Rocket Science UK Ltd
London – £33,000 to £43,000 Edinburgh Newcastle – £30,000 to £40,000 Interested in making a difference through research? We are Rocket Science. A business with a social purposed committed to tackling inequalities through research, evaluation and grant making. You can find out more about us and why we do what we do in this one minute video. We are recruiting for two Research Managers in any one of our three offices (London, Newcastle, Edinburgh) to help manage a diverse portfolio of projects and contribute to developing our business. You can find out more about what a day at Rocket Science looks like and what motivates our people by checking out these stories from our team. Our people come from a range of backgrounds and experiences, from market research and consultancy through to social research roles, working in frontline organisations and charities. What brings us all together is a commitment to provide high quality actionable learning, insights and recommendations to our clients working in health, social care, criminal justice, education, employment, housing and communities. Here are some recent reports we have had published which give you an idea of the work we do: Parent-Infant Foundation – Rocket Science West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit – Rocket Science You will have lots of opportunities to develop and grow your skills, experience and understanding of peoples’ needs and services and what works or needs to change in improving the lives of people facing disadvantage and inequalities. We offer hybrid and a range of flexible working arrangements around a 37.5-hour week, 36 days holiday, 6% contributory pension, health and wellbeing support, income protection and other support such as travel loans and learning vouchers. We also have a real commitment to supporting our people to have a good work life balance, to manage their work around any caring responsibilities, health conditions and changing situations and importantly we have worked hard to eradicate a ‘long hours’ culture. What will you be doing? Our Research Managers play a significant role in helping to manage projects and people. You will be managing a range of projects often responsible to a Project Director: Providing day to day management of teams delivering evidence reviews, evaluations, needs assessments, surveys/consultations, face-to-face interviewing, focus group facilitation and analysis. Teams can comprise one or two consultants and sometimes more depending on the size of the project but in most cases will also be guided by a Project Director who can bring additional insight, quality assurance and support. Managing day to day interactions with clients, responding to needs and planning the work of project teams, ensuring that the project keeps on track and that the team deliver high quality work. This will include planning of resources, activities and using the different skills and experience of colleagues. For example we have a lead data analyst who supports our economic impact work, or a consultant that can support with organising fieldwork or a consultant that has a specific skill or knowledge of a sector. Bringing your skills and expertise to projects through knowledge of a particular sector or methodology or expertise i.e. evaluation, impact measurement, systems thinking. Our collaborative style of working means that we can assemble teams that bring a combination of existing skills and provide opportunities to grow. Pulling all the project elements together producing high quality outputs and reports with your team and thinking through recommendations and next steps with clients. These include designing research frameworks, research tools, analytical frameworks and report outputs such as infographics, dashboards and narrated presentations. What can you offer? We are looking for someone with at least 3-5 years market or social research experience, a good communicator with an interest in at least one of our areas of work. Ideally you will have experience of managing multiple projects and be used to working to deadlines. Importantly we are looking for someone who is great at managing team members, and can develop close and trusted relationships with existing and potential clients. After you have settled in you will have a lot of autonomy, but with a supportive, coaching led approach to your development, so being able to plan and prioritise workloads is an important skill. Your ability to think critically and to analyse and interpret information taking it from insight through to action will also be important as will be your writing and presentation skills. We use a range of software including Excel, PowerBi, Google, SmartSurvey MAXQDA and ArcGIS as well as a range of data tools so experience of these will be helpful. How to apply Don’t wait until the deadline you can apply before the closing date Monday 31st March at 5pm. We plan to hold virtual interviews and if you would like an informal discussion about the roles, please contact Caroline Masundire. Please complete the application on Breathe (our HR system). If shortlisted we will share the interview questions and formats with you in advance as we are keen to hear your views and experiences and discuss the role in a more dynamic way. The first stage will comprise a presentation and you will meet our directors Caroline and Cherri and it’s a chance to find out more about us and the role. The second will include a data task which is to assess your analysis skills and an informal chat with other staff members for you to ask any questions you would like to. We will also want to reflect on your work and experience with examples of projects and reports you have been involved with. If successful we will ask for references from you then. Good luck! Rocket Science operates an equal opportunities policy and will appoint solely on the basis of the applicant’s ability to do the job in question. We do not discriminate with reference to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, colour, religion, marital status or disability, nor will such factors play any part in decisions on appointment or selection.