Senior Analyst - Public Health Intelligence - Working for Essex
Salary: From £42,165 to £49,606 per annum
Closing date: 16 Jun 2024
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 16940
Role: Strategy and Policy
About the role

Senior Analyst - Public Health Intelligence

Fixed Term, 24 months

Full Time, 37 hours per week

From £42,165 to £49,606 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 16th June 2024

Job Purpose

The Senior Analyst leads on complex and often specialist subject pieces of analysis; enabling senior leaders to take decisions on services or strategic direction that are evidence-based.

As part of the government plans to work towards a Smoke Free Generation the Dept Health and Social Care are allocating Local Authorities with additional funding to scale up activity to reduce smoking prevalence.

Essex County Council have been awarded £1.8m for 2024/25 with funding for a further four years subject to spending reviews.

With the increased scale of the task, we are seeking a senior analyst to support the public health team to help shape the direction of a 5-year tobacco strategy by leading the insight and health needs analysis as well as supporting the team by creating a new Essex wide Tobacco dashboard, collating data sets across the system to help drive change and monitor the local picture.

Successful candidates will join a contingent of specialist population health analysts and researchers within the policy unit. The senior analyst will be responsible for developing a tobacco health needs assessment, dashboards, and BI systems to support the understanding of the local picture, working across other lifestyle public health services related to this.

The role will have expert technical ability in analysis, and may be a subject matter expert in one or more areas of ECC’s business. The role proactively liaises with senior colleagues to ensure business intelligence questions are identified and answered.

The role will matrix-lead teams of analysts, researchers, data developers, performance officers and other colleagues from Corporate Development to provide the best quality analytical products to the organisation using a range of complex analytical techniques such as demand forecasting or risk stratification, for example. This will require working with a wide range of data and evidence sources, including local, partner and open sources for the development of services and products to agreed service standards


Have specialist knowledge of public health statistical techniques, close familiarity with sources of data on health, demographics, and wider determinants, and the ability to derive and share population health insights with a variety of audiences.

Strong verbal and written communication skills, with proven ability to work in partnership across the health and wellbeing system. Strong technical skills in the use of analytical software to create dashboards, maps, and tabular presentations.

Working collaboratively with senior colleagues to understand their business requirements, identify opportunities for using analytics to solve business problems, make improvements or be able to confidently predict and plan for the future based on sound evidence.

Responsible for leading multi-disciplinary ‘delivery’ teams of colleagues across Corporate Development and other colleagues, working collaboratively to deliver complex analytical pieces of work to enable evidence-based business decisions to be taken.

Responsible for providing Senior Leaders and stakeholders with the information and business intelligence required for effective leadership, governance, commissioning and decision making.

Responsible for using intellectual curiosity to proactively explore areas and provide useful, timely analysis to enable the organisation to focus on demand management and prevention, as well as ‘whole systems’ integration.

Responsible for producing high quality analysis that draws on a range of sources and uses the most appropriate medium to visualise data to tell compelling and actionable stories with clear recommendations to improve outcomes for local people or organisational effectiveness.

Responsible for ensuring performance management information is timely and robust is used to strengthen accountability across the organisation.

Responsible for enabling data to be accessed by colleagues through the development of ‘self-serve’ capabilities.

Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience.

Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.

Significant experience in successfully delivering high quality, complex interpretation and analysis of data that impacts on strategic decision making - within local government or a public sector setting is desirable.

Extensive experience of carrying out complex analytical projects that have made tangible improvements, as well as identifying opportunities for data and analytics to solve business problems and inform future strategic direction.

Knowledge of governance requirements around quantitative and qualitative research methodology, including excellent working knowledge of the Data Protection Act.

Experience of leading teams within a matrix-management approach, outside of traditional line management arrangements.

Demonstrates excellent awareness and understanding of the practical implementation of the Data Protection Act.

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What you should do next

Please apply via the Working for Essex website, ensuring you provide an up to date CV and Supporting Statement when prompted.

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