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Data Specialist

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location   England (South East) - UK
Town/City   Oxford
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   19/06/2022
Company Name   Proforest
Contact Name   Henning Thiel
Telephone   01865243439
Email   personnel@proforest.net
Website   Further Details / Applications
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 Data Specialist


This is an exciting opportunity for a data specialist to work across a global organisation that is working at the forefront of responsible sourcing and production of agricultural commodities around the world.

You will be part of the data team of Proforest Europe, supporting colleagues in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America, who work across client projects, training and capacity building, internal knowledge sharing and reporting. For most clients we were working with data to analyse risks within agricultural commodity supply chains to inform decision-making around responsible sourcing and responsible production.

In addition to an expertise as a data specialist, the ideal candidate will have a keen interest or basic knowledge of agricultural commodity production or broader sustainability issues.


About Proforest

Proforest focuses on the production base and supply chains of agricultural and forestry commodities including soy, sugar, rubber, palm oil, cocoa, coconut, beef and timber. We have more than twenty years of practical experience in supporting companies, governments, communities and partners, to establish responsible production and sourcing practices in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and North America.   We support companies with direct action to tackle environmental and social risks throughout a supply chain. We also work with governments, companies, and collaborative organisations, in order to address systemic issues beyond the supply chain, within a landscape or a sector. In all our work we bring expertise in environmental and social issues to deliver positive outcomes for the people, nature and climate.


Position summary

Main responsibilities

  • Maintaining and expanding the PostgreSQL database, including data backups, and assigning credentials, ensuring the right levels of access are given
  • Data cleaning, responding to queries regarding data validation and maintenance
  • Writing, maintaining and updating scripts in Python and SQL, used for cleaning, transforming and reporting of data
  • Maintaining Power BI reports and apps
  • Translating client briefs into data requirements to work with the right set of data
  • Be our technical expert and advise our clients on their approach to data management, ensuring best practices and a consistent approach across our project portfolio
  • Working with the data team, reviewing and improving the data management to analytics and visualisation workstream
  • Provide internal training and ad hoc support on the use of Excel and Power BI
  • Support reporting and maintenance of internal operations data


We are looking for the following essential skills:

  • 2-3 years work experience as a data specialist
  • PostgresSQL databases (knowledge of DBeaver is advantageous)
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Power BI (knowledge of DAX and M is advantageous)
  • Experience with Python and other programming languages like R or JavaScript is advantageous
  • Fluent English speaker

The following skills are desirable:

  • Smartsheet – used for internal data
  • Experience in a consultancy setting would be advantageous


Full-time role, based in one of our Europe offices (Oxford, UK or Leiden, NL)

£28k -£35k depending on experience


To apply

Please send your CV, a cover letter and confirmation that you are eligible to work in the UK or the Netherlands to recruitment@proforest.net

Deadline: Sunday 19 June 2022

Proforest is an equal opportunity employer.

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