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Intelligence Manager: Analytics & Data Science

  • Employer: Essex-County-Council
  • Reference: ECCS/24/285748
  • Published: Fri 28/06/2024, 11:29 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 17/07/2024, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £58,872 to £69,262 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: County Hall Market Road Chelmsford , Essex

Intelligence Manager: Analytics & Data Science

Fixed Term, 12 months

Full Time, 37 hours per week

Up to £69,262 per annum (see end of advert for payment structure)

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: Wednesday 17th July 23:59pm


Essex County Council’s award-winning Data & Analytics service has been growing and evolving for some time now; and isn’t done yet.

We're seeking a highly skilled and experienced intelligence manager to lead the team in advancing our data science initiatives in Essex. The ability to harness data science skills, knowledge, and applied experience is paramount for this position. Utilising data science methodologies and statistical techniques, we aim to provide invaluable insights to our organisation, facilitating evidence-based decision-making processes. Our mission is to ensure that every decision undertaken by Essex County Council is underpinned by robust evidence.

Through the application of data science and statistical methodologies, we confront challenges head-on, unlocking the transformative potential of data to enhance our understanding of the county and drive meaningful change throughout our communities. If you're enthusiastic about joining a dynamic network comprising data scientists, analysts, engineers, designers, and more, then this opportunity is tailor-made for you.

You can learn more about the team by reading our insight blog or visiting our open data website.

The Job

The role of intelligence manager offers a varied set of responsibilities and accountabilities, that you can read more about in the job profile below.

Intelligence Managers in the Data & Analytics team are expected to work across a range of organisational initiatives depending on strategic need, but a key part of the daily role is leading the work within the place portfolio, managing the analytical work and key stakeholders. Place is a combination of our economies, infrastructure, and public health (EIPH) and climate, environment, and customer (CEC) directorates. Perhaps the broadest portfolio that we support, place projects are extremely varied, and often make use of open-source datasets.

Recent analytics projects with place colleagues include developing our understanding of digital exclusion across the county, supporting the development of the organisational water strategy through geo-spatial analysis, and quantifying the impact of the removal of business rate relief.

Core Skills

It is important to us that intelligence managers possess a range of skills, including the ability to:

  • Manage the organisation’s data assets – ensuring they are accessible to analysts and end-users,
  • Identify optimal analytical methods and products to support business priorities,
  • Lead statistical and data science projects that derive insight from data,
  • Engage senior leaders with insight stories from data analysis,
  • Lead portfolio(s), managing key customers, understanding the needs of their service(s),
  • Represent the team, embedding the use of analytics across all decision making, and,
  • Embedding quality robust, ethical, and legal processes across all teams work

Educated to degree level or with equivalent experience

Considerable demonstrable experience displaying leadership behaviours in data analytics teams

Recruitment Process

As part of the application process, please ensure that you provide a supporting statement when prompted, telling us:

  1. What skills you possess that make you suitable to lead a data analytics team, and
  2. What experience you have embedding best practice analytics across an organisation

Following a shortlisting process we will then invite successful candidates to an interview, and set a task we expect you to complete ahead of this. We expect to schedule interviews towards the end of July/early August


We support the development of our staff in their careers. Over the past five years, 75% of team members have earned promotions into new role. We consistently offer opportunities to develop new skills through project working or training and encourage staff to spent 10% of their time on training and development.

You can read more about development opportunities in the team in our insight blog, specifically these blogs from Bella Fran , and Caroline & Louis .


This role is considered an ‘anywhere worker’ by Essex County Council and is predominantly a remote position. However, there is an expectation to be in the office in Chelmsford, Essex, at a minimum of once a month, and when required on an ad hoc basis for different business needs.

Salary & Benefits

Our Essex Pay policy means we look at the job market nationally to offer competitive salary rates for all positions. The current rate for the job for this is £ 69,292 per annum, which is regularly evaluated. Our pay policy means that all people within a role are paid the same rate, except for training and development reasons.

Where development needs are identified throughout the recruitment process, new starters will be offered a minimum of 85% of the rate for the job. Upon starting, you will work with your line manager to create a development plan to increase your salary to the rate for the job within a maximum of 24mths.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all employees. More information can be found at https://workingforessex.com/working-here/pay-reward?source=workingforessex.com .

To read more about us please visit: Chief Executives Office

Why Essex?

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the link.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.


If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email resourcing.team@essex.gov.uk

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Job Profile: Intelligence Manager

Functional Responsibilities:

Customer Engagement & Stakeholder Management

· Responsible for building & maintaining relationships with service leads, spotting opportunities where data and analysis can influence future strategy and supports delivery against our organisational outcomes

· Leading insightful, proactive, analysis and evidence-based recommendations that support the achievement of strategic priorities within the organisational plan and functional business plans

· Focus on effective management principles identifying ways to increase service efficiency by early intervention, service innovation, the involvement of the community or better working with partners

Demand Management

· Managing service areas growing demand upon the data & analytics team, as well as the work programme of the team itself, to ensure we provide high quality and timely intelligence

· Promotes the need for robust and reliable data, and is accountable for ensuring the team’s outputs and the data used are credible and trustworthy

· Responsible for providing the Council with the latest intelligence to manage risk and target resources effectively, reduce avoidable demand and influence behaviour change to improve outcomes for the local population

· Continually monitoring the use and impact of the team’s outputs, ensuring projects are replicable, scalable, and transferable by using best coding practice to implement ‘replicable analytical pipelines’

Line Management & Supporting Development

· Supporting team members to manage their time and projects effectively, enabling best practice across all stages of a project life cycle, both through leading and/or quality assuring, supporting the team to complete activities to a high standard

· Responsible for the quality of analytical outputs, ensuring the team is making optimal use of data and appropriate analytical methodologies

· Supporting the development of a continuous improvement and learning culture, coaching, and supporting other team members to develop a culture of personal ownership and accountability

Building Organisational Literacy

· Help build data literacy and understanding of analytics across all services, demonstrating the value that data and analytics can bring in supporting the success of functional plans

· Knowledgeable on range of analytics and data science methodologies, can find suitable applications, and can interpret outputs clearly and accurately to a range of stakeholders

· Supporting the delivery of the council’s data strategy, and the design of an analytics strategy, to accelerate the use of data and evidence across the organisation. Embedding data and analytics into the culture of decision making

Leading Best Practice Analytics

· Building customer trust in team’s work and enhancing reputation through implementing a quality assurance framework that ensures outputs have statistical integrity, are compliant with information governance, and adhere to ethical guidelines

· Driving the development of analytical capability across the team & council, proactively sharing knowledge and building networks, to build a more sustainable workforce and draw on capacity to manage demand for insight

· Keeping abreast of emerging developments in data, analytics, and data science, so that the team can innovate with purpose, and meet our aspiration of becoming a ‘best in class’ analytics function

Data Management

· Supporting the continued goal of ‘making data accessible’, both through identifying the data needs of internal customers and team members

· Promoting the need for robust and reliable data and ensuring the team’s outputs and the data used are credible and trustworthy.

· Ensuring data projects are utilising best practice principles that promote the efficient and effective use of data. This includes ensuring projects are replicable, scalable, and transferable


Analysis and problem-solving skills. You can help an organisation adopt a wide range of analysis and synthesis techniques and continually assure, improve and innovate their practices to generate clear and valuable findings

Communication. You can mediate between people and mend relationships, communicating with stakeholders at all levels. You know how to manage stakeholder expectations and facilitate discussions across high risk and complexity or under constrained timescales. You can speak on behalf of or represent the community to large audiences inside and outside of government

Data management. You understand data governance and how it works in relation to other organisational governance structures. You can participate in or deliver the assurance of a service

Data modelling, cleansing and enrichment. You can produce data models and understand where to use different types of data models. You understand different tools and can compare between different data models.

Data visualisation. You know how to use the most appropriate medium to visualise data to tell compelling and actionable stories relevant for business goals. You can present, communicate and disseminate data appropriately and with high impact

IT and mathematics. You can share your knowledge and experience of IT and mathematical skills with others, including tools and techniques.

Leadership.You promote diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity. You encourage, welcome and respond to views and challenges from others, despite any conflicting. You actively seek out shared interests beyond own area of responsibility, understanding the extent of the impact actions have on the organisation. Inspire and motivate teams to be fully engaged in their work and dedicated to their role

Logical and creative thinking. You can anticipate problems and know how to prevent them. You understand how problems fit into the larger picture. You can describe problems and help others to do the same. You can build problem-solving capabilities in others

Project Management.You have knowledge and experience in the application of project management methodologies. You are a recognised specialist and adviser in project management, including user needs, generation of ideas, methods, tools and leading or guiding others in best-practice use

Data quality assurance, validation and linkage. You have a deep understanding of relevant data sources, tools and systems. You can use appropriate approaches for verifying and validating data and analysis. You know how to influence senior stakeholders in data approaches. You can coach and mentor others.

Statistical methods and data analysis.You understand, teach and supervise a wide range of practices, or may have deep expertise on a narrower range of specialisms. You can apply emerging theory to practical situations.


· You display a positive and respectful attitude in the workplace. You raise concerns and challenges in a productive manner, seeking resolution to workplace challenges.

· You treat and speak to all members of the team, and any external colleagues you may interact with, fairly, equitably and courteously

· You work with honesty and integrity, conducting yourself in a professional and productive manner

· You perform you job to a reasonable, acceptable standard, and to the best of your ability

· You adhere to organisational and team policy around absence and attendance

· You call out poor behaviours when you see them, or raise with members of the management team

· You work with humility, taking accountability for any mistakes, and welcoming constructive feedback openly.

· You are dependable, delivering what you commit to, attending meetings you accept invitations for, and letting people know if these things are unachievable

Apply Now

  • Employer: Essex-County-Council
  • Reference: ECCS/24/285748
  • Published: Fri 28/06/2024, 11:29 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 17/07/2024, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £58,872 to £69,262 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: County Hall Market Road Chelmsford , Essex

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