The Behavioural Insights Team - Senior Project Manager, Research Cluster

The Behavioural Insights Team

Permanent: 39 hours per week

Salary range: £40,000 - £60,000, plus benefits.

Overview of the Role and the Behavioural Insights Team

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for an exceptional candidate to become the Project Manager for our Research Cluster. In this role you will work directly with the Head of Research and be responsible for oversight of a large programme of research and evaluation projects. The Behavioural Insights Team was set up in the Cabinet Office in 2010 to apply behavioural science to public policy in the UK. In February 2014 we became a social-purpose company, partly owned by our employees, and have expanded considerably to meet the demand for our work both in the UK and overseas (with clients from Australia; Singapore; the USA; United Nations Development Programme; and the World Bank).

Roles and Responsibilities

As Senior Project Manager you will work closely with the Head of Research, Business Manager and Senior Advisors to ensure that the Research Clusters work is conducted efficiently and effectively. You will therefore be responsible for:

  • managing multiple projects simultaneously. You will be the key go-to person for resourcing, stakeholder management and time/project management;
  • Improving internal research procedures and ensuring the team as a whole comply (i.e. ethics board approval, trial protocols, data security/protection etc.);
  • Acting as secretariat to the Academic Advisory panel and managing relationships with key associates providing expert research input into our programmes;
  • Leading on bidding / proposals for evaluation of social programmes, including providing input into a range of work across the team; and  Managing and meeting demand for their time from both internal and external partners. In this role you will have a wide range of contacts and influence across the business and will play a key role ensuring that our entire programme of work is sufficiently resourced and supported.

You will also have the opportunity to develop a range of influencing and negotiation skills and gain insight and experience in a number of different qualitative and quantitative research methods.


The Behavioural Insights Team brings people together with different skills sets. You must be able to demonstrate a balance of skills across those listed below, but we do not expect you to be exceptional in all areas.

  • Experience managing both people and projects, working across hierarchies and balancing competing priorities;
  • Experience responding to competitive tenders/preparing bids/proposals and securing new work;
  • Credible understanding of behavioural science, economics, psychology or public policy;
  • Familiarity with research methods, Randomised Controlled Trials, evaluation methodologies and quasi-experimental methods;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (and will be able to translate academic work to non-academic audiences); and
  • Creative thinking and pragmatism, challenging existing assumptions and thinking of solutions to implementation problems. Desirable Finally, it would be desirable if you have:  Project management qualification (such as Prince2);
  • Educated to degree level in economics, psychology or other related discipline.

How to apply: To apply candidates should submit a CV and cover letter of no more than 2 sides outlining their suitability for the role. Your cover letter should show how you clearly meet the essential criteria. This should be sent to by no later than 9am on Monday 11th May 2015.

For a discussion about the role please contact

Please note that due to the volume of applications received we are unable to provide feedback. Please ensure that you meet the requirements for the role before applying. Important note: In order to apply for this role you must have an existing right to work in the UK (a resident of EU or EEA). We cannot provide visa sponsorship for this role at this time

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