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We're recruiting an Analyst and a Senior Analyst

Monday 21 December 2020

We're recruiting an Analyst (£25-32K) and a Senior Analyst (£32-40K) to our growing team.

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 government, police forces, foundations, and public inquiries, we:

  • research the big issues and shape national policy;

  • advise clients on how best to achieve the best outcomes;

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

Our work seeks to find the right balance between rigorous analysis and insights that are actionable. In short, we want our research to contribute to real improvements in outcomes and support our clients with the evidence base they need to make tough choices.

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.

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.

About the roles


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.


Jessica Lumley, Senior Analyst Currently working on:

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, Analyst

Currently working on:

  • 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.

  • Conducted the quantitative analysis for Crest's recent report: County Lines and Looked After Children.

  • 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 role 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.

See full job descriptions for the Analyst and Senior Analyst posts.

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 they have personally contributed to, which showcase their skills.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 10th January 2021. Applications will be shortlisted the following week, with interviews occurring w/c Monday 18 January.

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

We ask all candidates to fill out and return this equal opportunity monitoring form to us. Please note that all CVs and applications will be anonymised before being processed.

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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