Deputy Director Head of Border Analysis

Contract Type
Defence & Security
Croydon, London, Sheffield
£71,000 - £85,000
Expiry Date
In this role you will be responsible for setting and delivering an ambitious analytical programme to inform strategic and operational decisions within Border Force.

Job Description

You will be a key senior member of Home Office Analysis and Insight (HOAI), the directorate which is home to 450+ professional analysts. You will support the Director of Analysis and Insight, and also the Chief Scientific Adviser, in transforming the way we use analysis to improve decision-making. You will build capability and support the various teams as well as be a dynamic leader for the whole analytical community and across the wider Science, Technology, Analysis, Research and Strategy Director-General led function.

You will lead the Border Analysis unit, a multidisciplinary team of 50 analysts across 4 teams mainly based in Croydon:
The development of the evidence base that underpins strategic investment and prioritisation within Border Force is the responsibility Border Force Analysis (Strategy & Evidence). You will develop effective relationships with strategy leads to shape and align the analytical programme and champion the use of evidence to inform decision making and evidence value for money of business decisions. You will set the vision for a capability that supports holistic assessment of strategy and investment decisions, influencing the range of innovative models and methodologies in development across the unit. You will provide leadership for the cross-cutting programmes, such as Spending Reviews and Covid-19 recovery.

Vital support to frontline and business planning functions, including tactical and strategic decision support is the domain of Border Force Analysis (Passengers) and Border Force Analysis (Goods). You will champion collaborative engagement across a range of policy, operational functions and external partners, to pre-empt analytical asks in order to steer the development of our suite of forecasting and simulation models. You will set the direction of the analytical programme beyond the end of the Transition period and through business recovery from Covid-19.
In addition, you will also shape the newly formed Border Security Analysis team. You will need to develop an ‘end to end’ view of the border to identify opportunities to improve the UK’s national security, setting the direction for the team as it continues to expand, working closely with officials from the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism and Home Office Serious Organised Crime Group, and the analytical units that support those functions. Close cooperation with operational colleagues, including in the UK Intelligence Community, will be essential.


The successful candidate will need to demonstrate their knowledge, experience, capability and behavioural approach to a high standard against the following key criteria

Essential Criteria

- Strong leadership skills – including the ability to lead high performing teams, and to promote the effective use of analysis and evidence to senior stakeholders;

- Strong analytical technical expertise - including providing sign off on use of methodology and interpretation of findings, advising Ministers and Senior Officials on appropriate use of analysis and what is possible to answer key questions, as well as guiding team members in their own technical development;

- Strong communication skills – including articulating complex technical information to influence Ministers and other senior decision makers, and the ability to draw insights out of analysis;

- Experience of setting direction for analytical work programmes which directly support strategic organisational objectives, working across boundaries so that the right people are involved to deliver;

- The ability to deliver programmes at pace in complex, changing environments, whilst ensuring effective quality control and project management;

- The ability to build influential networks and professional working relationships with colleagues, customers, and a wide range of internal and external stakeholders;

- Membership of one of the main Government analytical professions (Government Operational Research Service, Government Economics Service, Government Social Research, Government Statistical Service ) - if you are not an existing member of one of these professions, please refer to the competency frameworks as linked and advise which profession you most closely align with.


At least degree level qualification in a subject specified by relevant profession


Membership (or eligibility for) one of the Government analytical professions:

Government Economic Service
Government Statistical Service
Government Social Research
Government Operational Research Service