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Data Programme Leaders (2 roles available) Data & Analysis, Ministry of Justice – 64782
£63,185 – £76,760
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.

Grade 6: Data Programme Leaders (2 roles available) Data & Analysis, Ministry of Justice

Overview

Do you have the passion, values, and ability to help us solve the biggest problems of the justice system?

This is an exciting opportunity for 2 data leaders to join the Data Improvement Team in Data and Analysis in the Ministry of Justice at Grade 6.

These postholders will lead the of the Ministry’s programme to transform its management and exploitation of data to drive decision-making and improve outcomes in the department and across the Justice System.

The posts would suit innovative and strategic leaders from a range of sectors who are highly skilled interpersonally and thrive on data, technical and digital change. For example (but not limited to) those with a background in Business Analysis, Product Management, Consulting, Data Leadership, Data Management, Project and/or Delivery Management, Policy, Strategy, Analysis, User Research or User Centred Policy Design.

We welcome applications from candidates based across the UK. Candidates will have the option of being based in the Leeds or London HQ offices (with flexible working arrangements available) or your nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. These are in Liverpool, Leeds, South Tyneside, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, Cardiff, Ipswich and Brighton, Stafford, Ipswich, Wolverhampton, Sheffield. Alternative locations may be available and will be discussed and agreed on the completion of background checks.

Interviews are likely to take place in November 2022 and will be held via MS Teams. We will keep a merit list for a year for those who successfully pass the interview board but who are not offered a post.   

About Data & Analysis
We are passionate about improving justice outcomes through innovative research, data and analysis.

In Data and Analysis, we provide high quality data and analysis helping to ensure strategic, policy, finance, corporate and operational decisions are based on robust evidence.

We create a culture in which people are empowered with the data and information to make excellent decisions; using cutting edge tools, techniques and collaboration; putting evidence at the heart of the justice system.

We are a multi-disciplinary team of around 500 staff that sits at the heart of the Ministry of Justice 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 Ministry of Justice. Our collaborations beyond government are seen as ground-breaking.

The Data and Analysis community is made up 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, generalists and assurance experts).

Why work in Data and Analysis?
In Data and Analysis, we want all our people to feel valued for who they are and for the work they do. We provide a warm, inclusive place to work and offer a wide range of flexibilities and benefits as part of our people offer to reward our staff
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What we offer

  • Flexible working arrangements and a focus on equality of opportunity – including welcoming part-time and/or job-share arrangements, compressed hours, working from home or your nearest Justice Collaboration Centres or Justice Satellite Office.
  • Career development – regular development and promotion opportunities across a wide range of roles, career development support, with a generous individual learning and development budget.
  • 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. Progress such as our ambitious and innovative transformation programme to leverage departmental data and drive evidence-based decision-making using cutting-edge tools and techniques (for example: experimentation, personalisation, artificial intelligence).
  • Analysis is at the centre of the Department’s decision making – our transformation programme is focused on maximising our impact on departmental outcomes. The Ministry of Justice’s Senior Team and our Ministerial Team want all decisions to be evidence driven – your analysis will be key in influencing decisions and real-world impact
  • 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.
  • 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.

About the Data Improvement Team

We are a small strategic, change management and delivery team, progressing an innovative agenda, whose members come from a range of professional backgrounds. Our team is growing rapidly and we are seeking unreasonably positive leaders to join this initiative who are inspirational, values-driven, highly curious, focused on quality results and timely delivery, finisher-completers who are able to work and get along with people from a range of professions and backgrounds.

Our team is creative, fast-moving and delivery focused, while being highly collaborative and dependent upon enabling 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. To be successful in the next stage of our team’s development, we are seeking strong, caring and emotionally intelligent leaders who can support us in driving the next phase of change across the data community in the MoJ and cross government.

What you’ll do

Postholders will work as thought leaders and change leaders and will be comfortable influencing and delivering change at a range of levels. They will work across a complex strategic landscape, defining appropriate programme governance, driving commercial activities as well as directly managing programme and delivery teams.

They will be highly resilient and will be able to maintain enthusiasm and generate momentum in the face of a shifting landscape and priorities.

Postholders will be passionate about making a difference for the staff and users of the justice system. They will understand how to navigate the challenges of large complex organisations to drive change and deliver added value through data transformation.

They will value people highly and strive to understand the views, processes, and frustrations of the people we provide services to. They will harness the best of digital ways of working to bring people together to create new and innovative strategic and delivery systems and processes, driven by user need and developed iteratively.

Key Responsibilities of the Roles

We are using this campaign to recruit for 2 roles, brief summary details of which can be found below. The nature of these roles and our expansion is such that role descriptions and responsibilities are likely to develop and change over time, so these should be taken as a guide:-

  • Head of Data Improvement for MoJ
  • Acting as second-in-command to the Programme Director in leading the delivery of the Data Improvement Programme across the MoJ
  • Owning the ‘all up view’ of the data programme, managing dependencies and spotting gaps and opportunities
  • Direct accountability, leadership and delivery of strands of the programme’s delivery portfolio
  • Making the case for change and for data improvement at senior levels and with ministers
  • Developing business cases and negotiating funding for delivery
  • Identifying and implementing the most appropriate commercial approach, to bring in partners to support delivery
  • Owning the programme strategy, comms and stakeholder plans
  • Overseeing the programme’s Project Management Office
  • Managing a programme team of approx. 8-12 people
  • Supervising and matrix managing workstream leads in other parts of the programme delivering different components of the portfolio
  • Overseeing the delivery of commercial partners in order to maximise value
  • Head of Data Improvement for CJS
  • Acting as second-in-command to the Programme Director in leading the delivery of the Data Improvement Programme across the CJS
  • Building links and connections across the justice system to drive a coherent and joined up data service
  • Direct accountability, leadership and delivery of strands of the programme’s delivery portfolio
  • Making the case for change and for data improvement at senior levels across CJS departments
  • Developing business cases and negotiating funding for delivery
  • Identifying and implementing the most appropriate commercial approach, to bring in partners to support delivery
  • Owning the programme strategy, stakeholder plans
  • Managing a programme team of approx. 8-10 people
  • Supervising and matrix managing workstream leads in other parts of the programme delivering different components of the portfolio
  • Overseeing the delivery of commercial partners in order to maximise value

Who you are

  • An inspirational and compelling leader with a track record in leading change via virtual and actual teams of civil servants, consultants, contractors, in order to solve complex real-world problems
  • A credible and pragmatic leader with experience of working across boundaries to prioritise effort and focus delivery on high-impact activities and approaches that directly enable strategic and operational decision-making
  • A highly collaborative individual who thrives on bringing people together to solve problems, drive change and deliver impact
  • An excellent communicator who can translate complex technical challenges and opportunities in a transparent and compelling way, building support and momentum
  • user and customer focused leader who values and works hard to understand the complexity and diversity of customer needs and expectations
  • An integrator who can drive transformation and gain unified support across operational, technical and policy/strategy teams

How to apply

You will be assessed against the Civil service success profiles framework during the selection process: 

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

Please also refer to the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade (Level 4 – Grade 6 and Grade 7 or equivalent):  

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717275/CS_Behaviours_2018.pdf 

You’ll also need to submit an anonymised CV. 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.

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. 

Further Information

If you require any additional information about the role, please contact:

Danielle Hudson – Deputy Director – Programme Director, MoJ & CJS Data Improvement Programme

Danielle.hudson@justice.gov.uk

07973 869541

Salary

The national salary range is £63,185 - £72,720, London salary range is £66,698 - £76,760. Your salary will be dependent on your base location.

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 GOV.UK or 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.