Birmingham, West Midlands
Greater London
Greater Manchester
Newcastle, Newry, Mourne and Down
£35,000 - £40,000 per year/£40,000 - £45,000 (London)+ Generous Benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

About us


The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we support people and communities to prosper and thrive.


National Lottery players raise an incredible £36 million a week for good causes. This money funds projects and activities that transform communities, protect our heritage and enrich lives through arts, spots and culture. We are proud to be one of 12 distributors responsible for awarding this funding across the UK.


Thanks to National Lottery players, last year we were able to award over half a billion pounds of life-changing funding to UK communities, supporting thousands of projects making a real difference to people’s lives.


Over eight in ten of our grants were for under £10,000 going to grassroots groups and charities across the UK doing great things to support their communities, during a particularly tough time.


We also distribute non-National Lottery funds, working closely with Government on funding for important issues, such as tackling loneliness, multiple and complex needs, mental health and distributing Dormant Accounts money.


Over the last five years we’ve awarded a total of £3.4 billion, of which £2.7 billion is National Lottery money.


We fund things that matter – whether helping communities respond positively to national, regional or local priorities, or helping the UK achieve its big social ambitions. Our grants range from £500 up to multi-million-pound programmes – supporting people and projects to do extraordinary things and bring great ideas for their community to life.


About the role


We’re looking for an experienced Research Manager to join our team of 11 Research and Evaluation Specialists.  In this new role, you will work with colleagues across different teams and functions of the organisation. 


You will be commissioning research that helps us better understand what supports people and communities to thrive and supporting colleagues to use this evidence to inform funding strategy.


You’ll also help colleagues with a range of other research needs (e.g. brand and communications research) supporting them with best practice in design and analysis.


A key part of this role will be improving the coordination of our research – bringing together research from a range of sources, analysing and synthesising findings so they can be more easily understood, accessible and easier for people to use. You will support colleagues to interpret and make sense of this evidence and what it means for them, helping people to use research evidence to inform decision making. 


Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 37 Hours per week, flexible working considered

Interview Date: Wednesday 24th November

Location: Flexible – office/ remote/ hybrid.  Our offices are across the UK (Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Newtown, Newcastle).


Essential criteria


  • Expertise in social and market research with experience of a range of qualitative and quantitative methods and analysis
  • Experience of carrying out secondary research, collating evidence from a range of sources to build a coherent story
  • Statistical analysis skills (with experience of using SPSS or other statistical analysis software)
  • Ability to communicate insight clearly and effectively, helping people to use findings to inform their work


Desirable criteria


  • Experience of conducting research with VCSE organisations
  • Experience of procuring, commissioning and managing research projects
  • Applied experience of ethical, safeguarding and data protection considerations in research


For You


We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.


We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:


  • Generous annual leave and company pension scheme
  • Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals
  • Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Season ticket and cycle to work loans
  • Paid volunteering leave


Equal opportunities


Communities in the UK come in all shapes and sizes. National Lottery funding is for everyone – we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and work hard to ensure our funding reaches where it is needed.


We also believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. We are committed to being an inclusive and great place to work, and recognise our people come from diverse backgrounds.  As such we particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.


We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We welcome applications from disabled people and will proactively make reasonable adjustments if needed through the recruitment process and during employment. This can be related to a physical and mental health conditions.


We are also proud to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion, supporting our commitment to being a great place to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff.

Refreshed on: 14 October 2021
Closed date: 08 November 2021
Job ref: 210107
Tags: Policy/Research

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