Birmingham City Council

City Observatory Lead

14 Jul 2022
08 Aug 2022
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City Observatory Lead

Salary £45,648 - £57,056 

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. Why not be part of it?

About the City Observatory Team

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

Reporting to the Head of City Observatory, we’d like your focus to be on providing technical and professional expertise to support the capacity of other functions and disciplines across the division.

Managing and continually developing the team, your remit will include procuring and matrix-managing resources across the division. We’ll look to you to make sure that City Observatory programmes and projects deliver value for money, by commissioning the right goods and services at the right time. Supporting a complex programme of work across a wide range of issues, you get to play a vital role in delivering a best in-class service for our customers.

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

  • A degree-level qualification undertaking research and insight methods or policy analysis and development with a quantitative component or equivalent experience
  • Significant experience in using data sets from different sources, particularly in social science/social policy research, to analyse, challenge and create insight
  • Skills in managing the production of insightful analysis, with an understanding of data management industry standards and the ability to build a user-friendly data-repository
  • Experience of team planning and performance management to deliver personal and team objectives, with the ability to horizon scan over the next 2 years
  • Well-developed skills in influencing and negotiating with a variety of stakeholders

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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