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Senior Analyst

Do you believe in the power of data and think this power should be used to improve the lives of the people living in Scotland? Yes? Research Data Scotland needs you! 

Are you an exceptional senior data analyst, experienced in using a wide range of analysis and synthesis techniques? Do you enjoy communicating complex ideas and interrogating the limitations of different data strategies with internal and external stakeholders? Are you naturally curious, with the sense that every problem is an opportunity to be explored? If this sounds like you, we’re offering a brilliant opportunity to work at the cutting-edge of data research in Scotland. Working with Scottish Government, Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR) and Research Data Scotland (RDS) on the Administrative Data Research Scotland (ADR Scotland) programme, this could be an exciting next step in your career.

Key details

Role: Senior Analyst
Salary range: £45,839 - £56,251 (C1)
Hours: 35 per week (Flexible working considered)
Employment type: Fixed term until 31 March 2026
Closing date: 24 June 2024

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About us

Research Data Scotland (RDS) is a charity set up by the Scottish public sector and leading universities. We help researchers find and make use of data that can improve the lives of people in Scotland. Working in partnership, we do this by widening the range of data available, creating new data assets and providing a single point of contact for safe, secure and effective access to public data in a trustworthy manner.

Data is often locked away in lots of individual systems, across many different organisations, and isn’t in a format that makes access or integration easy. We can help researchers to unlock the potential of this data by giving them information and advice that speeds up and simplifies their work.

RDS aims to provide a step change in the service to researchers, whilst maintaining the high standards of information governance and data security already in place. We aim to work as openly as possible, maintaining standards in transparency and ethics. Our focus is on providing a streamlined service for researchers, as well as extending the range of data available through the service, particularly in the areas of Covid-19, NHS imaging, geospatial data, children and justice services.

Our partners include: Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland, National Records of Scotland (NRS), and the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. We work closely with the national and regional safe havens. And we are in contact with other organisations in Scotland and across the UK in the data research sector, including public sector, research and commercial bodies.

About the job

The Senior Analyst will work closely with a range of stakeholders across the programme to lead on securing specific datasets and implementing improvements to the sourcing, cleaning and ingestion processes.

The roleholder will be experienced on all aspects of data management and working across organisational boundaries to ensure data quality standards are met and problems are anticipated and resolved.

The role has line management responsibilities, so the role holder must be confident to co-ordinate the work of data analysts alongside providing the full remit of people management activities.

About you

You are a self-starter, with experience of working with a wide range of analysis and synthesis techniques, including statistical analysis. You’ll understand the importance of engaging proactively with technical experts and take the time to understand your different stakeholder requirements.

You are highly organised and thrive on problem solving. You are keen to deliver, with an eye for detail and the pragmatism to understand our context and environment.

Life at RDS

We are a small friendly and highly engaged team of people. We promote continuous learning and work hard to build an inclusive and supportive workplace culture. We live our values of; integrity, transparency, courage, collaboration and humility.

Our people typically work a 35-hour week, with hybrid working on offer from day one. You can choose to work flexibly from home or use one of our desks in the Bayes Centre in central Edinburgh. The whole RDS team meets one day per month in-person in Edinburgh or at an off-site away day in the Central Belt. Individual teams organise their own in-person days to collaborate, develop and socialise together.

We offer 33 days’ annual leave (including public holidays) and have no set closure days. We have a generous pension and enhanced pay for parental/adoption leave. This list of benefits is being added to as the organisation develops, and you can help shape it as part of the team. Our Culture Group helps us seek feedback from colleagues across the organisation to make RDS an even better place to work.

Job description

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We like to keep our application processes as simple and human-centred as we can.

To apply, we just need your CV and a cover letter outlining how your skills and experience match the job and person specification.

If you’re ready to apply, send your CV and covering letter to or email us for an informal chat about RDS and the role.

If we can make any adjustments to our standard application or selection process to make things easier for you, please let us know. 

Equal opportunities

Research Data Scotland is an Equal Opportunities employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All our hiring decisions are based on merit, qualifications and business needs. We’d really appreciate you sending a completed equalities monitoring form with your application, so we can ensure we are meeting our commitments.