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Head of Strategic Insight

  • Organisation:The National Archives
  • Location:London, England
  • Salary:£46,036 - £49,000
  • Contract type:Permanent / Full-Time

Could you help us to change the way we think?

As the living, growing home of our national story, The National Archives is already a special place to work. We’re an institution nearly 200 years old with a collection spanning 1,000 years of history. But it’s where we go next that makes things really interesting.

In our strategic vision: Archives for Everyone, we set ourselves the challenge of becoming the 21st Century national archive – a different kind of cultural and heritage institution: Inclusive, Entrepreneurial, Disruptive. We won’t become this overnight. It will take time, focus, effort and daring. That’s where you come in. Because we can’t do this without you.

As our new Head of Strategic Insight you will be instrumental in helping The National Archives to achieve its ambitions. You’ll have a keen eye on the big picture and know how to help an organisation translate insight into action. You will focus and sharpen our strategic thinking, ask and answer the critical questions and foster an approach to using our management information that ensures our decision-making is based on the best available evidence.

This is a key role and one you will have the opportunity to shape. Experience is useful, but the quality and clarity of your thought and approach will matter more.

To be successful in this role, it’s likely that you will be:

  • expert in the use of information and evidence to inform strategic thinking
  • creative and persuasive in presenting your insights
  • confident in delivering constructive challenge at all levels of an organisation
  • motivated by the challenge of answering big strategic questions
  • a skilled relationship builder and keen collaborator

The National Archives is staffed by some of the most knowledgeable, committed, and friendly people you’re ever likely to work with. You’ll be working with colleagues across the organisation to inform and empower them to deliver the best, most innovative and effective version of The National Archives ever known.

We think this could be the role of your lifetime. If you agree then get in touch.

Person specification

This is a full time post. However, requests for part-time working, flexible working and job share will be considered, taking into account at all times the operational needs of the Department. A combination of onsite and home working is available and applicants should be able to regularly travel to our Kew site.

We are committed to continually improving the diversity of our workforce and therefore encourage applications from people of colour, the LGBTQI+ community, the trans community, those who are neuro diverse, and those with a disability.

How to apply:

To submit your application please click the ‘Apply now’ button on this page. You will be asked to write a personal statement and upload your CV. In your personal statement please explain, using examples, how you meet the essential criteria below. You may draw on knowledge, skills, abilities, experience gained from paid work, domestic responsibilities, education, leisure interests and voluntary activities. Please note selection for interview will largely be based on the information you provide in this section so please make full use of the 1250 word count.

Essential criteria:

  • Excellent skills in conveying and presenting complex information, with a demonstrable ability to do this in creative and innovative ways
  • Excellent judgement with a proven ability to analyse and interpret evidence, determine its value and through this make a telling contribution to strategic decision making
  • Demonstrable ability and confidence to communicate, engage, challenge and persuade at senior levels, particularly in the context of answering big and/or strategically important questions
  • Excellent skills as a relationship-builder and collaborator, with a track record of achieving good outcomes through partnership
  • Significant experience in manipulating large and/or complex data sets
  • The capability to develop expert knowledge of the information generated and held by The National Archives and the systems within which it is maintained
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with significant experience in managing, mentoring, coaching and motivating people to deliver successful outcomes, with the ability to influence others to build in-house capability and expertise
  • A high degree of awareness of, and proficiency in, a wide range of analytic and insight-gathering methods, with the ability to apply these to The National Archives’ strategic context

Additionally, using no more than one further side of A4 and drawing on publicly-available information, please present us with one or more high-level but evidenced insights into The National Archives and/or its strategic context that tell us something important that you think we might not know. Please add this to the end of your CV (you can only upload one document).

Generous benefits package, including pension, sports and social club facilities, onsite gym, discounted rates at our on-site cafe and opportunities for training and development.

Any move to The National Archives from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at;

Application Closing Date: 23 November 2022

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