Director of Data and Analysis

Active Travel England

York or Leeds - with frequent travel to sites across England

  • Location

    York or Leeds - with frequent travel to sites across England

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government


  • Salary/Remuneration

    Up to £85k - This is a Senior Civil Service Pay Band 1 role. Existing Civil Servants will be appointed in line with the Civil Service pay rules. External candidates upto £85k (more may be available for an exceptional candidate)

  • Client

    Active Travel England

Ref: GSe91165

Active Travel England (ATE) is the new Executive Agency which will help deliver this government’s £2 billion commitment to active travel and create a new golden age of walking and cycling, transforming the role that they play in our transport system. In July 2020, the Prime Minister outlined a step change in investment and design quality to ensure cycling and walking become the natural first choice for short journeys and account for half of all journeys in towns and cities by 2030. ATE will be critical to delivering this change through accelerating the shift to cycling and walking, aiming to help tackle some of the most challenging issues we face as a society –improving air quality, combatting climate change, improving health and wellbeing, addressing inequalities and tackling congestion on our roads. 

As an agency in their infancy, ATE have a unique opportunity for an experienced analyst to join the Senior Leadership Team to establish, grow and lead the analytical function. This is an exciting role for an analyst with broad technical expertise, who has led multi-disciplinary analytical teams, and a proven track-record of using data and evidence to shape and inform high profile investment decisions, while helping to tackle national challenges. The successful person will ensure that decisions in ATE are underpinned by quality evidence and analysis based on robust data and research, while continuing to steer the development of ATE’s first Data Strategy.

If you are passionate about using data and analytics to underpin high profile decisions and investments, while setting up and leading a high performing team to deliver an ambitious programme of work, this is the opportunity for you. It allows for a varied, challenging and stimulating role, which will help transform how people across the country travel, while improving the places in which they live, and help tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society through cleaner and smarter travel decisions.


  • Recruiting, leading, and motivating a multi-disciplinary team of analysts and data experts that will enable ATE to have access to best-in-class data and evidence to inform decision-making . Ensuring ATE has access to the right analytical skills and capability to deliver its agenda. 
  • Setting the standards for data and analysis in ATE, ensuring that this aligns with government best practice guidance and codes of conduct. Ensuring appropriate analytical quality assurance and data governance processes are in place and followed. Developing your own and your team’s professional capability, providing a continuous learning environment to increase knowledge and expertise. 
  • Ensuing that ATE delivers quality, proportionate, timely, impactful, and influential analysis. Enabling decision-makers to make effective decisions based on a clear understanding of the evidence presented to them, and that data, analysis and evidence are interpreted and used appropriately. 
  • Shaping and overseeing delivery an analytical programme that will improve the quality and availability of data and evidence on Active Travel across the sector. This includes steering development of ATE’s first Data Strategy.
  • Ensuring that ATE has the right systems, processes, and tools in place to manage and optimise use of internal and external data. This includes exploring and exploiting present opportunities to collect and bring in new data sources and developing new tools to analyse and data. 
  • This will be delivered through the use of cloud computing and open source software with a view to ensuring a culture of reproducible and eventually open high-quality code is in place. The post holder will also ensure ATE has the right management and reporting processes in place. 
  • Building effective working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, including the Department for Transport and Local Authorities, ensuring that you and the team understand the wider context in which ATE is operating and using this to inform the analytical work programme. 
  • Establishing effective links to the wider Active Travel analytical community, comprising subject matter experts in government, academia, civil society, the charity sector and consultancy delivering research and analysis on active travel and related fields (e.g. health, spatial planning, place-making). 

Person Specification


  • Exceptional leadership skills, with experience of building and leading high-performing and diverse, multi-disciplinary analytical teams that can work productively with internal and external partners. 
  • Experience of setting the strategic direction for analysis, ensuring the work programme meets business needs and delivers impactful and influential evidence. 
  • Extensive professional experience leading complex analytical work that informs decision-making in a policy or operational delivery environment. 
  • Strong technical background in economics, operational research, social research, statistics, or transport modelling – current member or meets the eligibility criteria of one of the specified government analytical professions at SCSPB1 level (GES, GORS, GSR, GSS, Transport Modelling). 
  • Good working knowledge and experience of a range of analytical disciplines and methods, including some of the following: investment appraisal, evaluation, behavioral science, digital, data collection and management, and analytics. 
  • Excellent track record of managing and developing staff, inspiring them and building their technical and wider capabilities, with particular focus on building a culture that is open about reporting issues early and working to fix them.


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Recruitment Table

Closing Date for Applications
Sunday 16 October 2022 (23:55)

Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySanderson
w/c Monday 24 October 2022 & w/c Monday 31 October 2022

Informal Conversations (IC)
Thursday 10 November 2022 (PM) & Monday 14 November 2022 (PM)

Final Panel Interviews
Wednesday 16 November 2022

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit the following:

  • An up to date and relevant CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements
  • A Supporting Statement (no more than 2 pages) that addresses the essential criteria, providing examples where possible


  1. How to write a Suitability Statement.pdf
  2. A Great Place to Work for - Veterans Scheme.doc
  3. Disability Confident Scheme Declaration.docx


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