Working at Learning and Work Institute

We are an independent research and development organisation dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. We're focused on the big questions. How do we help more people find work and build careers in a changing jobs market? How do we help people to be active and engaged citizens? And how do we do all of this at a time of constrained public finances?

Current Vacancies

Senior Researcher

Permanent - Full time / Flexibility or Part-time will be considered

London, Leicester or Cardiff

Available in Welsh

We are looking to recruit Senior Researchers to strengthen and support our existing team based in London, Leicester and Cardiff. We are looking for experienced and enthusiastic individuals with demonstrable project management skills to oversee a range of high quality, high impact research projects.

As a Senior Researcher you will design and manage multiple research projects, write bids and will help to influence public policy. You will also work collaboratively with highly respected colleagues who are recognised as national experts in the field of lifelong learning, economics and employment. As a team, we create discernable impact and deliver L&W’s mission.

The ideal candidate for this role will be highly organised; delegate effectively; motivate and manage staff; influence and build relationships internally and externally; collaborate and communicate effectively; adapt to change and manage a busy workload at pace. If this sounds like you, we would like to hear from you.

In return, you will have the opportunity to learn from renowned experts and you will shape, develop and manage research programmes across all of our areas of expertise. We are a friendly and supportive team; passionate and enthusiastic about our work. We support each other to develop and flourish.

L&W is a Silver Investor in People award holder, committed to equal opportunities and staff development including support for formal qualifications when applicable. L&W prides itself on being a supportive and flexible employer. We recognise the importance of work-life balance for our staff and will consider flexible working arrangements.

We offer a range of benefits in addition to a competitive salary including: 25 days holiday (rising to 27 after 5 years’ service); 8 Bank Holidays and 6 Grace Days (including Christmas closure); a generous pension scheme with the Local Government Pension Scheme (with up to up to 16% employer contributions); season ticket loan and a range of family friendly, health and wellbeing benefits.

We are always very keen to hear from Welsh speaking applicants. Please do indicate on your application if you can speak Welsh.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 29 November 2018.

Interviews will be held in London or Leicester on Tuesday 11 December 2018.

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To apply, please complete this application form, sign our Privacy Notice and send to [email protected]

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Are you starting your career in Research? Or looking for the next step in your career as a Researcher, Senior Researcher or Head of Research? If so, we want to hear from you!

L&W is a flexible and supportive employer. We are a Silver Investors in People Award holder committed to making L&W a great place to work. We are particularly interested in hearing from welsh-speakers, care leavers and those interested in flexible working. If you would like the opportunity to know more about us and our team, please get in touch.

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In addition to a competitive salary, we offer 35 to 39 days’ holiday including Bank Holidays, Grace Days and Christmas Closure. We also offer a generous pension with LGPS and Staff Benefits.

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Interested in joining our Consultants register?

We are always looking to engage with like-minded professionals to join our consultants register. To join the register, you will need a strong track record in learning, skills or employment, with excellent research or development skills. To find out more, or to receive an application form, please email us.