Senior Statistician

Organisation
Central Bank of Malta
Locations

Malta

Application Deadline

To be responsible for the statistics and the dataset/s assigned, in particular in the area of external, payments or securities statistics, and Financial Accounts statistics when required, and to ensure that the statistical output/s are compiled and disseminated to fulfil national or international statutory statistical requirements, and that they are suitable for policy-making, analysis and research purposes. To give advice and to monitor developments in related European and other international statistical concepts and methodology. To conduct regular macro-statistical analysis and filtering using software solutions such as R and business intelligence tools on the assigned dataset/s. To be responsible for the planning, design, implementation, basic programming (using SQL) and testing of such business processes in the statistical information management/IT solutions.

Technical / Functional Responsibilities:

  • To be responsible for the statistics and the dataset/s assigned, in particular, external, payments or securities statistics (henceforth ‘External Statistics’) and Financial Accounts statistics when required and to ensure that the statistical output/s are suitable to fulfil national or international statutory statistical requirements, for policy making, analysis and research purposes. Hence, to be involved in the planning, design, development, and implementation of objectives in the assigned statistical area/s.
  • To be responsible to conduct macro-statistical analysis, filtering and vetting of the assigned dataset/s using statistical tools such as R to ensure the robustness of the statistics produced. To draft regular analyses reports using the Department’s business intelligence and other tools.
  • To be responsible for the regular dissemination/transmission of statistics to internal and to external users (in GESMES/SDMX format) and to upload statistics on the Bank’s website after authorisation from superiors is obtained
  • To monitor European and other international developments in the statistical legislation, standards and best practices and to provide expert advice in the handling of External and Financial Accounts statistics and/or assigned dataset/s; to undertake conceptual and methodological research and to draft reports and papers as required.
  • To assist superiors during meetings with counterpart officials such as those from the European Central Bank (ECB), Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and the National Statistics Office (NSO)
  • To liaise with and respond to queries raised by the ECB in the regular ‘Country Report’ on data quality issues.
  • To represent the Bank in national and international committees, working groups, task forces, and seminars, as necessary. To liaise effectively and organise meetings with other users/compilers within the Bank, representatives of individual reporting institutions or other national/international authorities.
  • To evaluate, prepare and implement new user requirements in the assigned area. To be responsible for the planning and design of IT and other statistical information management systems and to assist the development team in the design, validation, basic programming using SQL, implementation, maintenance and to conduct user acceptance testing for the statistical processes (including new user requirements) implemented in the Department’s statistical solutions. • To draft, update and test the working instructions and to assist in the drafting and updating of the policies and procedures and the business impact assessments of the assigned dataset/s and in implementing audit recommendations.
  • To manage security aspects and access rights of the assigned statistics, statistical databases and respective network drives in line with data confidentiality policies.
  • To undertake conceptual and methodological research, prepare advanced drafts of reports/papers, and advise senior management on the assigned statistical area.
  • To act as secretary of internal committees and/or to take notes for record of meetings when requested.
  • To be involved in the planning, design, development, setting objectives and monitor work for the assigned Section.
  • To report on activities undertaken and to ensure a high quality/standard of work and service throughout.
  • To collaborate with colleagues within the Office or the Department for the production of harmonised data sets.
  • To act as a mentor in assisting colleagues in developing their theoretical knowledge and practical knowhow in the area of competence.
  • To perform any other duties and to undertake other ad hoc requests which may be assigned from time to time.

Experience and Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree at MQF Level 7 in Mathematics and Statistics and Operations Research or Data Science or Banking and Finance Or
  • An honours degree at MQF Level 6 in any of the above-mentioned fields in conjunction with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in performing similar tasks.
  • Knowledge of (a) business intelligence solutions, (b) basic SQL or R or Python and (c) Microsoft Office applications are essential
  • Work experience or proven ability to perform tasks in the collection and compilation of economic and/or financial statistics and/or a good level of expertise in related statistical concepts and methodology would be considered as an asset.
  • Numerical skills and meticulous attention to detail are essential
  • Knowledge of statistical information solutions is considered as an asset.
  • Must be flexible to new demands, be able to work on his/her own initiative or to contribute to the team effort.
  • Ability to work under pressure and adhere to legally binding deadlines.
  • Must possess good communication skills as the incumbent is expected to liaise continuously with the ECB, NSO, the MFSA, MSE and the various reporting agents.

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