Crest Advisory is recruiting for Strategy and Insight Project Lead and Head of Strategy and Insight

Thursday 6 January 2022

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. Working with central government, police forces, foundations, technology companies, and public inquiries, we:

  • research the big issues and shape national policy

  • advise clients on how best to achieve their objectives

  • communicate (and help them communicate) their message to the wider world

Our work balances rigorous analysis and good policy design, whilst framing findings within the broader political context. We seek to provide clients with evidence-based ideas that can be implemented in the real world.

Crest Advisory is a great place to work if you are looking for rewarding and important work. We thrive on working together, ensuring our judgement and values are never compromised. Together we make things happen and we look after each other too.

About the roles

Our team is made up of strategists, policy researchers, analysts and expert communicators. We are subject experts, our understanding of how the justice system functions from end to end, locally and nationally, is gained through our work with clients across national and local government, police forces and criminal justice agencies. We also have a funded research program which allows us to dig deep into subjects including serious violence, exploitation and the impact of the pandemic on police and justice matters.

Demand for our expertise is growing and we are now seeking to bolster our Strategy and Insight team by recruiting at the following levels: Strategy and Insight Projects Lead, Head of Strategy and Insight.

Please click on the role you would like to apply for below to read the full job description:

Who we are looking for

Crest is committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer - and we are keen to see applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and different levels of experience. We are particularly interested in hearing from people:

  • ​​With skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis.

  • With a specialism or keen interest in crime and justice policy e.g. in policing, prisons, or probation, or in social justice - for example homelessness, mental health or other issues linked to safer communities

  • Who have experience of, or interest in, producing detailed policy analysis and original insights of the sort produced by think-tanks, management consultancies. government departments and charities

  • Who are able to combine an ability to see the bigger picture, while retaining a sharp eye for detail

  • Who are able to manage a number of research projects and major programmes of work including large client accounts and can work at pace to pressing deadlines

  • Who can work across the different areas of business, support business development, manage staff and problem-solve with minimal supervision.

  • Who are looking for an opportunity to develop their skills within a growing company and want to make a difference by helping to create safer and stronger community

  • At all levels, we are looking for positive, collaborative people, able to work as part of a team and adhere to Crest’s values (collaborative, challenging, credible and courageous).

Position in organisation

  • Strategy and Insight Projects Lead reports to: Head of Strategy and Insight

  • Head of Strategy and Insight: Director of Strategy and Insight


A competitive salary will be paid depending upon skills and experience.

  • Strategy and Insight Projects Lead: between £45,000 and £53,500 (pro-rata)

  • Head of Strategy and Insight: between £55,000 and £65,000 (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 midnight on Tuesday 18th January 2022. Applications will be short-listed that week, 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 you are interested in.


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