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Thames Valley Berkshire LEP is recruiting a Research Manager

Research Manager

Salary: £50,000 per annum for the right candidate

(This post is dependent on renewable grant funding from government)

Are you an experienced economic researcher wanting to make a difference?

Looking for an in-house role where you can shape the research programme?

Interested in working in partnership to research a diverse range of local economic issues? 

Keen to analyse the impact of policy interventions?

If so, we want to hear from you…

At Thames Valley Berkshire LEP we believe in collaborative momentum: bringing together business, our unitary authorities, education and the community sector to drive the local economy to new levels of growth. Our purpose is to: bring about sustainable economic growth of the Thames Valley Berkshire sub region through the implementation of a strategic economic plan.

As part of the wider Thames Valley economic area, we serve Berkshire – a sub region second only to London in terms of economic output, with a GVA of £37.8bn per annum. We’re a strategic body led by a board of directors with a leading local business figure in the chair. We’ve developed a Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), which sets out the vision and business priorities for economic growth in Thames Valley Berkshire, and are developing a Local Industrial Strategy to 2030.

Our small Research Team sits at the centre of the LEP. It develops and maintains an up-to-date, robust evidence base that informs strategy; it evaluates policy interventions and provides an Observatory function to partners. We are now seeking a new manager to build on the work done to date and help guide the LEP through its next phase of operation and development.

Working with the LEP Project Management Office (PMO) and Staff Programme Leads, we need a qualified, professional researcher; someone who can work within the parameters of a busy programme determined by the SEP, an EU Structural & Investment Funds Strategy and Berkshire’s Skills Advisory Panel.

Candidates must be highly organised and capable of managing a demanding workload with competing priorities. They should demonstrate high standards of integrity, honesty and professionalism in their approach to work and be able to operate within a multi-stakeholder environment that includes central and local government, and politics. The Research Manager lines manages a Research Assistant.

All applications are to be made online. Please submit a covering letter and CV, both of no more than two sides of A4 each as part of your application. The recruitment pack is available here.

Contact person: Joanna Birrell

Contact email: joanna@thamesvalleyberkshire.co.uk

Closing date for applications:  9am Monday 25 November 2019

Interviews: w/c 2 December 2019

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