Associate Cost Engineer

HM Revenue and Customs

Closing date: 17 Feb 2019

Reference number

1617283

Salary

£30,260 - £33,690

Grade

Higher Executive Officer

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

HMRC - CDIO - CDIO - Chief Operating Office

Type of role

Analytical

Working pattern

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

Hours

37

Number of posts

2

Location

Plaza 1
Ironmasters Way
Telford
TF3 4NT

About the job

Job description

Working for the Cost Engineering Team (CET), within an IT environment, the Associate Cost Engineer will:

• Support preparation of IT cost estimates for proposed IT solution designs; including formulation and/or exploitation of cost intelligence information from a multitude of sources
• Ensure estimates are subjected to appropriate Governance procedures including presentation of costs at Architecture Review Board
• Undertake cost analysis of the effect of business change upon HMRC’s IT systems, ensuring IT solution designs are cost efficient.
• Compare estimates against quotes or proposals provided by internal delivery groups and external suppliers to help assure Value for Money.

The key accountabilities are: -

• Analysis and estimation of the cost implications of proposed solution designs, catering for delivery, ongoing support and maintenance and risk/opportunity cost elements.
• Research, analysis and interpretation of new commercial information and drivers, including market rates and trends, to ensure that cost estimates are based on the best information available.
• Building strong relationships with stakeholders, managing expectations and providing constructive challenge to ensure emerging solutions are affordable and align with IT Blueprints.
• Actively contributing to staff engagement and communications events, working towards an environment that values the contribution of everyone;
• Engaging fully in continuous improvement of the organisation and its processes, products and people.


Person specification

Essential Criteria

Applicants must: -
• Demonstrate an analytical, innovative approach to problem solving.
• Display experience of reading and interpreting documentation to extract relevant data
• Demonstrate strong capability of using excel spread sheets and writing reports.
• Be able to articulate findings to stakeholders at all levels

Desirable Criteria

Full training will be given to the successful applicant, but a background in some or all of the following would be useful:-
• Experience of estimating or forecasting the budgetary requirements for large Change Projects
• An understanding of IT Design, Build & Test processes or some experience of working in a complex IT environment
• Awareness or knowledge of software / hardware commercial cost models
• Experience or knowledge of software sizing metrics e.g. Function Points

Benefits

Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Allowances

If you are applying for a role in an office within a regional centre location or a transitional or specialist site, then the following may apply: Daily Travel Assistance will be available for this role, provided the successful applicant is a current HMRC employee and meets the eligibility requirements outlined in the department’s Daily Travel Assistance guidance.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

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

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Strengths and Experience.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Please note that your personal statement should be aligned to the essential criteria.

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.

Eligibility

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

Jackie Davies 03000 573887

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift w/c 18/2/19
Interviews w/c 4/3/19

Further information

In November 2015, HMRC announced the next step in our ten-year modernisation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future, committing to high-quality jobs and the creation of new regional centres serving every region and nation in the UK. We set out our plans to consolidate into 13 large, modern offices, equipped with the digital infrastructure and training facilities needed to build a more highly-skilled workforce.
These offices will be located in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon and Stratford.
There will also be a small number of specialist sites, where the work cannot be done anywhere else, in Gartcosh (near Glasgow), Telford, Ipswich, Worthing and Dover, as well as our headquarters in central London. In addition, our Welsh language service has people in specialist roles located in Porthmadog, as well as Cardiff.

If you are recruited into an office that is not one of these locations, you will be expected, subject to HMRC’s applicable policies, to move to one of these locations in the future. In some cases this will be via a transitional site.
If you are not a current civil servant, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to the regional centre or a transitional or specialist site.

If you are a current HMRC employee and you joined HMRC through an advert that was advertised on or after 11/01/2017, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to the regional centre or a transitional or specialist site. This is in line with the terms of your original appointment to HMRC.

For more information please contact the vacancy holder.

Security update


As part of this, successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check. Please note that HMRC have an exemption under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which enables us to make enquiries about both unspent and spent convictions.
If you are successful and transferring from another Government Department, we will carry out a check of your identity, nationality, and immigration status (including the right to work in the UK) and a criminal record check before confirming your appointment

Any move to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Customer facing roles in HMRC require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement this will be tested as part of the selection process.

Some of HMRC Terms and Conditions of employment changed on 1st May 2013, these will apply to people who are new recruits to HMRC or who take a new job in HMRC on promotion. The document attached to this advertisement provides more information on the changes we made, please note this is not a full list of HMRC's terms and conditions. If you need to discuss how these changes might affect you, please contact the vacancy holder. For further information on terms and conditions please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/about/recruitment#annual-leave

Pay

If you are currently working for an OGD and would like to consider the impact on your pay when
joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Pay on Transfer from OGD" for further
information.

The pay range minimum is the normal starting salary for those joining HMRC at this grade from
outside the Civil Service. The full pay range is shown as an indicator for existing civil servants at this
grade, and for those who apply on promotion. For further clarification, Civil servants are requested
to read the “Pay on transfer from OGD” document attached. Pay progression is not guaranteed.

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

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
Contact Government Recruitment Service via hmrcrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending completed Criminal Disclosure checking forms to Disclosure and Barring Service /Disclosure Scotland/Access NI (delete as appropriate: If location is in England will be DBS, Scotland will be Disclosure Scotland & Northern Ireland will be Access NI) on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-Employment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.
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For further information on the Disclosure Scotland confidential checking service telephone: the Disclosure Scotland Helpline on 0870 609 6006 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email Info@disclosurescotland.co.uk
For further information on the Access NI confidential checking service telephone: the Access NI Helpline on 0300 200 7888 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email accessni@ani.x.gsi.gov.uk

As part of this, successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check. Please note that HMRC have an exemption under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which enables us to make enquiries about both unspent and spent convictions.
Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. You have the right to complain if you feel a department has breached the requirement of the Recruitment Principles. In the first instance, you should raise the matter directly with the department concerned. If you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/civil-service-recruitment/complaints/


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