Experienced Research Consultant

Closing Date: 02 March 2021

  • Design and deliver research that matters
  • Work alongside industry experts in social research and methodology
  • Become part of a growing, dedicated and motivated organisation

The Social Research Centre is dedicated to conducting world-class research to inform decision-making and advance our understanding of Australian Society and our place in the world. We are Australia’s leading provider of social and government research services and an acknowledged leader in high quality project execution, innovative and cutting-edge research methodology, and analysis and strategic thinking. As a subsidiary of the Australian National University (ANU), we enjoy unprecedented access to its researchers and premier research environment.

Due to continued growth, we are seeking an experienced Research Consultant (Quantitative) to join our research team. Research Consultants work closely with our leaders and are responsible for the day-to-day management of research projects. The role has a focus on high quality project execution, taking a key role in the planning, development and monitoring of data collection and client deliverables. Research Consultants are client facing and are expected to skilfully manage client expectations.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from industry experts and contribute to research that has a real impact on policy, policy, strategy and practice. We offer our employees a flexible, inclusive, collaborative and supportive team culture, as well as ongoing career and professional development.

This is a permanent, full-time position and will be based at our Melbourne CBD office. Due to restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the successful candidate will initially be required to work remotely. A suitable home workspace and computer setup, and reliable internet connection are required.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Minimum 4 - 5 years’ experience in the social or market research industry working directly with clients to deliver their projects
  • Experience in managing telephone and/or online surveys
  • Excellent project management skills including an ability to manage multiple projects at various stages of the research cycle
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight timelines
  • Good communication skills and experience in a client facing environment
  • Strong foundations in core quantitative research skills including research design / proposal writing, questionnaire development, sampling and weighting, data management, analysis and reporting.
  • Appreciation of qualitative methodologies
  • Experience in using SPSS (or similar programs), Microsoft Office and other packages relevant to research projects

To be successful in this role you will also have:

  • Strong team player skills with an aptitude for working collaboratively particularly an ability to communicate with different teams, show empathy and maintain momentum as part of efficiently managing multiple projects.
  • Strong skills in self-editing and quality control – being detail focused and oriented is a must
  • Ability to pick up concepts quickly and apply them to new scenarios
  • A client service focused mindset including a preparedness to be client facing and an ability to actively nurture and manage these relationships
  • A genuine interest in further developing a career in social policy research

To apply for this position:

Please send your resume, cover letter, and responses to the Selection Criteria (listed above) to: recruitment@srcentre.com.au. Applicants who do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

Applications for this position will be accepted until Tuesday 02 March 2021.

To be eligible for this position you must have full working rights in Australia.

For more information or to see the position description, please contact Lisa Maxwell, HR Generalist, at recruitment@srcentre.com.au.

The Social Research Centre values diversity and believes that an inclusive and fair work environment has a positive impact on the wellbeing of employees, job satisfaction and productivity. We encourage people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage to apply.