Job Title:  Data Analyst

Permanent, Full-Time
Salary:   £30,000 – £35,000 per annum
Reporting to:   Business Intelligence Manager
Location:  Virtual working with office based at University of Reading

Application Deadline:  23 April 2021

The Company

Southern Universities Management Services (SUMS) is a not-for-profit organisation working within the Higher Education Sector. There are three specialist divisions within the organisation:

  • SUMS Consulting – a niche consultancy membership organisation with a strong reputation for the quality and integrity of its work, people and expertise, providing expert consultancy in all areas of university support and management.
  • Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) – a buying organisation for universities and further education colleges that develops and manages framework agreements.
  • Procurement Shared Service (PSS) – provides specialist procurement support to universities, to help them secure the best value from their procurement activities.

The three divisions work together and share support services.

The Role

To support the work of SUMS through the provision of high quality, timely and accurate data and business insight. The post holder will interrogate and analyse data from various sources, providing valuable support and strategic insight to the wider SUMS team, including working collaboratively with SUMS: Consulting, Procurement, Finance, and Administration colleagues, and with colleagues in our strategic partner LUPC and other UK purchasing consortia. The successful candidate will seek to further develop and enhance reporting capabilities through data visualisation software such as Tableau. They will also support the development of back-office systems including CRM, Office 365, website development etc. The role also involves interactions with SUMS and SUPC members and clients, suppliers and other stakeholders. The successful candidate will therefore be able to not only demonstrate excellent analytical skills, but also strong verbal and written communication with careful attention to detail.  Previous experience of working with a Finance and/or Procurement team is desirable but not essential. This is a permanent, full-time role and some travel to university sites across the UK may occasionally be required.

Working for SUMS

We value and promote equality, diversity, and inclusivity in our organisation, with fair access to opportunities, fair treatment, and fair outcomes for all.

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a generous 38 days of holiday (inclusive of public holidays and office closure days), the opportunity to join the SUMS Group pension scheme, and life assurance.  Our full-time staff work 35 hours a week.  We have an agile workforce and are open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.

How to Apply

Please submit your CV and a brief cover letter to by 23 April 2021

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