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Director of Methods & Head of the Methodology and Innovation Hub

Location: London

Salary: Competitive

Department: Chief Executive's Office

Contract: Permanent

Application deadline: 19 March 2018

We believe passionately that our social research has the power to make life better.

We exist to improve people’s lives through high quality evidence and our last annual report shows that we had more impact than ever before in 2016-17, as well as growing revenues by 10% and posting a financial surplus.

Our forward-looking strategy “Towards 2025” is a bold one ( and the organisation is looking to “up its game” on methods as we implement our new methodology plans, agreed with our Trustees, reasserting ourselves as a leader in the field especially around survey methods.

We are now looking for a leader, a recognised name, to direct Methods at NatCen. She/he will inspire and direct our new National Centre for Social Research’s Methodology and Innovation (M&I) Hub.

The successful candidate will provide a focal point for the organisation’s Methodology and Innovation Leadership Group and methodology champions, as well as offer a recognised external reference point for our methods expertise, services and products. She/he will report directly to the Chief Executive.

About the post

We require a leader in survey and data methods who can:

  • Be an integral part of our senior leadership team;
  • Oversee and drive the methods function at NatCen including leading the new Methodology and Innovation (M&I) Hub and setting our forward plans;
  • Enhance our reputation externally as a leader in survey and data methods;
  • Inspire innovation and change as we extend our focus beyond social surveys to a broader remit on sources and data more widely.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Oversees and drives the Methods function at the Centre, as well as leading the Methodology and Innovation Hub, ensuring the coherence of our methodology, statistics and innovation plans;
  • Harnesses and provides expertise and innovation across the organisation and beyond;
  • Provides an external focal point & leads externally with members of the M&I Hub group, building the partnerships we need;
  • Decides upon and defines our M&I services, training and products;
  • Leads and/or advises on methods and innovation to support proactive business development, including small surveys, “Web First” and our Quality and Excellence Programme;
  • Keeps in touch with relevant methodology developments in the UK and beyond;
  • Generates a revenue target across the M&I Hub with Group leads, writing methods tenders.

About you (person credentials)

To succeed in this role, you will need to demonstrate:

  • Proven leadership and management skills, including the ability to set direction and successfully lead and inspire people;
  • Strong interest, knowledge and experience in methodology (including survey and data methods) and innovation;
  • That you are externally focused with a recognised name and track record externally and the ability to build partnerships with a range of stakeholders;
  • The ability to operate in a practical setting and to deliver to timetables;
  • Solid financial management skills including the ability to operate in a commercial environment with a need to win new business;
  • A good knowledge of surveys and data sources, data and analysis;
  • That you are pro-active and able to direct and inspire change;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

For a detailed job decription, please click here.

To apply and for more information:

For further information, please follow the link and for a confidential discussion please contact Kirsty Herrington or telephone her on 020 7250 7068.

To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter (maximum of two A4 pages) outlining how you meet the person credentials by email to copied to  

We actively encourage flexible working and welcome part-time (minimum of 3 days a week) or job share applications.

Closing date for applications will be Monday 19th March 2018.

We are intending to hold interviews the week commencing 16th April 2018.