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Analyst (Senior Executive Officer level- 2 roles available), Prison Estate Analysis Programme, Data and Analysis, Ministry of Justice – 52054
£36,049 – £47,591
National

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We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Overview

Do you have the passion, values and ability to make a real difference to solving the biggest problems of the justice system? If so, we have some exciting permanent roles available within the Prison Estate Analysis Programme at Senior Executive Officer (SEO) level. The Prison Estate Analysis Programme sits within the Analytical Priority Projects Unit in Data and Analysis, supporting key projects and programmes across MoJ and its agencies.

We welcome applications from candidates based across the UK. Candidates will have the option of being based in the Leeds or London HQ office (with flexible working arrangements available) or your nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) on the completion of pre-employment checks.

About the role

The Prison Estate Analysis Programme has four G7 teams providing analytical support to HMPPS and MoJ policy teams on a variety of topics including estate capacity, maintenance and competition. Prison expansion is the second largest capital investment programme across government. As justice has moved up the policy agenda and investment in police numbers starts to flow through the system there is increased focus on ensuring the prison estate has enough capacity, is well maintained and contributes to improved sustainability.

The Prison Operator Competition Analysis team provides analytical support on the operation of new prisons and existing prisons which are currently operated through Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts. As some of the first PFI contracts to expire across government, the approach requires innovative thinking. There is one role available in this team which will involve working with stakeholders to agree analytical requirements and assumptions, and liaising with other analysts in the team and unit to deliver the required economic analysis.

The post holder will consider and assess a range of options for the future operation of the prisons, providing costs and benefits of short-listed options. They will play a key role business case development to ensure the department is able to make a robust decision on the future of these prisons, including considering insource and outsource decisions and how to account for different risk levels.

Within this role you will have the opportunity to:

  • Build understanding of prison cost data from various sources,
  • Develop existing models and build new models to estimate operating costs
  • Use analysis to support decision making in business cases
  • Take a lead in engaging with a range of stakeholders including MoJ Finance, MoJ Property, MoJ Commercial and HM Treasury.

Skills and Responsibilities

We would like someone with experience of delivering the below skills

Essential skills for the posts:

  • The ability to interpret and update analysis/models.
  • The ability to use analysis to support decision making.
  • The ability to plan, prioritise, and deliver analytical projects, often with challenging timelines to deliver at pace.
  • An excellent communicator that can translate technical concepts to a non-technical audience in a transparent and compelling way.
  • The ability to engage with a range of customers and stakeholders.

Desirable skills for the posts:

  • Experience in applying economic techniques such as cost-benefit and cost-effective assessments.
  • Good understanding of the HM Treasury Green Book and its supplementary guidance.
  • Experience of working on business cases including following green book principles.
  • Modelling skills in Excel or other software.

The Prison Estate Contingencies and Long-term Strategy team also has a SEO level vacancy. The G7 led team works closely with MoJ Future Prison Policy and HMPPS to understand the short-term pressure on the estate, contingency options and longer-term strategy and needs of the prison estate. The team is responsible for a quarterly prison estate projection which supports capacity planning and reporting to HMT and senior stakeholders.

Within this role you will have the opportunity to:

  • Work strategically with a range of stakeholders to inform options
  • Develop existing models and build new ones to deliver the prison estate capacity projection and related scenarios.
  • Take a lead in working collaboratively across the programme and with stakeholders to understand assumptions and communicate analysis to stakeholders.

Skills and Responsibilities

Essential skills for the posts:

  • The ability to interpret and update analysis/models.
  • The ability to use analysis to support decision making.
  • The ability to plan, prioritise, and deliver analytical projects, often with challenging timelines to deliver at pace.
  • An excellent communicator that can translate technical concepts to a non-technical audience in a transparent and compelling way.
  • The ability to engage with a range of customers and stakeholders.
  • Experience of modelling in Excel or other software.

Roles are open to either:

  • Existing badged analysts from any profession on level transfer or promotion who can demonstrate the required skills and knowledge and its application to policy and operational issues. The roles in the Prison operator and competition team might be of particular interest to GES analysts but are open to all.
  • Candidates that are not members of a profession but possess and can demonstrate similar experience at HEO level / SEO level and ability meet the profession eligibility criteria. Badging opportunities will available once in post for those who wish to apply. Please note that depending on your preferred profession, extra assessment may be required at interview stage. (For more details, please contact the email address outlined in the further information section).

Data and Analysis

Data and Analysis is a multi-disciplinary team of around 400 staff that sits at the heart of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) providing analytical support across a diverse and exciting agenda. We work in a dynamic and fast-paced context and our skills are in heavy demand across the MoJ. We support policy development and operational delivery with cutting-edge and high-impact analysis delivered by a community of analysts and specialists including, social researchers, economists, operational researchers, statisticians, data engineers, data scientists and other data specialists (such as data strategists, data dissemination and assurance experts).

The MoJ provides an exciting and dynamic environment for analysts, with considerable opportunity to make a difference for some of society’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. Data and Analysis staff provide strategic direction, evidence and insight, decision-support and challenge to policy and operational colleagues and Ministers across the MoJ and beyond. Analysts have a crucial role to play in the achievement of the Ministry’s goals, and there is a huge appetite for more and better analysis and analysts.

Why work for the Ministry of Justice?

  • Vibrant community – part of a multidisciplinary team that has a supportive culture and is looking to further develop the community with the help of everyone.
  • Career development – regular opportunities to develop through moving across a wide range of roles, career development support, training and wider opportunities.
  • Flexible working arrangements and a focus on equality of opportunity – we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.We welcome part-time and/or job-share arrangements, flexible working hours, working remotely or from offices in London or Leeds, helping you managing personal commitments.
  • Analysis is at the centre of the Department’s decision making – our transformation programme is focussed on maximising our impact on departmental outcomes – MoJ’s Senior Team and our Ministerial Team are keen for all decisions to be evidence driven – your analysis will be key in influencing decisions.
  • See the frontline and what your work is influencing – regular opportunities to visit our front-line service providers, including courts, prisons and probation to better understand the areas your analysis is affecting.
  • Range of new areas of work and new tools and techniques – we pride ourselves on our excellent deployment of well-established analytical methods, but also our progress to date and ambitious and innovative transformation programme to further leverage departmental data to drive data and evidence-driven decision-making using cutting-edge tools and techniques (for example, experimentation, personalisation, AI).

Application

You’ll need to submit an anonymised CV as part of your application. Your CV should be no more than 2 pages long and should show us your work history and previous experience. It should be well structured, succinct and written in clear language.

You will also be assessed against the Civil service success profiles framework on the following behaviours:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a quality service
  • Communicating and Influencing

Please also refer to the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717275/CS_Behaviours_2018.pdf

As well as the three civil service behaviours stated above, you are also asked to provide two sets of written evidence of professional competence.

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

Professional Competency (1) Knowledge & Skills

Please provide a written example demonstrating the following competency from your profession at SEO level:

  • GSS – Data Analysis.
  • GORS – Knowledge and application of OR Skills and Techniques.
  • GES – Analysis of Data.
  • GSR – Knowledge and application of GSR technical skills

Professional Competency (2) Influence & Impact

Please provide a written example demonstrating the following competency from your profession at SEO level:

  • GSS – Presenting and disseminating data effectively.
  • GORS – Achieving impact with analysis.
  • GES – Effective communication.
  • GSR – using and promoting social research

For more information regarding Professional Competency (1) & (2) please refer to the analytical profession internet links below. Please note that some aspect of the professional competency may overlap with the MoJ competencies listed above. We therefore recommend that in providing written evidence for the professional competency, candidates focus on the technical and methodology aspects of the competencies that are specific to the profession. We will use evidence presented for the MoJ competencies in assessing the wider skills candidates have.

Government Statistician Group (GSG): Further information, including a user guide, can be found within the link below: GSS Competency Framework

Government Social Research Service (GSR): Further information can be found within the link below: GSR Competency Framework   

Government Operational Research Service (GORS): Further information can be found within the link below: GORS Competencies

Government Economic Service (GES): Further information can be found within the link below: GES Professional Standards 2013

Interview

At interview stage, you will be assessed on the Civil Service Behaviours and Professional Competencies as outlined in the job description. You will also be asked to give a five-minute presentation. Details of this will be sent to candidates before the interview.

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on UKor Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

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. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.