About the Role

Whether you’re talking about length, mass, time, temperature, electric current, amount or the brightness of light, the National Physical Laboratory sets the standards by which these things are all measured. As an organisation, we appreciate that change is essential to sustainable growth. As a Business Analyst, you’ll provide the data analysis and evaluation that helps us decide what ideas and innovations will bring us the greatest return, so that we’re always changing for the better. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.

We’re constantly looking at ways to improve. You’ll analyse and audit data to highlight emerging trends and needs, then work with relevant stakeholders to decide which will add the greatest value and how we might go about it, formalising requirements, benefits and processes. You’ll then champion whatever change programme has been proposed, gaining buy-in across the business and producing progress reports to keep everyone on track. Responsible for driving best-practice, you’ll need to make sure your knowledge is always up-to-date. You’ll also support the transformation and change team as and when they need it. 

Purpose of the Role

Analytical research to support the further development of our Environment strategy and/or programmes. Typically, this will be focused on a specific topic, sector or industry areas to understand the challenges and identify measurements needs that can be addressed through NPL science. This may shape the overall strategy or support the development of programme proposals.
Early stakeholder engagement to develop NPL points-of-view and NPL positions. Typically, this involves literature search and external interactions/conferences in new-to-NPL areas to identify where there is future research or business development potential for NPL
We are now working in a hybrid way, with a mix of remote and office working. We strive to offer a great work life balance - if you are looking for full time, part time or flexible options, we will try to make this work where business possible. This will be dependent on the kind of role you do and part of the business you work in’’  
About You

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the delivery of strategic research projects that provide new insights to strategy, business development or/and science research. This includes scoping, desktop research, engaging with internal and external stakeholders as well as synthesising and coming up with conclusions and recommendations.
  • Conduct analytical desk research to pull together policy, market, high-level technical and scientific inputs and identify new insights and new challenges that relevant to NPL measurement science.
  • Develop relationships and raise the profile of NPL in the Environment arena, such as organise external workshops, conduct interviews or surveys to identify, structure and validate new knowledge and/or viewpoint, in particular around measurement challenges..
  • Support Strategic Business Development managers for knowledge and analytical content needs particularly in new funding streams and opportunities to NPL. Support opportunity realisation where possible.
  • Support the Head of Challenge in the development and refinement of the challenge strategy.


Key Skills and Knowledge Required for the Role

  • Delivery focused. Ability to efficiently manage multiple complex projects while focusing on activities that most critical for tangible value delivery.
  • Strategic thinking. Seeing big picture.
  • Analytical skills and critical thinking. Ability to learn, identify and analyse large amount of new information. Ability to synthesis, distil, structure, find trend and insight, sometimes from possibly incomplete data.
  • Commercial/business knowledge and mind-set
  • Leadership skills and team player. Ability to lead a project. Work with stakeholders with different background and level of experience.
  • Strong communication skills. Verbal and written. Experience in producing reports, papers and other project-related, written delivery work.
  • A degree in science preferred but experience in a scientific organisation is also acceptable.  
Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as.
We actively recruit citizens of all backgrounds, but the nature of our work in specific departments means that nationality, residency and security requirements can be more tightly defined than others. You will be asked about this throughout the recruitment process. 
About Us

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world-leading centre of excellence that provides cutting-edge measurement science, engineering and technology to underpin prosperity and quality of life in the UK.  

NPL and DSIT have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.  

At NPL, we believe our success is a result of the diversity and talent of our people. We strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, as part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we hold memberships and accreditations to ensure we’re creating an environment where all our colleagues feel supported and welcome, please see our Diversity & Inclusion page. 

We are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefits. Ourvalues are at the heart of what we do, and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.  

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.