We're recruiting to our Strategy and Insight team!

Monday 13 July 2020

Crest Advisory is recruiting a Head of Strategy and Insight (£55-65K), a Strategy and Insight Manager (£40-55K), and a Senior Analyst (£32-40K).

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, 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

We are seeking to bolster our Strategy and Insight team by recruiting a Head of Strategy and Insight, a Strategy and Insight Manager and a Senior Analyst.

All 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 accounts and line managing other members of staff.

Examples of the kind of work you might undertake include:

  • Producing reports containing cutting edge analysis and recommendations, which influence and shape policy and practice;

  • 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;

  • 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 Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners, government ministers 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.

Who we are looking for

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

  • 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

The roles involve:

  • Undertaking high quality quantitative and qualitative analysis 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.

  • Quality assuring analysis produced by team members (Senior Analyst).

  • Managing Strategy and Insight projects, including carrying out and shaping high quality analysis on behalf of clients (Strategy and Insight Manager).

  • Line management of staff as required.

Job descriptions

Position in organisation

Senior Analyst reports to: Strategy and Insight Manager

Strategy and Insight Manager reports to: Head of Strategy and Insight

Head of Strategy and Insight reports to: Chief Executive


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

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

  • Strategy and Insight Manager: between £40,000 and £55,000 (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 London office, 40 hours per week full-time; a part-time arrangement can be considered. In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic you are likely to work from home at least some of the time. This will be reviewed as government guidance changes. Occasional travel to client sites is also a requirement of the role, but again this will depend on government guidance.


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, childcare vouchers and “cycle to work” scheme.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a one page covering letter to contact@crestadvisory.com 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. 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 Sunday 2nd August 2020. Applications will be shortlisted the following week, with interviews occurring w/c 17th of August.

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 harvey.redgrave@crestadvisory.com or call 020 3542 8993 and speak to one of us about the role you are interested in.


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