Research and Data Analyst - Scheme Advisory Board Secretariat
Home-Based or London, Office Based

Vacancy Reference: 002198

Location: Home-Based or London, Office Based

Closing Date: 03/05/2021

Salary: From 17,364 pa

Employment Type: Permanent, part-time

Department: Deputy Chief Executive, LGA

Hours Per week: 17.5

About us

The Local Government Association speaks with one voice on behalf of local government in England and Wales. Made up of elected representatives from all the different political parties, we aim to set the political agenda and have our say in the national media on the issues that matter to council members. There has never been a more exciting time to work for us.
The LGA pensions team provides a small secretariat to the Advisory Board of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) in England and Wales. The Board works on behalf of the scheme’s 87 administering authorities, 14,000 scheme employers and 5 million members, and closely with the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). To be part of this team is to be a vital element in the policy and legislative framework of the largest funded pension scheme in the UK.

The Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board ( is a body set up under Section 7 of the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 and The Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 110-113. It consists of representatives from scheme employers and scheme members together with observers and advisors from the pensions industry.

The role

We are looking for a Research and Data Analyst to collate and provide analysed and formatted data for inclusion in the Scheme Annual Report and the triennial Scheme Valuation Report for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). The successful candidate will work with members of the SAB secretariat and wider pensions team to understand their requirements and design and publish effective research and projects. You will act as a lead contact for colleagues in providing professional advice and guidance on interpreting research and data.
The successful candidate will be a key part of the secretariat team supporting the Board. You will work to design and deliver high quality research and data projects for the Scheme Advisory Board (SAB) and the LGPS sector.
You will be expected to work collaboratively with other members of the SAB secretariat, and the wider LGA pensions team, to ensure the SAB meets its declared objectives. 

As we encourage flexible working at the LGA, for this role you have the choice to work as a home-based worker at £34,728 pa or office-based at £38,440 pa (including London Weighting). The office-based working will be in line with our transitional flexible working policy as we begin to go back into the office again following COVID-19. 

The requirements

It’s essential that you have both research and data analysis skills and can write and communicate well.  We are looking for a team player with good organisational abilities and the ability to accurately summarise and convey sometimes complex information in a non-technical way, with clear conclusions where appropriate.
Expertise in survey research, desk research, and qualitative analysis, and the ability to apply these to support the needs of politicians, officials and officers would be an advantage. Political sensitivity, with the ability to exercise discretion and to demonstrate political neutrality at all times is important.
Excellent IT skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and common Content Management Systems such as Joomla, with the ability to quickly learn new packages as required is essential. The ability to undertake advanced statistical techniques and present this clearly to a non-technical audience is desirable. 
The successful candidate can expect to take on a varied and wide-ranging portfolio of important work.

You must have the right to work in the UK, the LGA are unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be requested at the interview stage. ​​​​​​​

Closing Date:     5pm, Monday 3 May 2021
Interview Date:     Monday 17 May 2021, interviews will be held remotely

As a Disability Confident Leader the LGA values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community