Senior Research Manager / Senior Consultant – European Policy – Education

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Consultant with specialism in European education.  This is a permanent and full-time position although part-time hours will be considered.  This role can be based in Brussels or any of our UK offices; London, Leeds or Birmingham.

About us 

Ecorys UK is a leading provider of research, evaluation, consultancy, programme management and communications services to the public, private and third sectors. We work closely with governments and policymakers, the European Commission, NGOs and charities across the UK, Europe and internationally.  Our mission is to do work that makes a difference.

Working for Ecorys is an opportunity to work with dedicated people on meaningful policies that have an impact on people's lives around the world. We're socially responsible, employee-owned organisation that gives 1% of our profits to charity each year. Our working culture promotes personal and career development and you'll be part of a large international group with offices worldwide.

About the role

The Senior Consultant will join our Policy and Research team which is currently overseeing a number of high-profile policy and programme evaluations and studies for the European Commission.  As a Senior Consultant, you will support contract delivery for European-wide education research studies and evaluation contracts.  You will have the autonomy to oversee medium-sized multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder projects, controlling research design and implementation, budgets and timescales. You will use a variety of primary, secondary, qualitative and quantitative research methods to collect data as well as statistical analyses and econometric methodologies.  Then concluding projects with the production of high quality written reports, presentations, articles and other mediums. In addition to research activities, you will contribute to business development by sourcing, developing, and winning new work for the team and inputting into tender opportunities on our various DG EAC frameworks.

This role requires some European and occasional international travel.

The ideal person

You will be a recognised expert in your field with in-depth knowledge and experience of conducting applied research and evaluation, particularly in the European education sector. You must have prior experience of working for the Directorate Generals of the European Commission and their agencies. You must have substantial prior consultancy or applied research experience. You will have methodological expertise in designing and overseeing research and evaluation, utilising numerous qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as evaluation and impact assessment methodologies.  You will have a good quality first degree and ideally Masters degree in European policy, social science, economics, social research methods or related subjects.  In addition to strong technical skills, you will need to be equally enthusiastic about business development with a proven track record of proposal writing and winning new business.  You will be confident with building and maintaining relationships with clients and working with our large multidisciplinary and multicultural research teams. An excellent level of written English and strong presentation skills are essential.  European language skills are highly desirable.


We offer a competitive reward package with additional benefits including a performance bonus plus the opportunity for career development.

Application process

To apply for this role, please send us your CV with a covering letter that explains why you meet our ‘ideal person’ criteria.  The closing date for applications is 4 June 2018.