Strategic Planning Analyst

University of Glassgow
June 24, 2024
Offerd Salary:£48,350 - £56,021
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Contract Type:Open-ended
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Strategic Planning Analyst

Job Purpose

We are recruiting for a Strategic Planning Analyst to work in the Planning Insights & Analytics Directorate at the University of Glasgow. This role reports to the Head of Strategic Planning and is part of a supportive, flexible team at the heart of the University. Our team has a broad base of expertise, spanning everything from data engineering and data governance through to analytics, planning, strategy and policy. We have a strong emphasis on personal development, looking to build rounded analysts equipped with the right range of skills for a satisfying career in insight and data. We are a warm, friendly, and supportive bunch, building a shared sense of purpose, and delivering insights that support the activities of our world-class, world- changing university.

The role will draw upon a highly analytical skillset, strategic thinking, and the ability to build collaborative networks to drive innovation and improvements across our planning and budgeting. It provides an opportunity to demonstrate creativity, flexibility, and credibility to quickly establish trust and support and build collaborative networks across the University, enabling you to provide high quality analysis and insight that lands with impact. As the key point of contact between central services and the College, you will possess excellent communication skills and an outstanding ability to work in partnership with a range of colleagues across the University. You will bring new ideas and innovative ways of working to College management and Schools, delivering insight and analysis that meets the needs of your stakeholders and the strategic direction of the University.

You will be a strategic thinker highly capable of joining the dots to see the bigger picture considering all facets of growth, competitiveness, quality of teaching provision, student experience and reputation. Your role will vary accordingly, with areas of responsibility that include strategic competitor analysis, providing evidence relating to growth opportunities and performance insights. You will be responsible for keeping abreast of sector-wide and university planning and policy developments, as well as understanding the wider market and competitor performance, to provide timely and relevant data, insight and advice to College management to shape and form their plans and priorities. You will be expected to influence and lead the agenda with authority, to support evidence-based decision-making, and working at the highest level of senior leadership and management. You will collaborate and share best practice across Planning Insights & Analytics, with a keen eye on data quality assurances and robust processes.

Main Duties

1. Serve as the strategic interface between the college and central planning team engaging proactively with colleges to provide highly valued and reliable support and analytical expertise.

2. Establish and maintain a credible business partnership model between PIA and the full College senior leadership team. Establish strong working relationships with other senior stakeholders as needed to support

3. Use a specialist analytical skill set, combined with strong credentials in delivering strategy and planning to provide performance analysis across a range of areas – including competitor analysis, horizon scanning, planning dashboards, portfolio analysis, production of KPIs, student engagement and performance, cost and efficiency etc.

4. Engage at the most senior levels within Colleges, with authority to influence and shape College's thinking on strategic planning and decision- making.

5. Work autonomously and possess the intellect and capability to bring new ideas and innovative ways of working to their areas. This will be essential to drive the change we want to implement through PIA's vision.

6. Advise on the analysis and interpretation of data, identify trends and test solutions and report on progress to support the resolution of issues.

7. Develop a sound working knowledge of college operational activity, how this interacts with university's strategic plan and the macro HE environment

8. Co-ordinate and specify deep dive analysis and recommendations on specific issues e.g. policy, impact analysis, strategic reviews etc.

9. Build relationships with key staff within the College and Schools in order to understand ongoing developments, decisions and priorities as well as where further support is required.

10. Support the development of business cases for new investments

11. Engagement with key stakeholders and working collaboratively with colleagues to investigate and highlight areas of best practice and identify improvement opportunities.

12. Establish and maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the University's academic provision and outputs to be able to accurately prioritise, inform and present integrated analysis.

13. Contribute to the formulation of policy to improve quality and effectiveness of service provision, taking into account, where relevant, legislative changes.

Knowledge, Qualification, Skills & Experience

Knowledge and Qualifications


A1 Ability to demonstrate the competencies required to undertake the duties associated with this level of post having acquired the necessary professional knowledge and management skills in a similar or number of different specialist roles. Or: Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9,10 or 11 (Ordinary/Honours Degree, Post Graduate Qualification), or equivalent, including being professionally qualified in relevant discipline, with a broad range of professional experience in a management role(s).


B1 Knowledge of Higher Education guidelines and policies.

B2 Knowledge of University and HE Sector/developments.

B3 Knowledge of data analysis methods and techniques.


C1 Strong interpersonal skills including motivational negotiating, motivating, influencing and relationship building.

C2 Proven high level communication skills, obtained through representational, influencing and/or negotiating activities.

C3 Proven analytical and problem-solving capability across a broad range of management functions.

C4 Ability to think strategically and to maintain sight of the big picture when considering priorities and delivering insight.

C5 Drive, enthusiasm and a high degree of personal effectiveness.

C6 Able to engage with people, building credible relationships.

C7 Ability to work to timescales with competing demands.

C8 Ability and commitment to work calmly under pressure in a busy environment and achieve high quality work standards.

C9 Excellent oral and written presentation skills and ability to adapt delivery to suit audience needs.



E1 Experience of using data analysis and insight to inform decision making.

E2 Previous experience working in a cross-departmental role.

E3 Experience of building credible relationships that deliver value.

E4 Experience of working with and influencing senior management.

E5 Experience of writing briefs and presenting on strategically significant issues for stakeholders.

E6 Project and/or people management skills gained through previous experience.

E7 Experience of managing the activities of self and/or others.


F1 Experience of working in the HE sector.

F2 Experience of using Business Intelligence platforms e.g. PowerBI, Qlikview, Tableau.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 8, £48,350 - £56,021 per annum.

This post is full time (35 hours p/w) and open ended. Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

Vacancy Ref : 147356 Close Date : 24-Jun-2024 23:45

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