Lead Analyst for the National Situation Centre - G7

Government Statistical Service

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 2nd March 2021


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London salary range £54,700 - £60,635


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

Other, National Situation Centre

Type of role

Information Technology
Operational Research

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

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About the job


We are recruiting the permanent team that will run the newly established Situation Centre (SitCen) in the Cabinet Office. This new centre will bring timely data, analysis and insights from across and beyond government to support situational awareness on crisis and national security issues. It will be run by a diverse team of highly skilled people who will integrate, analyse, and visualise data from a centrally located collaborative hub. The team joining now will have the opportunity to shape and develop SitCen’s capabilities, approach and culture early in its establishment, helping to lead the ongoing design and implementation of this important new capability for the UK.
The SitCen will bring together a unique set of skilled people, capabilities and experience from across HMG, operating 24/7 to support horizon scanning and crisis-response across the full range of national risks, from civil emergencies to national security issues. We work with partners across and beyond government to innovate and experiment with new technology and analytical techniques at the sharpest end of HMG crisis response, supporting our leaders in decision-making. We integrate brilliant minds, innovative technology, incredible teamwork and collaboration to make the UK safer, and help bring the absolute best of HMG to the toughest crisis challenges that our nation faces. We pride ourselves on our team culture, which is operationally focused, innovative, compassionate and inclusive, and continuously learning.

The SitCen forms part of the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat, sitting alongside COBR facilities, as a key part of HMG’s crisis response infrastructure. The SitCen is not an operations centre, a replacement for departmental facilities, or responsible for helping data to inform wider government policy. As a priority project for No10 and Cabinet Office, funding has been agreed and a project team is putting in place the necessary data, capabilities, ways of working, physical facilities, and leading recruitment of a permanent team by summer 2021. Over time, the SitCen will aim to improve data and insights for situational awareness of potential and emerging crises, visualising data in ways that help senior decision makers navigate a complex data landscape, and shortening development times to produce insights into unpredictable crises and events. The service it provides and approaches it uses will continuously develop as technology, HMG data holdings and connectivity improve.

Job description

Data-driven decision-making is at the heart of modernising government and the civil service. The Situation Centre will work with colleagues across government to combine data and expertise to unlock timely insights for a safe, secure and prosperous UK.

Providing team leadership for analytical work to identify, bring together and analyse data sets, and ensure cohesive and aligned analyses and insights from the Sitcen.

It is essential that the Lead Analyst is a member of (or has the ability to become a member of) one of the Government Analyst Function professions, specifically with expertise in data science.

Whilst the SitCen will operate 24/7, we do not require all our staff to do similar. Whilst there may be a requirement for working unusual hours at times, we are seeking applicants from the widest possible talent pool and would welcome a discussion about how you might be successful in the role. Applications from staff working part-time, full-time, compressed hours or job-share are welcome. There are a range of ways in which this job could be done depending on the quantity of hours worked. The responsibilities could be split (or reduced) as part of a job share or part time working pattern, and there are some elements of the job that may be suitable for home working on an occasional basis. If you are disabled, or have a neurodiverse condition, and something in this job advert worries you, come and talk to us about your strengths and how we might tailor the job to be flexible and inclusive of your needs.

During a national crisis that requires COBR level meetings we anticipate that members of the SitCen team may need to move to a shift working pattern in partnership with colleagues. It would be covered by Cabinet Offices shift allowances.


The key responsibilities for this role include:
Providing leadership to analysts in the team and supporting the G6 Lead for Data and Analysis team, from recruitment to skilled deployment of Analyst, and ensuring the professional health and well-being of the team.

Professional leadership to develop and support others in the use of data, data science and analytical methods, drawing upon relevant government analysis function standards (eg Data science methods, HMT Aqua book, GSS Code of Practice for Statistics, etc).

Supporting the response preparedness of key Government priorities by working with an extensive network of departmental officials to monitor and challenge progress on behalf of CCS, and the centre of Government more widely.

You will use your analytical skills to challenge and shape the evidence and data presented by departments.
Identifying opportunities for your analysis to support improved preparedness where challenges exist, building relationships with analysts and key officials across Government to support crisis response in the wider Government programme.

Providing ongoing assistance to departments on the analysis and collection of data, working with relevant officials to ensure that response is underpinned by robust plans and metrics, appropriate governance and a strong evidence base.

Person Specification

• Proven coding and analysis skills. Understanding of a wide range of analytical methods, or a deep expertise on a narrower range of specialisms. Ability to identify and apply the most suitable method for work being undertaken. (For instance, we are looking for diverse skill sets across the team that might include expertise in statistics, data science, mathematical modelling, geospatial analysis, and economic analysis, etc)

• Understanding of data governance and how it works in relation to other organisational structures. Experience of setting up a system to get data ready for use and can bring data together from different sources.

• Leading other analysts for high performance and ensuring team well-being. Knows how to peer-review colleagues’ outputs to ensure quality.

• Knowledge and experience of project management methodologies and a creative approach to problem solving.

• Strong communication skills to ensure understanding of customer needs. Ability to communicate data limitations and analytical findings to senior colleagues robustly and with confidence.


You should have one of the following:

a first or second class honours degree in a numerate subject containing at least 25% taught statistical content (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography or similar)

a higher degree, e.g. a MSc or PhD, in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography or similar)

have worked in a statistical or data science field and are able to demonstrate Continuous Professional Development (via a log book) in statistics or data science at the same level as a foundation degree or Higher National Diploma (level five)

Failure to provide this information may result in your application being sifted out of the process.


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

  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

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


25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays.

This will be complimented by one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday;

A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire;

Generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers;

Childcare benefits (policy for new employees as of 5 April 2018): The government has introduced the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme. Working parents can open an online childcare account and for every £8 they pay in, the government adds £2, up to a maximum of £2000 a year for each child or £4000 for a disabled child. Parents then use the funds to pay for registered childcare. Existing employees may be able to continue to claim childcare vouchers, so please check how the policy would work for you here;

Interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket or a new bicycle;

The opportunity to use onsite facilities including fitness centres and staff canteens (where applicable); and occupational sick pay.

The Government Statistical Service is a community for all civil servants working in the collection, production and communication of official statistics. Our Statisticians and Data Scientists work across a range of government departments, agencies and other public bodies playing a pivotal role in government decision making.

Working in the GSS means you
• 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
• Have opportunities to maintain your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) through a statistical learning and development programme

Through this campaign you also obtain membership to the Government Statistical Group GSG, a professional community of Statisticians and Data Scientists.

Inclusion & Accessibility

In GSS 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 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 GSS.Recruitment@ons.gov.uk 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.
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:

To apply please submit the short form details and full application by completing the CV section and personal statement. Your CV section 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 emailed during standard working hours inviting you 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:
Making Effective Decisions
Working Together
Developing Self and Others

You will also be assessed on the following Technical competencies:
Presenting and Disseminating Data Effectively
Acquiring Data/ Understanding Customer Needs
Data Analysis
Working with Credibility

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 8th March 2021
Interviews will be held from w/c 22nd March 2021

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 (or eligible for) status under 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

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 :  KJ.Fowler-Evans@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 https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/recruitment/civilservicerecruitmentcomplaints/

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