Henry Fair

Data Technician

Henry's job title is Data Analyst at the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)

What I do

I use data to create visualisations and insights which help us build reports and presentations. The teams who manage events and income generation for the NSPCC come to us and request information on the results of campaigns, such as how many people signed up, where they are based and what the gender split was, and we find and present that data, often in bar charts or Venn diagrams.

What my role entails

How I became a technician

A typical day in my working life

In a typical working day, I use our database system to pull out the data I need on our supporters, or donations. Most of my day is focused on building the visualisations and putting them into PowerPoint ready to present to the stakeholder teams to a later date.

That’s the process – teams will come to us and ask for a breakdown of information or a comparison to a previous year and we’ll have a kick-off meeting to make sure that everyone knows what we can do and what they can expect at the end of it. Then we go away and do the work and present it at the end.

A little more about
my everyday role

The best bits about working in a team

I work in the data team, which has two teams of three within it. I like working in a team because I learn so much. The guys I work with have been doing it such a long time and they give me lots of tips and ideas on how to present the data.

The most exciting thing I’ve achieved so far in my job

Completing my apprenticeship has been really rewarding. Also, when I cover other people at work and am chucked in at the deep end - we had to get out an emergency email campaign to every one of our supporters in one day. I was under pressure but got it done! I trust my knowledge more now.

Skills that I use within my role

Attention to detail is a big one, we have to make sure the data is right, and we have to be very precise. Presentation and communication skills are also important, and being clear and concise with what you’re presenting, and able to explain technical information in laymen’s terms and not use acronyms.

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