Research Manager

Job title: Research Manager
Salary:  £45,000-£55,000, dependent on experience
Hours: Full time (40 hours per week)
Location: Westminster, London
Deadline: 9am Monday 5 June 2017
Enquiries: recruitment@reform.uk

Reform is recruiting a Research Manager to join “Britain’s leading think tank for public service reform” (Rt Hon Theresa May MP).

Reform is an independent, non-party think tank at the heart of Whitehall and Westminster’s efforts to transform the UK’s public services for the better, in the interests of all citizens and within sustainable government budgets. Reform is the third largest think tank of its kind and the largest with a specific focus on public service reform and productivity. Its core research areas are education, health, welfare and criminal justice as well as key cross-cutting issues such as workforce capability, competition and choice, and efficiency. Alongside the research, Reform runs around 70 high impact policy events a year, attended by Ministers and Shadow Ministers, other Parliamentarians, senior officials, academics and business leaders.

Reform is looking for an experienced social policy professional who passionately supports Reform’s vision of value for money public services that advance the wellbeing of all. They will have a recognised professional profile, extensive network and commitment to rigorous, independent policy-making.

As a Research Manager, the successful candidate will lead the design and delivery of research projects, ensuring a high quality, evidence-based approach. They will have a strong grasp of different research methods and provide robust quality assurance.

The successful candidate will also have a policy specialism, and will lead all aspects of Reform’s work on that subject. This would include designing and undertaking research on timely and challenging issues relating to their specialism. They will represent Reform in print and broadcast media, produce blogs for publication on the Reformer and speak at external events. They will build on Reform’s impressive network of stakeholders, identifying opportunities to bring people together to drive key debates and secure revenue for Reform.

They will lead by example in everything they do. They will be an accessible and credible leader. They will support the development of the research team, providing daily guidance and support.

In return, the Research Manager will have a unique platform from which to shape the public policy debate and influence leading figures within it. They will be part of Reform’s fun, energetic team and receive a comprehensive reward package (which you can read more about here).

Core responsibilities

  • Lead all aspects of work in their area of specialism, including designing, conducting and managing research projects using appropriate methodologies
  • Support research teams in delivering research projects across Reform’s public service areas, providing robust quality assurance throughout the research project lifecycle, testing analysis and editing content as appropriate
  • Develop and secure funding for project proposals
  • Develop and maintain relationships with senior stakeholders across government, policy, politics and businesses
  • Produce high-quality written communications including reports, blogs, articles
  • Present Reform’s work at external events and in the media
  • Support the development of more junior members of the team, helping identify areas for development and opportunities to improve
  • Provide support with recruitment where needed

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience of working at a senior level designing and delivering research projects
  • A publication record
  • Experience of managing a team to deliver high-quality research reports
  • An excellent understanding of the policy process, including the work of government and politics
  • Strong organisational and project management skills
  • Exceptional research and quality assurance skills across quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills
  • Excellent collaboration and people development skills
  • A successful track record of working with corporate partners and income generation
  • Experience of public speaking and media activity

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter setting out why you would like the role and your suitability in terms of skills and experience, to Charlotte Pickles, Deputy Director and Head of Research, at recruitment@reform.uk.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 8 June.

Research Assistant (x2) – currently closed for applications

Job title: Research Assistant
Length: Six months on a fixed contract
Salary: London Living Wage (£9.75 per hour)
Hours: Full time (40 hours per week)
Location: Westminster, London
Deadline: The end of July

Start date: September 2017
Enquiries: recruitment@reform.uk

Reform is recruiting two Research Assistants to join its small and passionate team for six months on a full-time basis. The successful candidate will help produce independent, challenging and authoritative research, and will assist in supporting Reform’s communications and events. They will be a dynamic and motivated individual with a track record of strong research and communication skills, and a commitment to our core principles.

Reform is at the heart of Whitehall and Westminster’s efforts to transform the UK’s public services for the better, in the interests of all citizens and within sustainable government budgets. It is the third largest think tank of its kind and the largest with a specific focus on public service reform and productivity. Its core research areas are health, welfare, criminal justice and education, as well as cross-cutting issues such as workforce capability, competition and choice, and efficiency. Alongside the research, Reform runs around 80 high impact policy events a year, attended by Ministers and Shadow Ministers, other Parliamentarians, senior officials, academics and business leaders.

The Research Assistants will work closely with the research team to support Reform’s research programme, including drafting literature reviews and contributing to sections of reports where necessary. They will also support Reform’s regular contributions to the policy debate by researching ad hoc policy issues. They will work closely with the operations team to support events, maintain and update Reform’s contact database, and participate in regular team meetings. They will contribute to Reform’s online output by writing blog posts and assisting with the weekly newsletter in collaboration with the research team.

It is essential that candidates are able to demonstrate:

  • Some experience of conducting research on public policy
  • Good organisational and administrative skills, including the ability to prioritise work
  • An ability to work effectively under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • An ability to build and maintain good professional relationships
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • A 1st or good 2.1 in a relevant discipline, though those with equivalent relevant experience will be considered. A Master’s degree is desirable, though not necessary.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter setting out why you would like the role and your suitability in terms of skills and experience, to Will Mosseri-Marlio, Senior Researcher, at recruitment@reform.uk. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. We will respond to all applications by Wednesday 11 January.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 January and applicants are asked to be available on these dates. Applicants must be available to work six months starting in mid-February.

Testimonials

Former Research Assistants at Reform have gone on to pursue a range of careers, including gaining positions in government departments, non-government agencies, consultancies, charities, businesses and politics. Please see below testimonials from recent cohorts.

Emilie Sundorph, Researcher
Former Research Assistant (Mar 16 – Jul 16)

Emilie Sundorph

Emilie Sundorph

“The respect and autonomy given to Research Assistants from the very beginning is what really stands out for me about the position. From the very beginning I felt like I was a full member of the team and Researchers were extremely encouraging and helpful. Being brought on board on research projects from day one is both very challenging and very rewarding. It meant that I improved my skill set rapidly, and became better at doing policy research as well as writing about it. I would wholeheartedly recommend applying to anyone who is passionate about politics and good policy-making.”

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Ben Dobson, Researcher
Former Research Assistant (Nov 15 – Apr 16)

Ben Dobson

Ben Dobson

“As a Research Assistant I principally worked across three research projects covering working-age welfare and education policy. My typical day involved conducting primary research by reading academic and other papers, sourcing and analysing data and interviewing experts in the field, as well as drafting sections of research reports. I most enjoyed the autonomy I had to shape the direction of the research; it gave me the opportunity to have a real and immediate impact on Reform’s output, which I found really motivating.”

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Alasdair Riggs, Master’s student
Former Research Assistant (Mar 16 – Sep 16)

Alasdair Riggs

Alasdair Riggs

“My time as a Research Assistant at Reform was some of the most stimulating and informative of my life. I worked on a range of policy areas, including health, employment services, social care, and school operating models. I was tasked in particular with supporting Reform’s work on how government commissions services from external providers. It’s better to think of this not as an internship – in which you might focus on largely administrative duties – but as a junior research role. You’ll make substantive contributions to Reform’s publications, and will need to work quite independently: you’ll be trusted to plan your own research, and manage your own priorities. Reform works to a high standard, and at a swift pace, so expectations are high. I’m now working towards a higher degree at the University of Oxford, for which Reform has without question prepared me as well as I could hope.”

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Roberta Wiafe, Master’s student
Former Research Assistant (Dec 14 – Sep 15)

Roberta Wiafe

Roberta Wiafe

“During my time at Reform I was able to work on a range of policy areas from criminal justice to health and social care, assisting with numerous research papers. I was given amazing opportunities to attend roundtables and discuss policy with business leaders, experts, and cabinet members which informed my understanding of the nuances of effective policy creation. My time at Reform expanded my knowledge of existing policy areas as well as improving my research and organisational skills. I learned to think critically about policy and how better to scrutinise and critique policies and research. After leaving Reform I went on to do a Master’s in International Public Policy at UCL and am going on to do an internship with the United Nations Development Programme in Ghana.”