Job posted: 13 March 2017

Closing date: 2 April 2017

Salary: £30k-£35k

Contract type: Permanent, full time (37.5 hours per week)

The Centre has a strong track record producing policy research on urban economic performance, housing, governance, enterprise, skills and investment.  We have a distinctive approach, delivering high quality advice and practical policy solutions to decision-makers in Whitehall, cities and business.

We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Analyst to play a major role in the development and delivery of the Centre’s research and policy programme.  In particular, we are looking for someone that can take forward the Centre’s work on housing and infrastructure related issues and their impact on city economic performance.

To be an Analyst you will need to have a good knowledge of UK cities and their economic performance, an established track record of designing, managing and delivering research projects, and be able to write high quality reports and blogs.

To apply email a completed application form to: by Midnight, 2 April 2017.

Interviews will take place on the week commencing 10 April 2017.

Key responsibilities:

  • Economic and policy analysis of UK cities’ performance with a particular focus on housing and infrastructure.
  • Managing and delivering a range of research outputs and projects.
  • Managing key external relationships.

Job description

  • Lead project teams and oversee delivery of high quality outputs (research & events) for our key audiences – central government, cities and business.
  • Undertake quantitative and qualitative economic and policy research on cities in the UK.
  • Play a leading role in the Centre’s policy development with respect to housing and planning, and provide the team with expertise and thought leadership in related policy areas.
  • Represent the Centre’s interests and positions to external policy networks in Whitehall, cities, and business.
  • Maintain a network of contacts in cities, government, business and academic organisations
  • Input into fundraising activities, including preparation of proposals, meetings and presentations with potential partners and monitoring relationships and opportunities, as required by the Senior Management Team (SMT)

Person specification

  • Good knowledge of UK urban economic research and policy, in particular detailed understanding of UK housing market patterns and their effects on the economic growth of UK cities.
  • Strong research and analytical skills, including the ability to understand data and draw out the key issues and apply them to the Centre’s research programme and current policy debates.
  • Experience of engaging with policy-makers in cities and or Whitehall.
  • Ability to work well in a team.
  • Good project management skills, and the ability to work under pressure and to juggle competing deadlines.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, with the ability to write in a variety of formats and address a range of audiences.
  • Excellent IT skills, including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office products, especially Excel.
  • Good first degree in economics or related subject that provides the experience and skills to carry out thorough research and policy thinking on urban policy, particularly related to the economic performance of cities.

Benefits and how to apply

  • £30-35k per annum
  • Up to 10% matched pension contribution
  • 28 days annual leave (increasing to 30 days after four years)
  • Generous maternity and paternity leave
  • Childcare vouchers

Download an application form and send it to: by midnight, 2 April 2017.

We do not accept CVs, applications received after the deadline will not be considered.