Trade statistician: official statistics and briefing
This includes preparing for and then negotiating Free Trade Agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries and promoting UK trade and investment across the world.
Trade and investment are both high profile areas and attract much media, government and parliamentary interest.
The expanding trade statistics team is led by the Chief Statistician and currently has five Grade 7 led teams. The statistics team ensures relevant statistics are available for trade policy and negotiations and also has a cross-cutting function that spans DIT to set high standards in the use of statistics.
In this role, you will become a Trade statistics expert, ensuring the department makes the best possible use of statistics in decision-making. You will lead on Official Statistics publications in the team including Export Control Licencing and regional trade statistics. You will lead on the statistics Ministerial briefing function, held in high regard by our Ministers, producing monthly and quarterly briefings on the main ONS, HMRC and international statistics publications and assisting with speeches and public statements.
You will also contribute to the team’s statistical analysis programme including for example, micro-data analysis of trade statistics and analysis of trade by business characteristics.
This is a challenging role and you will need to have a real enthusiasm for economic statistics and a passion for good use of evidence. Training will be provided in Trade policy, negotiations and statistics through the Diplomatic Academy and your development in trade statistics will be supported by your senior trade statistician colleagues.
The work is fast paced and high profile. There will be regular contact with private offices, ministers and other senior officials in DIT and Whitehall. You will need to be flexible and able to adapt to working with competing priorities. The role will provide excellent development and you will gain the experience of developing a vital statistical function in a new department.