Birmingham City Council

Policy & Research Analyst – City Observatory

14 Jul 2022
08 Aug 2022
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Policy & Research Analyst, City Observatory

Salary £28,226 - £35,336

If you could drive positive change, where would you start?

Birmingham is a city of change. People come, people go, ideas are born, communities grow.  And as we change, new doors open. We learn from our past. We shape our future. We’re a city full of life and opportunity. Joining our brand-new City Observatory team, this is your opportunity to be part of it.

About the City Observatory

Acting as the publishing house for the council, our focus is on building and maintaining a comprehensive body of published research and other data-rich sources.  It’s the go to place for the ‘single version of the truth’ about Birmingham and its inequalities.   Encouraging external researchers to make use of this insight, we’ll grow strong relationships with universities and government bodies. We’ll promote greater public understanding of policy issues. And we’ll support strategic planning, policy development and decision-making.

About the role

Working across multiple workstreams you can play a key role in helping us build a customer-centric City Observatory data repository. We’d like your focus to be on enabling publication of research and analysis that underpins policy development, supports strategic planning, and informs council-wide decision-making. It’s your opportunity to help tackle inequality within the city and improve outcomes for our citizens.

This is all about supporting the City Observatory Team and the role they play in delivering data and analytics, including consulting, people insights and intelligence, system improvement, data interrogation, dashboard design and management, data quality and governance.

To be successful in this role it’s likely that you’ll bring:

  • A professional qualification in research and insight methods or policy development, or relevant experience
  • Expertise in research and data analysis tools and techniques, with a good understanding of data flow, modelling and database design
  • Demonstrable experience of data interpretation, and of using data and information for analysis in support of decision making
  • Experience to work independently using your own initiative, as part of a multi-discipline team and within a matrix management structure
  • Skills in supporting projects/programmes across a wide range of colleagues, partners and the public, preferably within a local authority or similar organisation

What we offer in return

We’re committed to creating an environment that promotes diversity and inclusivity, healthy lifestyle choices, wellbeing and balance. We’ll empower you to be the best you can be, with coaching, mentoring and training programmes that meet your professional and personal development needs at every stage of your career with us.  

We’re also proud to offer:

  • Family friendly policies.
  • A range of benefits, including membership of the West Midlands Pension Fund, discounted gym membership and a confidential employee assistance programme.
  • 29 days’ annual leave increasing with length of service, plus the option to purchase additional days.

Birmingham is a city on the move. Be part of it.

Please see our microsite for further information and how to apply - 

You must upload a CV and Supporting Statement via the miscellaneous attachment on to your application. This is required for shortlisting; you need to describe how your experience and skills fit the essential criteria for the role as specified in the Person Specification. If you do not attach your Supporting Statement, your application will not be considered.

All roles will close at midday on Monday 8th August, and we will be shortlisting on a rolling basis, because we know how important it is to keep you informed on the progress of your application. Don’t be surprised if you hear back from us prior to the closing date to let you know you’ve been shortlisted.

  • Interviews will commence from wc. 15th August, and we can be flexible with regards to logistics.

For informal enquires please contact Lysanne Eddy via email at 


Proof of Right to work in the UK will be required for all applicants in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed. Non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may need to apply for a visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council for a skilled worker visa (if the job is eligible).

Job Description and Person Specification

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