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Public Affairs - Research Executive - Health and Social Care

Job description

Are you looking to build your career in one of the world’s largest research Organisations?

Ipsos Public Affairs are the leaders in social research. We bridge the gap between government and the public, providing robust research and analysis. We cover broad issues that shape the delivery of public services in modern society and how to engage the public in the policy-making process.

This vacancy is for a mixed methods role within the Health and Social Care team. Our hugely impactful research and evaluation portfolio means we are influencing policy across the NHS, from deliberation with the public around complex trade-offs, to major patient experience surveys, the measurement of public perceptions, evaluation of programmes such as cancer diagnostic interventions and a host of mixed methods studies around topics such as health inequalities, technology in the adult social care sector, use of health services and so on.

The role…
This is an exciting opportunity for a developing researcher to learn more about methods and project management, in order to take on an increasing role in managing high profile studies which influence and inform decision-making about health services. You will learn this in a friendly environment where you have multiple people to learn from to develop your skills.
We would prefer a mixed-methods researcher, but are open to the right person so qualitative or quantitative researchers should also apply. The main responsibilities will include:
Supporting project managers on quantitative and qualitative research projects from inception through to delivery
Keeping clients updated on progress – we trust and encourage people at all levels to work and liaise directly with our clients
Liaising with suppliers and internal operations colleagues to ensure the objectives of the research are met and on budget
Contributing to questionnaires and discussion guides that meet clients’ and stakeholders’ objectives
Drafting fieldwork materials such as invitation letters, interviewer instructions and recruitment materials
Managing and monitoring fieldwork
Moderating depth interviews and discussion groups
Drafting data specifications and checking data files
Writing reports and presentations that deliver insights to meet the client's objectives
Quality checking key deliverables, ensuring they are delivered accurately and to the highest quality
Monitoring a project’s financial progress, identifying problems and suggesting solutions

What do I need to bring with me…
Very good quantitative and qualitative social research skills, and ability to comfortably support projects and deliver day-to-day
Very good attention to detail, organised, and solutions-focused
Time management skills, working across multiple projects, prioritising tasks efficiently
Ability to work to tight and demanding deadlines with high quality outputs
Experience in writing questionnaires, discussion guides, fieldwork materials etc.
Proficiency in Excel, SPSS and other packages (desired, not essential)
Ability to understand and interpret qualitative and quantitative data
Very good communication, client handling and supplier negotiation skills
Confident and clear written and verbal communication skills, including experience of preparing written reports and presentations, with a high level of accurate use of English and the ability to write in a variety of styles.
Proven ability to work well in teams
Policy knowledge and expertise in relevant areas  or ability to pick up new policy areas


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