Data Visualisation Producer

Office for National Statistics

Closing date: 19 Nov 2018

Reference number



Min £28,450 - Max £33,249 (HEO) Min £35,200 - Max £40,249 (SEO)


Higher Executive Officer
Senior Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

Until 31/12/2019

Business area

ONS - Digital Services & Technology

Type of role

Architecture and Data

Working pattern

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


Minimum 30 Hours

Number of posts



ONS Titchfield, Fareham, South East, PO15 5RR

About the job

Job description

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) requires data visualisation skills to support the various outputs the office creates. Whether this is graphics in ONS flagship statistical bulletins, the provision of advice and support to business areas or development of innovative interactive products. This work is key to enhancing the way we communicate with our users.

Main Responsibilities

As a data visualisation developer you will create high quality, engaging data visualisations for ONS data storytelling. You’ll connect ONS data with users in innovative, creative and effective ways. You are someone with ‘digital first’ thinking.

You will work within an interdisciplinary team, including designers, data journalists. You will work together with teams across ONS to generate ideas and translate these into engaging pieces of content for the ONS website, social media. Our work is regularly used by the wider media in their story-telling, often reaching a wide and varied audience. Some examples of our work can be found below:

If you have an interest in using visualisation or interactivity to tell important stories with data then this is the job for you.

We are recruiting into a variable grade position and welcome applications from those with different levels of experience.

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.

Although this is a maternity cover post there is a likelihood that further opportunities will become available during the duration of this role.

Skills & Experience

As much as you are able, show us you can:
* Create interactive web content using open source libraries such as d3js.
* Design for useability, accessibility and all devices
* Choose and explain how to display data effectively
* Wrangle data to fit your needs
* Work well in a diverse team in a fast-paced environment
* Manage several projects at the same time

Desirable but not essential:
* Can make web maps
* Can handle geographical data
* Used to explaining statistical concepts

Qualifications (Desirable)
* A Degree with a numerate component, data science, computer science or a related discipline.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


As well as a competitive salary, you’ll enjoy:

• Generous holiday allowance – 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days after 5 years service in addition to 9 public holidays
• A good work-life balance – family friendly working options including flexible working arrangements Monday to Friday between 7:00am and 7:00pm
• Pre-school childcare vouchers and playschemes during Easter and summer at a discounted rate
• Career development and progression – a recognised silver-accredited Investor in People, we develop 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.
• Pension schemes – (link in advert above)
• Welfare Service provided through an Employee Assistance Programme which offers help and support in dealing with work-related and personal problems
• A strong ethos of equality and diversity

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.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

To apply, please submit your CV and statement of suitability.

Your CV should cover details of education and professional qualifications, employment history, as well as giving details of relevant experience.

Please state in the first sentence of your statement of suitability which level/role you wish to be considered for. Please be clear so that your application is assessed at the correct level.

You should detail your experiences and suitability for the role referring to the skills & experience asked for in the job description within your statement of suitability.

Your statement of suitability should be no longer than two A4 pages.

CV and statement of suitability followed by a formal interview covering six competencies:
1) Seeing the Big Picture
2) Changing and improving
3) Leading and Communicating
4) Collaborating and Partnering
5) Delivering at Pace
6) Building Capability for All

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.

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

An initial sift on one competency may be held if a large number of applications are received. If your application progresses to a full sift, all advertised competencies will then be scored. If your application progresses to interview all advertised competencies will be assessed.

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

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 in the future.

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.

Terms & Conditions

The post is to cover an employee who is absent from ONS for maternity leave. As a consequence, our policy is that all successful applicants are appointed on a fixed term contract (apart from Civil Servants already engaged on a permanent contract).


If you are already employed by ONS on a permanent contract but are appointed to this temporary post then when the appointment comes to an end:

• For a lateral move, the employee will revert to their previous post. If this is not possible due to organisational change/business reasons, the employee will be subject to the organisational change policy.

• For employees for whom this would represent a promotion, that promotion would be temporary promotion (TP) and is a non-substantive promotion. At the end of the TP the employee will revert to their substantive grade and to their previous post. If this is not possible due to organisational change, the employee will be subject to the organisational change policy at their substantive grade.

If you are already employed by ONS on a fixed term contract you will be offered a new fixed-term contract to replace your current fixed-term contract. Towards the end of the fixed term period, the ongoing needs of ONS will be reviewed and if appropriate an ongoing contract may be offered

If you are already employed by another government department on either a permanent or fixed contract you will require agreement from your department to be loaned to ONS for the duration of the post, at the end of the loan you will revert back to your home department.

If you are not currently employed by the civil service, you will be offered a fixed-term contract. Towards the end of the fixed term period, the ongoing needs of ONS will be reviewed and if appropriate an ongoing contract may be offered.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Location: Titchfield
Sift: 20/11/2018
Interviews 28/11/2018 & 29/11/2018

Further information

Current Civil Servants will retain their existing salary if joining on level transfer or move to the minimum entry point, whichever is greater. *If transferring from a post with a London pay addition to a National post you will be moved to an equivalent point within the relevant ONS National pay zone.

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. * Employees transferring on promotion from a post with a London pay addition to a National post will be moved to an equivalent point within the relevant ONS National pay zone before the promotion increase is applied.

New entrants are normally appointed at the pay scale minimum for their grade although there is limited scope for negotiation based on skills and experience in very exceptional cases

For those successful candidates joining ONS we will record and retain your nationality information on our human resources management system for the sole purpose of understanding the nationality diversity within ONS. We will not report on this on an individual basis in a way that you would be identifiable. We will only retain this information for the shortest time needed. Should you wish for us not to collect and retain this information, please email:

This position/s does not attract a relocation package.

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

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