SummaryDo you have strong communication skills and enjoy engaging with senior technical and non technical stakeholders? Are you interested in delivery of complex, high-risk products and services ? If so, this could be the role for you.Methods, Data and Research Directorate (MDR) provides the statistical infrastructure (in the broadest sense) and underpinning frameworks necessary to enable ONS, the GSS and the wider research community to make better use of data. MDR was established as a directorate during 2017, and has been structured into five divisions: •Data as a Service Division co-ordinates requirements for new data, bringing it into the ONS environment and making it available across the organisation.•Data Architecture Division will ensure that data is organised and referenced so that it can be access quickly and used appropriately by the organisation.•Methodology Division will develop new methods for working with new non-survey data sources, and for integrating non-survey and survey data.•Best Practice and Impact Division fosters the best practice developed within MDR across the GSS (and vice versa), and ensures that innovation in the use of data is pushed across government.•Research Support and Data Access maximises the benefits of the expanded ONS data estate to the wider research community.Job descriptionThe post will reside within the Strategy and Coordination Branch of the Data Architecture Division (DA). DA helps make data easier to use across the ONS by working on three key pillars of work. We make consistent data by working on business critical indexes, developing principles, standards and policies and building geographical reference products for better statistics. We develop efficient processes that allow for innovative matching and linking of new data while also cleaning, structuring and classifying data for use across the organisation. Finally, we help enable success by developing innovative new products like the Reference Data Management Framework (RDMF) and new geospatial tools to allow the ONS to continue to lead on its statistical output.ResponsibilitiesThe two Senior Delivery Managers will be accountable for effective delivery of data architecture aspects of the UK Census and the ONS strategic solution to linking and matching respectively. You will have strong communication skills and engage with senior technical and non-technical stakeholders. Key responsibilities are to: • Run the Census and strategic linking solution projects in agile, blending with waterfall when appropriate to do so. • Support the Head of Data Architecture Delivery to realise the benefits for ONS transformation and Census 2021.• Support and influence the wider MDR Directorate project management function. Person SpecificationSkills and Experience Essential skills – Able to identify and compare the best processes or delivery methods to use. Able to recognise when something does not work and encourages a mindset of experimentation. Can adapt and reflect, is resilient and has the ability to see outside of the process. Able to use a blended approach depending on the context. Able to measure and evaluate outcomes. Able to help teams to manage and visualise outcomes. – Able to listen to the needs of the technical and business stakeholders and interpret between them. Able to manage stakeholders’ expectations and be flexible, is capable of proactive and reactive communication. Facilitates difficult discussions within the team or with diverse senior stakeholders. – Able to actively address internal and external risks, issues and dependencies including where ownership exists outside the team. – Able to identify and challenge organisational processes of increasing complexity and those processes that are unnecessarily complicated. Able to add value and can coach the organisation to inspect and adapt processes. Able to understand external suppliers’ delivery approaches and adapt to ensure interface to ONS delivery approach is smooth, challenging external supplier to align more closely where appropriate. Guides teams through the implementation of a new process. – Understands the environment and is able to prioritise the most important or highest value tasks. Able to use data to inform planning. Able to manage complex internal and external dependencies. Able to provide delivery confidence. Able to remove blockers or impediments that affect the plan and is able to develop a plan for difficult situations. Ensures teams plan appropriately for their own capacity. – Recognises when to move from one stage of a product lifecycle to another. Ensures the team is working towards the appropriate service standards for the relevant phase. Able to manage the delivery products or services at different phases. – Able to work collaboratively within a group, actively networking with others and engaging in varying types of feedback choosing the appropriate time and ensuring the discussion sticks. Uses initiative to identify problems or issues in the team dynamic and rectify them. Able to pull out issues through agile health-checks with the team to provoke the right responses.Behaviours We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process: Changing and ImprovingWorking TogetherDelivering at PaceLeadershipCommunicating and InfluencingTechnical skills We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process: As relevant to the Person Specification of the roleBenefitsThe 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. If you would like an accessible version of any of the attachments or recruitment documents below or linked to in this advert, please contact the recruitment team who will be happy to assist. Things you need to knowSecuritySuccessful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.