this if the task involved collaborating with external parties or data providers?
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.