Economic & Social Policy Consultant

Shared Intelligence

£ 21,500 - 23,000

Data & Analytics
Posted 3 weeks ago

Interested in joining a public policy consultancy specialising in local governance, local economies and local public service delivery? Read on!

Tell me more… 👀 

Shared Intelligence are a small staff-owned economic development, public policy and research consultancy. They work with clients in central and local government, public agencies and charities to make places better and support local economies.

They are looking to recruit a recent graduate to support their economic and social policy and evaluation work.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support directors and project managers on delivery of individual projects, by understanding the research requirements and helping to design and implement methodologies for delivery
  • Assist and conduct primary and secondary research, including desk-based research using secondary reports and manipulating datasets, as well as carrying out interviews and helping with focus groups
  • Analyse research findings and help to draft reports, including developing well-evidenced conclusions and recommendations for clients
  • Provide administrative and project-coordination support where required, e.g. setting up interviews and focus groups, liaising with clients
  • Support business relationships with clients, by being aware of personal impact on clients and developing skills to build professional rapport and lasting relationships.
  • Develop business skills in a consultancy environment, including project management and work-winning

They do not expect you to be an expert in all these areas. They are looking for someone who is keen to learn, can learn quickly, and has the confidence and flexibility to work across a number of projects.

Candidates must:

  • Be self-motivated, well-organised, and quick learners
  • Be able to work effectively in a team as well as under their own initiative
  • Be committed to equality of opportunity and our ethos of collaboration with our clients to create sustainable, diverse and prosperous communities

You will have a line manager who will look after your personal development, help you manage your workload, and be your first point of contact within the company on individual assignments. You will work to different project managers and it is likely that you will work on more than one project at a time.

They will expect you to take an active interest in the work they do and the policy areas they work in, and to further your own learning in these areas. They will support you, where possible, to attend particular work-related conferences and events.

Do I fit the bill? 🕵️

This is an entry level position, although the candidate who fills the role will be encouraged to learn and take on responsibility quickly. Any experience conducting economic and social policy research will be a major benefit.

You will need:

  • A Bachelor’s degree at 2:1 or above ideally in the social sciences
  • To be IT literate (i.e. fully competent in spreadsheets, web search, text creation, email, presenting software and have competence in video-over-internet, and using digital and multimedia files)
  • The right to work in the UK

Furthermore, they expect candidates to demonstrate:

  • The ability to design and apply research methods and techniques including; literature reviews, creating research samples, quantitative surveys, interview topic guides, setting up systems for data capture and analysis, including through web-based survey software
  • Good basic knowledge of UK economic and social policy at national and local level
  • Good analytical skills, with some familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research methods including producing charts and diagrams from raw data
  • Report writing skills for a professional audience
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to self-task, organise multiple tasks, and work to deadlines
  • Appetite to learn how to write competitive tenders, win work, and represent the company in business development situations

The exciting bits!

  • 29 days leave per year (increasing to 31 after 2 years) 🏖️
  • Pension contributions from the company 💰
  • Phone and home-working allowances 👍
  • Permanent health insurance/income protection 🩺
  • Child care vouchers 👶
  • Cycle to work schemes and travelcard loan scheme 🚴
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development 🚀

The key details 

💰 Salary range begins at £21,600 but will depend on experience.

📍 Location: London

📅 Full time permanent role subject to a probation period.

What’s the culture like? 

As an organisation they believe in a collaborative working style and using high quality evidence to support decision-making. Joining Shared Intelligence, you will have the opportunity to work across the company and gain a broad range of experience.

Based in their open plan London office you will have regular daily contact with the entire team from their office administrator to their Directors.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Shared Intelligence 🛍️ 

"Shared Intelligence is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of treating all its employees and job applicants equally. It is our policy to take all reasonable steps to employ and promote employees on the basis of their abilities and qualifications without regard to race, religion, colour, sex, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. We will appoint, train, develop and promote on the basis of merit and ability alone."

Company Description

Shared Intelligence is an economic development, public policy and research consultancy. They work with clients in central and local government, local enterprise partnerships, public agencies and charities to make places better and support local economies. As an organisation they believe in a collaborative working style and using high quality evidence to support decision-making.

Current and recent assignments include:

  • Designing and delivering projects to improve leadership and inter-organisational collaboration among organisations involved in local public services
  • Reviewing the delivery and impact of individual local public services and social policy initiatives to provide options for change, improvement, and increased efficiency
  • Working with groups of local agencies to establish their plans for devolution
  • Producing economic development strategies with a strong evidence base in order to develop relationships with businesses, skills providers and understand infrastructure requirements
  • Supporting national policy-makers through research and the production of evidence-based case studies and best practice
  • Evaluating the impact of services and programmes delivered by national charities and NGOs, and central and local government

You can read more about their work, and what their clients say about them on their website