Salary: £52,500 Internal loan Terms and Conditions apply for Civil Servant applicants
Contract type: Permanent
Grade: Cabinet Office Band A / Grade 7
Hours: 37 per week (excluding lunch)
Working pattern: flexible working, full-time, part-time, job share
Location: The White Chapel Building, 10 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 8QS
Closing date for applications: Sunday 15th December 2019
Who we are
The Government Digital Service (GDS) is part of the Cabinet Office. We lead the digital transformation of the UK government so that it works better for everyone. Our work is user-focused, dynamic and forward-looking, making our organisation an exciting and innovative place to work.
Find out more at the GDS Blog.
Our strategy and Economics team
The role is based in the Strategy and Economics team within the Strategy and Engagement directorate. The Strategy and Economics Team in GDS sits at the heart of the organisation, supporting Ministers and senior officials as they drive the digital transformation of public services in the UK.
The Economics team is critical to this, with a focus on building the evidence base and undertaking analysis that underpins policy development supporting digital transformation. As an economist in GDS, you will lead on the economics and wider analysis of digital transformation of public services and build the organisation’s economic capability to help embed benefits management (integrating it with agile delivery). You will also be responsible for delivering business cases for high profile, multiple million pound cross-government digital transformation programmes (e.g: GOV.UK), lead on the programmes’ monitoring and evaluation, as well as contributing to commercial analysis and strategic planning for individual programmes.
What you’ll do
You will work in a collaborative way across government using data to derive insight and ensure robust appraisal, monitoring and evaluation of the government’s digital transformation. This will involve strong analytical and leadership skills, built on a solid foundation of economic first principles, and the use of cost benefit analysis, modelling and evaluation techniques.
As an Economist you’ll:
- line manage, mentor and coach 2 Assistant Economists;
- lead on the underlying economic analysis in support of the digital transformation of government
- develop, iterate and maintain options appraisal and business cases that will shape the future of the organisation and the digital and technological transformation of the public sector;
- engage regularly with senior officials within GDS, as well as the wider Cabinet Office, HMT and Government departments
- lead on a programme of work across the Digital, Data and Technology function of Government, to identify and establish how it will realise and monitor the benefits of transformation;
- work with internal auditors, the NAO and Civil Service Group (Cabinet Office) colleagues to refine and agree new benefits methodologies;
- communicate the value delivered by GDS to HMG stakeholders and the general public through transparent means and robust methodology, including posts on social media and entries on the GDS blog
Who you are
We’re looking for people with strong analytical and interpersonal skills who enjoy working in a delivery focused, agile environment. We’re looking for people who know how to make projects succeed, as well as stopping them from failing!
We’re interested in people who:
- demonstrate strong analytical skills
- have experience of influencing stakeholders and establishing strong working relationships with colleagues.
- are able to translate complex and broad material into clear written or oral communications;
- understand and experienced in the application of the Green Book techniques in Business Cases
- economics degree to at least undergraduate level;
- people management and leadership experience would be desirable;
What we value
Respect, collaboration and trust are at the core of our culture. We trust each other to do our best work. We believe in our mission and work for the whole population. We can only do that by being an inclusive and diverse organisation.
In the Civil Service, we use our Success Profiles. For each role we advertise we consider what you will need to demonstrate to be successful.
This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.
We will be looking at your experience, career history and achievements that are relevant to the specific job role.
For this role we will be assessing your behaviours, the following behaviours are the most relevant:
- communicating and Influencing
- making Effective Decisions
- working Together
- seeing the bigger picture
- developing Self and Others