Data Science Campus - Delivery Manager

Office for National Statistics

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 14th October 2021


Reference number





Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Data Science Campus

Type of role

Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Newport, Wales, NP10 8XG : Fareham, South East, PO15 5RR

About the job


The Data Science Campus, part of the ONS, is a purpose built centre of excellence for data science and we are the UK Government’s data science hub. We play a leading role in developing the UK’s data science capability and international reputation in data science.

Our mission is to work at the frontier of data science and AI and we use the latest generation of data science tools and technologies to exploit the growing availability of new data sources.

We tackle the issues that matter to improve decision making by delivering a wide range of data science projects across the UK government. We lead international collaborations and we work with academic and industry experts.

We champion openness, publishing all our projects reports and code openly and abide by the highest standards of data ethics.

To find out more about the Data Science Campus and our projects, please visit our DSC link Data Science Campus or follow us on Twitter

Job description

Are you an experienced Project Delivery professional who is looking for a for an exciting and challenging opportunity?

Do you have the ability to manage fast pace delivery of innovation projects, created from a research idea through to completion?

Are you able to combine personal resilience and energy with an analytical curiosity to operate in a fast paced, changing, and at times ambiguous environment?

Can you leverage "soft power" such as values, vision, charisma, networking and collaboration to exert influence outside of reporting lines?

If the answer is yes, then you could be just the person we’re looking for.

The Data Science Campus needs talented delivery managers to work with skilled teams of data scientists and developers. You will make sure our innovative data science projects deliver value, often to tight deadlines. You will use a fail fast approach to manage the uncertainty inherent in innovation and research. You will need to be confident in dealing with technical teams and be able to challenge them when appropriate.

We use a blend of project management frameworks, including Agile delivery methods. We are always improving our approach, by exploring the latest tools and techniques for project delivery.

We work with multiple stakeholders, with complex and often competing needs. You will need to understand, manage and communicate these complex needs, to make sure all our activity has impact for our clients and the Campus.


As a delivery manager within the Data Science Campus you will:

• Build and maintain teams, ensuring they are motivated, collaborating and working well.
• Identify obstacles and help the team to overcome them.
• Focus the team on what is most important to the delivery of products and services.
• Encourage and facilitate continuous improvement of the delivery team.
• Coach and mentor both team members and others to apply the most appropriate agile and lean tools and techniques.

The complexity or breadth of products or teams will vary in this role, depending on the context.

Person Specification

Essential skills and experience:

You should be able to demonstrate significant evidence of:

• A deep knowledge of and leading on a range of Agile and Lean tools and techniques, with an ability to coach within and outside of their team.
• Your ablility to communicate effectively across organisational, technical and political boundaries, understanding the context.
• Your ablility to advocate and communicate what a team does to create trust and authenticity.
• Your ablility to solve issues and unblock problems. How you drive teams and set the pace, ensuring teams are working towards delivery commitments, focusing on outcomes.
• Your ability to plan, communicate your plans, assumptions and progress to a range of stakeholders.
• Your ability to recognise how people best work together, and facilitate the best team makeup depending on the situation.
• How you understand the different phases of product delivery and how you contribute to, plan or run these.
• How you facilitate conflict resolution within teams, and how you ensure the team is transparent and that the work is understood externally.


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

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


The Office for National Statistics is part of the Civil Service, and as such we share a number of key benefits with other departments, whilst also having our own unique offerings to support our 5000+ valued employees across the business.

Whether you are hearing about us for the first time or already know a bit about our organisation, we hope that the benefits pack attached (bottom of page) will give you a great insight into the benefits and facilities available to our employees, and our fantastic working culture.

We are an organisation that takes the well-being of its employees seriously and lives and breathes the desire to modernise the workplace of the future. Everyone, from our office-based staff in Newport, London and Titchfield, to our field interviewers and airports and ports passenger survey staff, are part of a diverse and inclusive family.

Inclusion & Diversity

Inclusion & Accessibility

At ONS 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 a member of the Business Disability Forum and a Disability Confident Leader we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

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 or call us on 01633 455556, one of the team will be happy to help you.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
Assessment at application stage will be based on your job history, skills, experience and personal statement.

Your job history, skills and experience should be tailored to demonstrate any skills, knowledge and experience that are relevant to the content of the role.

Your personal statement should be no longer than 1,250 words. You should use this space to provide evidence for each essential criteria within the person specification. As the criteria are scored, we would recommend that you give clear examples for each including the impact of your actions.

Success Profiles Behaviour examples are not required at this stage.

Shortlisting and Interview

In cases where there is a high number of applications the sift pass mark may be adjusted and candidates will be invited to interview in merit order, i.e. those scoring the highest.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the new Civil Service Success Profiles, where you'll be assessed against all the behaviours outlined in the advert.

A presentation will be required at interview. Further information will be provided to successful candidates prior to interview.

A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.

Sift: from 21st October 2021
Interviews: w/c 1st November 2021

For the full terms and conditions of the post, please see attachment at bottom of page.

Our main locations are Newport (South Wales), Titchfield and London but we are currently home working.

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Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Gemma Watts
Email :
Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Paul Cudmore, Office for National Statistics, Government Buildings, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8XG. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission here

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