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Head of Strategy and Insight Job Description

A member of Crest’s Senior Management Team, this role involves delivering high quality analysis and research, managing large client projects and line management, alongside business development and managing specific workstreams.

Main Purpose and Scope

  • Lead the delivery and management of strategy and insight projects, helping Crest Advisory clients to achieve impact in the criminal justice sector

  • Design and develop proposals that are attractive to potential customers

  • Work to ensure that Crest is seen as an organisation with interesting, innovative ideas

  • Help to maintain and grow a viable business unit, with annual turnover of at least three times its unit cost

  • Build partnership and alliances with like-minded companies and individuals

Essential skills

  • In-depth understanding of crime, policing and criminal justice policy (including wider political context).

  • Excellent written skills, with experience of drafting for an external audience (for example White Papers, government reviews, police and crime plans, think tank reports etc.).

  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis, including an ability to work with performance data.

  • Outstanding communication skills, including experience of presenting to senior decision-makers and building/ maintaining relationships.

  • The ability to juggle multiple projects and meet tight deadlines.

  • Working within a close-knit team, including the ability to manage, steer and lead more junior members of staff.

Duties and Key Responsibilities

  • Manage client accounts and lead teams in the delivery of high quality strategy and insight products, which achieve impact and enhance Crest’s reputation for excellence

  • Provide strategic advice to the Chief Executive by analysing and advising on alternative business development approaches and strategies

  • Represent the company in negotiations with customers, suppliers, government

  • Ensure the Strategy and Insight team enjoy working at Crest and are stimulated by the work environment

  • Develop new policy insights, which help cement Crest’s position as the country’s leading specialists on criminal justice policy

  • Manage direct reports: oversee their work, identify training/resource needs and opportunities for their development, and provide support when needed

  • Advise and support other Crest Advisory colleagues on projects during busy times, subject to client demands

  • Ensure appropriate recording of activities in line with Crest Advisory processes.

  • Ensure that events and projects are delivered on time and to budget

  • Share information as appropriate to team in a timely manner

Position in organisation

  • Reports to: Chief Executive

  • Responsible for: Strategy and Insight Team



A competitive salary will be paid depending upon skills and experience, ranging between £55,000 and £65,000 (pro-rata).


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

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