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. Our VFM reports use mixed methods and therefore we are looking for a select group of talented analysts who have exceptional analysis skills (economics, modelling, data analytics, financial, social research methods, surveys, GIS mapping, or statistics) to join those teams. We are also keen to recruit those with analytical expertise in the areas of energy and climate change as this is a growing area of focus.
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.
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.
For more information on the role please see 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, qualitative; mixed methods component (e.g. statistics, economics, management science/operations research, finance, data analytics, or 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; in particular, experience of evaluating the carbon and wider environmental impacts of policies.
It will be essential that you can demonstrate the ability to:
• Deliver insightful quantitative, qualitative; mixed-methods 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
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
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.
For the full list of skills required for this role please see the candidate pack.
How to apply
The closing date for applications is 11:55pm on Sun 25th Oct 2020.
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. It is essential that you submit both of these documents.
The recruitment process will consist of online numerical test, Analyst manager sifting, case study exercise, phone interview and finally a Video interview and online verbal reasoning test.
This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.