Are you an experienced Project Manager skilled in driving and overseeing delivery of projects?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the UK’s largest producer of official statistics, covering a range of key economic, social and demographic topics. These include measuring changes in the value of the UK economy, estimating the size, geographic distribution and characteristics of the population, and providing indicators of price inflation, employment, earnings, crime and migration.

At ONS we are creative about the way we work. We approach collaboration with positivity and trust, investing in building inclusivity across the organisation.

We operate a Hybrid working model. This means we offer greater flexibility about where and when we work. Our colleagues are linked to one of our core locations – Newport, London, Titchfield, Edinburgh (OSR) or Darlington where presence at one of these sites will form part of the working arrangements agreed during any offer made.

The office locations available for this role are set out at the top of this advert.

The Census and Data Collection Transformation Programme (CDCTP) is a large, complex programme involving multiple stakeholders across both private and public sectors. Due to its size, it is divided into several areas. This project sits within the Social Statistics Transformation, Analysis and Research (SSTAR) area. The focus of the project is to present recommendations to government on the future of Census arrangements in 2023.

To inform the recommendation in 2023, SSTAR is developing plans and assurance mechanisms for the transformation of the population, migration and social statistics system using administrative data. Critical to the success of the transformation is the need to embed a fresh approach to bring together a range of data sources, and to work in a strongly collaborative way across ONS to develop the models and creative methods that can be used in combination to produce timely insights and statistics that meet the needs of users.

Job description

This role will play a leading role in developing the future of the Census. Recently, the focus has been on continuing to prioritise and rapidly push ahead with critical dependencies, including the strategic acquisition of key administrative data sources needed to deliver a fully transformed population statistics in future and provide evidence for the recommendation on the future of the Census in 2023. SSTAR are doing this work in conjunction with areas across the organisation including methodology, policy and engagement. Your role will be to manage these relationships and associated dependencies. You will also ensure that the project has appropriate governance in place and that there are effective mechanisms to address blockers to delivery.


Working with subject matter experts from the Programme Management Office/Planning, Portfolio & Business Change Teams within established organisation protocols, your typical responsibilities will include some or all of the following:

•Delivery – Create and lead the project to deliver the agreed outcomes within time, cost and quality constraints, in line with ONS Project Delivery standards
•Project Management – Day to day management and leadership of the project and the project team. Set project controls. Select and apply the appropriate ONS Delivery Lifecycle and ensure “core” delivery products in place for each stage
•Business Case – Coordinate development of the Business Case.
•Budget – Track delivery within budget.
•Resources – Schedule / manage resources to deliver the project. May work independently or with a small team.
•Benefits Realisation – Ensure benefits are identified, understood, measured, tracked and owned. Ensure appropriate Benefits Realisation Strategy is in place, and monitor longer term delivery of benefits against the Business Case.
•Stakeholder Management – Identify key stakeholders and develop effective relationships.
•Risks & Issues – Identify and monitor project risks and issues. Develop mitigating actions and escalate as appropriate.
•Governance – Provide key reports and support effective governance and decision making.
•Assurance – Support or set appropriate project assurance.
•Change Management – Ensure effective Change Management processes are in place to agree and document changes to deliverables as agreed with stakeholders.
•Guidance & Support – Seek appropriate support, guidance and coaching from the project community. Show commitment to personal development. Promote effective individual and team performance.
•Project Performance & Controls – Build Project Plan and apply appropriate project principles to deliver stated objectives. Identify and set appropriate Project Controls. Track and report delivery against milestones.

Person Specification
A proven track record of the following criteria are essential in the context of a moderate complexity project environment:
•Leading the successful delivery of projects within budget, time, quality and user expectations across the whole project life cycle, tailoring your approach and applying the appropriate frameworks, methodologies, standards tools and techniques.
•Active management of project plans, risks, issues, dependencies, and assumptions. Identifying threats and opportunities that arise, understanding their impact on key objectives – taking the appropriate approach to their management.
•The identification, interpretation, analysis and presentation of information to facilitate decision making.
•Excellent communication skills to provide insightful reporting and clear briefing on complex issues to senior stakeholders
•Management of a complex workload. Using innovative approaches and personal resilience to respond quickly and decisively to changing and challenging priorities and deadlines to deliver valued outcomes
•Leading successfully across functional and organisational boundaries. Seeking out opportunities to influence decision making by establishing, nurturing and maintaining strong, collaborative, productive relationships.
•Inspiring, motivating and leading people, providing clear direction where uncertainty exists, role modelling the appropriate behaviours and challenging inappropriate behaviour.

Desirable criteria:
•PRINCE2 Practitioner
•Agile Project Management Practitioner
•APM Project Management Qualification
•APM Practitioner Qualification


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership
  • Technical skills

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

  • Frameworks and Methodologies (Practitioner)
  • Risk and Issue Management (Practitioner)
  • Benefits

    The Office for National Statistics is part of the Civil Service, and as such we share a number of key benefits with other departments, whilst also having our own unique offerings to support our 5000+ valued employees across the business.

    Whether you are hearing about us for the first time or already know a bit about our organisation, we hope that the benefits pack attached (bottom of page) will give you a great insight into the benefits and facilities available to our employees, and our fantastic working culture.

    We are an organisation that takes the well-being of its employees seriously and lives and breathes the desire to modernise the workplace of the future. Everyone, from our office-based staff in Newport, London and Titchfield, to our field interviewers and airports and ports passenger survey staff, are part of a diverse and inclusive family.

    Inclusion & Accessibility

    At ONS we’re always looking to attract the very best people from the widest possible talent pool, and we are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer. As a member of the Business Disability Forum and a Disability Confident Leader we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

    As part of our application process, you will be prompted to provide details of any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process that you need. If you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments before applying, please contact the recruitment team in the first instance.

    Things you need to know


    Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.People working with government assets must complete checks.

    Selection process details

    This vacancy is using , and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.Assessment at application stage will be based on your job history, skills & experience and personal statement. Your job history and skills & experience should be tailored to demonstrate any skills, knowledge and experience that are relevant to the content of the role.

    Your personal statement should be no longer than 1250 words. You should use this space to provide evidence for each essential criteria within the person specification. As the criteria are scored, we would recommend that you give clear examples for each including the impact of your actions.

    Success Profiles Behaviour examples are not required at the application stage and are assessed at interview.

    In cases where there is a high number of applications the sift pass mark may be adjusted and candidates will be invited to interview in merit order, i.e. those scoring the highest.

    Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the Civil Service Success Profiles framework, where you’ll be assessed against all the behaviours outlined in the advert.

    A presentation may be required at interview. Further information will be provided to successful candidates prior to interview.

    Due to current working practices, interviews will be conducted by Video Conference.

    A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.

    Sift: 8th-9th December 2021
    Interviews: 15th – December 2021

    The successful candidate is required to carry out all their duties from a UK location, and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time, unless this has been specified as a part of the role. This presence will vary and have flexibility built around the following:
    •Needs of the role and business objectives.
    •Personal Preferences
    •Successful collaboration and effective partnerships with teams/customers and stakeholders.
    •Disability and wellbeing considerations

    For the full terms and conditions of the post, please see attachment at bottom of page.

    Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

    Nationality requirements

    This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
  • Working for the Civil Service

    The sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

    We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s .The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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