Flexible – UK All Locations

Are you looking to develop a career in within one of the world’s largest Research Organisations?

Ipsos MORI Public Affairs (PA) houses one of the largest social research qualitative businesses in the UK, the Qualitative Research and Engagement centre. This team was recently formed following the merger of the qualitative methods team and public dialogue teams. It is a group of ten specialists leading on methods development, training and delivery of all types of qualitative research projects for our clients, as well as supporting wider teams in PA.  The team’s mission is to deliver and, support PA to deliver, high quality, impactful and ethical research and engagement that puts understanding people’s lived experiences at the heart of what we do.

A number of the team specialise in all types of dialogue and deliberative engagement work, running events such as citizen assemblies, juries and public dialogues for public sector clients in the health and science areas in particular, and increasingly in the environment space too.


The role:
To further strengthen the team, and diversify our work into particular policy areas, we are seeking an experienced Associate Director or Director to lead and grow our deliberative engagement work. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a large, newly merged, team and have a key role in growing our deliberative engagement business. There will be the opportunity to work on high profile large-scale projects (such as our recent OneLondon project and current deliberative dialogue for Test and Trace) and you will have access to whole plethora of industry leading inhouse tools, methods, expertise and academic partnerships.

What you will be doing...
  • Contributing to the strategy and direction for the team, deliver on targets, ensuring we are forward thinking and innovative in our use of deliberative engagement work and how it fits into our overall research offer;
  • Developing strategic client relationships, while ensuring projects are delivered to budget and timescale;
  • Directing all types of deliberative engagement proposals, supported by a wider team;
  • Directing medium and large-scale deliberative engagement studies, often of a high profile, from design to findings and recommendations; 
  • Working closely across all the research and evaluation teams to execute high quality deliberative studies, including presenting and drafting accessible and concise reporting outputs;
  • Developing and refining new engagement offers for clients; identifying the best and most appropriate use of technology and digital platforms;
  • Building the capacity of deliberative engagement within PA at all levels, through training, advice and guidance to ensure that clients and staff fully understand the value of engagement methods
  • Raising the profile of Public Affairs deliberative engagement work with clients and the industry by producing impact work, speaking at events and developing a high personal profile;
  • Line management of staff.
What do I need to bring with me?
  • Proven ability to lead and grow business within a commercial setting;
  • Extensive experience designing and leading projects utilising deliberative methods (including Sciencewise dialogues, citizens assemblies, juries etc);
  • Strong influencing and networking skills both internally and externally;
  • Proven ability to direct deliberative projects to timescale and budgets
  • Experience of leading deliberative engagement proposals;
  • Extensive experience of all types of qualitative, deliberative and dialogue methods;
  • Strong business development and impact skills;
  • Enthusiasm for business and team development;
  • Ability to develop and coach people;
  • Desirable: Experience in one or more of the following policy areas: energy and environment (especially climate change), health and social care, and data/tech policy, transport and infrastructure.

About us…

We are one of the world’s largest research companies and currently the only one primarily managed by researchers. With offices in 90 markets, Ipsos brings together research, implementation, methodological, and subject-matter experts from around the world, combining thematic and technical experts globally with local knowledge to deliver top-quality research.

Our culture is unique - we have the entrepreneurial spirit and quirkiness of a small boutique, but we also have the resources, scale and diversity of a large global agency. We have more bright, friendly, hard-working and enthusiastic people, from more backgrounds, with more interests, skills and experiences to learn from. Our values are based on our diverse cultural backgrounds, helping us to be responsive, client-focused and flexible.

We are committed to equality, treating people fairly, promoting a positive and inclusive working environment and ensuring we have diversity of people and views. We recognise that this is important for our business success - a more diverse workforce will enable us to better reflect and understand the world we research and ultimately deliver better research and insight to our clients. We understand the importance of choice and offer a blended work environment, office and work from home. We also realise you may have commitments outside of work and will consider all flexible working applications - please highlight what you are looking for when you make your application.

If this is what you are looking for from your next role, we look forward to hearing from you!