Head of Business Rates Payments - Local Policy Analysis Division

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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
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The post sits within the Local Policy Analysis Division within the Analysis and Data Directorate of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The Local Policy Analysis Division is a friendly team of around 35 economists, statisticians, operational and social researchers. The division's analysis is continuously in demand from senior officials, Ministers, and other government departments.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your influencing and communicating skills in a role that will require you to build strong relationships between teams and departments (HMT/OBR)
  • Bring new ideas and techniques to a team that has a good record in changing and improving.
  • • Apply your analytical skills with maximum impact in a policy area where analysis is essential.
  • • Work in a policy area that is important to Ministers and that has links to the work of other teams and divisions.

Job description

You will direct a small team responsible for business rates retention calculations that form the basis of over £15bn in funding for local government. You will build the team’s capability to deliver precise calculations to tight deadlines. You will collaborate closely with policy colleagues to implement ministerial objectives for business rates retention. The role would suit a well-organised analyst with a keen interest in applying their skills to policy problems.

The successful candidate will:

  • Set the direction for the team’s calculations on business rates retention to determine payments between local and central government.
  • Take responsibility for the business rates forecast for the Office for Budget Responsibility.
  • Provide assurance to senior colleagues.
  • Be a leader in a high-performing team, influence the design of the local government finance system.
  • Pioneer the use of new tools to help automate reproducible analytical pipelines.
  • Line management of a Senior Executive Officer statistician.

Key Responsibilities

Essential Criteria

  • Experience leading a team that applies best practise in quality assurance to deliver accurate calculations
  • A track record of improving ways of working, particularly in respect of documentation and communication of analytical approach
  • Strong management and leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly in providing assurance to senior colleagues
  • Experience of working on complex systems, demonstrating a good grip of details
  • A collaborative working style that seeks to develop close working relationships with key colleagues, brokering wide agreement on the analytical approach
  • Proven ability to lead a project, plan and manage time, identify risks and mitigations.


You must be eligible to become a member of either the Government Statistical Service or the Government Operational Research Service.

Government Statistical Service (GSS):

You must have a first or second class honours degree in a numerate subject (2:1 minimum for Assistant Statistician and 2:2 minimum for Statistical Officer) containing at least 25% taught statistical content (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography or similar);

or a higher degree, e.g. a MSc or PhD, in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography or similar);

or have worked in a statistical or data science field and are able to demonstrate Continuous Professional Development (via a log book) in statistics or data science at the same level as a foundation degree or Higher National Diploma (level five);

or have achieved or are on track to achieve a level four apprenticeship including at least two years in a statistical or data analysis field in government and are able to demonstrate Continuous Professional Development in statistics or data analysis (via a log book signed off by a manager or mentor who are members of the statistical profession).

Government Operational Research Service (GORS):

You must have a 2:1 in a numerate degree (the rule of thumb is that at least 50% of the studied modules must have mathematical content).

Applicants with a 2:2 degree may be accepted but they must show wider skills and experience relevant to Government OR. For instance, a Masters qualification in OR would be considered sufficient evidence of the wider skills and experience that we are looking for.

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 25th November 2021


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