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SEO Specialist

Summary Information for vacancy - reference SEOmay2010


Office for National Statistics


£32112 - £38668 Per Annum


Hampshire, South East

Closing Date

16 April 2010

Interviews start

03 May 2010




Middle management

Pay frequency


Appointment Terms

Fixed-term contract

Working Arrangement

Full time,Part time

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work

Economics, Social Research/Market Research, Statistics

Brief Description

You'll be required to demonstrate an established range of skills gained from your varied relevant work experience including experience of carrying out complex statistical/research analysis, providing technical expertise to internal and external customers and leading experienced staff on project streams.

Vacancy description

• Manage the development, validation, quality assurance and dissemination of outputs
• Support the strategic development of improvements to the processing of outputs
• Liaise with internal and external stakeholders providing support and advice and involving them with planning and strategic issues
• Ensure findings are appropriately communicated (for examplereports, presentations, project board and technical group papers) to stakeholders
• Manage and monitor publication timetables, write supporting text and quality assure analytical outputs and assist the Grade 7 to prepare for, and attend, press briefings
• Direct line management of research officers and/or administrative members of the team
• Manage the development, production and release of longitudinal datasets for analysis
• Ensure appropriate statistical methods and techniques are used and analysis and investigations are conducted as appropriate when problems arise
• Plan and manage the agreed work programme in line with branch plans and priorities


• Can specify complex validation routines
• Can carry out complex data manipulation
• Uses data linking techniques to build new datasets for analytical purposes
• Establishes detailed information/analytical requirements
• Addresses discrepancies in data
• Assures quality of outputs
• Judges appropriate form of presentation for different types of statistical and economic analysis
• Has a working knowledge of the measures that can be taken to maintain/improve/correct quality of data and output
• Is able to assess and report on the quality of outputs using agreed quality dimensions
• Determines the appropriate work packages and key activities (for example risk and issue identification, milestones, interdependencies, resource estimates, etc) and formulates plans to ensure effective reporting arrangements are included in the overall management of the project.




  • At least a 2:2 degree in Statistics, Maths with Statistics, or another numerate degree discipline, for example Geography, with a substantial statistical content (approximately 25 per cent); or a social science degree, usually with a significant research methods, social policy or statistics component. A postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject area or in research methods would be an advantage


  • Statistical/analytical problem solving experience
  • Computing/programming experience, especially related to statistical analysis software such as SAS
  • Experience in manipulating large data sets prior to statistical analysis
  • Experience in leading projects
  • Experience in communicating and presentating results
  • Experience of working in a team and on own initiative
  • Experience as an advisor/consultant in statistics
  • Experience in managing staff

Further information

CRB check required - Yes

Regulated by OCSC - Yes

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - No

How to apply

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