Senior Analyst, Desktop and Asset

Durham, United Kingdom
£26,715 - £32,817
22 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
06 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Computing and Information Services

Grade 6: - £26,715 - £32,817
Open-Ended/Permanent - Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 06-Nov-2020, 7:59:00 AM

This post closes on 05 November 2020 at midnight and may close at an earlier date if maximum number of candidates is reached.

Job Family: Estates and Information Infrastructure Services

OUR CHARACTERISTICS: We are welcoming, collegiate and inclusive.

OUR VALUES: We are motivated, inquisitive, challenging, rigorous and innovative.

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Business, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

It is expected that all staff within the University:

  • Contribute to our learning culture by engaging in mentoring, training and coaching.
  • Positively contribute to fostering a collegial environment; as well as demonstrating commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Have due regard to Health and Safety requirements appropriate to grade and role.

Family key attributes

Roles in this family manage and maintain the integrity of University buildings, estates and information services.

Overall family purpose

  • Ensure safe, sustainable and fit for purpose buildings, internal and external environments in and on which to conduct University business.
  • Liaise and engage with stakeholders across the University to identify and plan infrastructure projects to update and improve services and facilities.
  • Align services to meet organisational strategic and operational objectives.
  • Design new, adapt existing and implement services, working with external contractors and suppliers.
  • Manage and monitor systems, mechanisms and processes to ensure compliance with internal and external regulations.
  • Implement procedures to ensure safe and secure buildings, facilities, estates and information networks.
  • Design and construct real and virtual test environments to ensure the most fit for purpose technology and services are available to underpin University business needs.
  • Manage technology driven services and third-party platforms to underpin teaching, learning, research and administrative activities across the University.
  • Engage with external suppliers, contractors, manufacturers and developers to ensure the highest-standards and quality of buildings, estates and information services.
  • Work collaboratively and network across the University with staff in other families to ensure a smooth, timely and high-quality delivery of service.

Link to key strategic plan

  • An economically sustainable approach to delivering infrastructure services across the University;
  • Develop an academic estate that will allow the University to deliver world-class education, research and student experience;
  • Ensure the long-term availability of suitable residential accommodation;
  • Ensure the continuing renewal and maintenance of our estate;
  • Improve the environmental sustainability and ease of travel around our estate and city locations;
  • Support and facilitate a first-rate digital learning environment and experience on a par with the best in the UK;
  • Running and ongoing development of a first-rate digital learning environment on a par with the best in the UK;
  • A stakeholder-focused orientation, offering satisfying careers to all staff;
  • Ensure that an increasingly diverse workforce is treated equally, fairly and with respect, and that all staff are demonstrably valued and actively engaged.

The Department and role purpose 

The Computing and Information Services (CIS) has an annual operational budget in the order of £10m, multi-million pound programmes of change within year, and approximately 140 staff who are predominately based at the Durham University campus. The Senior Leadership Team report directly to the Chief Information Officer with the following portfolios: Strategy and Change; Operations; and Information Systems. CIS provide academic, teaching and administrative services across the organisation that underpin the day-to-day activities of the whole organisation.

Recent infrastructure improvements include investment in a new network backbone, including new cable runs throughout the city to all of the Universities core buildings, new scalable user facing storage, and a new hosting environment. Corresponding business led investment also continues to be made with a new Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning suite, investment in research administration, and maximising the breadth of opportunities available to the University through Office365, alongside numerous other important initiatives.

CIS is a friendly, but demanding department, where much is expected and can be achieved by competent, self-motivated individuals who are demonstrable in their team work ability.

The post holder will be responsible for the deployment and management of managed desktop platforms, including application, Operating System and security patching. They will look to maintain and automate existing processes using scripting languages to reduce the manual burden on other members of staff. They will be expected to monitor and react to issues generated by our automated monitoring solutions, as well as those coming from our incident, change and problem management solution.

Core responsibilities

  • Experienced Senior Analyst with responsibility for planning and co-ordinating of projects and work streams with inter-related activities and delivering outstanding customer service.
  • Plan and organise own workload with or without involvement with project work streams.
  • Specialist support with problem solving and query handling, acting as a subject matter expert providing support in resolving incidents and problems.
  • Work with the Senior Service Asset Manager and wider Technical Operations team to deliver and develop high quality reactive and proactive service provision to deliver an excellent stakeholder experience.
  • Relationship building, network participation internally and externally to build and update knowledge and skills, maintaining a high level of technical knowledge and competency through the completion of continuing professional development to further expertise.
  • Engage with external peers and specialists to exchange knowledge and information.
  • Supervises service users and stakeholders undertaking activities, events, project work and exhibitions.
  • Interpret, curate, design and present artefacts, information, data, equipment and resources.
  • Implement and monitor protocols, procedures, processes and regulations.
  • Monitor and report incidents.
  • Carry out more in-depth investigations, searches and research information and data to identify trends and patterns, engaging and communicating results in non-technical terms appropriate to audience.
  • Take responsibility for day to day decision making within own area of responsibility for operational aspects of service delivery, translating external requirements into practical application and advice.
  • Implement and monitor recognised procedures to ensure compliance and meet University values of inclusion, diversity and participation, including ensuring that fulfilment requests are processed in a consistent, appropriate, fair and policy-compliant manner.
  • Contribute to business meetings, working groups and committees to help shape service delivery and stakeholder expectations, converting business requirements into viable technical solutions.
  • Accountable for managing/maintaining financial and budget records and reconciling consumable expenditure queries.
  • Involved in the purchase and return of goods and services and the distribution and collection of goods, including working with suppliers and contractors to deliver goods and services.
  • Support the capture of business requirements from users and work with colleagues to translate these into recommendations for future service provision.

Role responsibilities

  • Report to the Senior Manager – Technical Delivery and provide effective and customer focused support to all users of University IT.
  • Perform the tasks of a Senior Technical Analyst to support, maintain, fix, escalate and own incidents and service requests in a number of areas.
  • Support the management of the Apple desktop estate using Jamf, Apple School Manager, and equivalent technologies.
  • Support with other duties relating to the provision and management of IT hardware.
  • Maintain asset registers ensuring that the administration of the acquisition, storage, distribution, movement and disposal of assets is documented.
  • Administer, analyse and interpret asset inventory data for the purpose of planning, budgeting, and reporting.
  • Use industry standard scripting languages to manage and automate repetitive tasks and assist with development and deployment of managed desktops.
  • Within the scope of communications tools and managed desktop systems:
    • Contribute to their design and development;
    • Assist in integration testing;
    • Provide technical assistance to 1st and 2nd line field teams; and
    • Assist in the scoping and planning of changes and upgrades.
  • Problem solve in a pressured and complex technical environment, ensuring service and operational levels are met and adhered to.
  • Liaise and network with contractors and third-party suppliers and service providers to facilitate the exchange of information, help focus joint effort with projects and service delivery by adapting in order to meet deadlines, and facilitate fixes and maintenance relevant to managed desktop services.
  • Build, test and implement equipment, facilities, technical and virtual architecture solutions.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders and client representatives across the University to inform and advise about key structural, physical, and virtual environmental changes.
  • Manage and monitor systems to ensure safety, security and compliance with regulations for the University infrastructure. 
  • Engage with internal and external networks, exchanging knowledge and information to provide input into the planning and development of future projects and services.
  • Perform maintenance procedures and tasks and takes action to respond to vulnerability issues and security incidents, liaising effectively with external IT suppliers and contractors to ensure the University recieved excellent service and value for money.
  • Assist with the development and deployment of managed systems and monitoring tools.
  • Plan, review, monitor and investigate mechanisms to ensure all organisational stakeholder requirements have been met.
  • Plan and manage projects, ensuring the delivery of objectives in order to maintain and continually improve IT service operation provision and anticipate changes in technical delivery. 
  • Demonstrate ability to use a range of tools, ensuring adoption of standards and best practice for IT service management in line with defined ITIL principles.
  • Take responsibility for carrying out more specialist risk assessments and incident resolution.
  • Create and maintain documentation, developing and providing end user support.
  • Any other reasonable duties.

Specific role requirements

  • Working hours will require all members of the team to provide working hours flexibility to cover 8am to 6pm plus occasional support for events outside of these hours and at weekends. As such 9am to 5pm is indicative. 
  • Working outside normal office hours, including responding to significant incidents.
  • Optional participation in an on-call rota to provide out of hours support.

Recruiting to this post 

In order to be considered for interview, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification above.

In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application.

Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.

How to apply 

We prefer to receive applications online. Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

What you are required to submit

  1. A CV; 
  2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;
  3. Examples of how you satisfy the person specification. Please ensure you give detailed examples of how you meet these criteria.

Please ensure that you submit all documentation listed above or your application cannot proceed to the next stage.

At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women, and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  1. Good oral and written communication skills with an ability to understand end user requirements and translate into business solutions and written ability in relation to technical documentation.
  2. Proven IT skills, including use of Mircrosoft Office.
  3. Five GCSE's at least Grade c or level four (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent experience).
  4. Post-16 qualification or equivalent experience as a technical analyst.
  5. Professional craftsperson/practitioner with knowledge and expertise in one or more areas of buildings, estates, services, or IT service provision.
  6. Relevant industry and professional recognition and certification of achievement of skills and knowledge.
  7. Demonstrable ability to proactively work with team members to ensure the delivery of high quality services.  
  8. Ability to solve problems and resolve issues, plan solutions and make pragmatic decisions.
  9. Experience of contributing to the delivery of buildings, estates, services, or IT provision.

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of continuing professional development.  
  • Regulatory, local and national professional knowledge and experience of compliance.
  • Ability to provide support for infrastructure projects.
  • Health and safety compliance knowledge.
  • Experience of providing advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues.
  • Ability to effectively network and exchange advice and information for development purposes.  
  • Experience of implementing policy and procedures.

Realising Your Potential Approach

  • Working Together: Working co-operatively with others in order to achieve objectives. Applying a wide range of interpersonal skills - Working across boundaries to develop relationships with other teams.
  • Providing Leadership And Direction: Seeing the work that you do in the context of the bigger picture and taking a long-term view. Communicating vision clearly and enthusiastically to inspire and motivate others - Not losing sight of the vision in dealing with day-to-day pressures.
  • Finding Solutions: Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically and with creativity to analyse problems and develop innovative and workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation - Being open to and applying good practice and fresh ideas from inside and outside the  University.
  • Achieving Results: Planning and organising workloads to ensure that deadlines are met within resource constraints. Consistently meeting objectives and success criteria - Confidently say ‘no’ to activities that are less important or do not fit with University priorities.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.