Principal Analyst, Data Services

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    4 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Information Technology
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 17-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: NZTA/1410229A
  • Job Title: Principal Analyst, Data Services
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  • Summary:
  • Use data and statistical analysis to provide high level advice, thought leadership and strategic direction
  • Work with an experienced and talented group of specialists 
  • SQL and R are our technologies of choice for our Data Services team

About us | Ko wai mātou

At Waka Kotahi, the NZ Transport Agency, it all starts with our people. The organisation’s performance and success depends on the people who choose to make this a great place to work and make a difference for Aotearoa. The Transport Agency has a strong future focus, understanding that new technologies and changing customer expectations mean the transport system we know today will not be the one we deliver in ten years time.

The Data Services team extracts and analyses data to create quality information to support understanding of, and inform fact based decision making across, the land transport system. 

The opportunity | Te Whiwhinga mahi

The purpose of this role will be to focus on high quality and well researched, reasoned data and statistical analysis to provide high level advice, thought leadership, and strategic direction to positively influence the NZTA strategic objectives.

You will apply critical thinking to Transport Agency initiatives and plans, and identify opportunities to provide relevant statistical analysis activities to improve outcomes on all projects.

Your highly developed analytical skills will allow you to undertake complex analysis and interpretation of data contained in the Transport Agency databases, along with strong coding skills, and the ability to review, coach and mentor other analysts.

It is essential this role develops key relationships both externally and internally, to ensure the team is well positioned to be a key strategic partner, becoming an important influencer and trusted advisor.

About you | Ko koe tēnei

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Significant experience in data science or statistical analysis working with complex data queries from multiple data bases
  • Proven experience in data manipulation and analysis, turning raw data into valuable and relevant intelligence and insights
  • Advanced level of computing skill including the use of SQL and R (or similar analytical tool).
  • Sound understanding of Government Open Data initiatives
  • Thorough understanding of the principals of the Official Information and Privacy Acts
  • Experience in mentoring and coaching other analysts
  • A relevant graduate qualification in the statistics, or similar discipline requiring the analysis of complex data is preferred

Should you have the interest and passion to succeed in this exciting opportunity, we would love to hear from you!

Applications close | Rā Katinga: Friday 28 February

Job description is either available as an attachment below or can be accessed through this link: 

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To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.

NZ Transport Agency is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). At the Agency we recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion and are committed to providing a working environment that embraces these values. Please let us know if you need any support or have any access requirements that will help you through the recruitment process.