The starting salary for this role is £35,382 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.
Is your career starting to feel a bit like Groundhog Day? Each project feels like you’re repeating the same cycle and you’re not quite sure what the impact is at the end of it all? Do you want to feel inspired by your work and the people around you? Are you someone tenacious who relishes a challenge? If so, this might just be the job you’ve been looking for.
Surrey County Council is embarking on an exciting and transformative journey to become a leading edge authority putting Surrey's people and places at the heart of everything we do. We have great ambitions and by 2030 we want Surrey to be a uniquely special place where everyone has a great start to life, people live healthy and fulfilling lives, are enabled to achieve their full potential and contribute to their community, and no one is left behind. Engaging meaningfully with our residents is a top priority for us and we have won a number of awards for our work.
In your role as Research Officer you will be supported by a team of trained researchers, insight specialists and communications professionals to apply research and co-design techniques to engagement with a range of Surrey residents, staff and stakeholders.
You will have specialist knowledge in research methods, engagement and involvement and will be able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and experience in this area. We are looking for someone who has solid practical experience of qualitative research techniques but is also familiar with quantitative methods. You must be a self-starter and be confident in managing research and engagement projects with support from more senior researchers. Being organised will be essential.
Local authority services are very contextual, depending on their geography, population, and resources. Though your work as a Research Officer will be influenced by the Surrey context, understanding of this as well as knowledge of local authorities and the application of social research is not required from the outset. We genuinely encourage applications from candidates from all research backgrounds.
The role will be formally based in Reigate and some travel to other venues in Surrey will be required for specific meetings or workshops. However, during the Covid19 restrictions, home working is in place and post Covid19 the proposal is to retain an agile workforce approach, including remote working and flexible use of local offices in Surrey.
If you're passionate, enthusiastic about the topics mentioned above, and genuinely want to make SCC an organisation more representative of its staff and the people it serves, then please apply by uploading your CV and personal statement (no longer than two pages of A4 please) outlining your suitability for this role.
To be considered for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- A genuine passion for public service and resident involvement
- A solid understanding of research methods demonstrated through your experience
- Understanding of the key strategic issues facing local government, the wider public sector, and partners, and how research and public involvement can help solve these issues.
At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.
For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.Additional Information
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 25/01/2022.
Interviews will take place week commencing 31/01/2022.
We look forward to receiving your application. Please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.