Senior Research Manager

We are looking for a Senior Research Manager to lead research and evidence work at Samaritans. This role is key in ensuring Samaritans is a knowledgeable and credible organisation that bases its services, policy work and activities on sound evidence and insightful analysis by being an authoritative source on suicide research and data and conducting high quality research.

This role is regularly exposed to emotionally challenging material which can be upsetting. Samaritans provide a supportive and friendly environment where your wellbeing is a priority. We support our people through our Mental Health First Aid network, independent counselling support phoneline and support from a team of qualified psychotherapists, trained to support trauma.

  • Full time (35 hours per week)
  • Permanent
  • £45,000 - £48,000 plus benefits
  • Hybrid working – linked to one of our offices (Surrey or London Bridge) with most of the time working at home
  • We encourage flexible working, talk to us about your preferences

Key Responsibilities

  • Line manage and support Research & Evidence Officers and Researchers
  • Lead on Samaritans’ research work related to specific areas of expertise
  • Manage, commission, and conduct aspirational research projects that help Samaritans reach its strategic aims
  • Manage the development, translations, and dissemination of key evidence and data related to specific areas of expertise e.g., suicide data, what works and impact measurement
  • Support the development of Samaritans profile and credibility related to research
  • Ensure the research service desk is running effectively, ensuring stakeholders are receiving a high quality, timely service

Skills & Experience

  • Previous line management experience
  • Significant experience of undertaking research in a related field and with vulnerable populations (e.g. suicide prevention, mental health, social or health policy)
  • Significant experience of developing research proposals and plans, and undertaking research using a variety of methodologies
  • Significant experience of leading research projects with excellent project management skills
  • Excellent qualitative and quantitative primary research skills, and ability to analyse and critically assess evidence of a variety of kinds, including academic research, grey literature, health and social policy, expert opinion, qualitative and quantitative data
  • Knowledge of research on suicide and suicide prevention (desirable)
  • Experience of working in a policy focused research setting (desirable)
  • Experience of working within the third sector or a service delivery environment (desirable)

Samaritans is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person they are. We warmly welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

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The closing date for this role is 03/12/2021. Full job description can be found here.