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Organisation
Money and Pensions Service
Locations

London based (Hybrid working)

Application Deadline
Salary
circa £50,000
Reference
MaPS00106

Full Time FTC (24 months)

London based (Hybrid working)

Circa £50,000

''We are an Arms-Length organisation, sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions, with a joint commitment to ensuring that people have access and guidance to the information they need to make effective financial decisions over their lifetime. The organisation will also engage with HM Treasury, which is responsible for policy on financial capability and debt advice. Working hand-in-hand with stakeholders throughout the UK, the Money and Pensions Service will ensure that money and pensions guidance is available to those that need it, adapting to people’s changing needs throughout their lives.''

The Insight and Evaluation team supports the Money and Pensions Service by providing high quality insight into the landscape of financial wellbeing, as well as the delivery and improvements in advice and guidance services to the public.

The purpose of the role:

To support the Insight and Evaluation team in the following areas:

  • To analyse and interpret population wide data from various sources to input into strategic decision and policy making
  • To provide the organisation with statistical analysis and data modelling using a wide variety of tools and techniques and both internal and external datasets
  • To interpret and communicate complex data in a meaningful and comprehensible way for both internal and external stakeholders

Key Accountabilities:

  • Analysing and interpreting population wide survey data from various sources (e.g. the MaPS Adult or CYP Financial Capability Surveys, the MaPS Debt Advice Need survey as well as external datasets such as Financial Lives, Wealth & Assets Survey, Understanding Society etc) to input into strategic decision and policy making
  • Being expert in statistical and data-modelling techniques
  • Providing analytic input to strategic decision and policy making
  • Working well with internal and external stakeholders
  • Pro-actively contributing to projects and initiatives across the organisation
  • Working in a cross functional capacity with other analysts across the organisation
  • Supporting the team with ad-hoc research / data related requests

Experience Requirements:

Essential:

  • Good knowledge of market research techniques and understanding of the implications of survey data
  • A deep knowledge of statistical and data-modelling tools and techniques, applied to research-type datasets datasets (e.g. survey sampling, weighting, imputation, key drivers analysis, market sizing, segmentation, factor analysis and development of indices / composite measures)
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience writing up technical analysis into policy-relevant outputs and reports for a non-technical audience
  • A degree with a significant research methods and statistical analysis component, or relevant qualifications in mathematics, statistics, and/or relevant experience in research and data analysis
  • Proven experience in at least one statistical package such as SPSS, Stata, R, Python or other relevant analytical software
  • Competent at using Microsoft Office software such as Excel for data analysis and presentation, and PowerPoint for communicating findings in a clear and compelling way

Desirable:

  • Experience of working on longitudinal datasets
  • Experience of analysing non-survey data sets and applying data science techniques
  • Understanding of financial services, debt advice services or financial education
  • Ability to work with ambiguous, uncertain or incomplete data.
  • Experience of working at pace in a responsive way, able to respond swiftly and responsively to provide data analysis to support the organisation

Working for MaPS:

At the heart of the Money and Pensions Service are our values – caring, connecting and transforming, which are the foundation of our success. They permeate every area of our work and define all our business relationships and the way we work with each other. We’re not only looking for the best people to come and work for us, but we need people who align themselves to our values.

Caring. We care about our colleagues and people whose lives we are here to transform.

Connecting. We will transform lives through our ability to make positive connections.

Transforming. We are committed to transforming lives and make a positive societal impact.

We help people – particularly those most in need – to improve their financial wellbeing and build a better, more confident future. Working collaboratively across the UK, we make sure the public can access high-quality money and pensions guidance and debt advice throughout their lives, however and whenever they need it.

By fostering our values, we are very proud of the inclusive working environment that we have created. We are committed to attracting people of all backgrounds, we want our colleagues to reflect our customers and the people we assist.

The Insight and Evaluation team supports the Money and Pensions Service by providing high quality insight into the landscape of financial wellbeing, as well as the delivery and improvements in advice and guidance services to the public.

What we can offer you:

A competitive salary package alongside numerous benefits including:

  •  Pension scheme – contributions matched 2 to 1 (up to 10% of your salary)
  •  Interest-free loan to help you buy season tickets for buses and trains (applicable post probation)
  •  Cycle to work Scheme
  •  Contribution towards eye test, glasses for VDU use & flu jabs
  •  Life assurance scheme (cover for 4x salary)
  •  Give as you earn scheme
  •  Wellbeing scheme including PAM Assist (Employee assistance programme) and PAM Life scheme (personal health and wellbeing portal)
  •  Enhanced family leave and sick pay
  •  Paid volunteering (2 days a year)
  •  Colleague Recognition voucher Scheme
  •  myLifestyle portal for discounted goods and services with numerous retailers, plus access to a range of personal and financial wellbeing resources.

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