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The MoJ Operations group, comprised of the Legal Aid Agency, the Office of the Public Guardian, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, administers a combined operational scheme budget of approximately £1.6bn, and the effective forecasting and management of this budget ensures that these agencies, and hence the wider MoJ, maintain credible financial management. This is key within the current environment of budgetary constraints.
This role is an analytical role supporting the finance function. It is part of the Operations Group Forecasting Team providing a key function within Finance producing accurate estimates of future financial requirements.
Reporting to the Forecast Modelling Manager, the right candidate will play a pivotal role in the development and maintenance of improved forecasting models to support the timely and accurate production of medium term (5 year) and in-year forecasts and the delivery of Work In Progress (WIP) provision estimates for published Statutory Accounts. The individual will engage with senior stakeholders across the MoJ and externally (National Audit Office) to drive forward improved modelling approaches to add insight into how wider system developments impact Operations Group expenditure, and will also be expected to engage with relevant policy/analytical groups to ensure that the team remains abreast of developments in all areas pertinent to its work. The individual will be comfortable with providing robust challenge to stakeholders of all levels where the priorities of the forecasting team require it. The current modelling portfolio is spread across Excel and R, however the individual will have the opportunity to use whichever tools are best suited to the task.
The job holder will be required to undertake the following duties and responsibilities;Develop new and robust analytical models that provide valuable insights into future activityMaintain existing models by updating to reflect new drivers or trends identified from business intelligenceEnsure work aligns to Civil Service AQA best practiceBuild relationships with key stakeholders to understand impacts of drivers from the wider justice systemEngage with external stakeholders to explain the assumptions underlying estimates for external financial reportingCommunicate the results of analysis to a non-technical audienceEngage with the MoJ analytical community to ensure consistence practice and good standards of analysis
Key skills and knowledgeExperience using a range of analytical techniques to model complex problems.Previous forecasting experience would be highly desirableAbility to analyse complex financial data to draw new insightsCapacity to build up an understanding of the justice system, recognising the connections between other areas and the forecastsAbility to develop relationships with a range of stakeholders, ensuring that the forecasts and assumptions are sufficiently challengedCommunication skills to convey complex analysis to a non-technical audience
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Civil Service Behaviours
The following SEO Civil Service Behaviours are essential to this post and will be assessed upon application:Changing and ImprovingCommunicating and InfluencingWorking TogetherManaging a Quality Service
Please refer to the Civil Service Behaviours Framework, which can be found here, to complete this application: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717275/CS_Behaviours_2018.pdf
In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on one lead behaviour. The chosen lead behaviour for this campaign is changing and improving
Specific Technical Skills Required
A technical test will be administered at interview to test analytical and basic forecasting knowledge.
Professional Competencies / Requirements
Internal civil service applicants must be members of a government analytical profession. External applicants must evidence a relevant numerate degree and be willing to commit to membership of a government analytical profession.
The Selection Process
To apply please complete the online application form. Applications will be sifted by a panel who will look at the Civil Service Behaviour framework and what is evidenced in your application. Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, changing and improving. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift or progressed straight to interview. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the essential role requirements within the application behaviour responses.
Candidates who are successful following the sift process will be invited to interview, where the behavioural elements, strengths and technical skills will be tested further alongside other elements of the post. Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates in advance of the interviews.
The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.
The opportunity to join employee run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
Interview dates: Expected mid-late June
Closing Date: 29/05/22, 23:55 hours.
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