Are you looking to develop a career in within one of the world’s largest Research Organisations?
The Energy and Environment team is at the heart of Ipsos MORI’s Public Affairs policy offering. It covers one of the most innovative and fast-moving policy areas within the UK and internationally. We respond to the needs of the UK government and its agencies to help it design, deliver and evaluate policies in areas critical to the achievement of net zero, climate resilience, biodiversity and the just transition. Some of the principal themes we cover are: decarbonisation, clean growth, low carbon innovation and entrepreneurship, public attitudes and behaviour and circular economy. We are looking for an Associate Director with economic and impact evaluation expertise to join us and support our continued growth in these key areas.

The role…
As an Associate Director, you will be responsible for the management of large-scale impact and economic evaluations. These will commonly assess the impacts of government interventions on economic growth, markets, RD&I, jobs and skills, investment, trade and national leadership and reputation. Crucially, this will involve evaluating national and international progress in meeting grand challenges such as net zero, industrial decarbonisation, fuel poverty, energy efficiency, air pollution, biodiversity depletion and the growth of the circular economy.
The main responsibilities of the role are:
  • Managing large scale and high profile impact and economic evaluation projects. This will involve: ensuring projects are delivered to budget and timescale; developing and maintaining client relationships; designing and adapting project plans that meet their needs; selecting and managing a team effectively and efficiently; planning ahead and managing project risks; delivering accessible and concise reporting outputs, with clear conclusions and recommendations; and managing quality with the support of the project director. At AD level you will also start to direct similar projects of smaller size.
  • Designing robust and fit-for-purpose evaluation approaches, frameworks and methodologies at both bid and inception stage (and as projects require adaptation). The kinds of methods covered will include econometric analysis (panel data models - fixed and random effects), cost-benefit analysis, data-linking, experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluation methods (RCTs, matching methods) and, possibly, modelling
  • Contributing to strategic decisions about our approach to the market.
  • Playing a leading role in developing our position in the market and increasing our portfolio and reputation with existing clients (e.g. EU, BEIS, UKRI, DEFRA) as well as new clients.
  • Involvement in the strategic, operational and people management of the Energy and Environment team.
  • Close working with our primary research teams and our partners to deliver evaluation studies and provide advisory inputs.
  • Developing the skills of other colleagues within the team through technical leadership, effective feedback and coaching.

What do I need to bring with me?
  • A strong academic background in social sciences (especially economics), engineering or climate sciences.
  • Proven experience delivering impact and economic evaluation projects in a commercial and/or consultancy environment, demonstrating the ability to oversee project delivery to tight timescales and budgets.
  • A good understanding of energy and/or environmental policy and a track record of conducting evaluations for clients commissioning this work in the UK or internationally (including the EU).
  • Proven ability in business development and revenue generation, demonstrating the ability to develop new markets through strategic leadership, leading winning research and evaluation proposals, and effective delivery.
    • Curiosity and drive to support a business to move into new areas
    • Interest in developing junior members of the team to fulfil their potential
    • A good understanding of the principles of micro- and macro-economics.
    • Familiarity with specific energy, carbon emissions and environment datasets and data analysis experience.
    • Mathematical/spreadsheet modelling & investment appraisal experience in relevant areas.

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!