RAND Europe

Senior Research Leader: Innovation, Health and Science

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Position Summary

Title:              Senior Research Leader: Innovation, Health and Science


Reports to:   Research Group Director


Location:      Cambridge, UK


Salary:           £55k - £65k


About RAND Europe


RAND Europe is a not-for-profit policy research organisation. Our mission is to help improve policy- and decision-making through evidence-based research and analysis. We realise our mission by undertaking objective, balanced and relevant research, sharing the insights and information widely, and working in partnership with a range of clients and collaborators.


We have a long-standing collaboration with the University of Cambridge: the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR). CCHSR aims to inform policy through evidence-based research on health services in the UK and internationally.


We are a values-driven organisation and our experience shows that our most successful researchers closely align their behaviours with our value set.


We wish to recruit a Senior Research Leader with an excellent track record in health services, health systems or public health research and good understanding of health and healthcare challenges and priorities in the UK and Europe.


About the team


The Innovation, Health & Science (IHS) team is a multidisciplinary team of health and health care researchers. IHS team members have backgrounds in public health, health services research, health economics, innovation and technology, psychology, systems design and neuroscience. We collaborate widely with like-minded academic and other organisations across Europe, with RAND Health in the U.S., and we have and continue to build strong research partnerships with collaborators internationally. Funders of RAND Europe’s health and healthcare research include the National Institute for Health Research, Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England, the European Commission, the Health Foundation, the World Health Organisation and other funders including charities and industry.


About the post


This is an exciting opportunity working with one of the world’s most respected public policy consultancies. It is ideally suited to a flexible and ambitious individual who is used to engaging with senior levels of government and wishes to make a real impact in health and healthcare policy, working alongside a very talented team in a collegiate and meritocratic environment.


We are looking for an inspirational Senior Research Leader to support the Research Group Director of the IHS team. They will be an internationally recognised expert within health and healthcare research and will strategically manage a portfolio of work. They will also be accountable for working with senior colleagues in supporting and motivating the IHS research group on a day-to-day basis, leading groups of talented researchers in winning and delivering research/consultancy tasks across a range of health and healthcare-related topics.


The Senior Research Leader will each be responsible for generating an annual revenue of £300k - £500k, leading bid and proposal/business development initiatives to support wider group objectives.


The role will be involved in developing a programme of research which will be wide-ranging and may include systematic and narrative reviews, intervention design and development, mixed-method evaluations, surveys, qualitative research with staff and patients, and analysis of routine health service data.


The successful candidate will have:


-A health or social science background with a demonstrable and strong track record of applying their research skills to policy problems. Relevant disciplines include health services research, public health, health economics, medical sociology, applied statistics and epidemiology. They will bring knowledge of health and/or healthcare, ideally in more than one setting.


-A demonstrable track record of winning funding for research/consultancy, ideally through a combination of contract research projects and grant funding.


-Excellent evidence of working as part of a team, motivating others and developing colleagues for career progression.


-An established network of contacts and partners across the health and healthcare sector with which RAND Europe will be able to develop collaborations and form teams to deliver first class research proposals and projects.


In addition they will have excellent analytical, writing and presentation skills (evidenced by examples) and the proven ability to communicate effectively with clients and to varied audiences. They will have strong project management experience, including experience of budget management.

Key Responsibilities

Research Leadership

  • Taking forward RAND Europe’s successful research track record in its existing health and healthcare areas of specialism, developing and managing a portfolio of large, complex projects and expanding into new profitable avenues of work.
  • Providing thought leadership within specialist topics and on new ways of addressing research challenges (including different methods and techniques).
  • Mentoring research staff and facilitating development of others' project management and methodological skills.
  • Taking a leading role in ensuring that RAND Europe’s research has a positive impact within policy communities

Business development

  • Contributing to delivery of research group target revenues and sales by securing funding for research and consultancy tasks, and supporting others in doing so.
  • Co-ordinating and managing a portfolio of business development initiatives including leading and supporting bid and proposal activity, often multi-partner proposals.
  • Consolidating and initiating networks and contacts with funders and collaborators.


Group and other responsibilities

  • Working with other team members and the Research Group Director to develop the Innovation, Health and Science Group’s research and strategy, drawing particularly on their specialist area of expertise.
  • As a senior member of the team, setting the collegiate tone and contributing to the development and profile of the wider organisation.
  • Leading on innovative ways to raise RAND Europe’s profile and communicate research findings to maximise impact.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience


Required skills and experience:

  • Internationally recognised expert in specialist area (topic and/or methodology).
  • Proven track record developing and managing significant projects relating to health and healthcare research in support of improved policymaking in the UK and European Union.
  • Extensive experience building and leading multi-disciplinary teams, with research leadership experience preferred.
  • Demonstrable success in business development, including bid and proposal writing (preferably securing governmental and/or research funding).
  • Good knowledge of the NHS and/or comparable healthcare systems.
  • Good research and policy networks in the UK and Europe.
  • Evidence of sustaining effective working relationships with stakeholders in the public and/or private sector and an understanding of their pressures and drivers.
  • Fluency in English is essential. Proficiency in one or more other languages would be an asset.
  • First class verbal and written communication skills with an ability to think and work accurately in high-pressure situations.


  • A credible academic track record to Masters Level (or possibly PhD level) in a related subject area, possibly supported by an MBA. Alternatively, demonstrable equivalent experience in a consulting or central government. A background in either the public, private or academic sector will be considered. 

Personal qualities:

  • Commercially astute, analytical thinker with the ability to see issues strategically and at a practical level from a variety of perspectives.
  • The gravitas, networking and sales presentation skills to build relationships at senior levels, facilitate joint decision making and develop an order book of business with potential funders and collaborators.
  • An inclusive, motivated leader and coach with the inspirational interpersonal skills to motivate a team, instil standards of excellence and develop people as appropriate for career progression.
  • Hands-on, team player with a strong commitment to rigorous research, customer service and the ability to project manage multiple tasks and work to tight deadlines.
  •  Ambitious, results driven self-starter with high energy levels, who is comfortable working with ambiguity as well as process, and quick to spot a commercial opportunity.
  • Open minded, with the humility to recognise success in others and accept challenge from highly capable junior members of the team.

 Although this role is based in Cambridge there will be some requirement to travel and spend brief periods away visiting clients in the UK and at other European sites.


Benefits package
- 8% employer contribution pension
- Bupa medical insurance
- Childcare vouchers
- Enhanced holiday allowance
- Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
- Flexible working arrangements
- Permanent health insurance
- Group life assurance
- A friendly multinational work environment
- Employee wellbeing initiatives – such as cycle to work schemes, fresh fruit and company bikes
How to apply
If you feel that you have the qualities to be a part of our team, please submit an application via RAND Europe’s online careers portal. Your application will consist of a CV, covering letter and a short writing sample (up to 3 pages, aimed at a non-technical audience). Please note, your CV, covering letter and writing sample must be submitted as a single document.


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