Grade 7 Data Transformation Manager

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Closing date: 26 Aug 2019

Reference number



Circa £55,000


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

Other - Digital, Analytical and Data

Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern



37 hours per week

Number of posts



City of Westminster, London, SW1P 4DF

About the job

Job description

Are you passionate about using cutting-edge technology to gain powerful insights from data? Do you thrive on development and delivery in a fast-paced environment? If so, we would love to hear from you. Our ambition is to transform MHCLG into a department which uses data to its full potential by powering policy thinking and to monitor progress, while using the latest digital tools. We want to enable better decision making and collaborative working across teams within the department but also with other government organisations. We want everyone in the organisation to be able to easily see what data MHCLG holds, and then be able to access and use that data in their work.

You will be joining us at the beginning of an exciting work programme to modernise our significant portfolio of digital, analytical, data and technology products and services.

These include:

● Enable access to high quality data – providing access to infrastructure and support data collection through online systems such as DELTA

● The Data Analytics Platform – a cloud infrastructure hosted with Amazon Web Services that provides access to the latest analysis tools needed for a large user community within MHCLG

● Open Data Communities – the Department’s flagship service for publishing and sharing its data in open, accessible and re-usable forms

● Expanding our ‘Data Science’ offering – make Data Science in integral part for decision making and finding data evidence for policy making

The role provides opportunities to be at the forefront of exciting changes and developments in data handling and statistics production. As Data Transformation Manager you’ll help us to deliver user- centred improvements to our analytical capability. You will be part of a specialist team leading the work to transform our processes & data handling and to embed our Data Strategy across the department.

Key responsibilities

● Defining a programme of work to move the directorate from legacy applications and onto a new cloud-hosted technology and exploiting newly available tools such as Power Bi, R and Python.

● Providing the framework and governance for data management within the organization - ensuring that data content on the new cloud-platform is managed to set standards.

● Looking for further ways to innovate in the provision of analysis to deliver efficiency and effectiveness improvements.

● Building capability for MHCLG staff covering key digital and data skills.

● Identifying unmet user needs and providing business analyst input - working closely with internal IT teams and external IT suppliers to scope, prioritise and deliver system development.

● Managing the Data Programme Board which is responsible for governance of the Data Strategy. It is led by the Director for Analysis and comprises senior stakeholders from within MHCLG and externally.

Key criteria

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

● A strong technical/analytical background with an understanding of and enthusiasm for Information Technology, data management and the provision of analysis and reporting. Highly numerate and IT literate.

● An ability to grasp the detail of IT implementation while taking a realistic and imaginative overview of the opportunities of change.

● Experience working in a high-performing data or analytical team.

● Building capability of others in innovative ways.

● Solid skills and experience in technology, data management, and management information.

● Proven leadership in acting corporately, always looking for ways to improve how things are done. Experience in successfully driving improvements in both work outputs and the way a team approaches that work.

● Excellent organisational and project management skills a good planner and manager of own and others’ work, able to use initiative when necessary and balance limited resources across competing priorities.

● Creative and innovative thinking in working toward new solutions and an ability to take on board the ideas of others.


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Leadership



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Transfers across the Civil Service on or after 4 October 2018:

Staff transferring from other government departments to a new PAYE scheme on any type of move other than TUPE/COSOP will lose their access to salary sacrifice for childcare. However, MHCLG do have childcare voucher scheme for under-5s and have a staff benefits scheme offering cycle to work and discounted shopping vouchers.

For further information about the benefits available to MHCLG employees, please see the attached Candidate Pack.

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 counter-terrorist 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

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
To apply for this role, please complete your application on Be Applied using the link provided below.

You will need to submit a CV and a statement of suitability of no more than 250 words, outlining why you are suitable for this role.

Applications will be anonymised and reviewed by a panel, who will look at the skills and experience provided in the submitted statements of suitability and CVs. The applications will be assessed on the criteria in the job advert. Candidates successful at this stage will be invited to interview.


During the interview process, candidates will be asked to provide further evidence of their experience. Interviews may also include an additional assessment exercise or presentation exercise. The details of this will be provided if you are invited to interview.

The interview will be of a blended nature, consisting of behaviour and experience-based questions as listed in the job advert.

For more information about Success Profiles and its elements, please follow the earlier link.
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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Terms & Conditions

• If you are already an MHCLG member of staff, and are interested in applying for this role on a level transfer basis (ie. at the same grade), please submit an expression of interest form directly to the vacancy manager.

• Please note that existing MHCLG staff currently within their probation period are required to complete their probation period within their current role before taking up a new appointment if successful.

• The salary for this role is circa £55,000.

• For existing civil servants, the usual policy on level transfer and promotion will apply and is non-negotiable.

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Contact point for applicants

For further information please contact

Sift/interview dates and location

Sifting is envisaged to take place from 02/09/2019 with interviews provisionally scheduled from 12/09/2019 at 2 Marsham Street, London.

Further information

Reserve list

In the event that we identify more appointable candidates than we currently have posts available, we will hold applicant details on a reserve list for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made. This may include roles at a lower grade. Candidates placed on a reserve list will be informed of this. Due to the length of time CTC checks can take, our HR Shared Services team will contact reserve list candidates for London based roles to commence CTC checks. Those candidates who do not wish to remain on the reserve list should contact to be removed from the reserve list.

Important note

Successful candidates for roles based in our 2 Marsham Street building must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check and the process can take up to 8 weeks to complete.

Please note that successful candidates will need to pass the CTC security checks – this requires you to have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years. Please refer to the MHCLG Notes on Security Clearance section of our Candidate Pack for further information on Counter Terrorism Clearance (CTC). Thank you.

Candidates should also note that with effect from 1st August 2018 the department will also check all applicants who are successful at interview, against the Internal Fraud Database (IFD) held by the Cabinet Office. In accordance with the Civil Service Internal Fraud Policy, any applicant who is included on the IFD will be refused employment by MHCLG. Please see the Candidate Pack for further information on the Internal Fraud Database.

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