Business Development Executive

Job Description

Are you a quick learner who enjoys gaining new business knowledge? Does a career in Business Development interest you?

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.

The purpose of business development within ONS is to pursue opportunities which have a substantial public interest outcome, are value-generating and maximise the benefit of ONS resources, working with colleagues across ONS and collaborating with decision-makers in partner organisations.

The Business Development team provides commercial, partnership and project support across many parts of the ONS business, including the Data Science Campus, Public Policy, Economic Statistics and International teams. It is developing significant opportunities across all sectors and is focussed on the development of new products and services, and strategic opportunities for growth.

We are looking for an individual with the experience to help market ONS’s products and services across a range of sectors, contributing to the growth and continued impact of ONS on the economy and society. You will be an accomplished communicator, an excellent network builder and be able to identify, build and manage partnerships, with a focus on improving outcomes.

The role requires an innovative and creative mindset to challenge current practices and encourage others to think differently about how they can work with us and others.

This is a great opportunity with huge potential.

Job description
As Business Development Executive, you will manage a variety of internal and external activities giving you the opportunity to make an impact across the organisation.

Reporting to the Business Development and Partnerships Manager, you will be responsible for the following key areas:
• Embed the corporate charging policy across the organisation engaging with internal stakeholders, monitoring its usage and evaluating its impact
• Manage existing business relationships through effective account management and monitoring of the organisation’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system
• Develop a variety of marketing materials such as case studies to communicate products and services to prospective customers in the public and private sector.
• Engage with ONS business areas to communicate the role of business development and increase its usage.
• Identify opportunities to increase ONS’s profile through social listening, horizon scanning and networking
• Following up new business opportunities ensuring alignment with strategic priorities.
• Work collaboratively across the organisation to showcase ONS’s work, through leading site visits, attendance at events ensuring outcomes.

Person Specification

Essential Skills, Knowledge, Experience and Qualifications:
• Confident and have a persuasiveness for “selling” your ideas with an ability to communicate well both written and verbally
• Experience of planning and monitoring project activity including tracking and reporting
• Ability to use own initiative being creative and utilising good problem-solving skills
• Proven good organisational skills and have an eye for detail
• Ability to build relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes
• Challenging current practices and ways of working, with clear focus on continuous improvement
• Experience of working with one or more commercial sectors.

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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together
  • Benefits

As well as a competitive salary, you’ll enjoy:
• Good work-life balance – working options include flexible working arrangements Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm;
• Highly competitive contributory Civil Service Pension;
• Generous holiday allowance – 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service in addition to public holidays;
• Career development and progression – Career pathway options such as apprenticeships and recognised qualifications for a variety of professions are available;
• Strong ethos of equality and diversity;
• Up to 3 days paid leave per year for voluntary opportunities;
• Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and statutory paternity leave of 2 weeks plus an additional week of departmental paternity leave all at full pay;
• Free onsite car parking in Newport and Fareham;
• Cycle to work scheme

Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
Assessment at application stage will be based on your CV and personal statement. Your CV 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 this stage.

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 new Civil Service Success Profiles, where you’ll be assessed against all the behaviours outlined in the advert.

A presentation or test may be required as part of the interview process. Further information will be provided to successful candidates prior to interview.

In certain circumstances, interviews may 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.

The Sift will be conducted from 07/10/2019
Interviews will be conducted from 14/10/2019

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

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

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code 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 recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
Name : Lisa Davies
Email :
Recruitment team :
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Further information
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Paul Cudmore, Office for National Statistics, Government Buildings, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8XG. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at

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