Forest Green – Ecotricity

Ecotricity/Forest Green

Performance Analyst

Green Electricity didn’t exist in the world back in 1996. When we offered it for the first time, we became not just Britain’s but the world’s first Green Electricity Company – and kick-started the now global Green Electricity movement. Our mission was and remains to change the way electricity is made and used in Britain.

More recently we’ve introduced green gas to Britain and built and run Britain’s first national network of electric vehicle charge points, the Electric Highway. In 2016 we were named in the Virgin Media Top 10 list of Business Disruptors and we’re proud of the fact that, after 20 years in the business we’re still recognised as an innovative company.

We operate a unique model. We use our customers’ energy bills to fund the building of new sources of Green Energy. We like to refer to this as turning ‘Bills into Mills’ – energy bills into energy mills, whether that’s wind, sun, sea or gas. And we’re a not-for-dividend company – the money we make goes back into our mission.

At the heart of this business is a team of fantastic people – energetic and passionate about what we do, who work together to make things better and who are keen to ’shake things up a bit’ by challenging what others see as “conventional wisdom”. Our people share our values. Read through them – we really hope you share them too!

About Forest Green Rovers FC

Ecotricity took over Forest Green Rovers in 2010, to commence an initiative bringing sustainability into the world of football. Based in the town of Nailsworth, FGR are the longest serving member of the National League. However, we’re aiming to break this habit over the next few seasons and climb into the Football League for the first time – with positive changes and investment on and off the pitch pushing us towards success.

At FGR we have the opportunity to demonstrate all of our thinking and technology, and through that engage with a new, large and passionate audience. A crucial part of this ambition is using data analytics to gauge player performance via Prozone software, in order to extract relevant analysis that brings a competitive edge to the club.

Looking forward, FGR are developing a new state-of-the-art stadium that will be the centrepiece of a proposed £100m sports and green technology business park next to the M5 called Eco Park. This is really exciting role supported by a forward thinking chairman who provides all the tools for the analyst to shine and help bring success to the club both on and off the pitch.

Overall Description of Duties

The role is an 80-20 split between FGR analysis & Energy Trading analysis. It will be reporting to the Energy Trading Manager with close interaction with the Chief Operating Officer of Ecotricity that is also a Director of Forest Green Rovers. There will be intermittent interaction with the manager and his staff, as well as the players on reporting of performance. The location of the role will be at the Ecotricity offices within the Energy Trading team.

Your knowledge would be at a level where you could construct and maintain statistical models that give intricate insight into player performance as well as a crucial input into player recruitment strategy using data analytics. You will provide cutting-edge analysis with your combined knowledge of football and data analytics.

You will develop experience on the job with regards to the commercial aspect of the role and how that fits into the club budget.

With regards to the Energy Trading aspect, your analytical skills will be utilised to support the trading team in buying/selling power & gas and within the Ecotricity Trading strategy.

A unique role, ideal for a university graduate that has high competency in statistical analysis, coupled with high knowledge of football. This really is a one of a kind role within Ecotricity!

Core Responsibilities

  • Comprehensive post-match Prozone data performance analysis reporting
  • First team data analysis/building of advanced metrics
  • Management of large databases in SQL and Excel
  • Building and maintaining Tableau dashboards for the management team
  • Involvement in player recruitment process – suggesting potential players and analysis of other players
  • Using analytical skills for Energy Trading in the club owner’s Energy company: Reporting, putting slides together for presentations, providing cover for spot trading and other robust trading analysis

Essential Skill Set Required

  • Degree in a numerate field
  • Advanced Excel, SQL and Tableau knowledge
  • Highly analytical mind-set
  • Statistical & Economics background
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills – ability to convey complex information in a clear and engaging way.
  • High standard of knowledge on football
  • Ability to manage, organise and prioritise diverse workloads
  • Ability to work under pressure

Desirable Skill Set Required

  • Experience with R or similar statistical packages
  • Strong graphic design understanding – ability to create presentations that get across advanced metrics in an engaging manner
  • Econometrics skills
  • Preferably knowledge of lower league football and players
  • Knowledge of Energy Industry

Flexibility Statement

The fast moving nature of the company’s business means that from time to time you may be asked to perform roles outside your original job description on an ad hoc basis. This allows the company to utilise its people in the best possible way at all times and helps employees to make their contribution in a changing environment

Ecotricity is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to providing equality for all

Our Values

We have some core values which are at the heart of everything we do:

We are committed to what we do

We are energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about what we do. We believe in our work and have fun doing it.

We strive to be open, fair and ethical

We make sure things are done the right way.

We are team players

We are all individuals who work together to make things better and get stuff done.

We never rest on our laurels

We aren’t set in our ways. We constructively challenge ourselves and each other. We continually reappraise what we hold to be true as the background and circumstances change (stuff changes and we need to keep changing too).

We treat other people with respect…

…and you can’t go far wrong with that.

Job Type: Full-time