Senior Researcher

England, Essex, Chelmsford
£36800 - £43299 per annum
29 Mar 2021
26 Apr 2021
Contract Type

Senior Researcher

Fixed Term,12 months

Full Time, 37 hours per week

Up to £43,299 per annum

Location: Chelmsford (remote initially*)

Closing Date: 11th April 2021

About us

Essex County Council is working with Sport England and Active Essex to build healthier, stronger and more active communities. We are leading one of 12 Local Delivery Pilots (LDP) funded by Sport England to use innovation to tackle population levels of physical inactivity in low-income communities. Our LDP is being tested in Basildon, Colchester and Tendring, with successful approaches being scaled up across Essex.

We are recruiting a Senior Researcher to play a vital role in shaping how we use data and insight to inform our decision making and to measure our impact ensuring our investments into interventions and across our system deliver meaningful change in the communities we serve.

We need expert support in designing and recommissioning an ambitious three year evaluation programme, ensuring physical activity interventions (at project and system level) are informed by appropriate data and insight, working with specialists across the public and private sector, and with leading academic advisors in a fast paced, dynamic, environment.

About you

You will be a key member of the LDP senior leadership team, and you will lead our work in data, insight, measurement, and evaluation to shape the strategic direction of the LDP. You'll work hand-in-glove with analysts and other professionals, securing insights on 'what works' and influencing investment decisions. At the same time, you will lead on the redevelopment and design of our strategic evaluation contracts.

You'll need a track record of managing high-level research, insight and evaluation projects. You'll also demonstrate public sector and commercial acumen and an ability to get things done within complex multi-stakeholder environment.

You will have the attributes to work collaboratively with a wide variety of people, be comfortable leading those at senior level, build trusted relationships with stakeholders, and influence thinking and strategy. You'll need a proven commitment to your own professional development and the drive to play a full part in the development of a small but highly influential team. The role will work directly to support for the LDP but will be embedded within Essex County Council's wider Research and Citizen Insight function.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

We're looking for someone with recognised technical ability. You may have relevant qualifications or be qualified by experience - either way, you'll use a variety of tools and methods to make sense of large amounts of quantitative and qualitative data. You will have the ability to present the data findings in clear and compelling formats for a variety of audiences and can put this across in a way that's compelling and easy to understand - using evidence to tell the story for senior decision-makers and stakeholders.

You will be responsible for line management of an analyst, and be responsible for managing the data, insight and evaluation budget whilst being connected into the wider family of Essex County Council Research and Citizen Insight.

In return, you can look forward an excellent rewards package, as well as flexible working and exposure to future career opportunities.

To view the full role profile please visit the full advert on the Working for Essex website.

Contact and apply

To apply, please submit your CV and a Supporting Statement via the apply button on the Working for Essex website.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview week commencing 19th April 2020.


Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please visit the Working for Essex website.

*This position will initially, in line with current government guidance be based from home, with an expectation of being home based for the foreseeable future. However, if / when government guidelines change the role may then revert to being office based, whilst retaining some flexible working options.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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