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Research and Change Officer

Essex County Council
England, Essex
£32315 - £38063 per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Job description

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Hours: 37 hours per week (part time considered, minimum 30 hours per week)

Face to face interviews will take place on Monday 17 June 2024 and Wednesday 19 June 2024

Colchester City Council is committed to delivering high-quality and accessible services to residents, visitors and businesses. We are a local government authority providing a diverse range of public and commercial services across Colchester, the second largest district in Essex.

This is an exciting opportunity to become a Research and Change Officer, working as part of a small team to engage with the diverse population of Colchester. We are currently working to transform our organisation through a three-year programme called Fit for the Future, so an understanding of how user voices can shape and improve services across the Council will be essential to delivering this.

We're looking for someone who has a real passion for research and techniques to engage with individuals and groups of people to deliver results. This will include the delivery of research projects. consultation, evaluation and knowledge exchange to inform programme development.

Duties of the role

Having recently acquired City status, this is an exciting time to join us. You will work across all Council services to design and lead evaluation and research projects across a dynamic programme of work. You will be supported by a wider team to use mixed method approaches (quantitative and qualitative) to analyse, interpret and present research findings to a range of audiences.

You will work collaboratively with colleagues within the Council and with key partners, wider stakeholders, and funders to make the best of our wider joint research and insight. Using your expertise and project management skills to mentor and train Council teams in research, helping to embed these techniques across the organisation.

Qualifications and skills required

To be successful in this role, you will need to be educated to degree level or have experience of research methods and their applications with a good understanding of data and information analysis. Experience with data sets and using Excel to understand them is important, with experience of using data to shape decision-making highly advantageous.

You will be highly organised and have the ability to manage your time and busy workload. Knowledge of relevant ICT applications and systems is a must, and confidence to lead on projects and drive them forwards is vital.

What we offer

The Council encourages all employees to maximise their potential. You will be entitled to join an attractive pension scheme and will receive a generous annual leave entitlement, including two extra company holidays during the Christmas period.

Other benefits include:

Flexible and hybrid workingFree gym membership, plus travel and online retail discountsExcellent training, development and progression opportunitiesFor an informal discussion about this vacancy, please contact Laura Hardisty, Strategic Communications and Marketing Manager 07944 119629.

For further information regarding this vacancy, please click here.

Colchester City Council has a wide range of services and facilities that can involve dealing with children or vulnerable adults. We treat our obligations for the safety of children and vulnerable adults seriously and expect our staff to be committed to the principles of our published policies and to adhere to the procedures contained within them.

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Why Essex?

Essex County Council covers 1,300 square miles from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary. From the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career.

We celebrate difference and work to ensure that no one is disadvantaged when accessing services, employment or public life in Essex. We’re proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interviewing all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. We’re also committed to interviewing all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

Free to deliver big

We recruit creative, ambitious, talented people, and free them up to think – and deliver – big.

We’ve made substantial changes in recent years, reorganising how we’re structured and how we work, so we can protect the most vulnerable and enable our economy to grow. Join us and you’ll be trusted to take control, manage change and make a lasting impact. You’ll be able to call upon external partners and suppliers to help you deliver. More importantly, talented, trailblazing colleagues – including many industry-leaders – will be right by your side to share ideas, knowledge and experience.

Find out how Essex County Council is changing, and how you’ll fit in.

Employee Recognition & Engagement

Here are some of the things we have in place to give our employees a sense of belonging, involvement and recognition. 

Employee Networks:

  • Ethnically Diverse Employee Network (EDEN)
  • Carers Forum 
  • Christian Network 
  • Disabled Employees Network 
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Network
  • Parents Network 
  • Women’s Network
  • Men’s Network
  • Young People and Apprentice Network. 

You Make The Difference’ Awards - giving employees the opportunity to nominate individuals or teams who go above and beyond for our residents.

Employee Surveys – where we listen to the voices of our people and take action on what we hear.

Employee Panels – giving you the opportunity to feed back on a range of policies and initiatives, network with colleagues and influence far-reaching changes.

Learning and Development

We have developed diverse learning opportunities to support our people to grow both personally and professionally. This includes:

  • A large suite of online training and tools
  • Dedicated learning events such as ‘LearnFest’ – our flagship annual celebration of learning
  • Apprenticeships for both new and existing colleagues
  • Financial support to achieve professional qualifications
  • Support from subject matter experts 
  • The opportunity to share your own expertise to up-skill colleagues
  • Leadership and executive coaching
  • Learning on demand
  • Career pathways

Rewards and Benefits

  • Family Friendly flexible Working
  • Generous holiday and special leave allowances (including the option to purchase extra holiday)
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance of three times annual salary
  • Volunteering leave (up to 4 days per year)
  • Employee wellbeing and counselling
  • Travel discounts & season ticket loans
  • Learning and Development opportunities/coaching & mentoring
  • Payment of professional fees for approved professions
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Lease car scheme (dependent on business needs)
  • Up to £8,000 relocation package (subject to terms and conditions)

You’ll also have access to MyReward, a unique platform for Essex County Council employees to gain various discounts and savings.

Your Wellbeing

At Essex County Council we are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our people. We work closely with our employees to provide wellbeing support based on their needs. We strive to enable the right environment, conditions, and behaviours so individual and organisational wellbeing is embedded in everything we do.

Join us and get Inspired to do More.

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0845 743 0430
County Hall
Market Road
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