Current Vacancies

Admin & General

Telephone Helpline Adviser

Slough

Job Ref
T01
Location
Slough
Salary
Starting salary of £7.83 per hour raising up to £10

Temporary Contract - Flexible Full Time
Work shifts cover Monday to Friday (8AM - 6PM)
Starting salary is £8.21 per hour

Founded in 1946, NFER is a not for profit charity and the UK's largest independent provider of research, assessment and support services for education. Our Clients include schools, UK government departments and agencies at both national and international level.

We are a team of approximately 15 advisers, working in a supportive and friendly environment, handling incoming phone calls as part of a professional helpline service to schools and outgoing phone calls, supporting our projects by undertaking telephone based campaigns.

We are looking to add new members to our existing team, who have good telephone manner as you’ll be answering phone calls, handling school enquiries and enlisting the support of schools in our wide range of research projects.

Full training and on-going daily support will be provided and we would love to hear from you if you:
• have a confident, friendly yet professional telephone manner
• can manage both incoming and outgoing phone calls
• have proven IT skills, particularly Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook
• are fluent in both spoken and written English

We are particularly interested in people with some experience in education and or in customer care.

Please note there is no closing date for this role and interviews will take place as and when suitable applications are received.

Function
Admin & General
Status
Full Time
Type
Fixed Term Contract


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PA to Chief Executive

Slough

Job Ref
HKRZH3103/SG-SH-19-09
Location
Slough

PA to Chief Executive
Location: Slough
Salary: £30,127 - £39,308

As a Personal Assistant at NFER, you will help to deliver our strategic objective to improve outcomes for children and young people by providing administrative support to our CEO.

NFER has a worldwide reputation as a leading independent provider of education research and analysis. We are a registered charity that has contributed evidence, in-depth knowledge, and research expertise to support the creation of an excellent education for all children and young people for over seventy years. Improving the lives of children and young people is at the heart of everything we do.

As the PA, you will understand the needs of the CEO and use sound judgement to help prioritise her workload, filter and respond appropriately to requests on her behalf, and efficiently manage the work of her office. You’ll act as an ambassador for NFER, presenting the CEO’s office as friendly and professional, and developing positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.

As the CEO’s Personal Assistant, you will:
- Act as a first point of contact: promptly and proactively dealing with all communications and correspondence
- Monitor the CEO’s inbox and take initiative in replying to emails as appropriate, ensuring requests are dealt with promptly and key actions are delivered to agreed deadlines
- Maintain the short, medium and long-term diary for the CEO, making necessary travel, accommodation, meeting and other arrangements for appointments. Alert her to any changes where necessary, identifying and reminding her of key events and meetings or important tasks and deadlines
- Confirm, schedule and co-ordinate details of engagements related to seminars, receptions and events involving the CEO. Facilitate arrangements for meetings, including managing room bookings and venues, catering, room preparation, and compiling and disseminating agenda and papers
- Anticipate the CEO’s needs and prepare documents and briefings in advance for meetings and events
- To be flexible and reactive to any additional duties or requests from the CEO

Your technical background:
- Organisational skills, and the ability to think and plan ahead. Able to anticipate needs and take a proactive approach to driving work forward
- Experience of diary management and providing PA support, ideally for a CEO.
- Experience in producing high quality professional written communications, especially accurate editing and proofreading
- Experience of researching, collating and writing briefing materials and management information reports

You’ll love this job, if:
- You’re positive, approachable and accommodating
- You’re highly motivated and proactive; have the ability to use initiative and judgement to resolve problems independently
- You have strong influencing and interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate professionally and sensitively with colleagues and external stakeholders at all levels both face to face and in writing
- Are able to work independently and efficiently, to multi task, and prioritise work to meet tight deadlines, seeking support and advice as appropriate

Why NFER?

- Competitive salary
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

Other titles for this role may include Personal Assistant, EA, Executive Assistant, PA to the CEO, CEO’s PA, PA to the MD or Senior Administrator.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a PA, apply via the button shown.

Applications to be submitted by midnight on the 31st March 2019.

Function
Admin & General
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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Policy & Impact

Head of Impact Strategy

Slough

Job Ref
HKSCR3004/SG-HL-19-012B
Location
Slough

Head of Impact Strategy 
Location: Slough, UK 

The Head of Impact Strategy is a pivotal role in putting NFER's self funded research in front of external stakeholders to influence education policy and practice. 

NFER has a worldwide reputation as a leading independent provider of education research and analysis. We are a registered charity that has contributed evidence, in-depth knowledge, and research expertise to support the creation of an excellent education for all children and young people for over seventy years. Improving the lives of children and young people is at the heart of everything we do. 

As Head of Impact Strategy, you'll have a unique opportunity to work with some of the UK’s leading education researchers to ensure that evidence plays a key role in education policy and practice. You'll provide strategic leadership of NFER’s self-funded impact-focused research programme, engaging with external stakeholders to influence policy and practice. 

Key responsibilities will include; 
- Working with the wider network across NFER in order to deliver high-impact research 
projects that are aligned with NFER’s strategic priorities
- Developing and commissioning original ideas for new NFER funded research, and synthesising our own and others’ evidence and drawing out key insights
- Identifying and engaging with the important debates, potential policies and initiatives that are relevant to NFER 
- Acting as an ambassador for NFER, developing networks, promoting NFER’s expertise, spotting new opportunities, bringing information and intelligence back into NFER and working with colleagues to agree strategies to pursue these as appropriate

Your technical background: 
- Graduate or equivalent 
- A leader – of thinking and of people 
- Demonstrable track record of strategy development and delivery
- Research literate – able to build a good level of understanding across a broad range of NFER’s portfolio, especially quantitative methods, and capable of spotting new opportunities for original research 
- A strong understanding of current issues in education policy and classroom practice 

You’ll love this job, if you are: 
- Diplomatic, credible and collaborative
- Interested in how impact can be achieved and measured by a research organisation 
- Outward focussed and outward-reaching to ensure that our thinking is informed by those who are closest to education policy and classroom practice
- Able to build strong and trusted working relationships 
- Strong influencing and stakeholder engagement skills
- Strong and confident communicator – in writing, face to face and in larger groups; able to adapt style for a range of different audiences 

Bonus Points: 
We’re eager to hear from you if you’ve worked with government, in a policy environment, either leading or supporting the development of policy and have an established network of key policy influencers 

Why NFER? 

- Competitive salary 
- Generous pension scheme 
- Free parking 
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days 
- Excellent support for professional development 
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week) 
- Easy access to major transport hubs including London Heathrow 

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community. This role is open for Tier 2 sponsorship. 

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Head of Impact Strategy, apply via the button shown.

This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency. 

Function
Policy & Impact
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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Economics

Senior Economist - NFER Impact

Slough

Job Ref
HKSCQ3004/SG-HL-19-013
Location
Slough

Senior Economist - NFER Impact
Location: Slough, UK 
Salary: £41,703 - £46,936 

As a Senior Economist, you will play a key role NFER’s visibility and impact strategy to deliver impactful evidence across our eight key topic areas that policy makers and system leaders need and that informs and positively influences their decision-making. 

NFER has a worldwide reputation as a leading independent provider of education research and analysis. We are a registered charity that has contributed evidence, in-depth knowledge, and research expertise to support the creation of an excellent education for all children and young people for over seventy years. Improving the lives of children and young people is at the heart of everything we do. 

The role of Senior Economist will be to: 
- Use economic analysis to shed new light on education issues 
- Initiate and manage projects and one off analysis that apply an understanding of market failure, cost-effectiveness analysis, behavioural science, incentives and econometric modelling to pressing policy and practice questions. 
- Contribute to the development and delivery of the Impact strategy. 
- Collaborate with the wider community of NFER economists in creating new ideas for research and analysis and developing the use of quantitative and economic methods across the NFER. 
- Drive and support the dissemination activity and influence of NFER’s own research and analysis. 

Your technical background: 
- A Masters or higher degree in economics (with a strong microeconomics and evaluation element), or an equivalent combination of qualifications and professional experience 
- Quantitative research skills; including knowledge of statistical techniques used in applied economics and experience/understanding of how to develop economic models to support decision making 
- Experience of applying economic principles and analysis to policy questions 
- User of statistical software e.g. STATA, SPSS, R, MPlus and MLWin 

You’ll love this job, if you are: 
- A critical thinker with an intellectual stance to persuade a diverse set of audiences using evidence 
- Creative and innovative in the conceptual development and design of projects 
- Able to take responsibility for research projects and to fulfil project leader activities 
- Confident in representing the organisation externally 

Bonus Points: 
We’re eager to hear from you if you’ve worked with policy evaluation or current educational issues as an Economist, Researcher, or Research Manager with an economics background and have experience in National Pupil Database or School Workforce Census assessment datasets. 

Why NFER? 

- Competitive salary 
- Generous pension scheme 
- Free parking 
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days 
- Excellent support for professional development 
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week) 
- Easy access to major transport hubs including London Heathrow 

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community. This role is open for Tier 2 sponsorship. 

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Senior Economist in policy and education, apply via the button shown. 

This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency. 

Function
Economics
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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Facilities

Office Cleaner - Part time, 2 month contract

Slough

Job Ref
19 - T011
Location
Slough

Office Cleaner
Part time: 12.5 hours, Monday to Friday, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Temporary 2 month contract from 1st April until 31st May

As part of NFER’s cleaning team you’ll be joining a highly respected and successful charity that carries out research within education. You’ll provide a cleaning service following daily, weekly and periodic cleaning routines. Your hours will be 12.5 hour per week; the normal hours of work are from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Additional or changed working hours may be required on odd occasions but sufficient notice will be given.

Responsibilities of a Cleaner
• Cleaning and preparing a range of areas including offices, communal areas and toilets
• vacuuming, mopping, dusting, toilet cleaning, replenishment of consumables
• Getting the best from cleaning products and using equipment safely.

Our Ideal Clean Team Member will:
• Care about our working environment, taking pride in your work
• Are reliable and can organise your own work to make sure tasks are complete
• Be friendly, with good communication skills. This will come in handy when you are working in a team, and when you are interacting with other NFER staff.


Why NFER?
- £8.23
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 20 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional 4 discretionary days

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking a nice environment and a friendly team, apply via the button shown.

Function
Facilities
Status
Part Time
Type
Temporary Contract
Hours
12.5, Monday to Friday, 5:30pm – 8:00pm


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