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Public Sector Director: focus on methods; high profile and large-scale social research programmes

This role offers the opportunity to work in one of the social research industry’s leading methods teams alongside similarly experienced and senior colleagues. You will be leading on all aspects of design for both complex and high-profile longitudinal studies as well as a wide range of ad hoc programmes, at proposal stage, and throughout the lifecycle of some of the industry’s highest-profile social research studies. And you will be keeping up to date with new techniques and tools in order to develop the offer and ensure it is at the cutting edge of developments.   

 What really stands out about this role is the opportunity to lead and work on some of the highest profile and large-scale social research programmes. Not only do these flagship surveys inform the direction of public policy and service provision so your work makes a difference, they are also very highly regarded and respected – often quoted in the quality press and on the news. And the ad hoc work gives variety in spades and presents a very different set of challenges in terms of sample design, modes, weighting etc. The role offers also the opportunity to work with other methodological specialists in the team, such as those focussed on behavioural and/or evaluative research, while focusing predominately on traditional quantitative social research techniques. 

 We are looking for a methods specialist; someone who is at home advising on sampling/sample design (including the pros and cons of approaches), survey modes, weighting and supporting new statistical offers. As well as your technical skills, we need someone who can communicate with clients who are often non-technical and explain the thinking to clients – and someone who takes pride in delivering to the highest quality standards in projects and new business. We would also like to hear from people who are genuinely interested in developing industry thinking, who want to write papers and who enjoy being given the opportunity to do this. All team members are encouraged to present two conference papers each year. 

 It may be that the methods side is part of your role currently and you want to focus on it, or it may be that you are a lone wolf in your organisation and you want to be part of a collaborative team of likeminded people to discuss client challenges and learn from. Either way, we would also love to hear from you.  

This is a great team – they thrive on complex challenges, are hugely respected by their clients, take a huge pride in their work, and they are very collaborative by nature. They are very highly valued by their researcher colleagues.  

Please contact Stephanie Fairbank either by email: [email protected] or telephone: 07595 821535. Visit our website for other great market research jobs:     

To c£65,000 plus benefits 

Blended working 



Salary: To c£65,000 plus excellent benefits

Type: All , Analysis and statistics , Quantitative research , Technical
Sector: All , Public Sector / Government
Ref: SF445562