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Data Custodian

Job summary

Salary £36,328.00 - £43,923.00
DDAT Pay Supplement* £4,000 payable upon completion of the 9 month probation period
Location Dundee
Hours Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date 07 May 2019 at midnight
Reference IRC69857E
Employment Type Permanent Employee

Eligible Grades – All
Location – Glasgow or Dundee
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply

Overview
Social Security Insights is based within ‘Governance, and Strategy’ in Social Security Scotland, but will work closely with Communities Analysis Division in Scottish Government, and a wide range of stakeholders, including Social Security Directorate, Ministers, and DWP.

This post is based in Social Security Scotland and reports to the C1 Team Leader for Social Security Insights.  The post holder will also work alongside 3 B band data scientists, a B band social researcher and an operational researcher. There will therefore be opportunities to participate in cross cutting work across a range of analytical areas and this will be strongly encouraged. 

The post holder will initially sit at analysis stage in the data lifecycle, ensuring both quantitative and qualitative data stored in the SAS environment is managed properly. The data will be used by analysts using SAS, R, SPSS, Excel, NVivo and other analytical tools. Once data platforms are in place in the Agency this post may move to an earlier stage in the data lifecycle.

Main Duties
• Make sure data (both quantitative and qualitative) is available in SAS environment according to the schedule.
• Authorise and control access to quantitative and qualitative data in SAS environment.
• Collaborate with wider data team to ensure technical processes are in place to sustain data integrity, and ensure technical controls are in place to safeguard data.
• Ensure data added to data sets in SAS environment are consistent with the common data model.
• Maintain versions of SAS Master Data and ensure data content and changes can be audited.
• Apply change management practices in maintenance of the SAS database.
• Promote a clear understanding of analytical datasets and what they contain.
• Move data for Open Data purposes and ensure this is made available by SG Data group responsible for this function.
• Work with a wider team to move these early data sets into the long term data platform for the agency.
• Work closely with users (Data Scientists, Statisticians, Social Researchers and Operational Researchers) of the data in SAS environment to gather and document their requirements.
• Manage the database of Experience Panel/ Insights, including keeping data up to date and accurate, ensuring proper use of subsets of data, linking data across spreadsheets, ensuring compliance with data protection.
• Recognise opportunities to re-use existing data flows
• Lead the build of data streaming systems
• Optimise the code to ensure processes perform optimally
• Lead work on database management

Qualifications
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.
Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.
Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Have the ability to effectively translate and accurately communicate across technical and non-technical stakeholders as well as facilitating discussions within a multidisciplinary team, with potentially difficult dynamics.
2. Be able to use existing and new data products to support analysts in their function.
3. Understand the concepts and principles of data modelling and be able to produce relevant data models across multiple subject areas working with your counterparts in other areas.
4. The ability to use agreed standards and tools to design, code, test, correct and document moderate to complex programs and scripts from agreed specifications and subsequent iterations and collaborate with others to review specifications where appropriate.

Competencies
Communication and Engagement
Self-Awareness
Analysis and Use of Evidence
Improving Performance

Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.

Minimum Time in Post and Development Opportunities
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of 3 years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.

Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.

In the event that one or more of the successful candidates are unable to take up the post or further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 6 months.

For further information on this vacancy, please contact Rory Flood by email rory.flood@socialsecurity.gov.scot. To apply please complete the online application form and submit a CV.

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