Senior Statistical Officer across the GSS - London

This senior role will require you to take responsibility for multiple aspects of statistical production. Often managing teams of analysts and non-analysts to deliver innovative results for your stake holders. Developing expertise in technical skills through further training.

Responsibilities

Roles & Responsibilities

You will work on a breadth of projects which will require you to;

  • Create new data solutions/collections through the manipulation of multiple data sources, to better meet customer needs
  • Proactively engage early and often with the customer to share analytical results, and to discuss findings, taking data limitations into account.
  • Influence the debate and the decision-making process ensure that robust data collection is facilitated
  • Drive forward suitable technologies, tools and analytical techniques, leading the way in their application and acts as a main point of contact to ensure effective delivery within, and across teams
  • Use the most appropriate methods and tools to use to deliver analysis, confidently adapting their approach as required to effectively manipulate a variety of data sources
  • Take responsibility for the delivery of high quality statistical advice and analysis given by self and/or team
  • Build the capability of others by sharing knowledge about data sources, data manipulation and appropriate innovations within own team or across business areas

Person specification

  • Experience of managing a team and prioritising tasks in line with organisational objectives
  • Strong leadership skills with the capability and experience to overcome challenges in order to deliver quality business outcomes
  • Strong analytical experience, including a track record in the practical application of analysis or research with an in depth knowledge of data sources
  • A proven ability to manage the delivery of complex projects, delivering quality outcomes to deadline and identifying risks
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate complex analysis to non-specialists and contribute effectively to discussions with ministers, senior officials and external stakeholders
  • Ability to deliver high impact analysis to tight deadlines, using forward planning to identify risks and issues

Qualifications

You should have, or hope to obtain by September 2021 one of the following:
  • A first or second class honours degree (2:2 minimum for Statistical Officer) or equivalent in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography, Data Science or similar); or
  • A higher degree, e.g. an MSc or PhD, in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Data Science, Psychology, Geography or similar).
  • Have worked in a statistical/data science field and are able to demonstrate continuous professional development (via a CPD Log Book) in statistics/data science at the same level as a foundation degree/HND (Level 5)
  • Have achieved or on track to achieve a level 4 apprenticeship including at least 2 years in a statistical/data analysis field in government and are able to demonstrate continuous professional development in statistics/data analysis (via a CPD log book signed off by a manager or mentor who are members of the statistical profession).

Please note - candidates may apply in their final year of study whilst they are still awaiting their qualification result, however, formal contracts can only be offered upon confirmation of the achievement of the relevant qualification. In the case of an apprenticeship, this includes completing 2 years work experience in a statistical/data analysis field in government as part of attaining the qualification.

Please note - Failure to provide this information will result in your application being sifted out of the process.

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Presenting and Disseminating Data Effectively
  • Acquiring Data/Understanding Customer Needs
  • Data Analysis

Benefits

The Government Statistical Service is a community for all civil servants working in the collection, production and communication of official statistics. Our statisticians work across a range of government departments, agencies and other public bodies playing a pivotal role in government decision making.

Whether you are hearing about us for the first time or already know a bit about us, we hope that the candidate pack attached (bottom of page) will give you a great insight into the GSS and what it means to work as a statistician.

Working in the GSS means you
  • Contribute to society with a unique chance to work on a breadth of projects and issues that make a real difference for the public good.
  • Challenge and stretch yourself to develop your career and reach your full potential
  • Have opportunities to maintain your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) through a statistical learning and development programme
  • Earn a competitive salary
  • Flexible working hours
  • Access a highly competitive pension

Through this campaign you also obtain membership to the Government Statistical Group GSG, a professional community of Statisticians and Data Scientists.

We take the well-being of employees seriously and we consider everyone, in whatever department or location in the country to be part of a diverse and inclusive GSS family.

Inclusion & Accessibility

In GSS we're always looking to attract the very best people from the widest possible talent pool, and we are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer.

As part of our application process, you will be prompted to provide details of any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process that you need. If you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments before applying, please contact the recruitment team in the first instance.

If you would like an accessible version of any of the attachments or recruitment documents below or linked to in this advert, please contact the recruitment team who will be happy to assist.
If you need help with any part of the application process or completing your CV or personal statement please contact our Recruitment Team at [email protected] one of the team will be happy to help you.

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