Main purpose of the role:
Each year we produce around 65 major Value for Money (VFM) reports examining various aspects of government programmes and projects. VFM reports are multi-method reports delivered to demanding timetables. The main role of Analysts in the NAO is to apply strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills to our VfM work and contribute to planning and drafting these reports, working alongside sector or topic specialists and qualified accountants.
Analysts also contribute to other assurance work, investigations - where concerns have been raised with us - and supporting Parliamentary select committees. We are also looking for a select group of talented analysts who have exceptional quantitative analysis skills (economics, modelling, data analytics or statistics) to join a small team who will work on a range of project-based analytical assignments.
All Analysts are expected to spend part of their time using their expertise to contribute to our analytical and other networks across the office. This includes providing analytical support or advice to others outside of their team on analytical techniques and methods where they have experience, in areas such as data analytics, economic analysis; quantitative research methods; GIS mapping and spatial analysis, qualitative research methods; social research and surveys; statistics, modelling; and financial analysis.
The main responsibilities include:
- Gathering, analysing and interpreting data on a wide range of relevant public policy topics, using a range of quantitative and qualitative methods
- Interpreting and presenting findings clearly and succinctly and contributing to the drafting of reports
- Providing written and oral briefings to managers and senior staff
- Supporting wider assurance work and assisting teams during engagement with Parliament and wider select committees, particularly the Public Accounts Committee.
- Gaining insight and knowledge of the client and developing and maintaining good relations with them and engaging with wider external analytical communities.
- Providing advice and support to other teams using your analytical expertise.
- For those in the central analysis team, you will use your exceptional quantitative skills to produce high-quality analysis and insight for VFM reports and other assurance work where more specialist expertise is required.
Please see the full list of responsibilities in the attached candidate pack.
A strong academic background. This means either:
- A minimum of a 2:1 degree in a discipline with a substantial quantitative analytical component (e.g. statistics, economics, management science/operations research, finance or data analytics, social research methods) and relevant experience working as an analyst,
- A Masters degree with a substantial quantitative or research component.
One of the analyst roles we are looking to fill is in our energy and climate change study team. Previous work experience in an analytical role with knowledge of the energy sector and wider climate and environmental issues is desirable for this role.
It will be essential that you can demonstrate the ability to:
- Deliver insightful quantitative and qualitative analysis to time and quality
- Produce clear, well-structured and succinct written work which can be easily understood by non-technical readers
- Draw valid and succinct conclusions that are clearly evidence based
- Present complex data or other findings in a way which can be easily understood by the various audiences
- Engage confidently with colleagues and clients at all levels
- Use a range of software packages especially (and not limited to) MS Excel, and other analytical packages such as R, Python and SQL to manipulate and analyse data
In addition, we are looking for the candidates with the following attributes:
- Intellectual curiosity, especially about using data and evidence to answer questions
- Flexibility to make a significant contribution across a range of topics and outputs
- A strong interest in the work of the NAO and public policy
- Ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively as part of a team to deliver outputs
- Drive and determination to overcome obstacles, resistance or challenges in order to achieve goals
- Commitment to personal development and keeping technical skills up to date.
You must be a UK, Commonwealth, EEA or Swiss national to comply with Civil Service nationality rules and must hold a valid work permit. We are not able to sponsor work visas.
Please submit the following an up to date version of your CV, along with a covering letter, setting out briefly why you are suitable for this role.
After the initial HR sift there will be an online numerical test. Thereafter, a Senior Analyst or Value For Money Audit Manager will sift applications who have progressed past the online numerical test.
Those who pass the expert sift will progress to the case study stage where they will be sent a case study via email to complete within 7 days.
Once a minimum score is obtained at the case study stage, they will progress to a phone interview. The final stage after passing the phone interview is a face-to-face interview (a presentation topic would be sent to prepare to deliver in the interview) along with an online verbal reasoning test.
The closing date for applications is 11:55pm on Sunday 15th March 2020.
***Analyst Open Evening***
We are holding an open evening at our office in Victoria on Wednesday 4th March 2020. The arrival time would be 5:30pm for a 5:45pm start.
It is not mandatory that you attend before applying, but this is a great opportunity to meet some of our current analysts, hear about their experience of working in the NAO and ask them and other colleagues any questions.
To register your place for either event or to find out more, please email HRServiceDesk@nao.org.uk.
This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.