Social Research Institute - Associate Director - Employment, Welfare and Skills
We are the largest and most successful social research organisation in the UK, with over 200 multi-disciplined staff including evaluators, methodologists, statisticians, economists and policy specialists. We work with every government department, agencies and think tanks. Our work has a direct bearing on the decisions made by government, organisations and citizens.
We are recruiting for an Associate Director to join our Employment, Welfare and Skills team - one of our biggest and fastest growing research team. Our work is diverse, encompassing research and evaluation on key government policies such as the Universal Credit, pensions and auto-enrolment, apprenticeship levy and the Industrial Strategy. Our clients include central government departments such as DWP, HMRC and BEIS, European agencies and think tanks.
We are looking for an Associate Director with an interest in welfare, skills and business growth policies to lead research teams on projects, and to work with Research Directors to expand our business in the UK and internationally. We welcome applications from both quantitative and qualitative specialists. You must however enjoy working in a fast moving environment and have a passion for business development. You will also need to be self-motivated, have good client management skills, and possess the ability to lead teams.
- Building strong client relationships across government and academia
- Helping to grow specific areas of the business with senior support
- Designing and successfully delivering projects involving different research methods
- Developing junior team members, including line management
- Working effectively with senior colleagues to shape the future direction of the team
Skills and Experience:
- Demonstrable experience in quant and/or qual research
- A passion for business development, including an ability to lead responses to ITTs, as well as identifying new market opportunities and building strong relationships with existing clients
- Proven ability to work well in teams with input from specialists (e.g. statisticians, evaluation practitioners, and economists)
- Interest in generating thought leadership through articles, papers and conference presentations
- Policy knowledge and expertise in relevant areas or proven ability to pick up new policy areas quickly
- Excellent project direction and budgeting skills, working to tight and demanding deadlines to deliver profitable work and assure quality of all outputs
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write insightful and detailed presentations and reports, client handling and negotiation skills
- Interest in developing junior members of the team to fulfil their potential
Underlying all our work is a curiosity to get to grips with how people live and society can be improved. So if you think that sounds like you, and you have a passion for social research, then come and join our team.
In return, we offer:
- A competitive package, with a commitment to personal development where your efforts and achievements are recognised and rewarded
- A creative, busy, open and supportive working environment
- The opportunity to get involved with innovative techniques in addition to more traditional research methods
Ipsos is one of the world’s largest market research companies with offices in 88 countries. We are an innovative, entrepreneurial, client-focused organisation, providing research services to over 5,000 clients worldwide. We are the only global market research company that is still controlled and operated by market researchers. We are intellectually curious and passionate researchers who set ourselves high standards and aim to work collaboratively to service our clients most effectively.
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