Head of Planning, Housing & Transport and Union Connectivity Analysis 33 views

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We have a fantastic opportunity to lead producing analysis within the Economy, Union & Levelling Up (EULU) Directorate on planning, housing and transport and Union Connectivity. EULU covers a high-profile portfolio delivering on the Department for Transport’s strategic priority to ‘Grow and Level Up the Economy’. Sitting within the, Technology & Strategy Group, the Directorate is a focal point for cross-cutting work that touches all the Department’s policy areas.

The role will suit someone comfortable with engaging with analysts and policy colleagues across a range of high-profile policy issues. An able analyst with experience of juggling competing demands, you should be comfortable working collaboratively across team boundaries to build strong relationships that support your delivery objectives. You will have a strong professional background with experience of developing analysis to support policy making.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Building the department’s understanding of the impact of the impact of integrated land use and transport on growth.
  • Reviewing and providing input into business cases around housing and development issues working alongside Homes England, DLUHC, and TfL and other organisations.
  • Bringing together analysis on housing and transport across DfT and forging strong working relationships with analysts in Transport Appraisal and Strategic Modelling (TASM), and Local transport teams.
  • Working with devolved administrations, and other key DfT and external stakeholders to understand how to improve connectivity in UK regions and improve UK-wide data to drive better policy making and analysis.
  • Working with academics to expand the evidence base around the key policy areas and complex issues like wider environmental impacts including planning, landscape and biodiversity.
  • Line management responsibility for one Assistant Economist.

For further information, please see the attached Role Profile

Person specification

About you:

You will demonstrate strong analytical expertise and a track record of producing high quality analytical work and display the ability to explain complex issues clearly, concisely to influence policy colleagues and senior stakeholders.

You will display excellent interpersonal skills to build strong relationships across DfT and other government departments. You will have strong problem-solving and influencing skills to help broker solutions.

You will have strong organisational skills; able to not only plan but also reassess workloads and discuss priorities if situations change or you face conflicting demands. You will be able to identify risks, issues and opportunities; the initiative to act on these and the judgement to decide when to escalate.

To be successful in this role you will have the following experience:

  • Building and maintaining productive working relationships with key organisations and external senior stakeholders.
  • Working collaboratively and creatively to demonstrate analysis.
  • Being a trusted advisor to senior officials/executives.
  • Communicating clearly, honestly and persuasively with your team, colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Developing and managing ways of measuring the quality and impact of your engagement.
  • Drawing together and presenting reasonable conclusions from a wide range of incomplete and complex evidence and data – able to act or decide even when details are not clear.
  • Communicating complex evidence with clarity and authority to influence decisions and promote the value of analysis in decision making.

Additional Information:

A minimum 60% of your working time should be spent at your principal workplace, although requirements to attend other locations for official business, or carry out detached duty in another DfT workplace, will also count towards this level of attendance.

There may be occasions where you will be required to travel to other DfT offices and attend meetings and visits around the UK.

Qualifications

You will have a first or upper second-class honours degree in economics (or international equivalent), or a postgraduate degree in economics. If it is a joint degree, at least 50% of the course modules must be in economics.

Behaviours

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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Technical skills

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

  • GES Technical Framework – 1.0 Application of knowledge
  • GES Technical Framework – 2.0 Analysing Data

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.

https://careers.dft.gov.uk/our-agencies/department-for-transport-central/

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

How to Apply

When considering applying please look at how your experience relates to the role, and within your CV and Personal Statement please provide detailed evidence of your experience of the following:

  • Building and maintaining productive working relationships with key organisations and external senior stakeholders.
  • Communicating clearly, honestly and persuasively with your team, colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Developing and managing ways of measuring the quality and impact of your engagement.
  • Drawing together and presenting reasonable conclusions from a wide range of incomplete and complex evidence and data – able to act or decide even when details are not clear.

Please fully utilise the 1000 word count when completing your personal statement.

The sift is due to take place from week commencing 8th July 2024.

Interviews are likely to be held from week commencing 22nd July 2024.

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.

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process from the GES Technical Framework 2022 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk):

  • Application of Knowledge
  • Analysis of Data

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

  • An Interview

This interview will be conducted online via MS Teams. Further details will be provided to you should you be selected for 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.

Reasonable Adjustments

As a Disability Confident Leader employer, we are committed to ensuring that the recruitment process is fair, accessible and allows all candidates to perform at their best. If a person with a visible or non-visible disability is substantially disadvantaged, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

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

If you need a reasonable adjustment so that you can complete your application, you should contact Government Recruitment Service via dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Document Accessibility

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section.

This job advert contains links to the DfT Careers website. Our website provides useful guidance and information that can support you during the application process. If you cannot access the information on our website for any reason, please email DRGComms@dft.gov.uk for assistance.

Further Information

For more information about how we hire, and for useful tips on submitting your application for this role, visit the How We Hire page of our DfT Careers website. You can find detailed information about the recruitment process and what to expect when applying for a role.

Current Civil Servants (all contract types) will need to ensure that they are still employed as a civil servant at the point of starting in the relevant new post. If their contract ends (e.g. end of FTA contract or resignation) at any point during the recruitment/onboarding process for the advertised role, they will no longer be eligible and may be withdrawn.

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