Economic Adviser - Strategy Unit - Flexible Working Available

Birmingham, West Midlands
16 Nov 2020
29 Nov 2020
Full Time
Contract Type


Birmingham, Hastings, Leeds, London

About the job

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

London - £54,105
National - £48,774

Locations: Birmingham, Leeds, London and Hastings

Could you inspire and support different teams to collaborate in order to deliver stretching projects?

We have an exciting opportunity available within our team here at DfTc that could be just right for you. We are looking to recruit an Analyst within a team that works flexibly and creatively across reporting lines on specific projects. Job description

The Strategy Unit sits at the heart of DfT, helping to shape its future policy agenda as we seek to build an increasingly decarbonised transport system that works for the people who depend on it, and which supports the levelling up of the economy. We bring together insights from inside and outside the Department to help answer some of the big strategic questions facing us at a time of critical change. We seek to improve the Department’s understanding of cross cutting issues and enable better decision making.

We are seeking an exceptional individual to join us in this challenging and rewarding Analyst role within the Strategy Unit. The Strategy Unit is part of the Strategy and Private Office Directorate and is the Department's Centre of Excellence for evidence-based and politically-informed strategic thinking. We are a team of analysts and policy officials who undertake wide-ranging analytical and cross-cutting work that helps the Department achieve its objectives.

For Hastings Location Only:
Our office will be moving from Ashdown House - our home in Hastings for a considerable number of years - and moving to a new, more modern and flexible office space at One Priory Square, in the town centre, on a 10-year lease.
This move will enable us to create a brilliant, more inclusive workspace for everyone – with much improved accessibility and much better public transport links. And, one that’s in line with the standards of the wider modernisation programme.


Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Leading specific analytical projects as tasked by the Department’s ExCo and StratCo Boards, on a range of high profile and interesting policy areas as part of the Department’s commitment to evidence-based policymaking.
• Leading work to develop the Department’s cross-cutting thinking on transport’s wider role in society, for example as part of the response to Covid-19 and leading the Department’s response to various commission from the centre.
• Influencing Ministers, ExCo and other senior managers on cross-cutting and strategic issues, including through insightful analysis, high quality briefing, and business case reviews for significant and contentious projects.
• Building and maintaining high quality relationships with analysts and policy leads across DfT, Whitehall and externally to share information and ensure we are influencing the right people at the right time.
• Playing a core role in shaping and delivering Strategy Unit’s analytical capability building offer to the rest of the Department; including providing leadership and guidance on the development of strategy across all areas of the department on, for example, business cases.
• Working with DfT colleagues to ensure the department has a strong strategic narrative for products and for wider external engagement.
• As part of the wider management team, helping to shape and manage the work of the unit to deliver the unit’s high-level objectives.

About you
You will join us with excellent analytical skills, a strong delivery record, experience of working with policy colleagues and other analytical teams spanning organisational boundaries. You will need to work creatively and effectively to lead strands of complex projects and project teams, managing their competing demands, whilst assessing and delivering priority outputs.

We want someone who has exceptional interpersonal skills. You will need to communicate complex information to others, having meaningful conversations to provide guidance and robust recommendations, where your engagement and relationship building skills will enable you to influence and challenge, often at very senior levels. We need someone with strong influencing skills and who is comfortable in pushing back and providing direction for your internal and external colleagues.

Integral to the role is being comfortable working with ambiguity in project-based teams where priorities can change rapidly as needs dictate. We require strong leadership skills: candidates will need to inspire and support disparate teams to deliver stretching projects under scrutiny from senior officials in the Department.


Candidates must hold membership of either the Government Economic Service (GES) or relevant analytical membership. You must be able to demonstrate your professional competency at a grade seven level.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Government Economic Service (GES) Framework – Application of Knowledge
  • Government Economic Service (GES) Framework – Analysis of Data


Benefits Wording:
Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

The sift is due to take place from 30th November 2020.

Interviews are likely to be held from 10th December 2020.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

How to apply
Please tailor your CV/Personal Statement to evidence your experience of the following:
• Demonstrated how you have used analysis and insight to inform decision making.
• Demonstrated when you have needed to communicate complex information to others.
• Demonstrated when you have worked in a project-based team where priorities changed rapidly and how you dealt with this.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order 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.

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.

Further Information

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Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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