SummaryDo you have an aptitude for research and statistical analysis? Do you want to take a leading role in the development of a statistical framework for using administrative and alternative data sources? The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and is the recognised National Statistical Institute.The Methodology Division helps ensure that ONS statistics are underpinned by robust statistical methodology and meet accepted quality standards. The Division aims to improve the rigour and cost-effectiveness of regular statistical outputs, as well as undertake research, provide advice and guidance on best practice, ensuring new methodologies deliver improved statistics. The Division works across all ONS outputs and supports the entire statistical production chain. This includes work on areas including data collection, imputation, modelling/estimation/machine learning, statistical disclosure control, data linkage, quality measurement and sampling. The Division seeks to exploit technology and emerging statistical and data science methodologies to research and develop innovative solutions to new and existing issues, and provides a forward-looking, efficient, professional and accessible service to its stakeholders.Job descriptionYou will be leading and delivering innovative research projects where methodological input is critical to delivery of the project, contributing to the MDR strategy and objectives. These projects will form a work programme to develop a framework for administrative data statistical methods and theory. As this work is innovative and at the heart of a statistical paradigm shift to make more effective use of administrative and transactional data, it will include collaborative working across sectors (academia, government and the private sector) as well as internationally. Statistical Principal Methodologists need a good and wide knowledge of statistical and analytical principles and approaches, and in methods applicable to official statistics; they also require the ability to develop in-depth expertise in their own areas of interest or responsibility. An ability to research problems and understand them fully is required, as is the regular application of initiative to develop innovative solutions through fresh insights and original thought. An understanding of strategic aims is useful when making decisions about the development of solutions.Outside of the remit of their team or usual work, Principal Methodologists will be involved in the management and running of Methodology Division, with opportunities to take the lead or contribute to a range of cross-cutting or strategic initiatives.ResponsibilitiesKey responsibilities:•Leading a programme of research to develop a statistical framework to ensure the effective use of administrative and other non-survey data sources•Investigate and understand complex methodological problems and processes and bring together relevant expertise to make sound and reasoned decisions, anticipating likely outcomes, future needs, and strategic aims.•Establish methodological projects, working with stakeholders to scope and resource research teams, ensuring delivery plans are in place and supporting them pro-actively and flexibly•Matrix managing methodologists and other professionals working on critical projects to ensure delivery within agreed timescales •Encourage and enable collaborative projects with stakeholders within ONS, as well as external stakeholders across government departments. Lead projects with partners in other national statistical institutes and academia.•Line managing a small team to contribute and direct the research projects and manage stakeholder/supplier relationships and contracts•Contribute to the leadership and management of the wider Division and in other corporate initiatives, such as on new policies, recruitment activities, and the promotion of good practice and adherence to professional standards Person Specification Essential•Strong and proven analytical skills and experience•A broad mathematical and statistical awareness covering official statistics, along with the ability to develop deep expertise in specialised areas of statistical methodology and its application•Sound project management and organisational skills are required in this role; experience of managing a workplan and working with customers to establish and delivering outcomes to meet their needs•Experienced in building relationships and supporting a diverse range of stakeholders at all levels. Has good interpersonal skills and collaborates well with others (for example stakeholders, academia, other organisations)•Proven communication skills, including written reports for both academic and non-academic audiences, presentations to a variety of audience types and sizes, and explaining methodological work to non-specialist audiences at all levels•Experience of leading and building capability in an analytical team (e.g. statisticians, operational researchers, social scientists, data scientists, economists) It is desirable you have experience of: •Understanding the benefits and challenges of using administrative and/or non-survey data sourcesQualificationsYou will have a 2:1 degree in Statistics, Data Science, Mathematics, or a social science background or other discipline with a substantial statistical content. By exception, a different qualification may be acceptable is accompanied by equivalent knowledge gained through experience.Behaviours We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process: Managing a Quality ServiceLeadershipCommunicating and InfluencingWorking TogetherTechnical skills We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process: Technical skills will be assessed against the requirements of the role at interview.BenefitsThe Office for National Statistics is part of the Civil Service, and as such we share a number of key benefits with other departments, whilst also having our own unique offerings to support our 5000+ valued employees across the business. Whether you are hearing about us for the first time or already know a bit about our organisation, we hope that the benefits pack attached (bottom of page) will give you a great insight into the benefits and facilities available to our employees, and our fantastic working culture. We are an organisation that takes the well-being of its employees seriously and lives and breathes the desire to modernise the workplace of the future. Everyone, from our office-based staff in Newport, London and Titchfield, to our field interviewers and airports and ports passenger survey staff, are part of a diverse and inclusive family. Inclusion & Accessibility At ONS we’re always looking to attract the very best people from the widest possible talent pool, and we are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer. As a member of the Business Disability Forum and a Disability Confident Leader we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process. As part of our application process, you will be prompted to provide details of any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process that you need. If you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments before applying, please contact the recruitment team in the first instance. 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