SQW-037 - Research Consultant

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Posted: 05/02/2020 08:59
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £23,000 - £26,000
Location: Stockport
Level: Consultancy
Deadline: 04/03/2020 23:59
Hours: 37.50
Benefits: Excellent Flexible Benefits
Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Are you interested in how local economies work, whether businesses benefit from support schemes, or how innovation levels can be raised?

We are looking for bright, motivated early career professionals or recent graduates with a keen interest in economic development issues to join SQW in Manchester as a Research Consultant.

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the UK’s leading economic development consultancies helping our clients to shape national policy. You will join our Research Consultant Development Programme, which provides structure and support to boost your professional development during the first two years.  This offers training and opportunities to network with your peers in other offices and work with colleagues at all levels in SQW. 

Research Consultants play an important role in SQW’s project teams, working on a wide variety of assignments. Your work will typically include carrying out background research, conducting literature and policy reviews, managing and analysing surveys, undertaking interviews, analysing data, report writing, and contributing to team and client meetings. There are opportunities to make a real contribution to the business and help our clients shape national policy early on in your career with us.

Company Information

We have 50 consultants working from three offices across the UK – London, Edinburgh and Manchester.  Four values underpin how we work:

• Quality – take pride in achieving high levels of quality in our work

• Integrity – have integrity and objectivity in our work

• Impact – make a positive impact on clients on society

• Collaborative – working closely and openly with colleagues, clients and stakeholders. 

We have specific expertise in a range of policy areas, and there are opportunities to work across the board.  These include: spatial and local economic development; innovation and business growth; development economics, land and property.  Recent examples of projects across these areas include:

  • The evaluation of 11 City Region Deals Investment Funds across the UK.
  • Support to develop local industrial strategies across different parts of England including Liverpool and Berkshire.
  • Development of a Full Business Case for a major demand-led innovation programme in the West Midlands.
  • Concept development and demand assessment work for a proposed new medipark in South East Wales.
  • Development of an Independent Economic Review of the Midlands Engine.     
  • A high profile study into the evolution of the Bristol and Bath high tech cluster.  The evaluation of four of the UK’s Catapult technology and innovation centres for Innovate UK.
  • Research studies on access to finance for growth-oriented businesses, including in London, the north of England and Scotland

Person Requirements

You will be ambitious and work to very high standards, whilst taking responsibility for your own development in a supportive and challenging environment where you will enjoy variety and continuous learning.

Qualifications and Experience Requirements

You will have a minimum of a 2.1 first degree in a discipline such as economics, politics, geography or science. A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline is desirable.  The role requires strong analytical, written and communication skills, sound IT skills, and abilities to work collaboratively and manage your time effectively. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who can demonstrate strong quantitative research skills, including statistical analysis and/or relevant professional work experience. 



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