DfT offers £120k for next chief analyst

Successful candidate will lead department's community of nearly 400 analysts
The Department for Transport headquarters in Horseferry Road. Photo: Google Maps

By Jim Dunton

03 Apr 2024

The Department for Transport has launched a recruitment campaign to find a new chief analyst and is offering up to £120,000 a year for the successful candidate.

DfT said the director-level role is graded at SCS pay band 2 and will be based in the department's Decarbonisation, Technology and Strategy Group, led by second permanent secretary Jo Shanmugalingam.

The chief analyst leads a team of 95 analysts who advise on all aspects of transport policy and delivery, according to DfT's job description. They are also responsible for providing professional leadership to a further 300 analysts embedded in other direcorates within the department.

Amanda Rowlatt has served as DfT's chief analyst since 2014.

The job specification says her successor will need to be an "outstanding leader" and "experienced economist" who can deliver high-quality advice to inform major policy decisions and value-for-money judgements on multibillion-pound projects.

The job advert also asks for influencing skills capable of deployment at "the most senior levels" and the ability to foster a culture of "excellent cross-disciplinary collaboration".

It also seeks experience of introducing and embedding innovative analytical and data capabilities, and working with policy and analytical teams to realise benefits.

The chief analyst job can be based in London, Leeds or Birmingham, with some domestic travel to other domestic sites required.

Recruitment consultant Odgers Berndtson is handling the selection process for the chief analyst role. Applications close on 15 April.

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