Assistant Analyst, Field Team-2nd Line Support

Durham, United Kingdom
£20,600 - £22,254 per annum
08 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
19 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Computing and Information Services

Grade 4: - £20,600 - £22,254 per annum
Open-Ended/Permanent - Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 19-Aug-2022, 6:59:00 AM

Job Family: Estates and Information Infrastructure Services

OUR CHARACTERISTICS: We are a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting.

OUR VALUESWe are inspiring, challenging, innovative, responsible and enabling.

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 purpose of the post is to support and enable University staff and students to use their IT effectively in teaching, research and operations. As a member of the Computing and Information Services (CIS) Support Services Field Team the post holder will be expected to provide effective and customer focused support to all users of University IT in a timely and professional manner. The role requires a passion for customer service delivery, problem solving and communication skill and a high level of IT knowledge.

Core responsibilities

  • Act as an Assistant Field Team Analyst without responsibility for other team members, delivering high standards of customer service.
  • Provide a responsive and proactive support service for stakeholders. 
  • Focus on checking stakeholder requirements to ensure the delivery of excellence with the frontline stakeholder experience.
  • Respond to service users answering and recording standard queries 
  • Contribute to the planning of team activities, work and deadlines to ensure the smooth running and timeliness of service.
  • Solve day-to-day routine IT and AV problems and source background information within the role.
  • Record data and information accurately and provide reports as required to team members and more experienced staff.
  • Record all incidents and requests in the designated IT Service Management Tool finding solutions or escalating queries where necessary.
  • Flexible in approach to accommodate the needs of team members and/or service users.
  • Assist team members to organise, plan and prepare for events, meetings and activities.
  • Liaise with internal and external suppliers, contractors and professional specialists to pass on information.
  • Apply professional and regulatory procedures and processes and use of systems.
  • Liaise and collaborate with staff in other areas of the organisation to ensure a seamless, smooth and efficient service.
  • Resolve queries and requests for information and advice and escalate more specialist and complex queries or issues to more experienced team members.

Role responsibilities

  • Report to the Field Team Lead or their deputy working as part of a collaborative team with other CIS teams and academic colleagues, delivering effective and customer focused support to all users of University IT.
  • Work with team members to ensure the safe, secure and appropriate buildings, facilities and infrastructure services across the organisation.
  • Assist team members to carry out and complete risk assessments and safety records for area of practice.
  • Perform the tasks of a field engineer to support, maintain, fix, escalate and own incidents and service requests in a number of areas.
  • Provide instruction and demonstration to others within area of working and oversee the safe use of a wide range of physical and digital equipment and tools.
  • Liaise with internal and external suppliers, contractors, utility and service providers as part of infrastructure support services.
  • Provide support around the configuration, deployment, and maintenance of the IT equipment  including desktop software and hardware, mobile devices, audio visual equipment, printers and digital resources.
  • Apply a range and combination of manual dexterity, physical effort and sensory skills within the role.
  • Apply systematic investigatory and problem-solving skills, tests and experimental procedures to ensure the integrity of digital and physical facilities, buildings and infrastructure services.
  • Draft, produce and distribute standard technical data and specifications as required.
  • Provide guidance on health, safety and wellbeing within the context of the role.
  • Assist team members to plan and organise a schedule of maintenance, repair, recovery checks to meet compliance and regulatory standards.
  • Assist team members to carry out risk assessments and respond to potential harmful situations according to procedures.
  • Conduct asset management, unboxing, initial installation and testing of PCs and other IT equipment.
  • Support improvement activities associated with IT service operation, anticipating changes in technical delivery.
  • Create and maintain documentation, developing and providing end user training and support.
  • Any other reasonable duties.

Specific role requirements

  1. Perform activities to maintain the day-to-day operation of the University's Computing and Information Services within a defined geographical support area.
  2. Working outside normal office hours, including responding to significant incidents. 
  3. An indicative working pattern for a 35hour week might be 9pm-5pm 4 days a week and two half days, one of which would be one of which would be Saturday mornings to cover institutional requirements.

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 (including those listed in the section ‘Realising Your Potential Approach’).

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.

Please note that candidates applying via Redeployment are only eligible to apply for a post at the same Grade or one Grade lower.

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 criteria. This requires completion of the 'Questionnaire' section. 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.

Contact details 

For further information please contact; Andrew Scott (andrew.scott@durham.ac.uk) Service Desk and Field Team Area Manager

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 - skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required

Essential Criteria

  1. Proven experience of assisting with the delivery, support and maintenance of IT services, including the ability to diagnose and resolve IT-related issues
  2. Proven ability to work independently and prioritise own workload
  3. Proven ability to provide excellent customer service, maintaining a polite, professional and helpful approach at all times
  4. Experience of installing, testing and supporting desktop hardware and software

Desirable Criteria

  • ITIL Foundation or equivalent
  • Experience of supporting AV equipment for teaching
  • Demonstrable experience of server support
  • Demonstrable experience of supporting applications such as financial systems, HR systems, student records systems, statistical, graphical or other technical software
  • Demonstrable experience of supporting specialist scientific equipment

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.

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