Data Visualisation Leads (Grade: SEO)

Office for National Statistics

Closing date: 5 Mar 2017

Reference number



£35,200 - £40,249


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

ONS - Digital Services Technology & Methodology

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time


minimum of 32 hours

Number of posts



Fareham, South East, PO15 5RR

About the job

Job description

Main Role: To lead the production of high quality, engaging data visualisations for ONS data storytelling

ONS is committed to improving its product portfolio with a ‘digital first’ mantra. We are looking for people to join our award-winning team to lead the production of high quality data visualisation products. Our aim is to connect ONS data with its users in innovative, creative and effective ways.

The work of our team is used on various ONS channels including & social media. It is also regularly used by the wider media in their story-telling, often reaching a wide and varied audience. The post-holder will work within an interdisciplinary team, including designers, data journalists, together with teams across ONS to generate ideas and translate these into engaging pieces of content. Think newsroom developer – if you have an interest in using visualisation (sometimes interactive) to enhance data storytelling then this could be the job for you.

Post holder will need:
- Practical experience of using Open Standard Web technologies (HTML5/CSS/Ecmascript) and open source frameworks (e.g. d3js/jQuery) to produce interactive web content.
- A demonstrable statistical and visual literacy, including an awareness of appropriate techniques for the graphical presentation of statistical data.
- Experience of manipulating, processing and analysing data using packages such as Excel, SAS or R.
- Awareness of the characteristics of effective digital content, including UX/UI, accessibility and responsive design.
- Experience of working within multidisciplinary teams in a fast-paced environment.
- Demonstrable experience of managing projects using appropriate management techniques (eg Agile)

It is desirable that the post-holder has the following skills/Qualifications:

- Experience of using desktop based geographic visualisation packages such as QGIS
- Practical experience in using interactive geographic visualisation tools such as Leafletjs or CartoDB
- Confidence working with (and interpreting) statistics, including an awareness of techniques for adapting the presentation of statistical concepts to different audiences.
- Degree with a numerate component, data science, computer science or a related discipline.

Civil Service competences

Seeing the Big Picture
Changing and Improving
Leading and Communicating
Collaborating and Partnering
Delivering at Pace
Building Capability for All

Other Requirements:

Based in Titchfield, Hampshire, but must be able to travel to meet the demands of running a cross-site service between Hampshire/South Wales, as well as stakeholders further afield.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


A good work-life balance Flexible, family-friendly working options including flexible working arrangements Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm, with childcare facilities at Newport site - varied work patterns such as part-time, job-share & part-year and interviewer job roles across the UK, some of which are based from home.

Generous holiday allowance 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days after five years service, in addition to 9 days public & privilege leave.

Pension schemes Very generous pension schemes with low employee contributions.
Find out more on the Civil Service Pensions website.

Career development and progression 

A recognised Investor in People, we are committed to developing our people at every stage of their career, providing a personal progression plan, on- and off-site training courses and opportunities to gain qualifications and professional accreditations.

We support secondment opportunities inbound and outbound in UK and internationally. Our Excellence Awards recognise people who go the extra mile.

Access to a range of on-site benefits at Newport & Titchfield - such as free parking on-site or close by, Cycle to Work scheme, gym, a range of fitness classes and health services including yoga and reflexology, Costa Coffee shop, restaurant.

The Newport site also offers access to regular bus services, hairdressers and children's nursery whilst Titchfield has the benefit of a horticulture club plant shop, cricket team and walking club and through ONS corporate membership, save 35% with YMCA Fairthorne Manor.

Access to a range of civil service benefits such as the Sports & Social Association, Employee Assistance Programme, Benevolent Fund, Benenden Healthcare and Motoring Club.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Selection process details

Applicants are required to upload a CV and statement of suitability for this role. These cover the skills, experience and competencies outlined in the job description section above.

At assessment stage applicants will be required to deliver a short presentation (topic to be given closer to the time) and have a competency based interview.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift - week beginning 6th March 2017
Interviews from 15th March 2017

Further information

• Suitability for similar roles
Applicants who are near misses for this specific role will have their details kept on file for a period of 12 months and may be contacted in relation to or offered similar roles at a lower grade in the future.

Established Civil Servants should note that if this post would represent a promotion, that promotion would be substantive. As this is a substantive move, applicants moving laterally or on promotion would retain no right to move back into their previous post.

Priority will be given to Civil Servants who are declared as surplus.

ONS employees undertaking their probation or those who are currently under a formal plan must remain in their current post for the duration of the agreed period.

ONS employees who have successfully gained a lateral move or promotion that was advertised through the Civil Service Jobs portal at Stages 1 - 3 should remain in that post for a minimum period of one year before applying for any further advertised lateral moves.

ONS employees that are applying on promotion, or have been at their substantive grade for more than one year are eligible to apply for any vacancy that is advertised at Stages 1 - 3 on Civil Service Jobs website.

All ONS employees can apply at stage 4.

Current Civil Servants will retain their existing salary if joining on level transfer or move to the minimum entry point, whichever is greater. Civil Servants joining on promotion will receive either the minimum entry point, or 10% on top of their base salary in their substantive grade, whichever is greater. Only in very exceptional cases will successful candidates be considered for a higher starting salary.

Competency based application followed by a formal interview.

In certain circumstances, interviews may be conducted by Video Conference.

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 at (at:

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