GIS Analyst

  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
  • Location: Lowestoft, England
  • Salary: £29,267 – £32,766
  • Deadline: 17th June 2021

About the job


An opportunity exists for a GIS Analyst in Geographic Information Analysis (GIA) Team. The work area comprises of analysts and scientists working on diverse projects including spatial analysis, fisheries and their impact, modelling, Big Data, WEB applications and data management. The main purpose of the work is to provide information and advice to national and international customers, for example Defra, MMO and ICES.

The purpose of this role is to provide analysis, data management and advice on GIS related projects. The key task will involve analysing spatial data, creating automated processes, developing new algorithms and providing technical support to the rest of Cefas staff. The role involves producing high-quality outputs and their effective communication to a broad audience. The successful applicant will collaborate internally across other teams as well as externally with a range of other bodies (e.g. Defra, ICES).

Job description

The postholder will use GIS software, programming, and databases to answer, manage and analyse spatial data. They will draw on their knowledge of statistics for the analysis and will be able to communicate complex issues to both technical and public audience in the reports, presentations and deliver high quality GIS outputs. They will build and improve current analytical methods and work systematically to store and manage spatial data. The postholder will apply a structured, methodical, and well organised approach to deliver project milestones as required. They will work both independently and as a part of a team. The postholder will collaborate internally across other teams/groups and externally (e.g. Defra, ICES).


It is essential that the successful applicant will be innovative with strong technical skills and will have a scientific background (ideally in the marine environment). They must be able to work effectively both as a team member and with minimal supervision within a professional working environment. The ability to plan and prioritise work to meet deadlines, strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to communicate with technical experts in other fields, are key to this position.

It is essential the successful applicant is able to demonstrate having the following:

• Experience in working in the marine science or environmental sector; and
• Excellent visual presentation skills.

Academic qualifications and experience required for direct entry into this Cefas Pay Band 5 role is a degree in GIS, Geography, Computer Science. An equivalent qualification will be considered, as will equivalent relevant work experience


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Experienced in working with GIS software (preferably ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, QGIS).
  • Experience with Python or R programming in GIS workflows and statistics.
  • Comprehensive understanding of core GI concepts including projections and coordinate systems, interpolation methods, error propagation, geo-spatial data models.
  • A good knowledge of statistics, modelling and algorithm development.
  • A high level of IT competence, including the use of relational databases (preferably SQL and PostGIS or ArcGIS Enterprise).


• Access to learning and development tailored to your role.
• A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options (including flexi time scheme).
• A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity.
• A civil service pension.
• Annual leave 25 days (rising, over 5 years to 30 days) for full time new entrants to the Civil Service on pre-modernised terms and conditions. Existing Civil Servants on pre-modernised terms will retain these.
• Bank Holiday Employees receive 8 public holidays a year, plus an additional day in May to mark the Queen’s Birthday.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.Application ProcessAs part of the application process, you will be asked to complete 3 X 250-word statements on the Behaviours listed , 3 X 250-word statement on the Technical Skills listed and a CV . The CV will ask for your Job History, Qualifications and Past Skills and Experience.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead Behaviour, Changing and Improving. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

Sift and interview dates as well as details on the video interviewing to be confirmed.

If successful at application stage, you will be invited to interview where you will be assessed on the Behaviours and Technical Skills listed, your experience and strengths. You may also be required to give a presentation. You will receive further information to prepare for this if you are invited to interview.

To confirm at the interview stage there will be either a small scripting exercise which is likely to be in Phyton or R, or a small exercise on databases.

Should interview scores be the same, then a decision will be made based on the lead behaviour, Changing and Improving.

Reserve List
A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

New entrants are expected to start on the minimum of the pay band.

Reasonable Adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

– Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
– Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section.

Criminal Record Check
If successful and transferring from another Government Department, a criminal record check maybe carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognize in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Internal Fraud Database Check
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

Childcare Vouchers
Any move to Defra from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

We are closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly for any updates from us as this is how we will communicate with you.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name : Mandy Roberts or Alec Wilson
Email : [email protected]
Recruitment team :
Email : [email protected]

Further information

Complaints: If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: [email protected]. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here to visit Civil Service Commission

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