Research Manager

Salary: £32,000 to £41,000 per annum, depending on experience and location

Location: Leicester / London / flexible. Hybrid working: home-based 2-3 days per week, and the remainder in an L&W office

Contract: Full-time role / flexibility or part-time considered

Learning and Work Institute is an independent research, development and policy organisation dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion.

We’re focused on the big questions. How do we help more people find work and build careers in a changing jobs market? How do we help people to be active and engaged citizens? How can more adults develop their skills over their lifetime?

We’re looking to recruit a Research Manager to join our growing team, delivering high quality, high impact projects on learning, skills and employment. You will have responsibility for leading research, evaluation and development projects; generating high-quality evidence and knowledge; managing budgets and resources; working effectively with team members, partners, funders and other stakeholders; and ensuring that our work makes an impact on policy and practice.

The ideal candidate for this role will bring strong knowledge and experience of a range of research and evaluation methods, a track record of delivering large and complex projects, and an interest in employment and skills policy. Experience of designing and delivering evaluation projects would be a particular advantage.

We are a friendly and supportive team, passionate and enthusiastic about our work. We support each other to develop and flourish.

L&W is an Investor in People (silver) award holder, keen to learn from the experiences of our staff and committed to staff development including internal and external training and support. We have a staff health and wellbeing strategy and a staff working group who are keen to drive forward health and wellbeing initiatives at work.

L&W prides itself on being a supportive and flexible employer. We recognise the importance of work-life balance for our staff and will consider part-time and flexible working arrangements, including homeworking. We put our values into practice with various family friendly policies, which exceed the statutory minimum including carer’s leave for up to 5 paid days per year.

L&W is passionate about equality and diversity, it drives our organisational values and mission, and we are particularly keen to receive applications from all under-represented groups in society.

L&W offers generous benefits including a Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) with 18% employer contributions, generous holiday entitlement of 25 days (rising to 27 after 5 years’ service), plus 8 bank holidays and 6 grace days (including Christmas shutdown) per year. We operate an annual pay review, including opportunities for pay progression and bonuses.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.


The closing date for applications is 10am on Monday 27 June 2022.

We anticipate that interviews will take place on Monday 4 July 2022.

Should you require any adjustments to participate in this recruitment process, please make this clear when you apply.

To make an application please send a copy of your CV and an application form to jobs@learningandwork.org.uk.