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Economic and Fiscal Analyst

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Job summary

Scottish Fiscal Commission is a distinct legal entity and staff joining from other organisations will be issued with a new contract of employment. Scottish Fiscal Commission is a Non-Ministerial Office, which is part of the Scottish Administration, employing staff on Scottish Government Main terms and conditions and pay arrangements. For more information please contact the Recruiting Manager named at the bottom of the advert.
£39312 - £47065
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
29 July 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for an Economic and Fiscal Analyst based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The Scottish Fiscal Commission is responsible for producing the official and independent economic and fiscal forecasts for Scotland. We are a small friendly organisation of 22 staff and 4 Commissioners. Our staff have mixed backgrounds from the private sector, government and academia, including working previously as economists, statisticians and actuaries.

For further information please see the Commission’s website, www.fiscalcommission.scot, and in particular the video explaining what the Commission does: http://www.fiscalcommission.scot/about-us/what-we-do/ 

As an analyst in the SFC you will be responsible for one or more specific forecasts. To produce forecasts you will apply economic and statistical techniques to detailed historic data on the Scottish economy, taxes or social security payments, working in Excel, or specialised programs including R, SAS, EViews or Python.

We have existing models for creating forecasts you will be trained to use. You will also refine these models and develop new forecasting models as the need arises.

As an employee of the Commission you will be a civil servant on Scottish Government terms and conditions. We are currently working from home during lockdown. Our office is located at Governor's House, Regent road, Edinburgh. We expect to return to the office later this year and you should expect to work in the office at least some of each week.

To apply for this role you are not expected to have extensive knowledge of forecasting, or the specific things we forecast. However, you are expected to be comfortable working with and manipulating data in Excel and producing quantitative analysis of data, potentially as part of your academic studies. You’ll have an opportunity to demonstrate your ability in this area on the application form as part of essential criteria 1.

Development opportunities within the role include rapidly developing skills in a range of modelling and forecasting techniques, as well as learning about Scottish and UK public finances, taxation or social security.

Main Duties
• The post holder will be responsible for delivery of analytical work in their own  specific area, reporting to the head of the branch.
• The post holder may have line management responsibility for a member of staff.
• The post holder will be responsible for the development and maintenance of the Commission’s forecasting models and assisting in producing forecasts for fiscal events. In doing so, the post holder will ensure they uphold the Commission’s reputation as a credible, independent and transparent body.
• The post holder will contribute to the wider analytical output of the team, leading on the relevant sections of the Scottish Fiscal Commission’s key publications.
• The post holder will provide technical advice and analysis for all relevant reports produced by the Commission, and update the Commission’s website as required.
• The post holder will lead engagement with the relevant policy officials and analysts in the Scottish Government and other organisations to ensure the forecasts produced reflect the Government’s policy.
•  The post holder will monitor key data releases and external comments and publications in relevant areas.Qualifications Required
You will be expected to have at least a first or upper second class degree in a highly numerate subject, for example a statistical, economic, actuarial or other numerate discipline.

Qualifications Required
Should you have a 2:2 first degree, your application may be considered if you have equivalent experience or hold a postgraduate qualification that is in a numerate subject. If you have a postgraduate qualification which is in a numerate subject, your application will be considered even if your first degree is not in a highly numerate discipline.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Knowledge and experience of data analysis, potentially including economic or statistical modelling or forecasting.
2. Ability to clearly explain technical issues and experience of communicating with different audiences.
3. Ability to lead on planning, organising and prioritising pieces and programmes of analytical work, solving problems to deliver high-quality work to deadlines.
4. Ability to help build effective working relationships with a range of internal and external colleagues.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:

• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Rupert Seggins at Rupert.Seggins@fiscalcommission.scot.

We will be holding an online call via Microsoft Teams on 22 July at 1pm for anyone who might be interested in applying for the role. This call is an informal opportunity to find out more about the Commission, including what we do and how we work as well as what to expect during the application process. Join this call via the details below or alternatively please contact rupert.seggins@fiscalcommission.scot to receive a link.

Join conversation (microsoft.com)
Tel: +44 131 376 2847
Conf ID: 779301867#

Provisional Sift and Interview dates
Provisional Sift date: 5 August 2021
Provisional Interview dates: 17-19 August 2021

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.  

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.


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