In October 2020, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 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 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 (initially, with possibility of extension) to 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.

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 34.  You will work within the resources team alongside colleagues, in particular the Data Lead. There are 13 trustees who oversee the work of the Foundation via regular board meetings and committees. 


Why apply?

We are looking for someone who is dynamic, organised, analytical, IT savvy and has a ‘can do’ attitude. 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.


Main Purpose:

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 in developing the use of data by the Foundation and by the sector.


Key Responsibilities:

  1. To own and manage the Looker data visualisation tool and to use it to inform and support the work of colleagues across the Foundation.
  2. To provide data insights and analysis on a regular and ad hoc basis to colleagues across the Foundation.
  3. To refine and ensure consistent coding to enable analysis. 
  4. To run user testing on digital tools (eg applications process, Looker, other projects as required) with applicants, staff and other users. 
  5. To provide analytical support to the Data Lead, including:
    1. Reporting on and providing analysis of pipeline.
    2. Reporting on and providing analysis of the application processes.
    3. Reporting on and providing analysis of the Foundation’s progress against impact goals.
  6. To support funding partners, providing data and analytical support in relation to the Foundation’s work with them.
  7. To support specific projects as required such as the development of the Funder’s Collaborative Hub, setting up Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) monitoring and reporting, and auditing the use of keywords in the Foundation.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. To provide support to colleagues across the Foundation.
  11. 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 & 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)


Personal Qualities:

  • Able to deal in a helpful, friendly and professional way with a wide range of people. 
  • Good judge of people and organisations.  
  • Analytical, ability to assess and balance risks, and willing to back judgement.   
  • An active, constructive contributor to the team.  
  • Ability to work to deadlines. 
  • Flexibility. 
  • Diplomacy. 
  • Self-motivated with high energy levels, 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. 


Office location:

Kings Cross, London (currently working remotely)



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 is working remotely.  We expect to return to the office at some stage later in 2021.  The role will (then) be primarily office based. 


Benefits 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 and Give as You Earn scheme. 


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


If you are interested in applying but you’re not sure that you have all the skills described above, then please do apply. We are open to supporting learning on the job and also to rearranging tasks within the team to suit the skillset of the best applicant. We are happy to discuss flexible working and we are open to job share applications for this role.


Please apply via the button below. To speak further about the role, you can call Jason Burgess in the Inclusive Recruiting team on 0203 397 8333 or email


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