Research Consultant – Economic Development with ekosgen



Location: Glasgow
£21,000-£25,000 dependent on experience
Full-time, Permanent
Start Date: TBC
Closing date: 24 January 2020, 12 noon
Interview date: w/c 3 February 2020

This is a role with broad exposure and responsibility across a range of economic and social policy, something which you would rarely have in larger organisations and will help to accelerate your learning in this complex area at pace.

- The AAI team

About the Company

“‘Talented thinkers who want to make a difference’

ekosgen is a high quality, evidence based, social and economic research consultancy. We offer advice to a wide range of clients in the economic and social development and regeneration sector from our three offices across the UK. Our clients are predominantly in the public and voluntary sectors and include the Scottish, UK Governments and devolved administrations, local authorities, the NHS, Skills Development Scotland and the enterprise agencies

Support includes providing technical assistance to improve performance, access funding, or to undertake strategic planning to meet partner and government objectives. We help our clients to enhance their understanding of the future directions of economies, initiatives, businesses, and local communities. We also help clients to satisfy reporting requirements for government organisations, agencies and funding bodies, and provide strategic, operational and action-oriented support. Our work environment is very stimulating and we are committed to doing the very best for our clients through exceptional execution.

What have we been working on?
Our team works on high profile commissions across the UK to both guide and evaluate economic development initiatives. Examples of studies we are currently delivering for clients include:

• Undertaking an assessment of the social and economic impact of the V&A design museum in Dundee
• Evaluating the impact of two programmes to support the development of tourism businesses and the sector in Scotland
• Developing an aquaculture workforce development strategy for the State of Maine in USA
• Evaluating the impact of an employability support programme over a three year period. The programme works with people who face complex barriers to working
• Developing skills evidence bases for rural Scotland and for sectors such as Digital Technologies, Early Learning and Childcare and STEM
• Undertaking UK wide research in to the opportunities and growth constraints for the marine economy
• Examining the application of Nudge theory in community justice”

Find out more about ekosgen at

The Role

If you’re looking for a career in social and economic policy development, politics, the community or local government this is the perfect place to deepen your knowledge and hone your skills in this highly competitive field. You would be joining a small but very well-respected team that has an excellent reputation in Scotland, the North West and Yorkshire and beyond. You will have the opportunity to work with and learn from talented and bright individuals in an engaging, committed working environment - what more could you want?

In Glasgow, ekosgen currently have a team of six consultancy staff and they’re now looking for a Research Consultant to join them. While this role is based in Glasgow, ekosgen also have offices in Manchester and Sheffield serving the English market.

You will support senior consultants and project managers including Directors of the business with a range of social and economic policy research activities and projects similar to those in “What have we been working on?”

Your day-to-day activities will include:

• Desk research using a wide variety of official data sources and the internet
• Study fieldwork including research interviews (face-to-face and telephone)
• Manipulation, analysis and presentation of study data in a range of formats
• Writing and formatting iterative reports
• Designing presentations
• Maintaining management information systems in line with company practice and policy
• Project support, administration and co-ordination activities
• Keeping up to date on social and economic policy and developments in the UK

This is a role with broad exposure and responsibility across a range of economic and social policy, something which you would rarely have in larger organisations and will help to accelerate your learning in this complex area at pace.

What can ekosgen offer in return?
• Competitive salary
• Performance Related Bonus
• 35 days holiday
• Employer contribution pension scheme
• Employee wellbeing initiatives such as cycle to work scheme and travel pass funding
• A positive and supportive work culture where people are supported to realise their full potential (including through a performance and career management system and training)
• Staff Wellbeing Package which includes free dental and optical care, GP helpline and subsidised gym membership

ekosgen is an Equal Opportunities employer. They do not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, disability, religion, age or sexuality.


The type of person ekosgen is looking for will have an Honours degree (2:1 or higher) and ideally a postgraduate degree in economics, social geography or similar. The ideal candidate must have at least 1 year of full-time experience in a relevant work environment.

You’ll be flexible, a team player, self-motivated, great at multi-tasking and someone who exhibits professionalism, even when under pressure. The successful candidate will be ambitious, motivated and committed to making a difference to the world they live in and have a willingness to grow and develop.

Strengths in statistical work, including analysing and presenting quantitative data are a must as are good organisational skills, and excellent writing and IT skills.

If you have any questions about this role or the organisation please contact Please do not under any circumstances contact the employer directly as doing so may negatively impact your employment opportunity.


Closing date for applications is Friday 24 January 2020, 12 noon.

Please submit a CV and tailored Cover Letter through the AAI EmployAbility online application form on our website. Examples of what we expect in an application can be found HERE. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date.

State A) your availability and B) relevant experience and demonstrate how your skills match the specific requirements of the job description.

We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated.

Successful candidates must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.



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  • Mandy Cheung
    published this page in Opportunities 2020-01-06 14:35:10 +0000