Chief Analyst - ICCAN - Flexible Working Available

Woking, Surrey
£57,855 - £66,533
07 Jun 2019
07 Jul 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Job description

Are you a strong leader with an ability to build and drive a new team, a passion for handling data and analysis, and understanding of commercial and implementation practicalities? 

If so, this unique and exciting opportunity as our Chief Analyst is for you, and we’d love to hear from you. 

The Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) has recently been established as an Advisory Non-Departmental Public Body to become a credible and authoritative voice on aviation noise issues. 

The objective of ICCAN is to bring together industry, communities and the Government to ensure best practice is followed and information is shared and communicated in an accessible way. We will aim to identify any improvements needed to industry methods of assessing and mitigating noise impacts and will give communities a greater stake on aviation noise issues. 

We’re now seeking a Chief Analyst to drive forward ICCAN’s programme of research, analysis and reporting over the next two years. As a member of ICCAN’s senior management team, you will be responsible for delivering the objectives in ICCAN’s recently-published first corporate strategy. You’ll lead a team of six analytical and policy specialists (expected to cover social and/or operational research, economists, statisticians), who will conduct and procure data analysis and/or consultation projects, turning them into robust recommendations delivered in reports to the ICCAN board of Commissioners, the Government and others. 

Noise is a contentious issue that receives a large amount of interest from stakeholders from all sides of the debate. Improving trust between stakeholders is a key objective of ICCAN’s success and a lack of public trust in the data and evidence is one of the main aspects of the current problem. 

Data and evidence are integral to ICCAN’s vision, both in terms of the work we do and the trust that the public put in the industry. As the expert noise body, we must set the standard for the collation and analysis of noise data. The Chief Analyst will have full responsibility for leading this work. 

Within your role you will: 

• Lead the development and ongoing management of ICCAN’s analytical and policy programme, ensuring the delivery of well-evidenced studies and analysis in line with ICCAN’s overall work programme; 
• Develop the evidence base relating to the impacts of aviation noise; 
• Deliver innovative analysis to support a structured analytical approach to policy development and delivery in aviation noise; 
• Communicating analysis with impact to a range of different analyst and non-analyst stakeholders; 
• Leadership of ICCAN’s analytical and policy team. 

If you would like to read more about the role, please refer to the attached role profile document. 

Special features of the role 

This role will require the successful candidate to work 37 hours per week, or this can be shared between part time staff on a job share basis. 

About you 

You will have excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing, with the ability to adapt your delivery to suit a wide variety of audiences, maximising both impact and understanding. You will be a strong leader, who can bring together policy considerations with an understanding of commercial and implementation practicalities. 

You will have an understanding of how the Civil Service operates and passionate about working to improve services for the public citizen. You will have excellent technical, project management, presentation, leadership and report writing skills with the ability to pick up technical issues at pace and lead a multi-disciplinary team of people. 

About us 

ICCAN is a brand new independent arm's length body, sponsored by the Department for Transport (DfT). ICCAN is setting up as a small, agile organisation, determined to make a difference to the management of aviation noise. 

As an arm's length body of DfT, ICCAN's work and operations will be entirely independent, but the successful candidate will be an employee of DfT and therefore will have access to all the corporate, development and other opportunities afforded to direct departmental employees. 

DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017. 

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:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Delivering at Pace

Benefits Pensions

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.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

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, Strengths and Experience.

How to apply 

Please submit a CV and personal statement showing how your skills and experience match the job profile. When considering your experience, please tailor your personal statement to provide evidence of when you have:: 

• Planned, managed and implemented a variety of analytical, research or policy projects or programmes from start to finish; 
• Motivated a team of analysts and/or policy makers by giving enthusiastic and encouraging messages about priorities, objectives and expectations; 
• Influenced and engaged with a wide range of external stakeholders; 
• Adopted clear processes and standards for managing performance at all levels. 

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

• 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: 

• what energises and motivates you 
• 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.

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 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

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Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place 08/07/19. 

Interview/assessment will be held between 22/07/19 and 26/07/19. 

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. 

Further information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel. 

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. 

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process. 

Reasonable adjustment 

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs 

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional 

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact 

Government Recruitment Services via email: 

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: 
Click here to visit Civil Service Commission 

Any move to the Department for Transport (DfT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. 

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