UCL Career Frameworks


Data and Insight - grade 9

Example job roles: Deputy Director, Associate Director, Head of Functional area

Level: Senior   


Activities and responsibilities likely to be required when working at this level

  • Presenting, influencing and persuading senior leadership using data.
  • Developing and defending strategy using data evidence.
  • Prioritising work according to strategic objectives. 
  • Leading and inspiring teams.
  • Cultivating a culture of customer focus and high quality.
  • Managing a cross institution analytical service working with, and influencing, ISD.
  • Working through complicated and detailed technical issues.
  • Delivering sector-leading analysis and insight.
  • Advising senior colleagues on strategic data issues and decision making. 
  • Networking in HE and beyond.
  • Delivering projects enabling UCL customers to make better decisions.
  • Keeping abreast of the strategic environment.
  • Coordinating multiple complex projects to deadline. 
  • Broad knowledge of data domains; understanding, embedding and influencing others on the importance of data governance, data protection, and good data-quality.

Personal and professional development

Development options to consider when working towards this level

Learning on the job

  • Developing data and insight tools using Tableau, Alteryx, and coding languages.
  • Making recommendations to the head of department based on data.
  • Workshop facilitation to understand customer needs.
  • Developing some aspects of strategy, especially with reference to data.

Learning from others  

  • Lead role in a Community of Practice (CoP) or leading a CoP project.
  • Attending and presenting at conferences.
  • Networking at a more senior level – amongst HE and non-HE.
  • Joining a UCL level working group to provide data expertise.

Formal learning

  • Training in the areas of; statistics, Tableau, data visualisation, coding languages or Alteryx, data engineering, data governance.
  • Leadership training.
  • Train the trainer type of training.

* You may wish to explore the listed formal training themes / topics on LinkedIn Learning.

Transferable skills and competencies

UCL uses the Universal Competency Framework (UCF) to discuss transferable skills. Find out more details on the framework.

Creating and innovating

  • Innovating.
  • Seeking and introducing change.

Leading and supervising

  • Providing direction and co-ordinating action.
  • Supervising and monitoring behaviour.
  • Coaching.
  • Delegating.
  • Empowering staff.
  • Motivating others.
  • Developing staff.
  • Identifying and recruiting talent.

Deciding and initiating action

  • Making decisions.
  • Taking responsibility.
  • Acting with Confidence.
  • Acting on own initiative.
  • Taking action.
  • Taking calculated risks.

UCL Ways of Working

These describe expected behaviours in line with UCL culture and values.  For Ways of Working indicators and steps to development please refer to the Ways of Working website

Career Pathway roles are indicative and are not intended to be a description of the role in terms of responsibilty and duties.