Graduate Worforce Information Systems & Research Analyst (Temporary) (Internal)

North Ayrshire Council
11 Sep 2017
21 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Role Profile


Temporary Post for initially 23 Months


To provide support in data analysis and research on raising attainment. The role will provide a variety of experience in the national Attainment Challenge agenda for Education and Youth Employment


Corporate Responsibilities

  • To undertake individual role in line with the Council's business objectives and in compliance with the Council's corporate policies and procedures.
  • To undertake any other reasonably required duties as instructed by Management or someone acting on their behalf, in addition to the role specific tasks & responsibilities detailed below.

Role Specific Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Assist with providing a variety of support and advice on research, including working with Education and Youth Employment, schools and partner organisations to respond to incoming enquiries
  • Carry out research projects by collecting, gathering, summarising and presenting information. Specifically:

    - Interrogate areas of management information systems and databases specific to school education for information of interest to Education and Youth Employment objectives and projects e.g. (Increasing attainment and achievement and developing better school roll projections, etc).

    - Summarise and process Management Information System (MIS) data for analysis by senior management

    - Collect, collate, input, summarise and analyse survey research data.

  • Produce quality and structured research documents (spreadsheets, summary tables, charts and reports) relevant to Senior Management and/or accessible to non-specialist audience.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the Council, where appropriate, to co-ordinate research to provide a more strategic and consistent approach.
  • Work to deadlines and manage a portfolio of work to assist the line manager.
  • Assist with data entry and performing quality checks in the schools' management information system. Summarise and extract bespoke reports for Senior Managers.
  • Assist in monitoring and evaluating effectiveness of internal research tools.
  • Engage and actively participate in meetings with school teams, council officers and external partners.
  • Undertake appropriate personal and professional development in line with the Council PPD Scheme








Education and Qualifications

  • HND qualification or equivalent
  • Degree level qualification or equivalent
  • Application Form
  • Interview


  • Experience of influencing partners through producing research projects
  • OR, consideration will be given to recent graduates with research experience


  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

Specialist Knowledge

  • IT skills - particularly Microsoft Excel
  • Basic knowledge of statistics and data analysis
  • Survey design and analytical tools (eg Survey Monkey. 
  • Social Science research tools
  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to produce well-structured reports
  • Developed communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a network of partners
  • Adaptability and initiative in approaching independently various research tasks
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview



  • Ability to travel within North Ayrshire and, occasionally, within Scotland
  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)


Note:   The successful candidate will receive training in the operation of SEEMIS (school management information systems) and INSIGHT systems for academic performance evaluation and benchmarking as well as Covalent - the corporate performance management system. However, familiarity with any of these systems is a distinct advantage.





We put our customers first

We understand the bigger picture


  • Provide excellent customer services
  • Meet and where possible exceed the expectations of internal and external customers.
  • Understand the performance levels and standards required within our own role and strive to achieve and where possible exceed these.
  • Know how the work we do fits into the overall performance of the Council.


We take pride in the jobs we do

We are ambitious for our community

  • Take ownership of our own actions and performance.
  • Reflect on the work we do and consider how it could be improved.
  • Have a positive impact on the lives of our customers and their communities.
  • Push the boundaries to help our customers and communities realise their potential.


We all look for better ways to deliver our services

We achieve the best results together

  • Find new ways to deliver improvements, efficiencies and value for money.
  • Embrace change with enthusiasm and creative ideas.
  • Work together and creatively produce the best outcomes for our customers and communities.
  • Plan all activities with the end goal in mind.


Additional Information


For your information if this post requires references you will be notified of further details if you are successful in gaining an interview. Not providing relevant references when requested may delay the outcome of the interview process

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