Head of Data & Analysis at the Office for Local Government

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
  • Wolverhampton, UK
  • 06/08/2022
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Salary
£57,446 a year
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Full-time
Part-time
Permanent

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Reference number

230534

Salary

£57,446
£57,446

Grade

Grade 6

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

Local Government and Communities including Integration

Type of role

Economist
Operational Research
Social Research
Statistics

Working pattern

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

Number of posts

1

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About the job

Benefits

Things you need to know

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Location

Darlington, Wolverhampton

About the job

Summary

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is setting up the Office for Local Government (Oflog) – a new body that was announced in the Levelling Up White Paper earlier this year. Oflog will initially bring together, analyse and publish existing data to understand local government performance. It will:

  • be a ‘single source of authoritative information’ that will support local leaders in their decision-making and support self-improvement;
  • allow central government to better understand LA performance; and
  • help local people better understand what is happening in their area.

The establishment of this body will be delivered through an ambitious new programme delivered by a multi-disciplinary team made of policy, operational, analytical, data and digital professionals, working in partnership with government, the LG sector and citizens. To support delivery of the programme, part of the team will be located within the new body and part of the team will be located within the DLUHC, but all will be working towards the successful establishment of this new organisation. With strong Ministerial and sector interest, this is a high-profile programme. These are evolving and stretching roles which offer a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the delivery of a key government priority objectives.

Job description

The analytical team of around 13 analysts will report to a deputy director and will be led by this G6 analyst (economist / statistician / social researcher / operational researcher), reporting to a Policy/Operational DD. The team will bring together data sources relevant to local government, develop and maintain data tools to provide users with easy access to data and insights, run data collections for specific additional data needs and provide analysis and insight to support Oflog body in its role.

This role will see the successful candidate supporting an ambitious programme of analysis to evolve the strategic relationship between central and local government. It involves working with senior stakeholders from across central and local government. This work requires collaboration with policy, strategy, and other analysts to establish and develop Oflog.

There will also need to be join up with the wider open Local Government and transparency agenda, the Local Government (LG) Capacity and Capability programme, and the LG accountability regime. This role also involves an element of performance management operations such as programme level co-ordination, high level briefings, reports, and performance monitoring reporting.

The post holder will be responsible for leading the analytical team in Oflog. The team will be responsible for the publication of data and analysis, in the form of written reports and dashboard tools, as well as maintaining data products and engaging with other government departments (OGDs).

The post holder will lead a team of 12, including four direct reports. This will encompass a dashboard team, a data collection team, an analysis team and a data governance lead.

Key requirements of this role are:

  • Setting the strategic direction of analysis, developing an analytical work programme and providing leadership.
  • Coordinating and steering development of technical data dashboards and interactive visualisations for use across Oflog.
  • Using specialist analytical skills to champion data quality across products and services, and ensure data is utilised in a compliant, safe, secure and efficient manner.
  • Leading and developing a multidisciplinary team and steering them and others to build quality data and analytical products which support key policy decisions and provide the chair and senior colleagues with the insights they require.
  • Collaborating with senior policy colleagues to understand their requirements and communicating with them to keep them updated with progress towards new tools, reports, and products
  • Networking with and leading analytical colleagues, data tech professionals, user researchers and content designers to deliver tools which provide easy access to the evidence base required. This may also involve working with external stakeholders.
  • In this role, you will foster a culture of knowledge sharing and continuous improvement, demonstrating adaptability and commitment to supporting others across the team to deliver high-quality products.

Responsibilities

  • Setting the direction for analytical and data work in Oflog to meet the chair and senior official’s needs.
  • Leading the analytical team in Oflog, with a focus on creating an inclusive working environment, and managing the team’s wellbeing in a fast-moving area.
  • Developing insights and analysis for publication in the form of innovative dashboard tools, as well as traditional reports and papers.
  • Engaging with senior stakeholders across Government and Oflog, to build consensus for the analysis and understanding of the sector.
  • Communicating complex issues clearly and concisely to Ministers and senior leaders to shape policy-making, and to the public to aid its understanding of LG services.
  • The ability to show flexibility and adaptability under pressure. For example, experience of quality assurance and prioritisation.

Person specification and essential criteria

Essential

  • Ability to see the big picture and identify key strategic trends and the ‘so what’ behind the analysis/data.
  • Strong analytical skills in analysing and manipulating data to provide insights and ability to lead analysis and work across Government.
  • Knowledge of data principles and preparation, exploration and visualisation in reports and dashboards; data interrogation and analysis; understanding of technology solutions and design principles underpinning products.
  • Excellent oral and written briefing skills including the ability to communicate detailed information succinctly and clearly.
  • Strong stakeholder skills, including the ability to build relationships and work confidently with diverse groups of senior stakeholders within central and local government and challenge where necessary.
  • Inclusive and effective leadership with experience of performance management, planning, managing and reviewing activities to engage a team to deliver improved outcomes and seek new ways of working and presenting analysis.
  • Calm working and making effective decisions under pressure and at pace; comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Strong organisational and management skills.
  • Either an existing member of one of the government analytical professions with the skills, experience, and ability to demonstrate the required competencies at Grade 6 level in your profession, or a proven analyst with the required skills, experience and ability to become a member of one of the government analytical professions, please see requirements below.

Desirable

  • Understanding of agile working practices and different delivery lifecycles to deliver quality outcomes at pace, providing clarity on priorities and allocating resources.
  • Experience of working on high profile and fast paced issues, preferably in the local government space.
  • Experience of coding (Python preferred) or of managing teams involved in using coding to develop tools.
  • Experience in geospatial and local data analysis.

In order to apply for this position, you must either be a badged member of an analytical profession (GES, GORS, GSS, GSR) OR be eligible to become a member of the relevant profession. Please note, in order to be eligible to become a member of the relevant profession, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria set out on page 6 of the 'Guide for Analytical candidates'

Benefits

  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

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 counter-terrorist check.
See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

We are for everyone

At DLUHC we value diversity and inclusion and actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including those that are underrepresented in our workforce. We promote equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment and a working environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation.

We would strongly recommend that applicants get in touch with the vacancy manager to find out more information about this role.

We are for everyone

DLUHC want to bring in and bring on a diverse workforce at all levels.

Our application system is designed to remove as much bias as possible from the recruitment system – this means that a hiring manager does not know your name, your details, see your whole application in one go (or have your CV at review stage unless stated otherwise).

Your answers are randomised and chunked up. This means that each assessor views sets of responses to questions for example all candidates’ responses to ‘Seeing the Big Picture’ rather than seeing a candidate’s full application. The science behind this is that recruitment can be subject to ordering and fatigue effects and we want to reduce this as much as possible.

Most of our campaigns utilise multiple assessors and so it is possible that each of your answers would be viewed by different assessors.

When writing your application, remember:

  • that the assessor won’t be reading your answers sequentially.
  • do not assume that the same assessors will have read all of your answers.

If talking about something in your first answer, make sure that write the second answer as if you had not written the first (and so on!)

At sift, we will be assessing:

Technical (Lead Criteria): Please provide an assessment of your experience and skills as a member of one of the analytical professions, including experience relevant to this role, referring to the competencies relevant to your chosen profession.

Behaviour: Seeing the Big Picture

Behaviour: Leadership

Behaviour: Communicating and Influencing

Behaviour: Delivering at Pace

There is a 250 word limit per question.

In the event that we receive a large number of applications, we may conduct an initial sift using the lead behaviour listed in the advert. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

We do not consider direct CV applications – you must apply for this role via the application link on Civil Service Jobs:

Please note that near miss offers may be made at the lower grade to candidates who do not meet the grade criteria for this campaign

The interview will be of a blended nature consisting of behaviour, technical and strength based questions as listed in the advert. The strength based questions will require natural responses from the candidates.

Candidates invited to interview will be expected to complete an oral briefing exercise as part of the interview process. The oral-briefing exercise is designed to simulate aspects of the job to be performed and provide a second basis for assessing the behaviours and competencies required in the job.

The oral briefing is usually part of the professional requirements as the government analytical professions require an oral briefing as part of the entry or promotion process. The briefing will take one of the following forms:

  • A prepared on the day presentation to the interview panel which will be followed by questions from the panel. You will be provided with all the information to use for your presentation on the day of your interview. You will be given up to 45 minutes to read this information and prepare your presentation.

OR

2. You will be provided with a question in advance of the interview and asked to prepare a presentation of a specific length addressing this question. This presentation will be followed by questions from the panel.

Candidates invited to interview will be given full instructions on the presentation being used.

The presentation will be followed by a 45 minute competency based interview.

Candidates who are not members of a government analytical profession may also need to pass an entry test for their profession as part of the selection process.

Competencies

You will need to address the technical competences for your profession in the application and at interview.

Economic competences

Economics: Application of knowledge

Economics: Analysis of data

Economics: Effective communication

Operational Research competences

Operational research: Sustaining and developing operational research professionals and professionalism

Operational research: Knowledge and application of operational research skills

Operational research: Achieving impact with analysis

Social research competences

Social research: technical skills

Social research: using and promoting social research

Statistics competences

Statistics: Acquiring data/Understanding customer needs

Statistics: Data analysis

Statistics: Presenting and disseminating data effectively

In full the campaign will test the below Success Profile Elements:

Behaviours: Seeing the Big Picture, Leadership, Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace

Technical: Yes

Strength: Yes

How to apply:

Step 1- Complete your personal details on CS Jobs

Step 2 - Complete the Government Statistical Service test by 23:55pm on 18th August 2022.

When you are invited to complete the online tests you will be given access to guidance. It is strongly recommended that you read this guidance before you proceed.
These tests are not timed; however, it is advised that you allow for up to an hour for completion of each test.

Step 3 - If successful, we will send you a link to complete your application by providing your behaviour examples on Be Applied by 23:55pm on 21st August 2022 Please note these links are not automated and so may take a couple of days to come through and may be delivered to your junk or spam folders:

Step 4 - We will sift your application and if successful, we will invite you to attend interview.

Grade 6 salary

  • The salary for this role is £57,446 (National).
  • For existing civil servants, the usual policy on level transfer and promotion will apply and is non-negotiable.
  • In addition, subject to membership of the appropriate professional body, a non-consolidated analysts allowance of £4,500 pa will be paid.

BENEFITS:

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

Any move to DLUHC from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

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

GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION:

  • Darlington
  • Wolverhampton

SIFT AND INTERVIEW DATES:

Sifting is envisaged to take place W/C 22nd August 2022 with interview dates to be confirmed. All interviews are currently being held remotely via videocall.

RESERVE LIST:

Candidates who meet the requirements but are not offered a post at this time will be retained on a reserve list for a maximum of twelve months and may be offered alternative posts as they become available.

If you narrowly miss out on passing the interview for this post, you may be offered an alternative analytical role or a post at a lower grade. This opportunity will allow you to develop your skills and experience to progress your career within DLUHC.

Those candidates who do not wish to remain on the reserve list should contact recruitment@communities.gov.uk to be removed from the reserve list.

CTC (Counter-terrorism Clearance):

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 DLUHC 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 DLUHC. Please see the Candidate Pack for further information on the Internal Fraud Database.

TERMS & CONDITIONS STATEMENT:

  • Please note that existing DLUHC staff currently within their probation period would still need to complete their probation should they be successful for the role

Analysts in DLUHC must be affiliated to a Government analytical profession. This is usually one of the following:

  • Government Economic Service (GES)
  • Government Operational Research Service (GORS)
  • Government Social Research Service (GSR)
  • Government Statistical Service (GSS)

Stage 1 : Filter and eligibility questions, entry tests

Candidates who successfully pass the initial filter and eligibility questions will be asked to confirm which of the analytical professions they belong to or are applying to be part of. This information will be used to progress successful applications to the appropriate professional checks element of the process.

Existing civil servants who are currently a member of one of these professions will retain their professional membership in this role. Applicants on promotion will be assessed for promotion within their profession as part of the selection process. Please make any current affiliation clear in your application.

External candidates or civil servants without a current profession affiliation may be considered for accreditation to one of the professions as part of the recruitment process. If you are not currently a member of a government analytical profession you will be put through the membership process for your chosen profession as part of this application. You must pass the membership process for your application to be successful. If you do not pass the relevant profession entry test your application will not be taken further.

See the Guide for Analytical Candidates document for more details of the membership process for the relevant profession.

Before starting your application it’s very important to make sure that you are eligible to apply and meet the Civil Service nationality requirements. All candidates are expected to read the information provided in the DLUHC candidate pack regarding nationality requirements and rules

ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS

Government Economic Service (GES):

To possess or expected to have a first or upper second class honours degree with at least 50% of the modules in economics, or have a masters in economics. Modules must have covered both micro and macroeconomics to qualify.

If you graduated more than five years ago then you must have examples of how you have maintained your economic knowledge on the competency section of the application form.

Government Operational Research Service (GORS):

2:1 in a numerate degree (the rule of thumb is that at least 50% of the studied modules must have mathematical content).

Applicants with a 2:2 degree may be accepted but they must show wider skills and experience relevant to Government OR. For instance, a Masters qualification in OR would be considered sufficient evidence of the wider skills and experience that we are looking for.

Government Social Research (GSR):

Hold an undergraduate degree, at a minimum of 2:1 or 2:2 with a postgraduate degree, in a social science subject. A qualifying social science subject is one which contains substantial social research methods training (comprising around one third of modules taken in the course). It should cover quantitative methods and at least three of the five topics listed below.

Mandatory: Quantitative methods, including research design, data collection (i.e. questionnaire design, sampling, weighting), data analysis (e.g. statistical analysis)

Three of:

  • Systematic/literature reviews
  • Qualitative methods, including research design, data collection (i.e. interviewing, focus groups, ethnography), data analysis (e.g. thematic analysis)
  • Interpretation of data (qual & quan), presentation of results, provision of recommendations/ conclusions
  • Study design, hypothesis formation, testing and evaluation
  • Application of ethics to research

Relevant degree subjects in the social sciences can be varied. Potential members need to demonstrate the substantial social research methods training they have taken and not merely the social science degree subjects.

Government Statistical Service (GSS):

a first or second class honours degree in a numerate subject (2:1 minimum for Assistant Statistician and 2:2 minimum for Statistical Officer) containing at least 25% taught statistical content (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography or similar)

or

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)

or

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)

or

have achieved or are on track to achieve a level four apprenticeship including at least two years in a statistical or data analysis field in government and are able to demonstrate Continuous Professional Development in statistics or data analysis (via a log book signed off by a manager or mentor who are members of the statistical profession)

Statistician candidates ( entry test) :

Candidates who ARE NOT members of the Government Statistical Service (GSS) will be invited to sit the Government Statistical Services Test. This is the first part of the GSS membership process and you must pass this test for your application to progress to the next stage of the recruitment process.

The deadline for completing the GSS online test or notifying us that you are already a GSS member is 23:55pm on Thursday 18th August 2022.

The deadline for completing your application form is 23:55pm on Sunday 21st August 2022.

Social Researcher candidates (entry test) :

Candidates who ARE NOT members of Government Social Research service (GSR) will be invited to sit the Government Social Research Knowledge test. This is the first part of the GSR membership process and you must pass this test for your application to progress to the next stage of the recruitment process.

Candidates who are EXISTING members of Government Social Research service (GSR) do not need to complete this test as part of their application.This check will be completed after you have completed your application form. Candidates who do not pass the filter and eligibility questions will not move to the second stage.

Candidate Pack Information

Please see attached Candidate pack for further information.

Internal Fraud Database

The Internal Fraud function of the Fraud, Error, Debt and Grants Function at the Cabinet Office processes details of civil servants who have been dismissed for committing internal fraud, or who would have been dismissed had they not resigned.The Cabinet Office receives the details from participating government organisations of civil servants who have been dismissed, or who would have been dismissed had they not resigned, for internal fraud. In instances such as this, civil servants are then banned for 5 years from further employment in the civil service. The Cabinet Office then processes this data and discloses a limited dataset back to DLUHC as a participating government organisations. DLUHC then carry out the pre employment checks so as to detect instances where known fraudsters are attempting to reapply for roles in the civil service. In this way, the policy is ensured and the repetition of internal fraud is prevented.

For more information please see - Internal Fraud Register

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 settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of 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.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

Name :
Parjesh Bij
Email :
Prajesh.Bij@Levellingup.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

Email :
recruitment@communities.gov.uk