Head of Business Intelligence & Business Systems

  • Salary: Grade 9 with a salary scale of £45,500 - £51,500
  • Hours: Full time (37 hours per week)
  • Closing Date: 24 September 2021 at 11:59 PM
  • Location: Nottingham (with remote options)

What are we looking for?

Are you passionate about data, analytics, and systems and how they can add value to organisations? Have you got experience in developing a high performing team? This could be the opportunity for you! Futures are looking for a Head of BI and Business Systems to drive a data transformation across the business, identifying and implementing new business systems and developing a data driven culture.

What will the role do?

The Head of Business Intelligence and Business Systems plays a key role in strengthening Futures’ Strategic Business Intelligence, Analytics and Insight capability and co-ordinating a company-wide approach to strategic information and insights to enable the company to better leverage the value of data and benefit from more data driven decision making. The role requires expertise in all aspects of BI; analytics, data management and business systems. The Head of BI and Business Systems will be responsible for managing the analysis of data to inform business decisions and identifying software solutions to meet business needs, along with overseeing the team responsible for managing the ESFA funding claims.

The Head of Business Intelligence and Business Systems will have exceptional interpersonal skills as they will need to act as a communication link between the BI & Business Systems Team and ELT/SLT and Managers.

What are the finer points about the role?

The successful candidate will be commercially focussed with a strong track record of systems implementation and developing high performing teams. The role requires a high degree of visibility across the company, engaging with key internal stakeholders to understand the needs of operational teams and translate that into dashboards and reports Key duties of the role include:

  • Work with the business to set the strategy and shape working practices for a best-in-class Business Intelligence service function.
  • Foster the creation of a data-driven culture, related competencies and data literacy across the enterprise. Identify areas where data is missing or is inefficiently used, recommend and implement improvements to systems company-wide and help to build business led data governance processes
  • To lead the development and co-ordination of management information dashboards, creating a coherent set of well-designed dashboards that provide leaders with relevant, timely, accurate, high quality meaningful information
  • Design and implementation of Data Management and Governance procedures to provide assurance for data security and GDPR compliance and to drive greater value from corporate and service data
  • Develop effective partnership working with senior stakeholders across the business to ensure that MI/BI requirements are considered as part of strategic development and contract implementation
  • Ensure all ESFA funding returns are completed accurately, on time and in line with funding rules
  • Ensuring that all vendor contracts are effectively maintained and supplier relationships and contracts are managed and developed effectively
  • Membership of the Information Security Steering Group (ISSG) to ensure the business complies with the requirements of ISO27001

Who Are We?

At Futures, we support people and businesses to develop, grow and be the best they can be. Rated by Ofsted as Outstanding, all of our services are clear, enterprising and bespoke.​ We are leading a change in career support that focuses on the whole person not just the job applicant. There is more to life than just a career. So our mission is to be at the forefront of careers advice, skills and support that turn ambition into a successful career and fulfilling life.  At Futures, our company-wide values: underpin who we are and what we do and it is essential that all colleagues share these. 

  • Have passion
  • Make a difference
  • Do the right thing

Join our team and help us make a difference to people’s lives.

What can we offer?

  • Pension Plus Plan: Automatic enrolment into the People’s Pension scheme with 5% employer contribution and 3% employee contribution
  • Holidays: 25 days Annual leave + 8 Bank Holidays during first year of service increasing to 30 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10
  • Westfield Health insurance covering optical and dental appointments and 24/7 counselling and advice
  • Westfield Rewards: Access to special offers on goods and services from 450 leading online and high street retailers
  • Holiday Plus: Opportunity to buy additional leave after a year’s service
  • Protection of Loss of No Claims Bonus/Excess Insurance Scheme: Designed to provide a measure of compensation for Loss of Bonus or payment of Excess
  • Flexible Working
  • Travel Schemes: Schemes with Nottingham City Transport and Tram network to provide discounted rates for regular bus and tram travel

Job Specification Requirements

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Extensive experience in a Business Intelligence or Management Information role    
  • Technical knowledge and skills across a variety of data and Business Intelligence technologies, ideally including PowerBI, Azure SQl Data warehouse, client case management systems and learner records systems
  • Experience of leading the development of strategic dashboards in a large complex organisation
  • A team-worker who builds effective internal and external relationships, with colleagues at levels and with external organisations
  • Ability to motivate, train and lead a team with common vision on a journey to develop and evolve a data analytics/ BI service function

Futures is supportive of job share working arrangements wherever possible. If this is something you are interested in we would encourage you to discuss this during the selection process.

Disability Confident

As a Disability Confident employer, we undertake to interview disabled people who meet the minimum essential criteria as detailed on the person specification. If you have a disability please make this known in your application.


Your personal data will be used to process your employment application, successful candidates’ data will be held under the company’s General Data Protection Policy details of which will be made available upon the offer of employment. Unsuccessful candidate’s data will be held for a period of 12 months upon which it will be destroyed. Candidates can request that this be destroyed earlier by contacting recruitment@the-futures-group.com.

Job Reference: FUT64

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff to share this commitment and undergo appropriate checks prior and during employment.

How to apply

Please submit your CV and a supporting statement which matches your skills to our Person Specification which you can find on our Job Description to recruitment@the-futures-group.com

Your supporting statement will be used for shortlisting so please ensure to attach this to your application!

Please also note that the entire recruitment process will be conducted digitally given the current restrictions arising from the COVID-19 situation.

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