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Deputy Director, Chief Economist

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As Chief Economist, you will play a lead role in driving a change programme to make a significant improvement in the effectiveness of analysis across the department

Job Description


As Chief Economist, you will play a lead role in driving a change programme to make a significant improvement in the effectiveness of analysis across the department (how analysts are organised and operate, and how policy use evidence). You will provide a strategic vision for analysis and thought leadership.

You will help ensure best practice in the use of evidence and analysis in strategic policy development and in key analytical products (such as Impact Assessments, Business Cases, Evaluations).

  • You will bring a practical approach to applying your economic skills and knowledge to the development of policy, and to building departmental capacity for understanding and using economic analysis.
  • You will provide leadership, professional oversight and line management to a multi-disciplinary Central Analytical Team of around 25 analysts (economists, statisticians, operational and social researchers), and indirectly to around 60 analysts in the bedded out Analytical Community (who have a ‘dotted line’ management arrangement with the central team).
  • ou will ensure that internal analysis and commissioned research is high quality, and delivered on time and within budget.
  • You will strengthen team capabilities and professional development, oversee the development of analyst clusters in policy directorates, and build links with other departments and DCMS’ arms-length bodies.
  • You will represent the department on cross-Whitehall analyst groups, working with colleagues across DCMS. You will work closely with the department’s Chief Scientific Officer in advancing the access of expert scientific advice to inform policy.


Actively contributing to DCMS leadership as a whole and living our values:


  • “One DCMS” – we value & develop everyone, sharing success
  • Respect for all; celebrating diversity
  • We empower and challenge each other within a no blame culture
  • We are professional; prioritising work and taking responsibility to get the job done
  • Keep DCMS a great place to work, attracting the best people




Person Specification


In the selection process applicants will need to demonstrate and provide evidence as to how they meet the following essential skills and requirements:

  • Excellent leadership management skills, the ability to set direction, challenge and support in driving delivery of the department’s vision, and to build capacity and capability to address current and future challenges.
  • The ability to translate economic analysis into practical policy solutions and communicate these effectively to non-experts, including Ministers, acting as a credible ambassador for the Department.
  • Strong corporate and financial management skills, and the ability to deploy and manage resources effectively.
  • Strong programme and project management skills, the ability to operate flexibly, and a track record of delivering results in challenging circumstances.
  • The ability to build and sustain strong relationships with Ministers, to influence and negotiate effectively, and work collaboratively and proactively with policy, legal, finance and delivery colleagues.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills, including the ability to build and manage strategic and long term relationships with key external partners (eg in Arms Length Bodies and Other Government Departments).


The successful candidate must also have or be prepared to gain membership of the Government Economics Service.


To be eligible to apply for accreditation with the Government Economics Service, candidates must meet the minimum standard for Economic Adviser posts: a 2:1 in economics (or MSc in economics if their first degree is a 2:2 or not in economics) and have substantial current experience of applied economics


Closing date: 1st July 2018.


For further information and details of how to apply please visit the Civil Service Website