Update day: 01-03-2024
Salary: £53,560 - £63,481 a year
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You do not need any prior knowledge or experience of international trade or of specific trade analysis techniques to apply for these roles. We have comprehensive training programmes to bring you up to speed.
This is an exciting time to join the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) as we promote British trade and investment across the world. This important work is vital to UK prosperity. Trade analysts in DBT ensure that ministers and other senior leaders can make informed policy and operational decisions, based on the best possible data, evidence and analysis.
You would join the Trade Agreements Analysis team. This is a diverse and multi-disciplinary team which strongly values inclusion, professional development and high-quality impactful analysis. We work in a very high profile policy area so you can expect the analysis you produce to reach and directly influence the most senior decision-makers in government at the highest level.
This role is in a team that monitors and evaluates the UK’s free trade agreements (FTAs) once they have entered into force. The team does this by:
- Developing and harnessing a range of data and evidence sources and applying a diverse set of methods including statistical analysis, econometrics, modelling, business surveys, and qualitative research techniques.
- Making use of established international best practice trade analysis techniques.
- Breaking new ground on innovative new techniques with the potential to deliver powerful new insights, including new projects aiming to gain insights from previously inaccessible UK trade datasets.
- Working closely with policy and operational teams involved in implementing and negotiating the department’s FTAs to understand their impacts, improve their implementation and, where useful, adapt the department’s future approach, all helping to maximise the benefits of these FTAs.
In this role, you will set a vision for the use of economic theory, modelling and econometric techniques to monitor and evaluate the UK’s FTAs. You will work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team including economists, statisticians and social researchers to deliver your vision as part of a wider FTA monitoring and evaluation programme. This will include ongoing monitoring activity and long-term impact evaluation. Under your leadership, the team will design, test and deliver innovative analysis, making the most of existing and new data sources. Your team will use analytical tools and evidence to ‘tell the story’ of FTA impacts in ways that land with policy and operational teams and is useful to them.
You will be responsible for the economic analysis underpinning the UK’s first published ex-post analysis on the impacts of FTAs, establishing precedent and setting best practice in the area.
Your work will cater to a growing interest in the effective implementation of newly negotiated FTAs and their longer term impacts, both within the department and from Parliament and other stakeholders. This may involve complex challenges as you gain support for work that includes difficult messages. Your leadership and vision, combined with your ability to influence and persuade across the department and beyond, will be crucial to your success.
- Delivering monitoring analysis of the department’s FTAs that are already in force to support and shape implementation, and to help maximise their benefits
- Developing a robust approach to evaluating FTAs using economic modelling and econometrics, including developing innovative approaches using new datasets
- Setting a vision and direction for the department on FTA monitoring and evaluation, including using your leadership skills to secure buy-in from non-analyst seniors
- Effectively communicating to a range of non-analyst audiences, including translating complex economic analysis into non-technical understandable and accessible language, and conveying key implications to decision-makers succinctly and effectively
- Leadership and coordination of work from other analysts (including statisticians and social researchers) to support monitoring and evaluation planning and delivery
- Line management of one Fast Stream economist and matrix management on specific projects of up to two other junior analysts
- Knowledge and understanding of economic theory, modelling and econometrics
- Ability to apply theory and economic analytical techniques to generate insights from data to inform and influence organisational decision-making, and demonstrated experience of this
- Ability to set and deliver a credible and compelling vision for impactful economic analysis that meets stakeholder needs, ability to secure buy-in among analysts and non-analysts for your vision, and demonstrated experience of this
- Ability to present and communicate complex analysis clearly and in an impactful way, including conveying its key implications, and demonstrated experience of this
- A great communicator with the ability to influence and persuade across a wide range of stakeholders
You must also meet the eligibility requirements to become a member of the Government Economic Service (GES) and be willing to undertake the accreditation process as part of your application, if you are not already a GES member. More details on eligibility requirements and the accreditation process are provided below.
Ideally, you will have experience in, and a strong track record of, successfully designing and managing complex multi-year monitoring and evaluation programmes (whether in government, the private or third sector, or in an academic setting), but this is not essential in order to apply.
A strong track record of delivering ex-post analysis to demonstrate policy impacts, and of working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams.
Coding experience – in particular the R programming language. If you do not have experience of using R, do not let this put you off applying as we have comprehensive training programmes to bring you up to speed and you will learn on-the-job through overseeing and delivering analytical projects.
Note that you do not need any prior knowledge or experience of international trade or of specific trade analysis techniques to apply for these roles. We have comprehensive training programmes to bring you up to speed.
Personal Attributes & Skills
We are looking for someone who is:
- Highly motivated to develop and deliver a compelling analytical vision
- Naturally collaborative and delivery focused
- Analytically curious and an innovative analytical thinker
You combine strong analytical skills with strong leadership skills and an ability to set a vision and deliver on it. You foresee and overcome obstacles, bringing on board internal and external stakeholders. You can think innovatively, shaping analysis to address policy questions and uncover impacts. You can inspire others to do the same.
You can successfully work collaboratively within and across teams of analysts and non-analysts. You are a great communicator with the ability to influence and persuade. You should be able to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team of economists, statisticians and social researchers.
Government Economic Service (GES) eligibility requirements and accreditation process
Applicants for this role must be a member of the GES or be prepared to become a member of the GES via the application process.
Civil Servants who are currently a member of a government analytical profession will retain their professional membership in this role.
Applicants without a current GES membership will be considered for accreditation to the GES as part of the recruitment process.
This means you must meet the academic entry requirements for the GES which is:
- 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.
- have studied both macroeconomics and microeconomics.
It also means you must pass an assessment at interview based on the GES Technical Framework at the “Level 3 – Expert (G7)” level.(Note that applicants who are already GES members will also face the same assessment at interview and cannot be offered the job if they do not pass it.) The framework is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ges-technical-framework-2022
The GES Technical Framework is broken down into 3 core areas of technical competency:
- Application of Knowledge
- Analysis of Data
- Effective Communication
The assessment of GES technical skills at interview will take the form of a short presentation by the candidate followed by questions from the interview panel. All 3 of the GES Technical Framework’s core areas of technical competency will be assessed via this candidate presentation and interview panel questions. You will be provided with a question in advance of the interview and asked to prepare a presentation of a specific length addressing this question. Candidates invited to interview will be given full instructions on the presentation being used.
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We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing
- Learning and development tailored to your role
- An environment with flexible working options
- A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
- A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
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 ethnic minorities, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities
Please refer to the attached candidate pack for further information on our benefits.
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Interviews for this vacancy will be conducted virtually. We will, however, consider in-person interviews by exception.
Please ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.
To apply for this post, you will be asked to complete the following as part of the online application:
- A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Provide employment history that relates to the essential criteria, and that any gaps in employment history within the last 2 years are explained. The CV should not exceed more than 2 x A4 pages.
- A Personal Statement of 500 words explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role in reference to the essential criteria.
It is likely that the sift will take place 1-2 weeks after the closing date and interviews 3-5 weeks after the closing date though this is subject to change.
In the event of a large number of applicants, an initial short sift will be conducted on the CV only. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift or progressed straight to assessment/interview.
We are committed to supporting candidates so they can perform at their best throughout the recruitment process. This includes making reasonable adjustments to our process. In order to request an adjustment:
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Please see attached Candidate Pack for further information on: Diversity and Inclusion; Benefits; Learning and Development; Working Patterns and what we deliver as a department.
- A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made. Reserve Lists will be for each location and appointments made in merit order based on location preferences.
- Any move to the Department for Business and Trade from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments.
- The Department will not consider sponsoring a visa or issuing a Certificate of Sponsorship. We are unable to offer advice on any Visa and Immigration cases.
- New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
- 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. Any applicant who has details held on the IFD will be refused employment.
- A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.
- Terms and Conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.
- Please note – the successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of 18 months before being released for another role.
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This job is broadly open to the following groups:
- UK nationals
- nationals of the Republic of Ireland
- nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
- nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
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- individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
- Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
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