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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£25,217 - £27,511 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week

This position has expired.

Job Summary

We are seeking a highly motivated and professional individual to join our Planning team at Robert Gordon University (RGU). The Planning and Policy team is responsible for ensuring that the University’s business planning both responds to the external environment and is directed to achieving the University’s strategic ambitions. You will play a key role in producing effective and professional insight and research and will have experience of using data and its analysis to inform the development and implementation of the University’s strategy and business plan.

The role is for a fixed term period of 12 months and will focus on the analysis of a variety of data, such as key higher education performance measures and league table rankings, to ensure information on the University’s position is shared internally and externally to celebrate the University’s successes and achievements. A critical aspect of the role will also be to undertake analysis to inform the University’s plans to improve its performance across a broad range of activities from learning & teaching, the student experience, research, knowledge exchange and innovation. This role would suit a graduate in a relevant field of data analysis and visualisation looking to start a new career.

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Duncan Cockburn, Director of Planning and Policy, at, until Thursday 12 August and from Friday 13 August until the closing date to Alison Watson, Planning Manager, at

Interviews will take place on Friday 3 September and Monday 6 September.

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Planning Manager

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No direct reports

PURPOSE OF POST: To produce and effectively communicate professional insight and data analysis on the University’s performance to support the realisation of the University’s strategic ambitions.


Work with team colleagues to provide comprehensive analysis and insight on institutional performance as directed by the Planning Manager.

Maintain a current and broad understanding of and inform the business priorities of Schools, relevant support departments and the wider University and relate this to the production of performance insight.

Provide detailed performance insight in particular areas (e.g. graduate outcomes, league tables, satisfaction surveys and performance indicators) within the University, provide relevant individuals with insights and support their needs in relation to the development of plans.

Support the capture and analysis of primary internal University data and secondary external data, including data published by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) or wider public and commercial data sets in pursuit of competitor advantage.

Support key Schools and Support Departments to meet understand their performance against University targets required through the analysis and presentation of appropriate data.

Ensure that the currency of existing performance reporting is maintained and that and changes are communicated effectively.

Support the development and maintenance an appropriate range of dashboards to a range of institutional stakeholders on institutional performance.

Ensure that confidentiality of information is maintained in line with data protection requirements and University Policy.

Provide additional reports and analysis on an ad hoc basis on issues of particular and immediate topics of interest or areas of concern.

Provide other general planning support to the wider Strategy, Planning & Policy Department as and when required.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

• First degree or equivalent experience

Knowledge and skills

• Knowledge and experience in the use of data visualisation best practice and tools
• An understanding of data protection and its application to statistical reporting
• Understanding of approaches to evaluating institutional performance
• Good interpersonal skills with the ability to successfully delivery projects
• Good oral communication and presentation skills.
• Ability to work with tact and diplomacy and maintain high customer standards
• Accuracy and attention to detail • Ability to work effectively as part of a small team
• Highly motivated, flexible and adaptable nature


• Analytical skills particularly in the use of statistical data
• Research skills with the ability to combine complex information from various sources
• Excellent data visualisation skills
• Proven ability of succinct report writing which enables decision making by senior academics and managers


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

• Further qualification in a relevant subject area, such as data science or business intelligence
• Membership of a relevant professional body


• Working knowledge of data preparation, blending and analytics software
• Knowledge of the Scottish higher education sector
• Demonstrable knowledge of key data sources in higher education


• Experience in evaluating and reporting on institutional performance in a public sector or higher education setting
• Experience in statistical techniques and analysis
• Ability to work with Tableau and/or Alteryx to analyse data and create visualisations


Behaviour 1: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey both straightforward information, and information requiring careful explanation, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2: Service Delivery - Experience of giving customers a positive and satisfactory service, by providing accurate and up to date knowledge of services available in own and related areas of work

Behaviour 3: Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships and leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest

Behaviour 4: Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others

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