Birmingham City Council

Head of City Observatory

14 Jul 2022
08 Aug 2022
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Head of City Observatory

Salary £58,708 - £76,198 

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 chance 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 will be the place to go to 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

Providing strong leadership across the City Observatory service, your remit is to enable the team to build and maintain a customer-centric repository. This will be a one-stop-shop for the most up to date published research encompassing data and trends in demographics, employment, health, social care, wellbeing, crime, housing, education, and deprivation. There are opportunities to lead on complex programmes of work and inform future-focused strategies driving real change, tackling inequality in the city, and improving outcomes for our citizens.


A key member of the Insight, Partnerships & Strategy management team, your focus will be to lead on the collation and publication of data, insight, and evidence to promote greater understanding of public issues in Birmingham.

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

  • Knowledge of General Data Protection Regulations and legislation with related training or qualification
  • Experience of leading complex programmes of work, while thinking and acting strategically
  • Significant experience of using data, insight and analytics to tell an influential story
  • Successes in people, performance and budget management, with a strong understanding of forward planning and the ability to horizon scan (5 – 8 years ahead)
  • Skills to succeed in a political environment, with an understanding of the challenges facing Local Government and its partners in the future provision of services

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.

  • Head of Service interviews will be conducted face-to-face in Birmingham wc. 29th August.

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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