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Statistical secondments at the BBC

Grade 7 or experienced Senior Executive Officer
Role type
Closing date
23 Aug 2019
BBC News headquarters London
Open to
Government Statistical Service

We are pleased to offer four exciting placements in 2020 for experienced analysts to work within the BBC, each lasting three months – between January to March; April to June; July to September; and October to December.

The secondments will be based at the headquarters of BBC News in London, and as such the successful applicants will be expected to be based in London for the duration of the placement.

The roles would suit a Grade 7 or experienced SEO or fast streamer from one of the analytical professions.

Your salary for this professional development opportunity will continue to be paid by your parent department, so applicants should have the approval of their line manager and divisional director before applying.

Role and responsibilities

The successful applicants will work closely with the BBC’s Head of Statistics to fact check, provide figures and briefings and ensure the robust and accurate use of statistics in any BBC outputs across a range of topics, specifically through:

  • advising on the interpretation and presentation of statistical claims in surveys, press releases and news stories
  • helping journalists find the right data source and come to conclusions supported by the evidence when working with official statistics
  • conducting ad hoc statistical analyses of data for new stories with the statistics and data journalism teams
  • promoting good statistics and statistical thinking to journalists

Person specification

  • Strong communication skills with ability to provide advice and share knowledge with customers and colleagues.
  • Ability to influence decision making, working with credibility and proactively with customers to share knowledge and information.
  • Experience of forming effective relationships with stakeholders and ability to utilise a wide network.
  • A broad and demonstrative understanding of official statistics and ability to look at the broader spectrum of data available.
  • Ability to develop and maintain reputation, building trust through quality assurance of work.


 All loans and secondment opportunities are offered based on current satisfactory performance. Applicants must obtain their line-manager’s permission to apply, as well as an endorsement of their application, and approval for release to start in January 2020 should they be allocated to quarter one.

The successful candidates will be representing the Government Analysis Function and their profession, and as such will be expected to adhere to their professional standards and the Civil Service code of objectivity and impartiality at all times during their placement.

Please send a brief expression of interest (no more than 1 side of A4) to stating how you meet the requirements, as outlined in the person specification. Please also indicate which of the following periods you would like to be placed in:

  • January to March 2020
  • April to June 2020
  • July to September 2020
  • October to December 2020

Every effort will be taken to allocate you to your preferred period, however, this cannot always be guaranteed. We’ll carry out a selection exercise based on the roles, responsibilities and person specification criteria.