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.
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.
Provide examples of your quantitative and qualitative skills in your cover letter.
**ANALYST OPEN EVENINGS IN LONDON AND NEWCASTLE**
We are holding the following analyst open evenings at our offices:
- Monday 15th January at 5:45pm at our London office
- Thursday 25th January at 5:00pm at our Newcastle office
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.gsi.gov.uk