SEO Funding Data and Calculations Manager (Funding rules monitoring)

Department for Education
13 Apr 2018
29 Apr 2018
Job Type
Contract Type

The Funding and Programmes directorate is responsible for developing and implementing new and innovative solutions and approaches that:

• Work on one of the Government's top priorities - apprenticeship reform;
• determine and maintain funding values and calculations for apprenticeships, adult skills and loans programmes;
• create, develop, deliver and communicate the funding systems for apprenticeships, technical education, adult skills and advanced learner loans programmes, ensuring they are easy to use and minimise costs and burdens;
• work with a range of stakeholders to influence funding policy for the wider apprenticeships and adult education programmes;
• analyse and monitor data to ensure that the funding system and funding rules identify data errors that may require further investigation

You will work within funding rules monitoring and compliance, who ensure value for money in the funding system. You will have a passion for data analysis and have highly developed communication skills.

The successful candidate will work closely with policy and compliance teams across the business.

About you:

You will be proactive and enthusiastic, with good judgement and excellent organisational skills, as well as a keen eye for detail. You will need a flexible approach to dealing with a challenging and varied workload and the ability to manage conflicting, high profile priorities.

Person specification

To be suited to this role you will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes:


• a confident user of Windows 10 and all MS Office 2016 applications
• have working knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL)
• be able to analyse and evaluate data and provide insight from a range of sources
• be able to identify and implement process improvement
• be flexible and adaptable
• able to work at pace
• be an excellent communicator, both in person and in writing
• be able to collaborate across with teams and departmental boundaries


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
  • Managing a quality service
  • Delivering at pace
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Leading and communicating

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Applicants currently holding a permanent post in the Civil Service should note that, if successful, their salary on appointment will be determined by the Department's transfer / promotion policies.

As a member of the DfE, you will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK.

Other Benefits:

You will have 25 days leave, increasing by 1 day every year to a maximum of 30 days after five years' service. In addition, all staff receive the Queen's Birthday privilege holiday and 8 days' bank and public holidays.

As an organisation, which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we offer our staff excellent professional development opportunities.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

If we receive high volumes of applications we shall sift only on the lead competencies 'Managing a quality service' and 'Delivering at pace' If your application progresses to a full sift, all competences will then be considered.

We will undertake sifting based on your responses to the competencies. You will need to score a minimum of 3 points for each competency in order to progress to interview.

We will only provide feedback on your application if you attend an interview or assessment.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The 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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.