Senior Insight Analyst

Reports toPolicy & Insight Manager
DirectoratesChief Executive’s Office
DepartmentPolicy, Insight & Performance
GradeNJC 11 (£40,220-£44,428 as of 1/4/2023)
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Job Purpose

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is creating a new Senior Insight Analyst role as we strengthen our Policy, Insight, Performance and Evaluation functions.

Reporting to the newly created Insight Manager the Senior Insight Analyst will deliver insight and research activity across the organisation that will make a significant contribution to the formulation, development, promotion and implementation of a range of policies and strategies, projects and initiatives that will deliver agreed Corporate objectives and outcomes.

This role sits within the newly formed Chief Executive’s Office where Mayoral support, Policy, Communications, Public Affairs and Executive Support have come together to drive forward sustainable and lasting change for our communities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Initiate, plan, manage, deliver and evaluate research and insight outputs in support of the delivery of Corporate Strategy outcomes and statutory obligations.
  • Work with colleagues and external partner organisations to commission new data sources, analysis and understanding of national, regional and sub-regional data of relevance to transport, skills, housing, planning or economic development policy.
  • Undertake quantitative and qualitative research and provide insight-based evidence, forecasting and modelling, by leading projects that provide key business intelligence for the
  • Combined Authority and its partners to inform evidenced based strategies and policy.
  • Support development of business cases and funding applications, ensuring insight obtained from Combined Authority data is used to inform and influence the outputs across the
  • Project and Programme team.
  • Provide clear, well-targeted and influential reports, briefings, presentations and other publications on key issues as required.
  • Support colleagues with the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to produce maps and map-based analysis for reports.
  • Be a visible advocate for data analysis and research activity across the Combined Authority and partner organisations to promote good practice and promote a culture of evidenced-based decision making.
  • Support the design and delivery of data literacy training resources, guidance and templates.
  • Through day to day working and projects create the means to strengthen collaborative working with partners across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Under the direction of the Head of Policy, Insight and Performance, support them in the supervision and mentoring of interns and/ or apprentices where appropriate




  • Level 6 or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject, or the equivalent level of knowledge gained through significant demonstrable experience in a directly related area of work.
  • Understanding of quantitative and qualitative research design, ethics and standards, including the Code of Practice for Statistics.
  • Understanding of data analysis, modelling and management including public sector information security.


  • Relevant professional qualification or membership e.g. RSS
  • Power BI and other relevant system qualifications.
  • Project management qualification.
  • Strong understanding of the operation of Central Government and Local Government.



  • Significant demonstrable experience of effectively working in an insight, analyst or research role.
  • Proven track record of working with a wide range of social and economic data sources both national and local, with a comprehensive understanding of how each set of data is produced and issues relating to the production of that data that may affect its validity and use.
  • Significant demonstrable experience of qualitative and quantitative data collection, demographic estimation, forecasting and consultation techniques.
  • Experience of utilising statistical and analytical techniques and using them to produce and prepare compelling reports.
  • Experience of developing and/ or commissioning modelling and forecasting tools which include multi-variables such as population, housing, employment and commuting flows.
  • Demonstrable experience of providing insight and research to inform future policy and strategies to deliver agreed short, medium and long term outputs, outcomes and impacts.
  • Proven track record of developing and maintaining and engaging in appropriate networks and communities of practice for insight and research development best practice.
  • Experience of working in fast paced environment, overseeing many projects simultaneously ensuring direct reports are meeting strategic objectives and deadlines.



  • Excellent analytical skills, with ability to gather and interrogate information from a wide range of sources, analyse thoroughly and make recommendations that inform decision making
  • High standards of literacy and numeracy, including completing accurate and appropriate arithmetic and statistical calculations
  • Able to exercise judgement as to the robustness of various data sources and the most appropriate analytical methods to use
  • High level of competence in using data visualisation software e.g. PowerBI
  • Able to communicate and present data, information and insight in a variety of forms to a range of audiences with confidence
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Strong strategic planning, project management, risk management, budgeting, procurement and organisational skills


  • Able to use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to produce map-based analysis and visualisation
  • Working knowledge of a relevant coding language e.g. SQL, Python, R etc.



  • Works collaboratively and productively with peers, team and others
  • Operates with integrity at all times
  • Adaptable to changing circumstances and demands
  • Creative thinker who thinks outside ‘tried and tested’ models or approaches
  • Excellent oral and written communicator with the ability to present clear, accurate reports to a wide range of stakeholders
  • Good relationship-builder that generates confidence in colleagues and stakeholders
  • Embraces and embodies our CIVIL values everyday, in everything you do
  • Enthusiasm, can-do attitude, and willingness to take on new challenges



  • To deputise for the Policy & Insight Manager as required
  • Must be able to travel around Cambridgeshire & Peterborough