Data and Management Information Lead Job in Bristol at Department for Education –

Reference number





Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

DFE – Social Care, Mobility and Disadvantage Group

Type of role


Operational Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Bristol, South West, BS1 6EH : Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 2WT : Darlington, North East, DL1 5QE : Manchester, North West, M1 2WD : Nottingham, East Midlands, NG1 6HJ : Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber, S1 2FJ

About the job


The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Improvement and Operations Division (SIOD) is part of the Children’s Services, Communications & Strategy Group in the Department for Education. This post sits in the Policy and Operations Team whose remit is to develop and manage a spectrum of integrated programmes and intervention activity that underpin the Division’s drive for sustained improvement in local area SEND performance; maximising efficiency, value for money, impact and better outcomes for children with SEND.

It’s a pivotal time in SEND – an increasingly high-profile area with significant public and parliamentary interest; rising costs; an ongoing cross-government review; and multiple manifesto commitments. Vulnerable children are also a key focus of the government’s Covid-19 response, and much of the Division’s work is supporting this.

Job description


  • design, develop and implement data systems to support external programme delivery and internal management functions across the Division;
  • collect, analyse and use data effectively to produce high-quality user-friendly reports, visualisations, end-to-end dashboards and data sets to inform decision making and support submissions to the Minister and internal data intelligence packs;
  • liaise and consult with stakeholders to scope and produce strategic analytical deliverables.
  • generate data and analysis to support the development of detailed, evidenced proposals for fiscal events such as Spending Reviews and procurement exercises;
  • develop and implement Data & MI processes across the Division and solutions for governance of key management information;
  • work to understand the complexities of the SEND system and develop a robust analytical framework that will underpin programme delivery and lead to better outcomes for Children and Young People;
  • work at pace to meet tight deadlines for business planning and procurements, liaising across multiple teams such as commercial, finance, data security and SEND analysts;
  • engage with the full range of SEND stakeholders, users and expert advisers to ensure the root cause of the challenges in each local area are well understood, and that funded programmes continue to offer credible solutions.


  • Proven experience and strong technical skills in scoping, designing and building reporting data visualisations and conducting data analysis using software such as PowerBI, Data Solution, Qlik or Tableau.
  • Strong data storytelling skills – experience of using data to inform decision making and understand how data can be used to support and create a compelling narrative.
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to use different data tools to research, transform and analyse complex data from a variety of sources and produce high quality user-friendly reports, end-to-end dashboards and data sets with minimal guidance;
  • Experience providing trend analysis and benchmarking, explaining outcomes and providing recommendations for improvements.
  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills and ability to communicate in non-technical simple language with programme leads and senior leaders to help them understand key insights from data sets;
  • Ability to think logically and clearly, take rational and decisive action under pressure and to consistently produce a high quality of work whilst working towards deadlines.
  • Ability to define the question or business problem at hand, to create an analytical framework to explore it, and to identify and source the relevant data and evidence.
  • Strong attention to detail and understanding of best-practice version and quality control methods, and data privacy and ethical considerations.
  • A dedication to and capacity for learning, in particular to understanding the complexities of the SEND system and the sensitivity to engage positively with those most affected by it, particularly parents/carers and children and young people.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Making Effective Decisions

Changing and Improving

Managing a Quality Service

Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

Using Power BI to research, transform and analyse complex data in order to present user-friendly reports that inform decision making


Applicants currently holding a permanent post in the Civil Service should note that, if successful, their salary on appointment would be determined by the Department’s transfer / promotion policies.

As a member of the DfE, you will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK.

You will have 25 days leave, increasing by 1 day every year to a maximum of 30 days after five years’ service. In addition, all staff receive the Queen’s Birthday privilege holiday and 8 days’ bank and public holidays.

We offer flexible working arrangements, such as job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.

As an organisation, which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we offer our staff excellent professional development opportunities.

About the Company

Company: Department for Education –

Company Location:  Bristol

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