• Research Consultant: Participation & Engagement

    PRD is a consultancy focused on places. We are growing fast and we’re looking for an early-career professional to join our team of place makers, engagement specialists, researchers, economists, surveyors, and management consultants.

    At PRD we undertake economic and social research for our clients, supporting them from the earliest planning and inception stages right through to project delivery. We provide bespoke research and insight on the challenges facing towns and cities including the future of high streets, employment and skills, property and development, poverty, and community wellbeing. We work with public sector clients (e.g. local authorities, Mayor of London), private sector clients (e.g. housing developers) and charities/social enterprises.

    Quality community and stakeholder engagement is at the core of our approach.  We believe in collaborative working, engaging communities to understand their needs and to help them thrive. We find ways to give local people a way to influence change in the places they live, work, study and visit. 

    We are looking for a Research Consultant to support the development and delivery of our approach to engagement and participation. Your role will involve listening to people and working with communities to give them an active role in informing strategies for the future. This is likely to require working some weekends and evenings, and travel around the UK, to ensure people can take part in conversations about their community. You will also create and use engagement tools such as focus group discussion guides and questionnaires as well as help PRD develop its approach to supporting long term participation and strong community voices.

    As well as helping people to participate, you will support the promotion of events and activities through social media and other community channels. You will develop skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis to identify emerging themes and inform decision making, producing summary reports detailing the outcomes of engagement processes.

    You will report to a dedicated line manager, but you will often work on project teams involving other staff members.

    We are looking for someone who has a passion for community engagement with:

    Technical skills:

    • Experience of face to face and online community engagement approaches (desirable)
    • Delivery of social media communication approaches (desirable)
    • Strong numeric and data analysis skills (essential)
    • Analytical research skills including ability to find, critically analyse and present insights from quantitative and qualitative evidence (essential)
    • Excellent writing skills (essential)
    • An understanding of the public sector (desirable)
    • An ability to use Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint (essential)
    • Experience of using Adobe Creative Suite particularly InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop (desirable)
    • Driving licence (desirable)

     Behavioural competencies:

    • Openness: listen to and work with a wide range of people
    • Work collaboratively and provide support to a wider team: ability to thrive in small teams where you can work with teammates with a wide range of skills  
    • Analytical thinking: ability to identify key messages and clear insights from qualitative data
    • Organisation: ability to manage tasks effectively to deliver projects on time 
    • Problem solving: taking initiative to overcome challenges and come up with new ideas to move projects and ideas forward 
    • Delivering a variety of quality work at pace: taking an efficient and diligent approach to your work, even when working on a variety of different projects simultaneously.

    As an organisation, we:

    • Are committed to creating a positive and supportive work environment where everyone is supported to reach their full potential (including opportunities for training and personal development).
    • Are proud of our record of delivering community engagement projects that have enabled local people to shape the places they live, work and study and have created more inclusive and prosperous places.
    • Listen to communities and respond to their ideas, aspirations, and concerns. 
    • Are growing fast, with plenty of exciting projects and opportunities underway and on the horizon.
    • Come from broad range of technical backgrounds, bringing different perspectives to our work and opportunities for team knowledge sharing.
    • Work across the UK.

    Salary and benefits

    • Salary: £26-£29k (depending on experience)
    • 25 days holiday
    • Employer pension contribution
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Flexible and hybrid working arrangements
    • Budget for training and professional development

    Application process

    We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. If you have particular accessibility needs, please get in touch and let us know any requirements you may have.

    If you have any questions about the role or recruitment process, please contact Sarah Wheale-Smith (sarah.wheale-smith@prdemail.co.uk 07498 449 740).

    To apply, send the following items to sarah.wheale-smith@prdemail.co.uk by the end of Sunday, 3 July 2022.

    1. CV (max two pages)
    2. Responses to the following questions:
    • Tell us about a time when you have had to build rapport with a group of people. How did you approach it? What communication approaches did you use? What were the challenges you faced and how did you address them? (max 250 words)
    • Describe a time when you had to explain a complex issue in a simplified way. How did you approach it and what problems di you encounter? (max 250 words)
    • Tell us about a time when you had to deal with a sudden increase in your workload. What steps did you take to respond to the situation? (max 250 words)

    Please tell us how you meet the technical skills and behavioural competencies needed for the role in your CV and question responses.

    We aim to interview candidates week commencing 11 July 2022. We are currently conducting interviews in person at our office in central London. Our interview process usually consists of an initial interview with two senior staff members, for which you will be asked to prepare a short presentation in response to a task for the interview. There may be a second interview with two other members of senior staff if required.