Deputy Director for Performance, Benchmarking & Data

The IPA is the government’s centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects. Our core teams include experts in infrastructure, project delivery and project finance who work with government departments and industry to support the successful delivery of all types of infrastructure & major projects and lead the project delivery and project finance professions across government.

Job description

The Deputy Director for Performance, Benchmarking & Data acts as the Chief Analyst for the IPA and takes responsibility for the quality of the IPA’s analysis and data and the insight it provides to senior audiences on the performance of the Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP). The team has developed new analytical and visualisation tools to disseminate GMPP data insights in departments, gaining recognition across Whitehall as a top performing analytical team.

The role holder will build on this over the next two years and implement two priority
objectives for the IPA:

• deliver all the benefits from a project to improve the efficiency and impact of the GMPP data reporting process, including moving from a spreadsheet based system to a live interface using the OSCAR II finance platform to collate and share quarterly reporting.

• build new capability in IPA to provide benchmarking expertise and data across government projects; the team is delivering a £2 million project over two years to build a world class benchmarking hub for project performance, using state of the art data science and working with leading academic and private sector research in project performance.

The successful candidate will be a strong leader with the ability to set direction and convey a persuasive vision for the IPA’s extensive data and analytical work. She or he will work closely with teams across IPA and in departments, supporting the work of the Project Futures team in particular.


Acting as the IPA’s Chief Analyst / Economist with responsibility for ensuring delivery of all monthly, quarterly and annual performance reporting products and insight reports, including the IPA’s key Annual Report publication.

• Realising the benefits of IPA moving from a spreadsheet based data returns system to the live interface shared with the finance profession across Government (“Oscar II”); this project will be delivered by Q2 2020/21 and will support better and faster access to project data across government’s largest projects and programmes.

• Delivering a new world class benchmarking hub for project performance, accessible to all departments and led by the IPA, with an initial focus improving whole life costs estimation.

• Drawing lessons on project performance by bringing data and insights from IPA’s assurance reviews together.

• Presenting these lessons to Ministers and senior officials to improve decisions on major projects across infrastructure, ICT, transformation and military capability.

• Disseminating IPA’s analysis of project performance quarterly to departments, the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury and providing high quality insights for key set piece meetings in IPA including the Major Project Portfolio Board.

• Leading the function for IPA to become the repository of performance intelligence on major projects, with a focus on drawing lessons from historic performance, including economic appraisals of benefits and building reference class forecasts.

• Provide advice, guidance and oversight on key analytical workstreams, and applying insights to key Treasury processes (e.g. Spending Reviews and Budgets). This will require working with senior / chief economists and analysts across departments, together with experts in academia and think tanks.

• Develop new analytical and visualisation tools to harness the power of GMPP data and disseminate their use in departments.

• Work with senior academics, professional bodies, industry and across government to drive and disseminate insights from analysis of major projects, including leading the IPA’s contribution to the ‘Project X’ initiative (

• Be an active member of the senior civil service management team for the IPA to help shape the strategic vision and approach of the government's project delivery function.

• Take shared leadership accountability for meeting key performance indicators and assisting departments to deliver their Spending Review commitments.

• Create strong professional networks at the heart of government and be a high profile member of a relevant analytical profession (e.g. GES, GORS, GSR, GSS).

• Setting the direction and leading a high achieving team of multi-disciplinary analysts across the fields of economics, statistics, social and operational research.

We will be assessing the following four behaviours at the interview stage:
1. Seeing the bigger picture
2. Leadership
3. Changing and improving
4. Communicating and influencing

Apply today!