Resource Manager (Census & Data Collection Programme)

Job Description

We are the UK’s national statistical institute and the largest producer of official statistics in the UK. We are also the only government department with the production of statistics as its main role. We are independent of ministers and instead report through the UK Statistics Authority to Parliament and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

About the Programme
Delivery of the Census and Data Collection Transformation is vital to the success of Better Statistics, Better Decisions and to realise £5bn of benefits through the impact on social policy and the economy that our improved statistics, data and analysis will make. Together our mission is to deliver a successful 2021 Census, researching how to make it the last of its kind and transforming the work of ONS in how we collect, process and analyse data.

Population and Public Policy (PPP) statistics are vital for shaping policy and decision-making. They underpin national and local decisions on migration, provision of education, housing and healthcare; fair distribution of funding to local areas; allow accurate national and local information on the diversity of the population and let public bodies know whether they are meeting their Equalities duties and take action where necessary. It ensures that our population estimates are as accurate as possible. Trust, Value and Quality will drive the successful transformation for Census, Data Collection, Public Policy Analysis and ONS.

Key Responsibilities
You will work in the CDCTP Programme Management Office (PMO) and will have the following responsibilities:
• Acting as the single point of contact for programme resource information and plans;
• Coordinating with Project Managers, Project Support Officers and delivery teamsto:
o Ensure each project / workstream maintains accurate resource and workforce plans;
o Monitor current resource levels against planned schedules;
o Support accurate reporting of current resource levels / vacancies to programme governance.
• Liaising with directorates outside CDCTP that have programme funded posts to track vacancies and resource costs;
• Preparing reports on programme resources for governance boards (Transformation, Operations and Programme Boards), including vacancies and costs;
• Liaising with Finance Business Partners to support Project Managers in tracking and reporting resource costs;
• Liaising with the PMO business case team and Programme Cost Manager to ensure programme resource costs accurately reflected in financial forecasts;
• Liaising with Directorate Business Support areas as required to ensure Establishment Lists are accurate and up-to-date;
• Supporting Project Managers in workforce and resource planning;
• Supporting Project Managers and Project Support Officers in maintaining accurate, up-to-date records of programme resources;
• Attending Resource Panels or similar as required to ensure programme resource requirements are correctly represented.

Resource Monitoring and Reporting
• Produce monthly resource dashboards using CTP workforce plan to inform Resource Panel and Delivery Board of:
o resource demand vs Supply highlighting any gaps;
o progress on recruitment against project / workstream workforce plans;
o inform project boards to enable discussion on impact and inform decisions on mitigation

Person specification
Essential skills:
• An awareness of managing resources and financial procedures and processes;
• Experience of collaborating, communicating and engaging effectively with stakeholders across the organisation including senior managers ;
• Experience of leading and managing a team within a fast paced and demanding environment;
• Proven ability of working to changing priorities, reprioritising own and others work;
• Ability to collate, analyse and interpret information from multiple sources to inform decisions;
• Strong report writing and MS Office skills and ability to provide briefing for senior managers;
• Ability to work on own initiative.

Desirable criteria:
• Proven project management skills.

  • **Whilst these roles are full time we would welcome applications from candidates looking for part time hours, with a minimum requirement of 30 hours per week. Please note that the salary advertised is the full time equivalent and if part time hours are requested salary will be pro rata**


  • We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Working Together
  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
If you want your contribution to count and to work where you’ll be really valued, come and join us.

We know that excellent results can only be achieved by investing in and retaining the people who work for us. This is why our people count in more ways than one.

Apart from crunching the numbers that shape big decisions, we look after the interests of our staff. We invest in training and development to enhance skills and also offer a good work-life balance to improve well-being and staff retention.

As well as a competitive salary, you’ll enjoy:
• generous holiday allowance – 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service in addition to 9 public holidays
• a good work-life balance – family-friendly working options including flexible working arrangements Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm
• 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
• career development and progression – a recognised silver-accredited Investor in People, we develop our people at every stage of their career, providing a personal progression plan, on- and off-site training courses and opportunities to gain qualifications and professional accreditations
• pension schemes – find out more on the Civil Service Pensions website
• welfare – our welfare service is provided through an Employee Assistance Programme, which offers help and support in dealing with work-related and personal problems
• a strong ethos of equality and diversity

From 4 October 2018, individuals moving across the Civil Service (to a new PAYE scheme) will no longer be able to continue to claim Childcare Vouchers.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
How to apply
CV and personal statement application followed by a formal interview.

Application stage
Please add your CV and use your personal statement to evidence your experience against the essential criteria within the person specification (this can be found within the job description).

Your personal statement cannot be more than 1200 words.

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.

Interview stage
Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the new Civil Service Success Profiles: Success Profiles

Part of the assessment will be based on the following behaviours:
• Working Together
• Leadership
• Delivering at Pace
• Making Effective Decisions
• Communicating and Influencing

In certain circumstances, interviews may be conducted by Video Conference or Skype.

A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.
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.
Terms & Conditions
This is a project based post and as such is funded for a finite period of time.

Established Civil Servants should note that if this post would represent a promotion, that promotion would be substantive.

As this is a substantive move, applicants moving laterally or on promotion would retain no right to move back into their previous post.

Whilst this post is temporary, the successful candidate will be offered a permanent contract.

Therefore, when the funding expires, if you have not already secured an alternative post, you will be treated in accordance with any applicable redeployment or workforce management protocols.
Apply and further information
Contact point for applicants
FAO Duncan Henderson– email:
Sift/interview dates and location
Sifting is expected to take place week commencing 5 August 2019
Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 19 August 2019
Interview will take place at ONS Titchfield, PO15 5RR
Further information
Current Civil Servants will retain their existing salary if joining on level transfer or move to the minimum entry point, whichever is greater. *If transferring from a post with a London pay addition to a National post you will be moved to an equivalent point within the relevant ONS National pay zone.

Reference number:1640929
Grade:Higher Executive Officer
Business area:ONS – Census
Type of role:Operational Delivery
Working pattern:Flexible working, Job share
Hours:Min 30 hrs over 4 days
Number of posts:1
Expected posting length:will end 31 March 2023

Civil Servants joining on promotion will receive either the minimum entry point, or 10% on top of their base salary in their substantive grade, whichever is greater. * Employees transferring on promotion from a post with a London pay addition to a National post will be moved to an equivalent point within the relevant ONS National pay zone before the promotion increase is applied.

New entrants are normally appointed at the pay scale minimum for their grade although there is limited scope for negotiation based on skills and experience in very exceptional cases

For those successful candidates joining ONS we will record and retain your nationality information on our human resources management system for the sole purpose of understanding the nationality diversity within ONS. We will not report on this on an individual basis in a way that you would be identifiable. We will only retain this information for the shortest time needed. Should you wish for us not to collect and retain this information, please email:

This position does not attract a relocation package.

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