We are looking for a Project Leader to support the development of the Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP). This is one of eight pilot trailblazers which aims to fully understand the future skills requirements needed by the business community operating in the county of Lancashire.
You will be responsible for collecting and analysing the data using a range of methodologies. The results will be used to influence the future curriculum of colleges of further education.
- Helping to run the research project from inception and design, through to data delivery and reporting. This specific role requires experience in managing quantitative and qualitative research.
- You’ll take a key project management role, ensuring the research is delivered to time and budget, and clients, partners, stakeholders and research partners are kept up-to-date.
- Taking a proactive approach to expanding your methodological and policy knowledge – keeping it up-to-date, and sharing this expertise through survey design and profile-raising activities.
- Effective communication with clients and stakeholders.
- Effectively managing relationships with suppliers and with internal operations colleagues to ensure the objectives of the research are met and on budget
- Making suggestions for more efficient or effective approaches.
- Carrying out development work, such as piloting draft questionnaires and research materials.
- Drafting questionnaires that meet clients’ and stakeholders’ objectives, and ensuring questionnaire scripts are error free.
- Drafting fieldwork materials such as invitation letters and interviewer instructions.
- Checking data files and using SPSS, Excel and/or other tools to manipulate data.
- Quality assuring reports and documentation.
- Monitoring a project’s financial progress, identifying problems and suggesting solutions.
- Monitoring the progress of fieldwork (across a range of modes: face-to-face; online, postal and telephone) and identifying any problems at an early stage.
- You’ll have the opportunity to conduct qualitative research such as in-depth interviews.
- Providing guidance, support and coaching to junior team members.
- Contributing to business development and proposals through administrative tasks and drafting of technical and commercial sub-sections.
- Provide input into weekly/monthly reports for management, stakeholder meetings and the LSIP Project Board.
- Strong education research and project management skills.
- Interest in the skills issues affecting the business community.
- Interest in designing and managing large-scale quantitative research projects.
- Excellent attention to detail, organised, and solutions-focused.
- Time management skills, working across multiple projects, prioritising tasks efficiently.
- Be logical, with the ability to understand and synthesise data from a variety of sources.
- Excellent verbal communication skills, client handling and supplier negotiation skills.
- Strong writing skills and experience of preparing written reports and presentations, with a high level of accurate use of English, including the ability to write in a variety of styles.
- Proven ability to work well in teams.
- Ability to drive and hold a full UK driving licence
To be considered you will need:
- A minimum of two years’ experience in a similar research role, preferably in an education and research environment.
- The ability to translate complex ideas into compelling storytelling.
- The individual would benefit from in-depth knowledge of the Lancashire Business Environment alongside consummate networking skills and the ability to build rapport and engage businesses in the LSIP.
- An understanding of and enthusiasm for what successful training delivery within business looks like would be an asset.
- You will have competent and professional client relationship management experience as high levels of engagement with SME’s is required throughout this fixed term contract.
- At a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or equivalent practical experience.