Director of Analysis and Insights

To provide leadership for the Analysis and Insights (A&I) business unit, and to be accountable for defining and driving the strategy around the development and delivery of A&I products and services, both across the organisation and to our key customers and stakeholders.

Closing date
28 Jan 2018
A competitive six-figure salary
Cheltenham, with some UK travel
Full-time or part-time
Analysis and Insights

About the Analysis and Insights department

Analysis and Insights provides high quality research and analytical services to underpin the business and meet the needs of external customers, using data to help students connect to the right opportunities for them.

Over the past six years, we’ve strengthened our data and analysis capability to help applicants’ decision-making, made admissions more effective for universities and schools, and enabled the UK to have the highest public understanding of the process of university admissions. Behind the scenes, we use our research capability to make important decisions on running our admissions services, and help universities, and schools achieve their objectives.

We’re now investing further in data and analysis – take a look at our vacancies to see how you can get involved.

About the role

The Director will define, build, and develop the analytical capabilities required to deliver strategic analysis and insights in line with UCAS’ corporate objectives.

As a key member of the Executive Team, the Director of Analysis and Insights will report to the Chief Executive, and will take a strategic role in the overall leadership and management of UCAS.

Key duties and responsibilities

As part of the Executive Team, you will:

  • assist in formulating the company’s future direction and business strategy to optimise the value created for customers and stakeholders, and secure a sustainable future for UCAS
  • contribute to the setting of corporate standards and creation of reference architectures to ensure the function operates within these standards
  • promote and progress a collaborative culture within the business unit and across UCAS, of understanding through data to drive strategic decisions
  • lead the drive to shift UCAS into becoming a true data business
  • lead initiatives by collaborating with those who are responsible for data creation, ownership, and stewardship, to ensure a joined up strategy for data across the organisation

This role will lead our public good objectives, in relation to supporting stakeholders with relevant timely data, through:

  • identifying live systems, processes, and in-flight changes that deviate from current standards
  • understanding risks and establishing a broad remediation plan, or making recommendations to update corporate standards to accommodate
  • ensuring the appropriate data points are being collected from appropriate data sources, to inform key points of the UCAS lifecycle and strategic decisions
  • liaising with lead accountable directors for data and insights in external organisations, such as government departments, universities, and the Higher Education Statistics Agency, to enable collaborative working in the field of higher education analysis and research

By working in a collaborative, commercially-minded manner, you will:

  • create and implement a market-led approach to the development of our data products and services, developing and delivering a supply and demand model where business/service owners – or those with external customer responsibility – drive demand
  • establish a highly visible analysis and insights product pipeline management process, to formalise the supply and demand arrangement
  • create an ideation and incubation hub in A&I to allow the growth of early ideas, and early stage investment in a small number of product pipeline ideas, prior to obtaining business sponsorship
  • work closely with UCAS Media to ensure commercial analysis requirements are being met, to assist revenue growth and support the development of new products and services
  • ensure appropriate mechanisms are in place to measure return on investment for data products, to enable changes and improvements to be made
  • play an instrumental role in evolving and designing new, innovative measurement and evaluation tools, managing the process through to delivery, and taking ownership of rollout


A competitive six-figure salary with a performance-related bonus and flexible benefits package, including 30 days’ leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pension. A relocation package is available to candidates who want to move to the Cheltenham area.

How to apply

Please see the  candidate pack (577.74 KB) for more information.  

We would like a personal statement (no longer than one A4 page) which showcases your skills and experience for this exciting executive role. Please send this, along with your CV, to

The closing date for applications is midnight on 28 January 2018, with first interviews being held on 6 February 2018, and second interviews on 15 February 2018.

You will receive an email confirming your application has reached us. We will contact all candidates before, or soon after, the closing date notifying you on the outcome of your application.

All information you send to us will be kept in line with the Data Protection Act 1998. UCAS is committed to equality and values diversity in our workforce. We welcome and encourage applications from all candidates in line with the Equality Act 2010. We reserve the right to close this job vacancy prior to the advertised closing date if we feel we have found a suitable candidate.

If you have any further questions, please contact Beth Williams, HR Business Partner, on 01242 545 461 or 07342 072 732, who can also organise a conversation with the Chief Executive, if you wish to do so.

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