Senior Cost Optimization Analyst

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Senior Cost Optimization Analyst in Worldwide, any existing SCI location

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and therefore you may be invited to interview prior to the advert deadline date.


As a movement Save the Children generates vast quantities of information that is used for multiple purposes. From information gathered that is reused to build evidence into the design of our programmes; to information used to optimise interactions with our supporters and through to data that describes our internal operations. We have a number of systems used to capture and store this information with pockets of capability and processes focussed on driving operational improvement.

As Save the Children moves into the next strategy period, we have identified the need to better use our information to prioritise and improve our decision making; to support the most marginalised and deprived children through our breakthroughs.

With an aligned and forward looking data and analytics strategy our ambition is to enable better decision making, reduce the administrative burden on our operations and ensure we operate in a cost-efficient and effective manner.

Working with functional experts from across the movement, this role will be responsible to oversee and coordinate improvements to how we evidence the cost efficiency and effectiveness of our global programs, focusing in particular on enabling efficient extraction of data from source systems, to provide integrated analysis and comparison of cost-related metrics across interventions, regions and countries.



  • Ability to understand and manage stakeholder requirements/drivers and project expectations
  • Proven business requirements gathering and process/workflow analysis skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to transform MEAL & cost data into existing Power BI dashboards to track unit cost per output/outcome by thematic portfolio
  • Experience of designing replicable prototypes of cost models for the software developers
  • Excellent technical documentation skills including data cleaning and transformation steps to identify cost drivers, outliers, expenditure trends & opportunities for cost-saving/avoidance
  • Experience of creating standardised data analytical models and charting templates for automation/repeated use
  • Ability to create spot check mechanism to identify margin of error in calculating cost per output/outcome, cost benchmarking analyses and cost projections for scale-up/replication
  • Excellent communication skills (written & oral English), including the ability to communicate and present both at a technical and non-technical level
  • Demonstrable ability to write high quality requirements / user stories and experience coordinating with a Scrum Master, Software developers and other supporting departments to collect, write and priorities user stories to deliver minimum viable products
  • Advanced analytical and problem solving skills and proven ability to analyse and interpret financial data and models
  • Ability to support the creation of compelling business cases with accurate cost and effort estimations
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to negotiate/mediate; to facilitate the resolution of conflicting business requirements
  • Excellent understanding of business complexity and project interdependencies
  • Intellectual curiosity and the ability to question thought partners across functional areas
  • Proven experience in facilitating productive workshops, preferably in multi-cultural contexts
  • Ability to effectively prioritise work and agree priorities with the Project Manager
  • Experience working with a standardised Business Analysis methodology and associated processes and tools
  • Strong remote-working abilities and self-motivated
  • Demonstrates a strong work ethic and able to take the initiative and ownership to deliver value to the business
  • Cultural awareness and experience of delivering solutions internationally


  • Non-profit sector knowledge/experience (especially international development projects)
  • Domain knowledge of value for money or economic evaluation in international development, and particularly the “4Es” framework
  • Experience working on digital transformation projects
  • Knowledge of Azure/AWS text labelling process to prepare cost models for machine assisted learning programmes
  • Second language – French, Spanish or Arabic
  • ACCA or CIMA qualification

We can offer circa £47,000 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in London or any existing Save the Children International office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and therefore you may be invited to interview prior to the advert deadline date.

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The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 23 Jun 2022

Closing date: 1 Sep 2022 - 04:59 +06

Location: Worldwide, Worldwide

Department: Business Support

Type: Permanent

Schedule: Full-time

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