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Title Data Analyst
Ref HE/3672
Directorate Commercial & Procurement
Preferred Location Birmingham
Salary £33,340-£36,674
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 28 Jul 2017

About Us

We are responsible for operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads. Consider that a third of all traffic, two thirds of heavy goods vehicles, and 98% of UK businesses rely on them, and you can see why our roads, and what we do, matters so much.

It’s an exciting time to begin a career with Highways England as we invest £11 billion in our motorways and A Roads boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety which why we’re so grateful to our c 4,500 employees around the country. When you work with us, you're helping to connect communities, sustain business and support the economy. And with responsibility for major projects, working here is also a great move for your career.

Job Description

Due to continued growth and investment, Highways England is looking to recruit a new Data Analyst to join our team in Birmingham.

 The Commercial and Procurement Directorate (C&P) is responsible for developing and owning the processes, systems, intelligence and staff capability which enable the Company to function as an intelligent client.

Commercial Services provides the contract formulation, cost estimating, contract management and risk & resolution management that enable the Company to act commercially as an intelligent client in managing its internal resources and external supply chain.

Commercial Intelligence (CI) is responsible for improving Highway England’s capability as an intelligent commercial client. It achieves this by combining data analytics with investigation into cost drivers within the construction industry. This is underpinned by robust cost capture and assurance processes with the supply chain. The determination of unit cost movement is used to evidence efficiencies, benchmarking and predictive modelling.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support the team leader in the interpretation of complex commercial data.
  • Undertake research to establish cost drivers within the industry
  • Produce Unit Cost dashboards with reasoned advice supporting assertions.
  • Use previous experience of performance reporting to challenge robustness of data and identify ways to improve dashboards to aid future decision making.
  • Satisfy ad-hoc reporting requirements for our customers by converting complex data into simple to understand advice.
  • Co-ordinate and report on cost activities to ensure a consistent approach, to inform decision making and that opportunities for improvements and efficiencies are identified.
  • Liaise with other members of the Cost Intelligence Team and wider Commercial Division to continuously improve our service to clients
  • Support move towards a Whole Life Cost approach rather than lowest capital outlay.
  • Produce complex price and cost models for predictive analysis.


Proven track record in the following:

  • Advanced Excel including VBA coding.
  • Experience of manipulating and structuring large data sets
  • Experience of applied statistical modelling.
  • Experience of carrying out analytical assignments at pace
  • Strong research skills to improve level of analysis
  • Knowledge and experience of performance reporting and monitoring


  • Desirable: SQL, SAS, MATLAB, R Software.
  • Desirable – experience in the following sectors: Construction/Infrastructure/Utilities/Manufacturing
  • Degree or professional qualification in one of the following (or equivalent) disciplines – Maths, Engineering, Economics, Accounting & Finance, Surveying, Statistics, Science.

So we can really get to know you and what you can offer please include a CV with your application.

You’re also encouraged to include a covering note explaining how you're a great match for us: so please tell us how your skills, experience and qualifications meet both the role, and Highways England, requirements.

We’re expecting this role to be popular, so we may need to close the advert early if response is strong so to avoid disappointment, please apply as soon as possible

Help keep England moving. We look forward to hearing from you.

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