Senior Researchers and Researchers

Apply here: Link – Please see application details for both roles at the bottom of the page.

Application closing date: 9am Monday 3rd February 2020.

Interview dates: First interviews will be held Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th February. Shortlisted candidates will be sent a task 48h in advance which they will need to present during the first interview. Second interviews will be held on Monday 24th February in the afternoon/early evening.

Location: Westminster, London

Start date: As soon as possible.

We are happy to consider applicants that wish to work part-time. Reform is committed to diversity, and so if you require any reasonable adjustments to be made at any stage of the application process please let us know.

Reform is recruiting Senior Researchers and Researchers to join its small and passionate team. The successful candidate will help produce independent, challenging and authoritative research, and will assist in supporting Reform’s communications and events. You will be a dynamic, motivated and self-aware individual with a track record of strong research and communication skills and committed to our core principles.

For 15 years, Reform has been the leading think tank at the heart of Whitehall and Westminster’s efforts to transform public services for the better, in the interests of all citizens and within sound public finances. It is a non-partisan, independent research charity. Its core research areas are Criminal Justice, Education, Health and Social Care and Welfare, as well as cross-cutting issues such as digital transformation and procurement.

Successful candidates will be joining Reform at an exciting time as we launch our 2020 programme. This will include research on the role of public services and government in transforming ‘left behind’ communities; and ways of reforming capitalism to ensure the economy works for everyone.

Alongside its research, Reform runs around 60 policy events a year, attended by ministers and shadow ministers, other parliamentarians, senior officials, public service leaders, academics and business leaders.

Reform cares about the wellbeing and development of its staff. It offers a range of benefits and provides opportunities for training and progression across the organisation.

  • Researcher

Salary: £26,000 - £30,999 dependent on experience, plus private pension scheme and health/dental insurance.

Job description: Researchers are responsible for scoping and undertaking high-quality research and, with the help of senior members of the research team, producing robust, evidence-based research reports. The successful candidate will also play in a full role in producing innovative research-based content, including animated videos and infographics – with plenty of scope for creativity.  They will be asked to work across subject areas, allowing them to build a solid basis as policy generalists. They will have a good grasp of different research methodologies (qualitative and/or quantitative).

The successful candidate will be a self-starter and have excellent attention to detail. They will have an opportunity to produce to write blogs and comment articles in the press as well as present Reform’s work in local media outlets. The successful candidate will develop a broad network of contacts within the public and private sector to further raise Reform’s profile and support base. To this end, they will also be asked to write event proposals and support the successful delivery of events.

Core competencies:

  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills with the ability to research a wide-range of topics using multiple sources.
  • Good organisational and project planning skills.
  • Comfortably able to work independently, prioritise and seek help when needed.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills including self-awareness and empathy.
  • Self-starter with a strong sense of initiative and creativity.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Good verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Excel and Power Point is desirable but not essential as training will be provided.

Skills and experience:

  • An undergraduate degree with a First or 2.1 in a relevant discipline, though those with equivalent relevant experience will be considered.
  • 1-2 years of work experience in a relevant sector is preferred but not required.

 

  • Senior Researcher

Salary: £31,000 - £37,999 dependent on experience, plus private pension scheme and health/dental insurance

Job description: Senior Researchers are responsible for leading, scoping and undertaking high-quality research projects. They will also support more junior members of the research team in producing robust, evidence-based research reports. They will demonstrate self-awareness and empathy when being project leads and work to create an open and collaborative work environment.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to specialise or remain a policy generalist. However, they might be asked to lead on projects across Reform’s policy areas. The successful candidate will have an excellent grasp of different research methodologies (qualitative and/or quantitative) and excellent attention to detail.

As part of an innovative team, the successful candidate will also play in a full role in producing creative research-based content, including animated videos and infographics – with plenty of scope for new ideas.

The successful candidate will be expected to build their own personal profile and increase Reform’s by regularly pitching op-eds to the press, speaking at external events and presenting Reform’s work in local and national media. In addition, they will chair Reform events with high-profile politicians and public sector leaders. They will also be expected to support Reform’s fundraising by building relationships with a wide range of potential supporters and writing fundraising proposals.

Core competencies:

  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills with the ability to research a wide-range of topics using multiple sources.
  • Good project management skills, including the design, process and delivery of a project within set timelines.
  • Good leadership skills.
  • Comfortably able to work independently and in a team.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills including self-awareness and empathy.
  • Good verbal communication skills.
  • Self-starter with a strong sense of initiative and creativity.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in Excel and Power Point.

Skills and experience:

  • An undergraduate degree with a First or 2.1 in a relevant discipline.
  • 3 - 4 years of work experience in a relevant sector (including but not limited to consulting, think tank, government, academia, journalism, etc.).

Application details

As part of our commitment to diversity, Reform has developed a name- and university-blind application form. All applications should be submitted using this link. We do not accept cover letters or CVs.

The application form contains four sections (Personal Details, Education and Employment History, Motivation, Competencies) which you will have to complete in one sitting – please note there is not an option to pause and save your responses. In the competency section you will be asked to write a 400-word blog on a UK public policy topic of your choice. Imagine that you are writing this piece for the Reformer blog. This task is designed to test your writing skills, knowledge of Reform’s areas of research, expertise and originality.

We highly recommend that you copy and paste your responses in a separate document to avoid losing your work in the event of a technical glitch!

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Thank you for considering applying for a job at Reform. We are really looking forward to reading your application