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Higher Research Officer

Salary: £31,046 - £37,647 (Management Band 2 – HEO)

*Please note that recruitment will normally be at the minimum of the range*.

Purpose of the Post

We are looking to appoint a Higher Research Officer in our Financial Scrutiny Unit. You will be responsible for providing  impartial, independent and expert information services to support Assembly Members in all they do as elected representatives and to enable scrutiny and legislation of the highest quality.

The role involves understanding statistical and numerical information in a wide variety of subject areas in response to requests from Assembly Members and Committees.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced numerate individual to support Assembly Members and Committees in scrutinising public policy and finances.

Though not a requirement of the post, there will be the opportunity to take part in developing our digital services and learn and apply coding and data science skills.

The post will be based in our Financial Scrutiny Unit supporting effective financial scrutiny on budgetary trends and issues. Including support for costing specific spending proposals and providing research on all areas of statistics, public finances and taxation.

You will have excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to work to tight deadlines, and be comfortable working in new and varied subject areas.

Our Official Languages (Welsh and English)

We are  fully committed to continuously enhancing and improving our exemplary bilingual services and to being a truly bilingual organisation so that Assembly Members, the public and staff can choose to work or communicate naturally in either or both of our official languages, with the use of both languages proactively encouraged and facilitated.

Though we do not require all our staff to be fluent in both our official languages, our expectation is that they are all committed to the delivery of services in both our official languages. To that extent, we expect all Assembly appointees to have, or to acquire during an agreed period, courtesy-level skills in Welsh.  All posts are assessed in the context of the service area's ability to deliver bilingual services to our customers and some posts, therefore, require a higher level of Welsh to facilitate that. Such requirements are expressed below in the Job Description. 

For further information on the Welsh language levels, please visit our Official Language Scheme page. 

Pattern of Working     

This is a full-time post although flexible working arrangements will be considered, subject to meeting the needs of the Assembly and its Members.

Please quote reference number AC-068-19

Closing date: 10.00 9 March 2020

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Submitting your application

 If you would prefer the information above in a different format or would prefer a pack sent in the post, please email us on Jobs@Assembly.Wales or call us on 0300 200 7588.

Submit your application by e-mail to: Jobs@Assembly.Wales or post it to us 

Human Resources Recruitment Team
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

The successful candidate will be subject to security vetting.

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