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G6 Data Engineer

Cabinet Office
Glasgow, London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, York
National: £61,710 - £66,614; London: £65,790 - £72,295
Closing date
5 Apr 2023

Job Details

Job summary

This role sits within the Public Sector Fraud Authority (PSFA), based in the Cabinet Office but working between the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury.

Right now, fraud represents a cost to the government which is estimated at £29.3bn-£52bn per year. This loss is likely to continue to grow as frauds become increasingly sophisticated, and as a result of the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing energy crisis.

The PSFA is responsible for working with departments and arms-length bodies to better understand and reduce the impact of fraud against the public sector, making a difference by improving how taxpayer money is spent. We will grow from 70 staff to 117 in 2022/23 and then to 150 in 2023/24. The PSFA works with officials and fraud experts across government and is the centre of the Counter Fraud Function, which has 16,000 staff working in public bodies across government. It also works closely with policing and other sectors dealing with fraud. This role will directly impact on these staff, who work in a variety of departments, arm’s length bodies and local government.

The activities led from the PSFA includes developing policy, delivering operational units and programmes of work, setting standards to prevent, deter, disrupt and discover fraud. It covers all fraud - including all Government payments, services and income.

Job description

A rare opportunity has arisen within the Cabinet Office to join the development of an exciting program that aims to address fraud’s cost to government by leveraging big data and analytics. You will work in the Data Analytics Service Team as a Lead Data Engineer. You will form a crucial part of the evolution of the program by leading on the design and implementation of a data model to support the programme.

You will be required to review, document and streamline current datasets and ETL processes to integrate systems and bring multiple data sources together for analysis. We are in the process of migrating to Azure and you will be tasked with designing and implementing a data model in our new Azure environment, engaging with customers and third-party providers (incl. Quantexa) to ensure the proposed data model meets all requirements.

Further Information

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to The 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 on their website.

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 email as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs. The email can be foudn via the 'Apply' button.

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 you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

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 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 email stating the job reference number in the subject heading. The email can be found via the 'Apply' button.

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.

Vetting Requirements

All security clearances require you to provide evidence of your UK footprint where you have been physically present in the UK.

The requirement for SC clearance is to have been present in the UK for at least 5 of the last 5 years.

Failure to meet the residency requirements will result in your security clearance application being rejected.

If you require SC clearance you will need to provide evidence of the below requirements.

Checks will be made against:

  • Departmental or company records (personnel files, staff reports, sick leave reports and security records)
  • UK criminal records covering both spent and unspent criminal records
  • Your credit and financial history with a credit reference agency
  • Security Services records.

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 applicant’s 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.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

Apply and further information

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction.

Contact point for applicants - Richard Sangster and the Recruitment team (more details can be found via the 'Apply' button).

Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

If you feel that your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and wish to make a complaint, then in the first instance you should contact Government Recruitment Service via email found via the 'Apply' button.

If you are not satisfied with the response that you receive, then you can contact the Civil Service Commission via email found via the 'Apply' button.

For further information on the Recruitment Principles, and bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission, please visit their website.


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