Senior Data Analyst & Analysts


Have you always wanted to be a detective, a coder, a scientist, and a professor? All at the same time? Are you excited to jump into interesting questions and look forward to scoping approaches, data wrangling, exploring with models and visualisations, and crafting narratives for business stakeholders?

The Analytics and Modelling team are expanding, we are looking to fill a number of both Senior and Analyst level positions within the team. You don’t have to be in working in the public sector to have the skills that we need. Instead, you need experience in creative problem-solving of complex issues, and providing high quality insights from analytics and modelling.

At Te Manatū Waka we pride ourselves on maintaining a work culture that is inclusive, collaborative, bold and invested. Our waterfront offices further enhance the Ministry’s working environment. We are flexible by default and can offer work arrangements which embrace a healthy work/life balance.

About the Analytics and Modelling Team

At the Ministry you will find no day is the same. The Analytics and Modelling team undertakes research and analysis of complex and sensitive issues to bring evidence and insights into transport policy decisions. You will have a role in data analysis and interpretation to inform the Ministry’s strategy and policy.

Be part of a team that goes beyond the reporting of data to provide expert analytics and modelling for policy and strategy advice.

Some of the work you could be involved in is:

  • Understanding, using and generating insight from, the Household Travel Survey - a continuous nearly 30-year survey of transport across New Zealand.
  • Developing an agent-based simulation model of transport in New Zealand, which aims to enable the understanding of individual choices, social impact and equity of policy change on transport.
  • Developing insight from the database of road traffic crashes to generate better policy and a safer transport network.
  • Helping to determine how government should optimise and influence the supply chain through analysis of freight movement in to, out of and across New Zealand.
  • Modelling and prioritising our emissions reduction policies to ensure that New Zealand can reach it’s zero carbon goals.

If you are interested in contributing to this fascinating part of the organisation where your effective analysis and insight forms the basis of key strategies, plans and policy advice, we want to hear from you.

Being a Senior Analyst

As a Senior Data Analyst you will have the opportunity to lead the development of innovative, practical and robust data analyses. Working closely with one of the team’s Principal analysts, in this fast paced and exciting role, you will bring an ability to see the big picture, with strong analytical skills. We are interested in hearing from people who are eager to develop their leadership capability while also supporting the technical development and performance of the team.

You will provide expert and accurate advice using statistical and graphical techniques and be able to present this in different formats to different audiences. For our seniors we would look for a master’s degree or higher and 3-5 years relevant work experience.

You will need to be a good communicator capable of working with a wide range of stakeholders, from those in the public sector, in industry and in the wider transport sector. You will bring a strong understanding in the use of code-based analytical tools (such as SQL, SAS, R, Python, Julia), and be comfortable working with cloud-based computing (AWS), and a Linux or Unix-like operating environment.

Your experience doesn’t necessarily have to be in government, but you will need a background where you’ve gained solid experience in leading and steering projects, problem-solving complex issues, and providing high quality analytics. Along with your data-science and analytical skills, you’ll be a strong collaborative team-player who can work with others and where possible can coach and mentor to build others’ capabilities.

The salary step range is: $99,483 - $130,000. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.

Being an Analyst

As an Analyst in the team you will undertake research and analysis of complex and sensitive issues to bring evidence and insights into transport decisions. Working closely with the team’s Principal and Senior analysts you will get involved with research, data analysis and interpretation to inform the Ministry’s strategy and policy.

 Our areas of work include safety and crash data, current and future travel demand, vehicle emissions, and much more. You will have the opportunity to be involved in the development of innovative, practical and robust data analyses.

Our ideal candidate will have background and experience in data science and analysis. An understanding of simulation and modelling techniques. You will have strong analytical skills, including visualisation and be confident engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders. You will bring a strong understanding in the use of code-based analytical tools (such as SQL, SAS, R, Python, Julia).

The salary step range is: $60,000 - $92,000. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.

What we offer

This is an exciting opportunity for a person who wants every day to be full of variety and wants to work in an organisation that have and continue to invest heavily in their employees.

Te Manatū Waka is a small, friendly agency, with a wide influence, where you’ll be close to the action, and have plenty of opportunity to contribute and develop. You'll receive plenty of support to take ownership of your role.  We can consider flexible working options. 

Download the position description or visit our website to find out more about us. You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for these roles at the Ministry of Transport.

For specific queries or a confidential discussion about the role with Dan Jenkins, Manager - Analytics and Modelling, please call 022 012 7493.

Please submit your application online including a cover letter and CV by Wednesday 27 October 2021.

 

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Permanent – Full time

Job no: JGAO10756

Location: Wellington

Closing Date: Wednesday, 27 October 2021