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Position: Senior Psychometric Analyst
Institution: Cabinet Office
Location: multiple locations, United Kingdom
Duties: You’ll play a key role in supporting the running of our existing business offer and contribute to growing our suite of online recruitment tests. These include assessing verbal ability, numerical ability and job-specific skills. You will be instrumental in monitoring, updating and improving the tests. The Senior Psychometric Analyst will also work very closely with a multi-disciplinary digital team operating an agile project management approach. The team is split across multiple sites: Leeds, Manchester, London and Bristol. Occasional travel within the UK will be a requirement of the role. You will be expected to contribute to the development of professional practice and work collaboratively with colleagues on a wider portfolio of activities when the need arises
Requirements: As well as in-depth knowledge and practical experience of test development theories, you’ll need experience of SPSS or another statistical programming language such as R. You’ll also be well versed in psychometric methods, modern statistical and psychometric theories, measurement principles, test design, and validation. We’re looking for expertise in test development and psychometric methods, along with a good grasp of data analysis for CTT and IRT test analysis. Experience in managing large-scale research and testing programmes is also essential. If you have a Masters in either Educational Measurement & Statistics, Quantitative Research Methods, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Psychometrics, or highly-related discipline, so much the better
   
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Home Sign in / create an account Senior Psychometric Analyst Cabinet OfficeApply before 11:55 pm on Monday 13th September 2021 Return to search results Reference number 143561 Salary£37,300 - £43,889National: £37,300 - £40,248 | London: £40,600 - £43,889 depending on skills & experience.GradeSenior Executive OfficerContract typePermanentType of roleAnalytical PsychologyWorking patternFlexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-timeNumber of posts1LocationBelfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, YorkAbout the jobSummaryAbout us The Occupational Psychology Services (OPS) team is part of the Government Skills & Curriculum Unit (GSCU) in Civil Service Human Resources (CSHR). Its our job to deliver best practice occupational psychology insights and solutions to support the future of the Civil Service. This keeps us at the leading edge of assessment and selection techniques and digital developments and ensures an evolving candidate journey.Job descriptionYoull play a key role in supporting the running of our existing business offer and contribute to growing our suite of online recruitment tests. These include assessing verbal ability, numerical ability and job-specific skills. You will be instrumental in monitoring, updating and improving the tests. The Senior Psychometric Analyst will also work very closely with a multi-disciplinary digital team operating an agile project management approach. The team is split across multiple sites: Leeds, Manchester, London and Bristol. Occasional travel within the UK will be a requirement of the role. You will be expected to contribute to the development of professional practice and work collaboratively with colleagues on a wider portfolio of activities when the need arises. Key responsibilities include: Assessment Design, Trialling and Evaluation - Evaluating and contributing to assessment blueprints to establish the most appropriate psychometric solution; - Under the direction of the Lead Psychometrician, translating the blueprints into a workable trialling approach (involving trial design, test construction, trialling implementation and data capture); - Using online assessment platforms to implement and support delivery of assessment solutions; working with digital, data assurance and diversity colleagues to ensure new assessments are psychometrically sound, compliant, fair and meet customer and user needs; - Arranging for accurate data capture for assessment analyses; - Data matching and validation; - Applying Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory analyses to assessment data; - Managing multiple assessment projects at all stages of the test development cycle; - Working with customers to ensure best practice use of assessments to support client decision making including pass-mark setting, moderation processes, and reducing risk of adverse impact; - Evaluating the effectiveness of assessment solutions by identifying appropriate statistical methods/techniques and interrogation of data to ensure they are robust, fair, reliable and valid (e.g. differential item functioning, predictive validity, adverse impact analysis). - Line management of at least one staff (EO). Training & development - Keeping up-to-date with the latest innovations in psychometrics and in particular recruitment testing; - Developing standard tools for psychometric analyses and providing training to the wider team in their use. Consultancy and Research - Providing professional psychometric advice and guidance to clients and senior leaders to ensure adherence to industry best practice and the highest data ethical standards; - Representing the Occupational Psychology Service Team at working groups, committees and other forums, within Civil Service HR (CSHR) and across government to inform policy and operations; - Collaborating with the Lead Psychometrician to research new and emerging assessment methods/processes; setting up and conducting detailed studies to explore their impact and efficacy.ResponsibilitiesPerson Specification As well as in-depth knowledge and practical experience of test development theories, youll need experience of SPSS or another statistical programming language such as R. Youll also be well versed in psychometric methods, modern statistical and psychometric theories, measurement principles, test design, and validation. Were looking for expertise in test development and psychometric methods, along with a good grasp of data analysis for CTT and IRT test analysis. Experience in managing large-scale research and testing programmes is also essential. If you have a Masters in either Educational Measurement & Statistics, Quantitative Research Methods, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Psychometrics, or highly-related discipline, so much the better. In order to be successful in this role you will: - Have in-depth knowledge and practical experience of test development theories (Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory); - Have excellent knowledge of SPSS (including writing own syntax) or another statistical programming language such as R; - Have good knowledge of Excel for data management; - Have experience working with large datasets and strong data manipulation skills; - High attention to detail; - Have strong communication skills (both verbal and written) and be able to explain complex information so others can easily understand; - Be willing to learn new programming languages and analytical techniques; - Be able to manage and prioritise workload to meet changing demands and delivery targets; - Be effective in building and maintaining relationships, both with clients and colleagues; - Be proactive, taking ownership and accountability for decisions and commitments; - Be strong in creativity, producing new and original ideas and creating analytical outputs in novel and imaginative ways; - Demonstrate persistence, achieving success by delivering despite obstacles or difficulties. Youll be reporting directly to the Principal Psychometrician (Grade 7). You will work with a variety of clients, departments and professions across government. You will need to be able to demonstrate flexibility, the ability to deliver at pace and be someone who your team can really rely on. Youll need to demonstrate real passion for applying psychometric expertise and evidence based practice. Finally, we are a forward-looking team and so you will need to be too. Youll embrace change and be eager to learn from it to develop and strengthen your role. Do you see yourself as a talented individual that can achieve all this, progressing yourself and our team to the next level? Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience - Degree educated in a numerate discipline with a strong statistics background; - Well versed in psychometric methods, modern statistical and psychometric theories, measurement principles, test design, and validation, preferably in an educational or occupational setting; - Expertise in use of CTT test design and data analysis; - Some experience of IRT test design and data analysis; - Experience with managing large-scale research and testing programs, either of norm trialling, volume recruitment testing, certification and/or licensure applications is required - Experience using psychometric statistics in a test development environment (for example, academia, education, pharmaceutical, clinical, workplace); - In-depth knowledge and expertise to conduct psychometric and statistical analyses using a statistical programming language such as SPSS/R, ideally in support of research projects; - Ability to run and interpret statistical tests relating to test development; - High level data manipulation skills. Desirable Experience and Knowledge - BPS Test User: Occupational, Ability (Level A) or willing to undertake; - BPS Test User: Occupational, Personality (Level B) or willing to undertake. - Experience using data visualisation techniques and tools to explain research/analytical findings Where will I be based? Roles can be based across all Cabinet Office locations, including: Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, York, and London. There will be some scope for home working across the week. Eligibility Applicants must be a British Citizens, citizens of the British Commonwealth, EC nationals or nationals of specified Member States of the European Free Trade Area. Development Opportunities Civil Service HR is committed to the development of staff. All employees are encouraged to undertake a minimum of 5 days learning per year. Training in psychometric instruments, and necessary online assessment platforms that are frequently used will be provided as appropriate. The candidate will be required to undertake BPS Test User training if they do not currently hold this qualification. For further details, please see the Candidate Pack (attached)QualificationsDegree with a high statistical content Programming skills in SPSS/R Knowledge of Classical Test Theory and Item Response TheoryBehaviours We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process: Working Together Delivering at Pace Communicating and Influencing Making Effective Decisions Technical skills We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process: GSG Statistician Competency Framework Benefits Learning and development tailored to your role An environment with flexible working options A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity A Civil Service pension Civil Service HR is committed to the development of staff. All employees are encouraged to undertake a minimum of 5 days learning per year. Training in psychometric instruments, and necessary online assessment platforms that are frequently used will be provided.Things you need to knowSecuritySuccessful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.See our vetting charter.People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.Selection process detailsThis vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Ability, Experience and Technical skills.Sift and Interview dates as well as further interview information is currently TBC. Application Process After submission of the first stage of your application you will be invited to complete a Civil Service Numerical Test and Civil Service Verbal Test. If you successfully pass the tests, you will be invited to complete the final stage of the application. Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is 23:55pm on 30/08/2021. If you fail to complete the online test before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website. Please bear in mind that the deadline for the tests is the same as the application deadline - ensure you leave yourself enough time to complete a full application. Following successful completion of the tests, you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form. Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the personal statement. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview. Interview Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview which will include a presentation and will assess the Behaviours listed on this Job Advert at the relevant grade. Further information is linked in the Candidate Pack (attached to this advert). The GSG Statistician Competency Framework Level 2 will also underpin the interview. Full detail of this framework is attached within the candidate pack. Further Information A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made. Any move to Cabinet Office from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out. In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service / Disclosure Scotland / Access NI on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-EmploymentChecks.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading. For further information on the Disclosure Scotland confidential checking service telephone: the Disclosure Scotland Helpline on 0870 609 6006 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email Info@disclosurescotland.co.uk For further information on the Access NI confidential checking service telephone: the Access NI Helpline on 0300 200 7888 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email accessni@ani.x.gsi.gov.uk New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band. Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicants details held on the IFD will be refused employment. A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government. If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section. Reasonable Adjustment If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: Contact Government Recruitment Service via cabinetofficerecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs. Complete the Assistance required section in the Additional requirements page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if youre deaf, a Language Service Professional.Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.Nationality requirements This job is broadly open to the following groups: UK nationals nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK nationals of the Republic of Ireland nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals Further information on nationality requirements Working for the Civil ServiceThe Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.Apply and further informationOnce this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.Contact point for applicantsJob contact :Name : Paul WeldonEmail : paul.weldon@cabinetoffice.gov.uk Recruitment team :Email : cabinetofficerecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.ukFurther informationAppointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commissions Recruitment Principles. You have the right to complain if you feel a department has breached the requirement of the Recruitment Principles. In the first instance, you should raise the matter directly with the department concerned. If you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/civil-service-recruitment/complaints/Attachments Cabinet Office Terms and Conditions - External Opens in new window (pdf, 81kB) 143561 OPS SNR PSYCHOLOGIST AND PSYCHOMETRICIAN SOP Candidate Pack Opens in new window (docx, 181kB) GSG Competency Framework Opens in new window (pdf, 4344kB) Cabinet Office Employee Offer (1) Opens in new window (pdf, 302kB) Share this page Print Email Facebook Twitter LinkedIn GMail G+ Support Links. Help Terms and Conditions Privacy Notice Accessibility Statement Cookies Built by Cabinet Office Open Government Licence All content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0, except where otherwise stated © Crown copyright
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