We’re hiring: Head of Research


Job title: Head of Research

Place of work: Central London

Salary: Competitive for non-profit

Minimum experience: 8 years

Contract Type: Full Time

Starting Date: ASAP


Please send applications to: recruitment@bestforbritain.org

Application Deadline: Monday 24 July 2017

Interviews: Phone Interviews 27 – 30 July; In-Person Interviews 2 – 4 August

Please send applications with CV and cover letter to: recruitment@bestforbritain.org


Job Profile


Best for Britain is a dynamic new advocacy and campaign organisation, working across the UK and other European capitals, focused on keeping all options on the table for the UK’s future relationship with the EU.


We are looking for an energetic, organised Head of Research to lead and coordinate the research effort of our campaign. The role will be fast-paced in a rapidly changing political environment. Dealing with sensitive information, candidates will be expected to work with discretion and good judgement.



  • Analyse existing data and write comprehensive briefs to support campaign work;
  • Create, maintain and leverage partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders, policymakers, experts, agencies, governments and thought leaders to leverage the policy and research work that exists on Brexit, the UK and the EU, and work to commission more such work;
  • Define and undertake creative, policy-oriented research to the service of the campaign objectives, using official statistics and robust research practices;
  • Monitor and report on relevant political, economic, industrial and other issues and summarise for senior staff;
  • Prepare documents for the website, blog posts, talking points and briefings for senior policymakers and principals;
  • Publish articles, working papers, policy briefs, blogs and short commentaries when necessary to promote the campaign and advocacy objectives of the organisation;
  • Brief colleagues, partners and journalists on a wide range of public policy issues;
  • Track events, media coverage and social media.



  • Clear commitment to the aims of the organisation;
  • Master’s degree preferred, preferably in a development-related, international relations, or economics field;
  • At least 8 years of research experience in a policy, communications or campaigning organisation;
  • A deep understanding of the key policy and political issues around the Brexit process – on the UK side and the EU side;
  • A proven track record of undertaking research that has led to media coverage and policy change;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, equally comfortable turning research into compelling and clear briefings for journalists/policymakers or briefing them in person;
  • Background knowledge in public policy around any of the following: EU politics/immigration and migration/health/etc.;
  • Highly numerate and comfortable dealing with numbers and statistics, including the ability to present numbers and statistics in a compelling way;
  • A good network of contacts in UK politics;
  • Experience in media analysis;
  • Experience in statistical analysis;
  • Experience in parliamentary research in the UK and Brussels;
  • Experience in legal research;
  • Willingness to experiment, innovate, learn and do things differently.


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