Statistical Officer (StO) across the GSS

Government Statistical Service

Apply before Midday on Tuesday 5th January 2021

 

Reference number

61608

Salary

23,053
National min 23,053 / London min 26,053

Grade

Executive Officer
StO

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

GSS - Statistical and Analytical

Type of role

Analytical
Economist
Operational Research
Statistics

Working pattern

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

Number of posts

10

Location

Andover, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon, Darlington, Fareham, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newport, Sheffield, York

About the job

Summary

Are you looking for a fresh challenge that will really put your statistical skills to the test?

The Government Statistical Service (GSS) collects, analyses and publishes official statistics to help government, business, and the public understand the current state of the UK economy and society.

You will be working at the heart of government, in roles that really make a difference, including;
Supporting the transport network and infrastructure to keep the UK on the move
Safeguarding our natural environment to sustain a thriving rural economy
Supporting immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, fire,counter-terrorism and police

No other organisation can claim to be involved in the same breadth of work that the GSS will offer you.

Through this campaign you will join the Government Statistical Group (GSG), the Civil Service profession for Statisticians and Data Scientists.

Job description

The role will require you to apply your statistical skills to innovate and solve problems in data management and analysis. You will be using a range of software packages and analytical techniques. The ability to explain and communicate your findings to a varied audience will also be essential.

Responsibilities

Key responsibilities

Your day to day tasks will require you to;
deliver high quality statistical advice and analysis to inform debate and influence decision making
use a range of software packages and analytical techniques
work proactively with customers to identify requirements, share knowledge and information
be responsible for aspects of statistical production, explain and communicate your findings
Innovate and solve problems in data management and analysis

Person specification

Experience in the practical application of analysis or research with an in-depth knowledge of data sources
Ability to manage own workload and contribute to statistical production
Good communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate complex analysis to non-specialists and contribute effectively to stakeholders
Ability to work as part of a team to deliver high quality statistical advice and analysis, often to tight deadlines

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.

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:

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • 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

Benefits of joining the GSG include:

The opportunity to work across a range of government departments, agencies and other public bodies playing a pivotal role in government decision making
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
Opportunities to maintain your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) through a statistical learning and development programme
Membership of a professional community of Data Scientists and Statisticians
Competitive salary
Flexible working hours
Highly competitive pension

This breadth of opportunity is what sets the Civil Service apart from any other employer.

If you are interested in a challenging and progressive career as a statistician, click APPLY NOW for this unique opportunity.

Things you need to know

Security

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.
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.
Please see candidate pack attached for full entry requirements.

Application Stage:

Please apply by submitting a CV and personal statement. Your CV should cover details of education and professional qualifications, employment history and relevant skills and experience. Ensuring you reflect on the requirements in the job description, including essential and desirable skills.
Your personal statement should reflect the person specification. It must include details of your technical and professional achievements and should be no more than 1250 words.

Please make sure that you fully complete the qualifications section in the application form. Applications submitted without details of degree studied, grades and credits (including predicted) will be discounted. Failure to provide this information will result in your application being sifted out of the process.

Once you have submitted your application you will be invited via email to complete the GSS online multiple choice test. This is a timed test and must be completed and submitted by midday on the closing date to be considered for the next stage of the process. You are encouraged to try the test attached to the advert before attempting the real test. Please ensure you inform us ahead of the test if you require any reasonable adjustments to be considered.

Please note: If you are already a member of the GSG, you are exempt from sitting the GSS online test. To prevent your application being rejected please ensure you email your membership number or details to GSS.Recruitment@ons.gov.uk as soon as you submit an application to notify us. Once confirmed you will be moved onto the next stage by our recruitment team.

Interview Stage:

Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the Civil Service Success Profiles framework.

Part of the assessment will be based on the following Behaviours:

Managing a quality service
Seeing the big Picture
Leadership

You will also be assessed on the following GSG Technical Competencies:

Presenting and disseminating data - tested by presentation (non-badged applicants)
Data Analysis
Acquiring data/Understanding customer needs effectively

Please note:
We do not refund travel or subsistence for candidates attending interviews.
Some government departments may require a higher level security check.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Sifting will take place w/c 11th January 2021
Interviews will be held from w/c 1st February 2021

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.

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

Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  KJ Fowler-Evans
Email :  GSS.Recruitment@ONS.gov.uk
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  GSS.Recruitment@ONS.gov.uk

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 at https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/recruitment/civilservicerecruitmentcomplaints/

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