At Global Water Intelligence (GWI) we collect a huge amount of data. Our data and analysis are used by businesses, governments and investors to inform strategic decisions on the water sector. In some cases, we can collect near-comprehensive market data, while for others we need to rely on a combination of modelling, indicators, and contacts. In both cases, data needs to be collected, interpreted, and presented by in-house analysts who know enough about their subject area to validate and contextualise our numbers.
As a data analyst at GWI you will get to grips with new subject areas, ask intelligent questions, and work out which data points we need in order to find the answer. We are looking for someone with a creative and inquisitive mind, with a good head for numbers and an adaptable approach to work.
Initially this will be a six-month contract, with the potential for extension or development into a permanent position for the right candidate.
What we are looking for
If you are a recent graduate with strong academic credentials, and you think you might be good at two or three of the following skills, we would like to hear from you.
- Collecting and managing data: we are the main source of data for the international water industry. With that responsibility comes a number of important skills: a nose for the information that will make a difference, and a doggedness in pursuit of it; a dexterity in squeezing spreadsheets until they tell a story; a deep commitment to accuracy; and, an instinctual feeling for the reality that data purports to represent.
- Clear communication: our customers rely on our numbers to help validate their business decisions. To earn that trust we need to communicate our methods and assumptions clearly and concisely. The same challenge applies internally. In a fast-paced research environment, complex topics and challenges need to be explained with the upmost clarity to ensure the whole team is rowing in the same direction.
- An eye for detail: our business depends on our ability to speak authoritatively, and we can’t do that if our work is riddled with errors.
- Seeing the visual angle: people increasingly don’t consume information as text: they take it in visually. Feeding this kind of consumer is a challenge. It requires staff who can synthesise complex issues into simple graphics.
- Managing projects: most of what we do is a team effort, but getting great people to work well together is a skill in itself. We need people who are organised empathetic communicators to bring it all together.
- Seeing the bigger picture: we want to grow our business, and that involves having people at the front line who can see the opportunity to do things better.
- Interviewing people: if we are going to publish original content, we have to be good at drawing ideas and information out of people. That requires confident and intelligent staff who can network their way to talking to the right people and asking the right questions.
- Writing and analysis: f ewer people have time to read these days. It means that if you are going to write, you have to write well. That means being able to organise your thoughts and express them concisely and with lucidity. Don’t be deterred if English is not your first language. We can edit for English.
Accepted degree subjects
Additional job details
- Oxford · Based at: Kingsmead House, Oxpens Road, Oxford OX1 1XX, UK (though staff are currently working remotely during lockdown
- £11 per hour
- Contract, dates and working times
- Fixed term
How to apply
Please submit a CV and a covering letter to Charlotte Massey, via the Apply button, explaining in fewer than 200 words why you are applying for the job and what you think you can contribute to us that would make a real difference.
We will discard the applications which do not come with covering letters. We will then draw up a shortlist of the strongest candidates for the position to whom we will send a skills test. On the basis of this test, we will narrow the field down to applicants for interview.
Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to offer feedback on any applications not carried through to the interview stage.
Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 15 June 2020
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Closing date: 15 June 2020