Talent Analyst

Location:Milton Keynes
Job Type:Full Time


Milton Keynes, GB

Department Name

Human Resources

About Network Rail

Our plans for rail in Britain are far-reaching and ambitious. To deliver our vision of a better railway for a better Britain, we need talented and passionate people who will embrace our innovative way of working - across all disciplines.

Human Resources (HR) provides support on all people-related issues for Network Rail. We're responsible for creating an environment that attracts and engages high-performing individuals to deliver engineering and operational excellence for Britain's railway. Our approach is a pragmatic one, challenging where appropriate and professional in all areas of delivery.

Brief Description

As Talent Analyst, you will support and enable talent and succession planning at a functional and group-wide level. Your role will involve planning, organising, analysing and presenting Network Rail's talent and succession data to provide valuable talent and succession profiles/metrics and insights.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

  • Plan and organise the delivery and presentation of talent and succession metrics that enables effective story telling through data visualisation and the presentation of findings in an accessible way making stakeholders actively engage with the data.

  • Analyse, report and showcase talent and succession data to support talent and succession planning for each business function and highlighting areas for on-going improvement in data collection, including validation of data accuracy.

  • Measurement and analysis of talent and succession outcomes to drive process improvements that improve service levels and experience.

  • Support the delivery of talent and succession data science projects that drive relevance and personalisation to the Integrated Talent Solution Centres of Expertise service offerings, driving focused and responsive solutions for the routes and business.

  • Support talent and succession predictive analytics and leading indicators that anticipate business needs and control risk

  • Support key talent and succession projects as required to support client needs to ensure the best outcomes.

  • Support Human Resources stakeholders and business leaders in collecting, interpreting and utilising talent and succession data.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • Proven experience of working with data to help inform and influencing effective decision making based on the analysis of data and operational metrics.

  • Working knowledge and relevant experience of collating, interpreting and reporting against large data sources from multiple and different business functions.

  • Experience of working with stakeholders in a complex, ambiguous and fast-paced organisation.

  • Able to communicate with impact - using verbal, special and numerical outputs.

  • Proven experience operating as a 'trusted data custodian' to stakeholders.

  • Strong Excel skills, including formulae and VBA coding.

    Experience of using and developing Office 365 apps


    • Awareness of lean and continuous improvement.

    • Awareness of national and international legislation pertaining to the Government/Public Sector IT - e.g. Data Protection Act, EU Procurement Directives and Freedom of Information Act, including knowledge of basic confidentiality and data protection requirements that apply to the processing of customer information.

    • Fluency in some analytics tools (e.g. Power BI, Oracle OBIEE, Access, Business Objects etc).

    • An understanding of talent and succession and/or operational and strategic workforce planning.

    • Understanding of risks, issues, mitigation and trends within resource and workforce planning.

    How to apply (External)

    Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factors. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

    Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail.Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

    Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefitsincluding a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3333 (to a maximum amount of £2,500).

    Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

    As an arm's length department of the UK Government, Network Rail is required to comply with a well-established pre-employment vetting process for all prospective employees.

    Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks require prospective employees of Network Rail to meet the following requirements;

    §Provide eligibility to work in the UK and identity documentation

    §Complete a satisfactory 3 year employment history check

    §Complete a satisfactory unspent criminal conviction disclosure check

    For more information regarding BPSS pre-employment related checks, please visit the UK Government website for further information - UK Government - BPSS Checks

    Closing date:27 May 2020, late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes

    It is a requirement of the role to live within 75 minutes commuting time of The Quadrant Milton Keynes.

    This is a fixed term opportunity for 6 months from the confirmed start date.