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Chief Executive, Office for National Statistics

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Location: Newport, South Wales
Salary: Circa £120,000
Closing date: 08 June 2012
Reference: ONS/SCS3
Job type: Permanent/Fixed term

About the job

Here at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) we provide the data that shape the nation. We continually strive to make the most of our resources and people, and this is more important now than ever.

We have an opportunity for a new Chief Executive to join us, someone who can lead our organisation, carry us forward and pioneer new and effective ways of working.

Accountable to the National Statistician and to the ONS Board and its Chair, you’ll lead and manage our organisation of 4,000 people, transforming our capabilities and performance and delivering a strategy that reflects and anticipates economic and social changes.

You’ll ensure that we are ‘fit for the future’ with innovative plans to maximise the effectiveness and impact of our annual budget.

By inspiring and motivating our talented staff who are based across three locations, and by leading developments in the technology that we use, you’ll make sure that we’re working optimally both now and in the future.

Using your understanding of our statistics and the importance of them to our nation, you’ll ensure that our work continues to be trusted and respected and that the global reputation of UK statistics is maintained and enhanced.

This role is about the leadership of our people as much as it is about numbers. You’ll need to use your professional acumen and interpersonal skills to build and maintain key relationships with our high profile external stakeholders, which includes the Bank of England and HM Treasury.

You’ll need to ensure that our statistics continue to be a trusted source of data used to inform and steer government economic policy.

You’re experienced in leading and managing an organisation of a similar size and complexity through a period of change, and have the expertise to develop working methods in a dynamic way without compromising standards on a day-to- day basis.

While you don’t necessarily need to be a statistician, you do need to understand how statistics are gathered and processed and be credible in the field.

You’re an excellent communicator with first class stakeholder management skills, and an effective and proactive problem solver.

Most importantly you need to be an inspirational leader, with exceptional operational focus, who can galvanise our staff to ensure that our statistics are of the highest quality and integrity.

The Office for National Statistics is an equal opportunities employer who welcomes diversity. All applications are considered on merit.

This is a three year fixed term appointment at Chief Executive (Director General) level, pay band 3, with the possibility of extension. Normal Civil Service arrangements will apply for permanent Civil Service staff.

Person specification

Please see candidate pack (782.8 Kb Pdf) for full details.

Application details

The closing date for receipt of applications is 8 June 2012.

Applications should be forwarded to Sarah A Jones by email or by post to:

Office for National Statistics
Room D.238
Government Buildings
Cardiff Road
South Wales NP10 8XG

Applications should quote the reference ONS/SCS3 and should include:

  1. A curriculum vitae with education and professional qualifications and full employment history, giving details where applicable of budgets and numbers of people managed, relevant achievements in recent posts and latest remuneration and salary expectations. It is also helpful to have daytime and evening telephone contact numbers and email addresses, which will be used with discretion.

  2. A covering letter explaining why this post interests you and how you meet the criteria as detailed in the person specification. It is essential that in your written application you give evidence of examples of experience in each of the selection criteria in Part One of the person specification.

  3. Completed monitoring form (Application form part 2 below).

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