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People Analytics Specialist, Digital Workplace Engineering

Home based - EMEA

Bring your people analytics, social science research and data mining skills to a unique team seeking to understand, and shape, the future of the digital workplace.

Canonical is a very unusual tech company - global, remote first, open source, with 650 colleagues across 50 countries. With almost every team remote by default, Canonical sets the pace on the 21st-century digital workplace. Our goal is to be the world’s best, not biggest, global software company, and despite our unusually distributed nature Canonical and Ubuntu are already at the forefront of cloud and IoT computing.

We are interested in the technology, of course, but we are also interested in the human mission of enabling the world's brightest and hardest working people to live where they want and work from anywhere. Most of our colleagues could move to a tech hub and work for a FAANG but they choose Canonical because of our mission and our approach to the workplace.

We'd like to understand what really makes a distributed, remote-first workplace *work*. We think we're pretty good at this, but we know there is a lot still to understand, and the frontier of possibility continues to move outward. Thanks to coronavirus, 2020 was a year where many organisations found themselves working remotely, and the tools have taken great leaps forward in just one short year. We'd like to invest in research, analytics and tooling which raises the bar even further for remote collaboration and organisation.

If we are able to build tools that meaningfully improve our cooperation and our satisfaction, then we intend to share our insights with the world, both as a narrative and as SAAS or open source that helps other companies follow in our footsteps.

Role summary

Lead analytics and data mining in a cross-disciplinary team of organisational psychologists, web front end engineers, back end engineers and statistics / analytics experts to help us build a new definition for the 21st century digital workplace. Collaborate to figure out what *really* drives productivity, effectiveness and happiness in a remote-first globally distributed company.

In addition to your existing people analytics work experience this role will combine your skills in psychology, data analytics and visualisation, to help create a more effective workplace.

Key responsibilities

You will…

  • Focus on quantitative and qualitative data analytics to find insights
  • Design and conduct research into trends shaping remote work
  • Utilise data to understand productivity across a global, remote first, organisation
  • Collaborate with engineering teams to improve the data and tool ecosystem supporting our digital workplace
  • Stay up to date on latest research (trends, topical issues, academic research)
  • Tell the story of Canonical’s workplace and help shape our employment brand

Required Skills and Experience

  • BA/BSc or Masters degree in data science, mathematics, engineering or social sciences
  • Demonstrable work experience in People Analytics
  • Knowledge in advanced statistics, data sciences, coding languages (e.g., Python, R)
  • Strength in data analytics and visualisation (eg Tableau)
  • Ability to translate business questions to key research objectives
  • Ability to identify the best methodology to execute research, synthesise and analyse findings
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Willingness to examine the status quo and resilient in the face of challenges

Canonical is an equal opportunity employer

A diverse workforce enhances our ability to deliver world class software and services which meet the world’s computing needs. We are committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals.

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