RAND Europe

  • Research Leader: Innovation/Science

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/12/2018 5:29 PM)
    ID
    2018-1148
    Close Date
    6/1/2019
  • Position Summary

    Title:            Research Leader: Innovation/Science

     

    Location:      Cambridge, UK

     

    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 conduct research to the standards of a university and deliver that work in the highly responsive manner expected from a consultancy. 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 wish to recruit a Research Leader with an excellent track record in one or more of the following policy areas: innovation policy, science policy or research evaluation. We are seeking a talented individual with policy research experience that has strong quantitative and or qualitative methodological skills covering two or more of the following areas: literature review (i.e. rapid evidence assessment or systematic review), stakeholder engagement (i.e. structured or semi-structured interviews, focus groups, workshops, gaming), design of monitoring and evaluation frameworks, intervention logics, indicator design and data collection (qualitative and quantitative), and impact assessment (cost-benefit analysis, multi-criteria analysis). The successful individual will have experience of science policy, innovation policy and/or research evaluation for the UK government and/or the European Commission and member state institutions, and the ability to network extensively and develop business across areas both within and beyond your immediate areas of expertise. Applications are welcomed from those with a background in the public sector, academia or consultancy.

    About the post

    We are looking for an inspirational Research Leader to support the Research Group Director of the Innovation, Health & Science (IHS) research group. The particular focus of this role is to lead business development and project delivery for the IHS group’s innovation/science/research policy client base. This will include developing your own portfolio of research with UK government departments and public bodies, the European Commission, other European institutions and Member States as well as supporting the wider IHS team in growing their portfolio of policy research work. The role will necessarily involve extensive networking with current and potential future clients and partners to successfully position IHS for future contracts. You will 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 innovation and science related topics. The Research Leader will be responsible for generating an annual fee income of £250K - £300K, leading bid and proposal/business development initiatives to support wider group objectives. This role is based in Cambridge, although there will be some requirement to travel and spend brief periods visiting clients in Europe, in particular RAND Europe’s Brussels office.

    The Research Leader will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers in the IHS group within RAND Europe. IHS team members have backgrounds in public health, health services research, health economics, science, innovation and technology policy, psychology, systems design and neuroscience. We collaborate widely with like-minded academic and other organisations across Europe, with the RAND Corporation in the U.S. and we have and continue to build strong research partnerships with collaborators internationally.

    Successful candidates will have:

    --A background in science policy, innovation policy and/or research evaluation with a demonstrable and strong track record of applying their research skills to policy problems. Relevant disciplines include public policy, politics, economics, sociology or related social science disciplines and/or a background in the natural sciences with related policy experience.

    --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 with which RAND Europe will be able to develop collaborations and form teams to deliver first class research proposals and projects.

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

    You will work in a strong team-based environment to conduct policy analysis in UK, European and global settings. Funders of the IHS team’s research include the UK government, the European Commission, the Health Foundation, the World Health Organisation and other funders including charities and industry.

    This is an exciting opportunity working with the 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 on policy working alongside a very talented team in a collegiate and meritocratic environment.

    In your application you must state your eligibility to work in the EU.

    Position summary

    Supports Research Group Director in the delivery of group and organisation-wide business objectives. Leads teams in undertaking high quality and objective research and analysis.

    Key Responsibilities

    Key responsibilities

     

    Research Leadership

    • Taking forward RAND Europe’s successful research track record in its existing innovation, health and science areas of specialism, developing and managing a portfolio of large, complex projects and expanding into new areas of work.
    • Providing thought leadership on specialist topics and 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 as multi-partner proposals.
    • Consolidating and initiating networks and contacts with funders and collaborators. 

    Group and other responsibilities

    • Working with other team members and the Group Director to develop the IHS group’s research and strategy.
    • As a senior member of the team, setting a 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.
    • Other duties as required.

    Skills, Qualifications and Experience

    Skills and Experience

     

    • Proven track record developing and managing significant projects related to innovation, health and science research in support of improved policymaking in the UK and/or EU.
    • 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 research and policy networks in the UK and/or EU.        
    • 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.
    • Intermediate Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills.

    Qualifications

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

    Knowledge and 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. Willing to get his/her hands dirty when the situation demands.
    • 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.

     

    Benefits

    Benefits package
     
    As a member of the team you will enjoy:
     
    - 8% Employer contribution pension
    - Bupa medical insurance
    - Permanent health insurance
    - Group life assurance
    - Enhanced holiday allowance
    - Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
    - Fresh fruit every day
    - Cycle to work scheme
    - Company bikes
    - Employee wellbeing initiative

    How to Apply

    How to apply

     

    If you feel that you have the qualities to further strengthen our team, please submit an application via RAND Europe’s online careers portal. You will need to submit a CV, covering letter and a short writing sample (up to 3 pages, aimed at a non-technical audience). Please ensure that your CV, covering letter and writing sample is submitted as one single document.

     

    The deadline for applications is 6 January 2019.

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