Principal Data Analyst

Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds
£52,598 - £59,294 + benefits
18 Jun 2022
02 Jul 2022
Contract Type


At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.

We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.

About Customer Compliance Group (CCG)

HMRC's Customer Compliance Group (CCG) is larger than most government department with 25,000 colleagues in locations across the UK. It is at the heart of our transformation and is responsible for delivering the department's high-profile and reputation-critical compliance activities. CCG has unparalleled scale, breadth and impact within HMRC and is also involved in critical cross-Government initiatives and priorities.

Tax evasion and avoidance, fraud and organised crime are among HMRC's most high-profile issues. They require both internal and external engagement along with proactive management of the with their operations and policies. CCG is also responsible for HMRC-wide and cross-Government initiatives, requiring co-operation, influence and engagement beyond the department.

Job description

Large Business Data Analytics works with the bulk data about companies that pay most of the taxes that HMRC collect. That data represents some of the most complex financial and legal structures in the world. If a tax risk exists, it will show up in a Large Business customer first.

That leads to a uniquely rich and complex set of relational data, as well as a significant volume of unstructured data that HMRC holds about these customers and their affairs.

Our team are tasked with weaving all of those data threads together so that HMRC can understand the whole picture, rather than looking at one tax at a time, and prioritise those issues that present the largest risk to the Exchequer.

The challenge is enhanced by our data landscape constantly changing because of a mix of legacy data, adoption of Cloud services and new data driven by domestic and global tax legislation.

This is a data challenge like no other in HMRC or Government!

Equal Opportunities

At HMRC, we are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application or interview process.


Key Responsibilities

As a Principal Analyst, you will:

  • Lead on exploration and exploitation of a range of complex data sets, analytical techniques and tools to support a range of stakeholders across HMRC.
  • Ensure a wide set of innovative opportunities are explored, evaluating options for risks, impacts and solutions to provide clear problem definitions, and inspiring full exploitation of new data and technology.
  • Be an analyst leader, supporting HMRC's aspiration to be a truly data led department.
  • Collaborate with Product and Process owners across HMRC, OGDs and other Fiscal Authorities to achieve common goals and drive innovation.
  • Support, coach and mentor analytical colleagues to build capability for our people.
  • Take on wider corporate and portfolio roles to support business delivery.

Essential Criteria

We are looking for candidates who can:

  • Apply multivariate statistical techniques (such as analysis of variance, cluster analysis, factor analysis and predictive modelling, among others) in developing analytical insight.
  • Confidently explain complex analysis and insights to influence senior leaders and strategic direction.
  • Excel working in large multi-stakeholder projects, collaborating with internal and cross-government/external stakeholders.
  • Successfully deliver all stages of complex projects, from robust requirements gathering through to products and insight that have tangible business outcomes.
  • Adapt to emerging technology and analytical techniques and deploy that learning to develop others.
  • Expertise in: SAS Enterprise Guide (HMRC's standard tool), Python, SQL, PowerBI, R Studio.


Membership of one of the Analytical Professions (such as DDaT, GES, GSR or GORS) or Statistical Community (such as GSS, GSG), or the relevant qualifications (2:2 Degree or higher in a relevant numerate discipline (i.e. Computer Science / Mathematics / Statistics), or evidence of learning to an equivalent standard.

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • During the panel interview, you will be asked about your Experience (how you meet the Criteria) and Technical based questions which demonstrate the things you do well and/or are motivated by.


  • Learning and development tailored to your role.
  • An environment with flexible working options.
  • A working environment which encourages inclusion and diversity.
  • A Civil Service pension, you'll join a scheme as soon as you start.
  • Generous annual leave, on top of bank holiday leave and you'll also enjoy an extra day off to mark the Queen's birthday.
  • You'll benefit from generous paid maternity and adoption leave.

Team members that are moving offices as a result of the Locations Programme will be entitled to a Moves Adjustment Payment for three years where they incur additional costs. This is calculated based on the difference between the costs of travelling to and from the new and old office, over a weekly period. You will get more detail on this as part of targeted locations move communications.

Apply before 11:55 pm on Friday 1st July 2022

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