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Crest Advisory is recruiting for Analyst and Senior Analyst positions

Monday 26 April 2021

Who we are


Crest Advisory is an influential and vibrant consultancy based in central London. We’re crime and justice specialists - equal parts research, strategy and communication. Working with police forces, government, tech companies, and public inquiries, who all have a key part to play in building a safer, more secure society we;

  • research the big issues and dig into an organisation’s data

  • advise clients on how best to achieve the best outcomes

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

Crest 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.

Insightful, savvy and smart, we foster a culture of support and challenge and provide both our clients and each other with advice that cuts through and adds value. We are a multidisciplinary team who have worked across some of the biggest and most serious issues in crime and justice.

Diversity Statement


Crest is committed to creating and sustaining a positive and supportive working environment. We are committed to all staff being equally valued and respected, and encourage our staff to thrive at Crest. As the UK’s only consultancy with a crime and justice focus it is vital that we value the diversity of our staff and reflect the diverse audiences whom we work for.

What we are looking for


We are seeking to bolster our Strategy and Insight team by recruiting an Analyst and/or Senior Analyst.

Both roles involve undertaking research and analysis to produce fresh, cutting-edge policy insight into policing and criminal justice issues, as well as quality assuring the analysis of more junior members of staff. Depending on your level of experience, you will be given responsibility for managing projects and line managing more junior members of staff.

Examples of the kind of work you might undertake include:

  • Compiling high-level reports, communicating complex information to a range of audiences and presenting to senior stakeholders e.g. chief constables, Police and Crime Commissioners and government ministers;

  • Analysing crime statistics or interrogating police performance data to understand key trends nationally and in local areas;

  • Conducting structured interviews with stakeholders and/ or facilitating focus groups with staff, service users or the public on behalf of clients;

  • Conducting literature and evidence reviews to support the shape and scope of projects;

  • Writing comprehensive briefings, blogs and presentations on topical issues related to crime and justice policy;

  • Helping to communicate your own findings to a range of audiences including to funders, practitioners and the media e.g. through organising a roundtables or acting as a spokesperson

  • Supporting senior colleagues in business development, from staff training through to business planning.

What you will get in return


First and foremost you will be part of the Crest team. As well as working alongside communications and policy professionals you will be mentored by our team. Our most recent staff survey told us that Crest employees want to work here because of the great people, the drive and thirst for work, and the effort that goes into bringing people together. We are always up for learning more and enjoy celebrating our successes. We work on some of the most serious issues of the day, we enjoy our work and we have fun together along the way.

We will pay the London Living Wage for up to 37.5 hours a week and will seriously consider all requests for flexible/part-time working.



Jessica Lumley, Senior Analyst Currently working on:

  • Jessica is currently leading reviews of educational inclusion and public health approaches to reducing violence in West Yorkshire

  • Jessica is providing both analytical and project management support to our joint project with The Police Foundation: Understanding the lessons of policing the Covid-19 pandemic

  • Jessica is also conducting research into violence and vulnerability as part of Crest's two year programme of research into serious violence

On working at Crest: "As a Senior Analyst at Crest, my role involves project management; leading and presenting analysis for projects, as well as a considerable amount of stakeholder engagement. With my background in serious and organised crime and intelligence development in the UK, Crest’s influential and socially conscious research had always stood out to me. Then, after I joined, I particularly enjoyed the small size of the team which has allowed me to take ownership of projects and to personally shape their development. If I had one piece of advice for anyone considering applying to work at Crest – know the issues Crest is tackling and your methodologies!"

James Stott, Senior Analyst Currently working on:

  • James is currently leading on the delivery of a strategic needs assessment for a Violence Reduction Unit, conducting analysis himself and supporting assistant analysts and intern analysts to develop these skills

  • James also conducted the quantitative analysis for Crest's recent report: County Lines and Looked After Children

  • James helped develop Crest's Citizen's Jury model for conducting qualitative research into key issues with the public, and supported the use of this technique for Crest's research into the impact of Covid-19 on the Criminal Justice System

On working at Crest: "After completing my Law degree in 2019, I joined Crest as an intern and have hopped up the ladder to become an Analyst for Crest. This past year, I have been conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis for research and consultancy projects, such as semi-structured interviews, reviewing literature and working with data. Currently, I’m working on understanding the scale, nature and drivers of serious violence in a number of local areas, but otherwise I have recently finished working on research projects looking into the impact of COVID-19 on the criminal justice system."

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 can offer flexible working arrangements, and are a family-friendly organisation.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people:

  • With skills in quantitative analysis. Even if you don’t do data analysis yourself, we need you to have a basic comfort with numbers and excel and be willing to develop these skills

  • With skills in qualitative research. Experience in conducting interviews, supporting the delivery of focus groups, or conducting thematic analysis of qualitative data is welcomed.

  • 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 programmes of work and can work at pace to pressing deadlines

  • 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 communities

Main Purpose and Scope


Both roles involve:

  • Undertaking high quality quantitative and qualitative analysis and research in service of projects undertaken on behalf of clients and ensure the analysis is presented in a visually compelling way

  • Using analysis to produce fresh, cutting-edge insight, both for projects and as part of wider Crest thought leadership efforts

  • Working to ensure that Crest is seen as an organisation with the highest standards of analytical rigour and policy insight, with unparalleled expertise in crime and justice issues

  • Building partnership and alliances with academics, think-tanks and other like-minded organisations

In addition, the Senior Analyst roles involves:

  • Quality assuring analysis produced by team members

  • Managing some smaller Strategy and Insight projects, including liaising with clients and shaping analysis

  • Line management of analysts as required

Click on the links to see full job descriptions for the Analyst and Senior Analyst posts being advertised.

Position in Organisation

  • Senior Analyst reports to: Strategy and Insight Manager/Head of Strategy/Policy

  • Analyst reports to: Senior Analyst/Strategy and Insight Manager



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

  • Analyst: between £25,000 and £32,000 (pro-rata)

  • Senior Analyst: between £32,000 and £40,000 (pro-rata)



You will work from our London office, 40 hours per week full-time; a part-time arrangement will be considered. We are currently home-working by default during the pandemic, but expect to return to the office, at least part-time, when safe to do so.



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 season ticket loans for transport, childcare vouchers 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 also ask all candidates to fill out and return this equal opportunity monitoring form to us.

The deadline for applications is Monday 10th May 2021. Applications will be short-listed the following week, with interviews occurring w/c 17th May.

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.


The UK's only consultancy dedicated to crime and justice.

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