Senior Modeller/Analyst - Flexible Working Available
Do you have excellent experience in using complex models to solve analytical problems? Have you worked in transport modelling or would you welcome the challenge of working on the development of complex, multi-criteria models?
Could you apply your project management skills to identify modelling needs, shape a proportionate solution and drive it through to delivery, either yourself or by managing consultants?
If so, we’d love to hear from you.
The Department for Transport (DfT) is recruiting for six Senior Modeller/Analyst posts within transport modelling teams. We are looking for candidates with proven expertise in using complex models to solve analytical problems and the ability to communicate analysis effectively to inform decision-making. Working as part of a wider team, you’ll get the opportunity to work on leading-edge, multi-criteria models and influence the day-to-day lives of UK citizens.
Modelling teams have a vital role in the development of policy and informing investment decision-making. The responsibilities of a Senior Modeller/ Analyst will vary according to post, but could include:
• Overseeing and undertaking research work to deliver enhancements to the modelling methods recommended in the Department’s Transport Analysis Guidance (TAG), supporting scheme appraisal
• undertaking bespoke analysis to support the enhancement of modelling methods and wider DfT needs
• advising on specific modelling issues both to DfT customers and the external transport modelling profession
• providing analytical assurance and modelling review, as well as value for money advice for significant investment decisions
• providing analysis and research to support the development and use of the Department’s strategic models including the National Trip End Model (NTEM) and the National Transport Model (NTM)
• working with external stakeholders to develop appropriate analysis for business case development and provide advice to decision makers on quality of submissions
• commissioning modelling from external consultants, project managing their work and assuring outputs
The role profile sets out each of the different business areas we have posts in and gives an overview of the variety in responsibility. You will have the opportunity, if invited to interview, to express a preference on which role if you wish. This preference will be considered, along with suitability to post requirements, when deciding how to allocate successful candidates.
Do you have a positive, forward thinking mind-set with a willingness to learn?
Have you got a mathematical mind with a flair for analysing and solving problems?
These exciting roles require people who can deliver progress on long term model development activities. You will be a self-starter who can build rapport quickly to collaborate with your colleagues and stakeholders, and apply strong project management skills to the delivery of pragmatic, timely solutions.
We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.
You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.
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DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Working Together
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Transport Modeller & Planning Skills Framework - Creativity and problem solving
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
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.
A Recruitment and Retention Allowance of up to £2,000 per annum may be available in exceptional cases.
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Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
When considering your experience, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to provide evidence of your:
• Analytical experience in developing models to solve complex problems. Ideally this experience will be in transport modelling (e.g. forecasting, demand modelling, highway and public transport assignment) but we also welcome applications which demonstrate similar experience in related analytical fields.
• Experience of effective project management, including managing complexity (e.g. prioritisation of tasks, working with incomplete data sets) and ensuring appropriate and proportionate quality assurance checks are implemented.
• experience of communicating complex data and ideas clearly and tactfully to a range of technical and non-technical audiences in an authoritative, informative and engaging manner.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview
• an interview with one or more exercises
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 please click here
Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role
• your previous experience
• your professional skills and knowledge
You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Apply and further information Contact point for applicants
For further information on this vacancy please contact - Kirstie Burgin
Sift/interview dates and location
The sift is due to take place 24/06/19.
Interview are likely to be held from 08/07/19.
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.
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out.
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We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.
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