Storyteller / Data Visualisation Lead (Analysis Function Professions including DDat)

Data-driven decision-making is at the heart of modernising government and the civil service. The Situation Centre will work with colleagues across government to combine data and expertise to unlock timely insights for a safe, secure and prosperous UK.

Responsible for visualisation of the analysis products and data sets developed by the SitCen, both for use in the SitCen itself and on mobile devices as required.

This role will be working closely to and with the Head of Representation, ensuring briefing requirements can be met in a timely and cohesive fashion.

Responsibility for the representation of data in line with the ‘user needs’ of any given principle, showing awareness for different requirements for different end users.

It is desirable that the Story Teller / Data Visualisation Lead is a member of (or has the ability to become a member of) one of the Government Analyst Function professions.


Job description

We are recruiting the permanent team that will run the newly established National Situation Centre (SitCen) in the Cabinet Office. This new centre will bring timely data, analysis and insights from across and beyond government to support situational awareness on crisis and national security issues. It will be run by a diverse team of highly skilled people who will integrate, analyse, and visualise data from a centrally located collaborative hub. The team joining now will have the opportunity to shape and develop SitCen’s capabilities, approach and culture early in its establishment, helping to lead the ongoing design and implementation of this important new capability for the UK.

The SitCen will bring together a unique set of skilled people, capabilities and experience from across HMG, operating 24/7 to support horizon scanning and crisis-response across the full range of national risks, from civil emergencies to national security issues. We work with partners across and beyond government to innovate and experiment with new technology and analytical techniques at the sharpest end of HMG crisis response, supporting our leaders in decision-making. We integrate brilliant minds, innovative technology, incredible teamwork and collaboration to make the UK safer, and help bring the absolute best of HMG to the toughest crisis challenges that our nation faces. We pride ourselves on our team culture, which is operationally focussed, innovative, compassionate and inclusive, and continuously learning.

The SitCen forms part of the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat, sitting alongside COBR facilities, as a key part of HMG’s crisis response infrastructure. The SitCen is not an operations centre, a replacement for departmental facilities, or responsible for helping data to inform wider government policy. As a priority project for No10 and Cabinet Office, funding has been agreed and a project team is putting in place the necessary data, capabilities, ways of working, physical facilities, and leading recruitment of a permanent team by summer 2021. Over time, the SitCen will aim to improve data and insights for situational awareness of potential and emerging crises, visualising data in ways that help senior decision makers navigate a complex data landscape, and shortening development times to produce insights into unpredicted crises and events. The service it provides and approaches it uses will continuously develop as technology, HMG data holdings and connectivity improve.

Person Specification:

This role will have responsibility for turning data and analysis into insight, drawing upon the SitCen analyst team, whilst aligning with the situation and policy or operational focus to ensure that data and analysis presentations are tailored suitably for the specific senior audience.

Taking the initiative on new presentation techniques and tools to ensure the SitCen representation function is providing high quality and decision focused evidence to seniors.

Immersing yourself with the topical focus of the representation function to enable the most value-add from the work of the analysis function in the SitCen.

User focus: Identifies and engages with users or stakeholders to collate user needs evidence. Understands and defines research which fits user needs. Able to use quantitative and qualitative data about users to turn user focus into outcomes.

Data visualisation: You know how to use the most appropriate medium to visualise data to tell compelling and actionable stories relevant for business goals. You can present, communicate and disseminate data appropriately and with high impact.

Strategic insight: You understand organisational goals and challenges. You can align research activities across teams to inform policy and proposition.

Analysis and synthesis: You can help an organisation adopt a wide range of analysis and synthesis techniques. You know how to help an organisation continually assure, improve and innovate their practices to generate clear and valuable findings.


- Proven track record of excellent problem solving and decision-making skills, and ability to articulate solutions in a business context.

- Excellent oral and technical presentation skills, with experience of presenting to seniors within short time frames and with complex topics.

- Experience of critical thinking: able to look at numbers, trends, and data and come to new conclusions based on the findings

- The ability to quality assure data, evidence and analytical outputs in order to translate and explain key messages.

- A broad understanding of qualitative and quantitative analysis and research methods and their relative strengths and weaknesses.

- Ability to work at pace across simultaneous work areas, and adapt as needed to meet changing demands.

- Makes decisions to meet user needs in the government context. Understands the importance of assisted digital and is able to contribute to the design of services and make decisions to meet users’ needs.

- The ability to communicate and influence on strategic matters and hold confidence during a crisis is essential.


25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays.

This will be complimented by one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday;

A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire;

Generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers;

Childcare benefits (policy for new employees as of 5 April 2018): The government has introduced the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme. Working parents can open an online childcare account and for every £8 they pay in, the government adds £2, up to a maximum of £2000 a year for each child or £4000 for a disabled child. Parents then use the funds to pay for registered childcare. Existing employees may be able to continue to claim childcare vouchers, so please check how the policy would work for you here;

Interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket or a new bicycle;

The opportunity to use onsite facilities including fitness centres and staff canteens (where applicable); and occupational sick pay.

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