Crest Advisory is recruiting a Research Lead

Tuesday 21 December 2021

Who we are

Crest Advisory is an influential and fast-growing consultancy based in London. We’re crime and justice specialists - equal parts research, strategy and communication. Crest has a proud track record of conducting independent research within the sphere of crime and policing. Recent publications on the drivers of violence, county lines, maternal imprisonment and the impact of COVID-19 on the Criminal Justice System have been both timely and highly influential on public policy.

In 2022 Crest plans to launch a new think tank as a home for our independent research programme and thought leadership work. The newly created role of Research Lead will play a crucial role in managing the work programme of our think tank, producing cutting edge research publications. The role includes responsibility for both project management and line managing staff.

Main purpose and scope of the role

  • Manage and lead research and thought leadership projects, including carrying out and shaping high quality analysis.

  • Support Crest team members to deliver research projects whilst developing their skills and experience.

  • Support the Research Director in developing research proposals for potential funders and managing the wider publications programme.

  • Build partnerships and alliances with academics, third sector organisations, the private sector, think tanks and other like-minded organisations.

  • As part of the wider Crest team, ensure Crest is seen as an organisation with the highest standards of analytical rigour and policy insight including contributing to new methodologies and approaches to research design.

Position in the organisation

  • Reports to: Research Director

  • Responsible for: Managing and delivering research projects

Duties and key responsibilities

  • Managing research projects, which achieve impact and enhance Crest’s reputation for excellence and are delivered to time and budget.

  • Line managing staff in the Research Team.

  • Quality assuring of research publications Conduct high quality analysis in the service of projects and for wider thought leadership efforts.

  • Developing proposals for new research projects, including budgets.

  • Supporting the Research Director in managing funders and research partners, ensuring proper systems of governance/ oversight are in place.

  • Establishing and maintaining systems for overseeing the effective delivery of research projects.

  • Writing and co-authoring selected published outputs such as blogs, long reads and longer reports.

  • Presenting and communicating research to wider audiences.

The post-holder may be asked to complete tasks not listed above but which are within the scope of the role.

General responsibilities

  • Commitment to equal opportunities

  • Cooperation with health and safety policies

  • Adhere to confidentiality requirements

  • Commitment to Crest’s company values

  • Collaborate with and behave respectfully towards colleagues


A competitive salary will be paid depending upon skills and experience, ranging between £45,000 and £53,500 (pro-rata).

Hours and place of work

You would usually work from our new London office, 40 hours per week full-time; a part-time arrangement can be considered. In light of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, we are adopting a hybrid working model meaning you will be expected to spend 3 days a week in the office, with 2 days at home. Occasional travel to client sites is also a requirement of the role.


Benefits include 25 days holiday per annum pro-rata, participation in the company-wide profit-share scheme, pension, flexible working is available to all employees, subject to availability; other benefits include access to an employee assistance programme, season ticket loans for transport and “cycle to work” scheme.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a one page covering letter to stating clearly which role you are applying for and why. Candidates are encouraged to proactively provide examples of past work you have personally contributed to, which showcase your skills. We ask all candidates to fill out and return this equal opportunity monitoring form to us as well. Please note that all CVs and applications will be anonymised before being processed.

The deadline for applications is Friday 14th January 2022. Applications will then be short-listed, with interviews planned to be held w/c 24th January 2022.

Please indicate in your letter whether you are interested in a full-time or part-time position.

If you wish to discuss the role informally, please email or call 020 3542 8993 and speak to one of us about the role.


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