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Our Client:

Leading housing association, striving to provide quality, affordable homes in happy, successful places.

Job Description:

To drive our client’s research and policy development programme. Managing the Policy and Research Lead, this role will create and deliver a programme of internal and external research to influence policy at a national level.

You will:

  • Map housing policy/research landscape – identify key issues/areas of interest by key players (think tanks, academics, HAs, etc) – both past (existing research) and future horizon scanning (work underway or about to begin);
  • Create and manage a database of past housing research and policy (summarising key finding) ensuring information is freely available to the business (on a self-service basis);
  • Equip senior leaders with relevant policy/research in advance of external stakeholder meetings;
  • Suggest thought leadership opportunities and work with senior leaders to develop a programme of research to meet agreed objectives – including stated policy objectives;
  • Commission both qualitative and quantitative research to support Sovereign’s strategic aims – overseeing delivery and packaging findings in easy to digest formats;
  • Identify and develop relationships with potential partners – research suppliers, as well as other HAs or charities where our policy objectives align;
  • Oversee the delivery of Sovereign’s responses to policy consultations (working with senior managers to develop an agreed organisational view) – including mapping upcoming policy change (ie not yet at Consultation stage) – monitoring central government dept strategies;
  • Monitor effectiveness of the work of the Policy and Research team, demonstrating impact and value for money;
  • Manage Research Officer – to support on the delivery of the policy/research programme.

Essential skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills with a wide range of people and audiences;
  • Experienced Policy and Research professional;
  • Line management;
  • Strong understanding of Westminster and Whitehall.

Closing date

Applications for this post closed 11:59pm on Monday 13th January 2020