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Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Cambridge or Coventry

Application Deadline

We are Cambridge University Press & Assessment, a world-leading academic publisher and assessment organisation, and a proud part of the University of Cambridge.

We are looking for a confident and capable Data Analyst to join OCR's Research and Technical Standards (RTS) team.

Data Analyst

Cambridge, Coventry


Closing Date: 3 December 2021

Research and Technical Standards (RTS) is a technical team of data analysts, researchers and experts in the field of educational assessment. Reporting to a Senior Data Analyst, you will join a busy and dynamic team that play a crucial role in ensuring that OCR's assessments are awarded to the highest standards, meeting the expectations of both our customers and the UK exams regulator. We are focused on maintaining and improving assessment standards in OCR products through structured research, statistical investigation, complex data handling and liaison with stakeholders across the sector.

The main focus of the Data Analyst role is to conduct data analyses and provide technical expertise to support the delivery of candidate results and to develop and improve OCR assessments and processes. The Data Analyst also contributes to research activity carried out by the RTS team.

The Role

  • The Data Analyst team is responsible for responding to data requests, accessing and analysing data from a range of sources, and analysing and interpreting data to help colleagues understand the information presented.
  • Using programming skills to carry out complex data handling and manipulation activities
  • Planning and carrying out investigations into assessment functioning and performance and reporting the findings to a range of audiences
  • Working with teams across OCR to support accurate and timely results release and ongoing product evaluation and development
  • Providing guidance on interpreting findings of data analyses
  • Providing assistance with technical issues to staff at all levels in OCR
  • Contributing technical assessment expertise to OCR examination series
  • Representing RTS on OCR working groups (as required)

About you


  • A degree level (Level 6) qualification in a relevant discipline – a specialism in mathematics, statistics or computing is desirable.



  • Programming skills (preferably in SAS, SQL and/or R)
  • Solid grasp of how to work with data and development methodologies
  • Good understanding of common data handling software (such as Excel)
  • Strong numerical, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to determine the scope of a requirement, and draw on wider knowledge and understanding to provide a solution
  • Good communication skills and the ability to present outcomes in a clear and accessible way, especially to those who may not share your level of expertise
  • The ability to work collaboratively on complex projects
  • A meticulous eye for detail


  • Good knowledge of statistics and statistical analysis
  • Experience with using large relational database management systems (RDBMS)
  • Quantitative research skills


You will have experience of working in a time-pressurised environment and will be used to managing and prioritising competing deadlines and demands, while maintaining very high standards of quality control over the output you produce.

You will be familiar with the practices associated with the manipulation and analysis of large, complex datasets that may come from a variety of sources and in different formats.

Though not essential, some experience of the educational assessment context is desirable.


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:

  • Generous contributory pension
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary)
  • Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
  • Cycle scheme
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Subsidised staff restaurants
  • Support for professional qualifications
  • Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.

The closing date for applications is 3 December 2021 and interviews are scheduled to take place in the week commencing 13 December 2021.

To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter

Cambridge University Press & Assessment is committed to being a place where anyone can enjoy a successful career, where it's safe to speak up, and where we learn continuously to improve together. We welcome applications from all candidates, regardless of demographic characteristics (age, disability, educational attainment, ethnicity, gender, marital status, neurodiversity, religion, sex, and sexual identity), cultural, or social class/background.

We believe that diversity of thought, background, and approach create better outcomes. More importantly, fostering an inclusive culture is the right thing to do, and it's part of how we achieve our purpose: to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Ensuring that anyone, no matter who they are, feels they belong here is an essential part of who we are and the contribution we make to society, and to our planet.

To enable an environment which our people can thrive in, our customers benefit from, and where work complements life, we empower everyone to manage their time and capacity, and to prioritise their wellbeing. That's why from day one everyone at Cambridge University Press & Assessment can discuss flexible working options to find the best solution for them and their role.


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