We are the leaders in social research and bridge the gap between government and the public, providing robust research and analysis.
We cover broad issues that shape the delivery of public services in modern society and how to engage the public in the policy-making process. Our teams work for every single central government department, the devolved administrations, regulators, agencies and the third sector. We work closely with the centre of government, as well as with policy-makers across Whitehall and in the wider political environment such as think tanks, the interested private sector and the media.
Our work has a direct bearing on the decisions made by government, organisations and citizens. We take that responsibility seriously and, because of this, do work of the highest quality that stands up to close scrutiny.
We are looking for a Senior Research Executive to join our Education, Children and Families team. This is an exciting opportunity to develop a career in social research and evaluation. You’ll work directly with clients on projects, within a supportive, friendly environment. You’ll have access to training on everything from presentation skills to management techniques.
- Managing both quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation projects from inception through to delivery, managing fieldwork, analysis and reporting and presenting findings to clients.
- Effective communication with clients including senior policy makers, and internal and external suppliers.
- Write smaller proposals and contribute to more complex proposals.
- Draft questionnaires and discussion guides that meet clients’ objectives, including creative approaches where relevant.
- Write reports and presentations that deliver insights to meet the client's objectives.
- Monitor a project’s financial progress, identifying problems and suggesting solutions.
- Be the key point of contact for clients on project-related matters, taking a proactive approach to develop knowledge of the client’s business.
- Effectively manage relationships with suppliers and with internal operations colleagues to ensure the objectives of the research are met and on budget.
- Provide guidance, support and coaching to junior team members.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Academic or work-related experience in a social research, evaluation or business related discipline.
- Excellent project management skills, able to work to tight and demanding deadlines to deliver profitable work.
- Proficiency in Excel, SPSS and other packages.
- Be logical and able to understand complex data.
- Excellent communication, client handling and supplier negotiation skills.
- Time management skills and able to work across multiple projects, prioritising tasks efficiently.
- Excellent writing skills and experience of preparing reports and presentations, with a high level of accurate use of English, including the ability to write in a variety of styles.
- Proven ability to work well in teams with input from specialists (e.g. qualitative recruiters, evaluation practitioners, and economists).
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 work on interesting research and evaluation studies which have a direct impact on policy and practice.
- The chance to get involved with innovative research and evaluation techniques.
The Education, Children and Families’ team has a diverse and developing social research and evaluation programme which runs right across the sector. Our clients include the Department for Education, Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, charities, regulatory authorities, universities as well as international bodies. Areas of research cover the full remit of education, children and families’ policy and delivery, using a range of research and evaluation methods. We work with teachers, staff in children’s services, children, young people and parents including those defined as 'vulnerable’.
Ipsos is one of the world’s largest market research companies with offices in 86 countries. We are an innovative, entrepreneurial, client-focused organization, providing research services to over 5,000 clients worldwide. Proudly, we are the only global market research company that is still controlled and operated by market researchers. We aim to be intellectually curious and passionate researchers who set ourselves high standards and aim to work collaboratively to service our clients most effectively.
Ipsos is an equal opportunities employer. We recognise that everybody is different and strive to harness those differences to create an inclusive environment where individuals feel valued, their talents are recognised and they are given every opportunity to develop their full potential.