Junior Data Analyst (FTC – 12 months initially)

Contract: 12 months (initially, and possibility of extension)

Job Title: Junior Data Analyst (FTC 12-month possible extension)

Location: Kings Cross, (with potential for home working) 35-hours per week, Monday to Friday (will consider 0.8 full-time.)

Salary: £25,000 – £27,500 PA

About the role:

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is a leading independent funder.  We support exceptional organisations that are building a more inclusive, creative and sustainable society in the UK.  In 2021 we gave over £50m in grants to charities and social enterprises working in the arts, children and young people, sustainable food and environment, and social change.   We also operate a social investment fund for organisations that can deliver a social benefit along with a financial return.

In 2020 we launched a new strategy aiming to focus all our resources on achieving impact against three strategic aims: Our Natural World; A Fairer Future and Creative, Confident Communities.  Getting our use of data and technology right will be critical in monitoring our progress and achieving impact within these aims.

We are recruiting a Junior Data Analyst on a 12-month contract.  The post will play a key role in providing data support across the Foundation.  Internally our new approach will generate more data to work with and create more opportunities for analysis.  Externally this will enable us to give more direct advice and support to the activities Esmée is involved in. It will also help us to coordinate and deliver projects to which data is central.  The post will also support and contribute to the Foundation’s use of technology.

We are particularly interested to hear from candidates who have experience of data visualisation, and of working collaboratively on data projects with external organisations.

The Foundation aims to be an engaging employer and a good place to work.  All members of the team have opportunities to learn more about how we work to deliver our strategic aims and to join colleagues in visiting relevant projects and attending appropriate meetings. You will be part of a vibrant organisation with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Contributions to the Foundation’s strategic direction are encouraged throughout the organisation.

The Foundation has an executive team of 37.  You will work within the resources team alongside colleagues, in particular the Data Lead and Technology Lead. There are 12 trustees who oversee the work of the Foundation via regular board meetings and committees.

About You:                      

We are looking for someone who has a Knowledge of Python, SQL, and experience of using business intelligence tools are an advantage. If you are looking for an opportunity to develop your career by working for a leading independent funder and if you think you can make a real contribution to our work, then this may be the opportunity for you.


12.5% employer pension contribution (with a 5% employee contribution) and a range of benefits including: season ticket loan, income protection scheme, life assurance, (taxable) private medical insurance scheme Give as You Earn scheme, Cycle to Work scheme.

The Foundation has a strong commitment to the professional development of our staff.

Mon – Fri (Based in Kings cross with potential for homeworking)

Full-time working to standard office hours (35-hours per week, Monday to Friday, broadly office hours).  We will also consider candidates looking to work 0.8 full-time.

At present the Foundation has a hybrid approach to working and the candidate will work from the Kings Cross office two or three days per week – these will include Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Purpose of Job:              

To contribute to the delivery of the Foundation’s strategy by providing a range of data services, including data visualisation, and to support the Data Lead and Technology Lead in developing the use of data and technology by the Foundation and by the sector.

Key Responsibilities:

Data & Analysis

  • To own and manage the data visualisation tool (currently Looker) and to use it to inform and support the work of colleagues across the Foundation.
  • To provide analytical support to the Data Lead, including analysis of pipeline, application processes and Foundation’s progress against impact goals.
  • To provide data insights and analysis on a regular and ad hoc basis to colleagues across the Foundation.
  • Working with Learning colleagues to conduct quarterly strategy and board meeting reporting on progress and contextual learning.
  • To gather learning and to use that learning to inform future activity and delivery, in particular to contribute to the development of the use of data and analytics in the Foundation.
  • To support funding partners, providing data and analytical support in relation to the Foundation’s work with them.
  • To support specific projects as required such as the Funder’s Collaborative Hub, DEI Data Standard and the Funder’s Racial Equity Alliance audit.
  • To refine and ensure consistent coding to enable analysis.


  • Working closely with the Technology Lead to provide support to the wider team, including:
  • Helping and supporting staff colleagues in technology issues that arise, as well as working alongside our ICT support company) on ICT issues and in addressing recurrent technology/systems issues.
  • Liaising with contractors and third-party suppliers to ensure successful delivery of project work.
  • To run user testing on digital tools (e.g. applications process, Looker, other projects as required) with applicants, staff and other users.


  • To be an active and engaged member of the resources team including by providing cover on the Foundation’s front desk and by contributing to the assessment of expressions of interest.
  • To undertake any other duties in support of the Foundation’s work as may reasonably be required, including attending events.


  • A good level of analytical ability is required. Demonstratable experience of working with data and data management (which could be in a number of contexts), or qualifications related to data, statistics and analysis are required.

Significant Interfaces:

  • Internally: all staff, Senior Management Team, operations and finance teams and the funding team.
  • Externally: potential and existing grantees, other funders and players in the data and digital space within and outside of the not-for-profit sector.

Skills and Experience:

  • Some understanding of the principles and practice of data management.
  • Some experience with databases and IT systems and how they work. (Any of the following would be helpful – but this is not an exclusive list: database design, database management, social analytics platforms, predictive analytics, GDPR, Business Intelligence tools such as Looker or Tableau)
  • Analytical skills and proficiency in digesting and analysing data as well as the ability to extrapolate conclusions from data sets.
  • Project skills that demonstrate the ability to organise and manage workload to deadlines.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of some of the following: Salesforce, Google BigQuery, Looker, SQL, Python)
  • Writing reports and delivering presentations about data.

Personal Qualities:

  • Able to deal in a helpful, friendly and professional way with a diverse group of people.
  • Analytical, ability to assess and balance risks, and willing to back judgement.
  • Contributes active and constructive feedback as part of a team.
  • Ability to work to deadlines.
  • Self-motivated, comfortable working independently to deliver agreed outcomes.
  • Highly developed sense of personal integrity.
  • Demonstrates an empathy for and commitment to the Foundation’s ethos and core values.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation believes that a greater diversity of views, skills, and lived experience will help generate better ideas, and will lead to better decision making. We want to encourage applicants with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. In particular, those with lived experience of racial inequity, disability, or poverty.

For a chat about the role, please reach out to Priscilla Ross in the Inclusive Recruiting team. Call 0203 397 8333 or email priscilla@inclusiverecruiting.co.uk

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