Knowledge & Information Management
Associate Data Product Manager in the Data Strategy Team – 36012
£30,989 - £47,591
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This is an exciting opportunity for a Band B to join the Data Strategy Team within Data and Analytical Services Directorate in the Ministry of Justice. This post will be part of a wide ranging, multi-disciplinary team responsible for embedding data science and data analytics into the Justice System to drive outcomes and aid decision-making.
The post would suit applicants from a range of sectors who are highly skilled interpersonally and enjoy data science and digital change, for example (but not limited to) those with a background in Product Management, Business Analysis, Data Analysis, Policy, Strategy, User Research, User Centred Policy Design or Project Management within Data Science teams.
The Successful candidate will have the option to be based at one of the following locations:
- 10 South Colonnade, London (flexible working arrangements are available between 102 Petty France, MoJ Hubs and home)
- 5 Wellington Place, Leeds.
Interviews are likely to take place in September and will be held virtually, further details will be sent to those who are invited to interview. We will keep a merit list for a year for those who successfully pass the interview board but who are not offered a post immediately as we anticipate similar posts becoming available during 2021.
Periodic travel will be required as post holders will work closely with Digital Product teams and wider programme teams.
The holder of this post will be passionate about enabling data-driven decisions and delivering data insights to front-line staff and policy professionals within the MoJ.
They will strive to understand the views and the frustrations of the people we provide services to. Their previous work experience within data science teams will then enable them to translate this user feedback into succinct relevant problem statements, leading to new ideas for potential data science solutions.
They will work as integrators and will be comfortable influencing a very diverse range of stakeholders, with differing levels of operational insight and technical expertise. They will be comfortable working in an agile environment with digital teams, while also supporting the production of innovative data science products over longer timeframes.
The Ministry of Justice is one of the largest government departments, employing around 76,000 people, with a budget of approximately £7.4 billion. The justice system is a vital public service that changes people’s lives and our work spans criminal, civil, administrative and family justice. Each year millions of people across the UK use our services – including courts, tribunals, probation and prisons in England and Wales. We are all likely to come into contact with the justice system at some point in our lives, either because we have been a witness to or victim of a crime, to protect and enforce our rights, or to settle disputes.
Why work for the Ministry of Justice?
- Flexible working arrangements – including compressed hours, flexi-time, working for home or commuter hubs outside of London
- Broad and varied opportunities for development and promotion – there are lots of interesting and highly meaningful jobs across the Ministry and great opportunities to expand experience
- Data and Analysis is at the centre of the Department’s decision making – with a ministerial team who are keen for all decisions to be evidence driven
- See the frontline and what your work is influencing – regular opportunities to visit prisons and courts to better understand the areas your work and leadership is affecting
About the Data Strategy Team
We are a small strategic team, progressing an innovative agenda, whose members come from a range of professional backgrounds. Our team is growing rapidly and are seeking people to join this initiative who are passionate about making a difference, highly curious, focused on quality results and timely delivery, finisher-completers, able to work and get along with people from all backgrounds, and unreasonably positive.
Key Responsibilities of the Role
This role will be part of a team responsible for delivering our ambitious and innovative Data Strategy to all corners of the Justice System and MoJ family. Through the transformation, we are designing our digital services to collect the right set of data, and so are generating opportunities to deploy Data Science / Advanced Analytical tools that assist front-line staff. This role will be critical in spotting these opportunities and ensuring they crystallise.
The post holder will connect Operational Staff, User Researchers and Data Science Practitioners to identify opportunities to improve current Digital Services through incorporating Data Science tools. They will work as a translator, communicating business needs to Data Scientists and promoting the value of Data Science solutions to digital staff. They will feel comfortable negotiating at a senior level and delivering across a complex strategic landscape. They will spot opportunities to leverage the value of our data to address unmet needs.
The post holder will often be embedded within agile digital product teams to gain a better understanding of the user experience and the user needs relating to specific digital services. They will also work closely with MoJ Data Scientists to help initiate and shape innovative data science products in response to these needs.
The work may include:
- Identifying data science opportunities early, challenging stakeholders to think in the medium to long-term, and ensuring solutions contribute to a strategic vision and roadmap
- Creating a shared organisational understanding of critical decision-makers and decision points, then ensuring Data Science Practitioners are linked into the key conversations to enable the commissioning of Data Science
- Acting as a translator across technical and non-technical areas to ensure effective problem definition and benefits realisation
- Contributing to user research alongside digital teams to gain a better understanding of pain points and intelligence gaps
- Working with analysts, data scientists, data engineers, data architects, digital teams, policy and operational teams to leverage our data and support the design of innovative solutions to longstanding and emerging issues
- Building strong relationships across the MOJ to achieve shared strategic goals
Our team is innovative and fast-moving, while being highly collaborative and focused on supporting others to do their best work. We focus on outcomes over process, and we get things done. We change our approach as needed if we see a better way through. We look for do-ers, positive thinkers, and team members that people want to work with and be around.
You will be assessed against the Civil service success profiles framework.
We will ask for a CV and a Statement of Suitability (i.e. cover letter) to assess your Experience and your Technical skills. Based on this, we may invite you to interview where will ask you to deliver a short technical presentation. Details are below.
You will be asked during the application to submit an anonymised CV, which must be no more than 2 sides of A4. Please remove all personal information and do not save the file with your name.
In your Statement of Suitability, please explain why you are the right candidate for this role, addressing the skill requirements below where possible. All these requirements are important for the job, however we do not expect candidates to be expert in all of them as this role has requires a very diverse skill set, some of which will be developed once in post; just give as much evidence as you can for each.
- Working within multidisciplinary teams to design, develop, deploy or refine Data Science or Analytical products
- Excellent communication skills with both technical and non-technical stakeholders. The ability to translate requirements between technical staff in different disciplines, such as developers or data scientists, would be highly valued
- Experience gathering user needs from operational staff
- Any operational experience within HMPPS that could inform the development of digital systems
- Experience working with/in large organisation(s) that have a complex data landscape, including diverse data assets and infrastructure
- Mapping of data science capabilities to business/operational needs. This involves spotting operational problems that could be benefit from data science solutions
- Working as part of digital transformations
- Knowledge of different data science techniques, and where they are useful
- Understanding of the problems associated with large person level datasets, including data cleaning concerns and data governance concerns
Applicants Invited for Interview
You will be required to give a 5-minute presentation at interview. Details of this will be sent to those candidates who are invited for interview.
If you successfully reach the interview stage you will be assessed on the following behaviours:
- Communicating and Influencing
- Changing and Improving
- Making Effective Decisions
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Working Together
Please see the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade (Level 3 – HEO and SEO or equivalent):
Working Arrangements & Further Information
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.
The MoJ offers a range of benefits:
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.
The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.
- 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 any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
- Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
- Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.
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.
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
1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail Mojemail@example.com);
2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (firstname.lastname@example.org);
3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)
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.
Grading Structure Review
The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.
Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.