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Office for National Statistics Jobs – Strategy Senior Officer

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About the job


We operate a hybrid working model and fully support flexibility with colleagues already based across the UK working from home and linked to one of our core locations in Newport or Titchfield (Fareham) or Darlington.

For this role you will be linked to one of the core locations, the frequency of attendance at our offices is agreed with you as relevant to your role.

Job Summary

About the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen to play a pivotal role in delivering the Strategy work strand of the Analysis Function (AF), which sets direction around the work of analysts across government and arm’s length bodies. The Function is led by Sir Ian Diamond and supported by leading Analytical Profession Heads and key Departmental Directors of Analysis. The AF sets strategy, builds analytical capability and supports the community of analysts wherever they are and whatever they do. Ultimately, helping to ensure that analysis uses the best data and methods to inform policymaking, improve understanding and result in better outcomes for our citizens.

Job Description

We are looking for motivated and skilled people who are passionate about improving how analysis is done, ensuring it is communicated with impact and that a strategic approach is taken in analysis across government.

The Analysis Function leadership have a vision for improving how analysis is done across government through:

  • collaborating across professional and departmental boundaries;
  • building capability through bespoke consultancy work and by sharing good practice on topics such as communicating analysis with impact and integrating analysis into policy-making;
  • implementing the Analysis Function strategy;
  • facilitating knowledge sharing on analytical topics across government
  • driving forward a culture change to share and embed best practice into everyday activities.

You will play a core role in supporting the delivery of an essential element of the Analysis Function. You will work closely with analysts and senior leaders in ONS and other government departments to forge stronger links and deliver a user-focused approach to the Analysis Function.

This is an exciting opportunity to build and strengthen the work in this high-profile area and will suit those who are skilled at collaborating with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and who have excellent communication skills to deliver successful outcomes and a collaborative culture.

This post is not badged as an analytical post and is open to any applicants with the relevant skillset, but we would welcome applications from members of the analytical professions alongside those from other areas. The post will give an opportunity to take a more strategic view of how analysis is undertaken across government and develop stakeholder-engagement skills on a cross-government scale. If the successful applicant were a member of an analytical profession, then we would make every effort to provide appropriate opportunities to demonstrate research and analysis aligned with the expectations of their profession to keep their badging.

The Operational Delivery Profession (ODP) is the largest profession in the Civil Service. ODP’s 200,000+ members work in a wide range of operational delivery roles across government, providing essential services that support and protect UK citizens at home and overseas. They help to make ONS a great place to work.

As a member, ODP supports you by providing learning and development opportunities, career pathways, tools and resources to help develop your skills and progress your career. This is an exciting opportunity to join a modern, innovative and inclusive Civil Service profession that sits at the heart of public service delivery.


Responsibilities for the role includes, but is not limited to, the following, leading on specific elements within these:

  • Supporting delivery of the Analysis Function Strategy, working with partners across government to develop and promote the Analysis Function’s offer to departments highlighted within the strategy.
  • Supporting the development and delivery of an Implementation plan for the Analysis Function.
  • Supporting work on developing metrics and annual reports highlighting the progress made within the Function.
  • identifying further opportunities to support the strategic leadership of analysis, using innovative approaches and responding to changing priorities.

There is a real opportunity for you to shape the role going forward, bring creativity and an innovative approach to achieving the ambitions of the Analysis Function.

Person specification

Essential Criteria

  • Strong collaboration skills and a track record of building relationships across teams.
  • Ability to communicate with and influence a range of stakeholders and to tailor approach accordingly.
  • Ability to stay alert to wider organisational changes and spot opportunities for the AF, and to proactively seek out opportunities to understand broader context around work.
  • Ability to motivate and set direction to deliver collaborative work with a range of stakeholders.


  • Experience of delivering against a functional agenda.


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

  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving



Whether you are hearing about us for the first time or already know a bit about our organisation, we hope that the benefits pack attached (bottom of page) will give you a great insight into the benefits and facilities available to our colleagues, and our fantastic working culture.

We are an organisation that takes well-being seriously and lives and breathes the desire to modernise the workplace of the future. Everyone, from our office-based colleagues across our office sites, to our field interviewers and airports and ports passenger survey teams, are part of a diverse and inclusive family.

Inclusion & Accessibility

At ONS we are 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 a member of the Business Disability Forum and a Disability Confident Leader we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

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.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using

The ONS regularly run webinars and support sessions for candidates. You can find details on all our upcoming webinars on our

Assessment at application stage will be based on your job history and personal statement.

Your personal statement should be no longer than 1250 words. You should use this space to provide evidence for each essential criteria within the person specification. As the criteria are scored, we would recommend that you give clear examples for each including the impact of your actions. Success Profiles Behaviour examples are not required at this stage.

In cases where there is a high number of applications the sift pass mark may be adjusted and candidates will be invited to interview in merit order, i.e. those scoring the highest.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the new Civil Service Success Profiles, where you’ll be assessed against all the behaviours outlined in the advert.

Currently all interviews are being conducted by Video Conference.

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

The Sift will be conducted from 25/10/22

Interviews will be conducted from 08/11/22

For the full terms and conditions of the post, please see attachment.

If you need help with any part of the application process or completing your CV or personal statement please contact our Recruitment Team at [email protected] or call us on 01633 455556, one of the team will be happy to help you.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


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

People working with government assets must complete

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
  • 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

Working for the Civil Service


We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s

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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