Assistant Statistician

Forestry Commission

  • Sector: Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • £32,422 to £35,402 per annum GBP 32422
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Human Resources
  • Reference: 1512901

Job description
Background Information on Unit

The Statistics team is located within the Inventory, Forecasting and Operational Support Centre in Forest Research.

The Statistics team consists of a Statistician, an Assistant Statistician and an Administrative Support Officer. The Statistician is professionally responsible for statistics across the Forestry Commission.

The team provide analysis, support and advice to a range of stakeholders both within the Forestry Commission and externally. Our main external stakeholders include the UK timber industry, Devolved Administrations, other Government Departments and international organisations.

We publish 5 National Statistics outputs each year, along with a number of Official Statistics outputs, and provide professional support and advice to colleagues who also produce Official Statistics. Further information on our releases is available on our website (

Purpose of the Job

The purpose of the job is to contribute to policy development, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable forest management by providing statistical information, analysis and advice to stakeholders.

Key Work Areas

The postholder's main duties will be:

Managing people
' Line managing the Administrative Support Officer, taking responsibility for annual reporting requirements as well as day-to-day management.

UK Official Statistics publications
' Obtaining data from UK timber industries ' consulting users and data providers on requirements, requesting data from colleagues (administrative data) and external providers (surveys), implementing quality assurance procedures.
' Producing National and Official Statistics releases to agreed timetables and in compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
' Providing statistical support and advice to the Expert Group on Timber & Trade Statistics (comprising internal and external stakeholders).

Official Statistics for international organisations
' Providing UK data on forestry to international organisations.
' Representing the UK in Eurostat Forestry Statistics working group meetings and providing briefing to other international meetings.

Compliance with standards
' Supporting the Statistician in ensuring Forestry Commission compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
' Reviewing the quality of data sources, methodology and outputs.
' Participating in Government Statistical Service and cross-departmental groups & events to increase awareness and share knowledge of professional & technical issues.

Statistical services
' Providing advice, support and analysis to other parts of the Forestry Commission, Devolved Administrations and others.
' Participating in cross-departmental groups & events on environment statistics.

Person Specification

Experience and Professional/Technical Expertise

A first or second class honours degree in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. statistics, mathematics, economics, sciences, business studies, psychology, geography or similar)


equivalent experience in a statistics-related field, plus Continuing Professional Development in a relevant area which has led to the acquisition of qualifications (eg the RSS higher certificate).


Advises others on the design and management of data collections to meet customer needs (administrative, survey or census), enabling others to work efficiently.

Takes responsibility for the delivery of high quality statistical advice and analysis

Actively seeks to build a diverse network of contacts, strengthening relationships by offering help wherever possible.

Please note that competencies and behaviours you select are all considered 'essential' for the post.

Leading and Communicating

Recognise, respect and reward the contribution and achievements of others

Communicate in a succinct, engaging manner and stand ground when needed

Collaborating and Partnering

Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes
Actively seek input from a diverse range of people

Managing a Quality Service

Establish mechanisms to seek out and respond to feedback from customers about service provided

Develop proposals to improve the quality of service with involvement from a diverse range of staff, stakeholders or delivery partners

Delivering at Pace

Take responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to standard, giving credit to teams and individuals as appropriate

Plan ahead but reassess workloads and priorities if situations change or people are facing conflicting demands

Coach and support others to set and achieve challenging goals for themselves

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