Analyst Opportunities

Value for Money Audit
London
£33,646-43,334

Contract type: Permanent


Purpose

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. Analysts with strong technical skills (particularly in data analytics, statistics and modelling) can be deployed in specialist roles which support the full range of the NAO’s work (including financial audit, examples of which you can see on our website: https://www.nao.org.uk/data-visualisations

All Analysts are expected to spend part of their time contributing 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; qualitative research methods; social research and surveys; statistics, data analytics; modelling; and financial analysis.

No previous experience of audit is necessary.


Responsibilities

The main responsibilities include:

  • Undertaking research into a wide range of relevant public policy topics
  • Gathering, analysing and interpreting data, 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
  • Supervising the work of accountancy trainees or consultants as and when required and providing training and guidance in techniques to colleagues
  • 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.
  • For those in specialist roles, developing and deploying technical skills to support a range of NAO outputs and capabilities.

Relationships and Accountability

You will work as a member of a team, or a number of teams, delivering analytical work to time and budget. You will report to a team leader who may be a Senior Analyst or Audit Principal (Chartered Accountant). You will work with people across the NAO and from all grades.

For further information, please refer to the attached Analyst Candidate Pack.


Recruitment Process:

  • Submit an up-to-date CV and covering letter setting out briefly why you are suitable for the role.
  • After the initial sifting there will be a case study exercise followed by a phone interview and finally a face-to-face interview.
  • Closing date for applications is 11:55pm on Sunday 16th December 2018.

Application Tip - Provide examples of your quantitative and qualitative skills in your cover letter.

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.


**ANALYST OPEN EVENINGS IN OUR LONDON OFFICE**

Taking place in our London office, 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SP on Thursday 6th December 2018 at 5:45pm.

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 or to find out more, please email HRServiceDesk@nao.org.uk.