About the role
This is an exciting opportunity for a talented, forward-thinking and experienced MIS Report Writer to join the Funding Compliance & IT Team at Surrey Adult Learning (SAL).
Every year, SAL offers over 3,000 courses in its seven dedicated adult learning centres and around 100 other community-based venues such as schools and children’s centres.
With funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and learners’ tuition fees, SAL offers a broad range of qualification-based courses such as GCSEs, ESOL and Functional Skills, alongside non-accredited courses such as foreign languages, arts and crafts. For over 12,000 learners every year, these courses represent life-changing opportunities to realise their full potential by developing the skills they need for life and work, as well as a means to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing.
As a member of SAL’s IT Team, the Report Writer will develop, deploy and maintain all aspects of SAL’s data reporting systems. Accurate, timely and task-specific data is critical to SAL’s success. Through face-to-face and virtual meetings, the Report Writer will liaise closely with staff from across the organisation to ensure the IT Team are able to satisfy their requirements for high quality, meaningful management information.
The Report Writer must project a positive, professional approach and will be able to demonstrate at interview:
- Prior experience working with the SQL Server technology stack for the interpretation and analysis of large and highly complex data sets
- In-depth knowledge and experience using SSRS, SSDT and MS Report Builder for data manipulation from various data sources and structures. Knowledge of Power BI desirable
- Prior experience of data management in the education sector desirable, ideally with the Tribal ebs learner management system
- Familiarity with FE/ESFA funding methodologies, Ofsted performance indicators and Qualification Achievement Rates (QAR) desirable
- Knowledge and experience working with ODBC, XML, HTML, REST APIs and web-based data dashboard technologies
- Awareness of the principles of information governance; data security and the GDPR
- Ability to present and disseminate information via queries, reports and/or dashboards as appropriate to the nature of the source data and the requirements of the user
On occasion, the Report Writer will work flexibly in terms of working hours and location in order to attend scheduled meetings, to provide occasional staff training and to resolve faults that cannot be addressed remotely.
The Report Writer will:
- assist curriculum managers with analysis of qualification achievement and participation KPIs vital to success at Ofsted inspections
- enable the Funding Manager to ensure best use of government funds and meet SAL’s contractual obligations regarding funding and data with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
- help SAL’s marketing team maximise income by quickly identifying changing trends in customer demand; and will
- enable SAL’s senior management to make the real time, data-driven decisions necessary for effective budget monitoring, forecasting and financial reporting
The Report Writer will also work with the Funding Compliance and IT Manager to better integrate SAL’s learner management system with other systems/processes such as staff pay, finance, online enrolment and SAL’s e-learning platforms.
The role will be based with the Funding Compliance and IT Team at Camberley Adult Learning Centre but will require some business travel to attend meetings at other learning centres around the county. The post holder will be a contractual car user and so will be required to maintain a driving licence and to provide a vehicle with insurance for business use.
This is a challenging but rewarding role for an individual who, working as part of a small team, can plan and implement works to a timetable, but also respond quickly and work under pressure to provide business critical information as needs arise.
For more information, please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job description and person specification. We look forward to receiving your application.
For an informal discussion please contact Clive Banks on 07968 833954 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 14/06/2020. Due the COVID-19 lockdown and social distancing measures, interviews are likely to take place online via Skype or MS Teams in week commencing 22/06/2020.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
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