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Analyst: Defence & Security

RAND Europe is looking for a highly experienced defence and security analyst to develop, lead and deliver public policy research focused on the UK government, European Union and beyond. This position provides you with an opportunity to work at an internationally respected research organisation. Here, you will conduct collaborative research in an intellectually stimulating, fast-paced and diverse working environment. You will directly inform government policy and decision-making at the highest levels and generate impact from your research for the public good. RAND Europe offers the chance to work on a variety of topics and teams, learning from a range of different colleagues, clients and collaborators.

RAND Europe is a not-for-profit research consultancy that conducts client-funded research for governments, international organisations, research councils, charitable foundations and other organisations. Our mission is to help improve public policy and decision making through evidence-based research and analysis.

The Defence, Security and Infrastructure Research Group conducts a wide-ranging portfolio of research for a diverse client base in the UK, Europe and beyond. Our clients include UK government departments (e.g. Ministry of Defence, Home Office), EU institutions (e.g. European Commission, European Parliament), national and international defence and security organisations (e.g. national defence departments, NATO), and various third sector and humanitarian organisations.

Our work covers a broad range of public policy issue issues, including:

  • Defence (high-level strategy and policy, capability development, defence industry issues, defence acquisitions and emerging technology, wargaming)
  • Security (counter-terrorism, counter-violent extremism, border security, human security, capacity building, resilience and climate change)
  • Cyber (cybersecurity, cybercrime, digital society trends and wider impact of related technologies e.g. AI and human-machine teaming)
  • Infrastructure (transport and choice modelling, infrastructure policy)
  • Futures (emerging technology, innovation, future macro trends)

Researchers in the Defence, Security and Infrastructure group originate from a diverse range of nationalities, disciplines and professional backgrounds including the Civil Service, military, consultancy and academia.


About the role:

We are seeking a motivated and dedicated analyst to join our Defence, Security and Infrastructure research group. You will be expected to conduct a variety of research, applying different methods and to support wider research group and corporate activity as required.

Specifically, the Analyst role will involve:

  • Identifying research opportunities and supporting wider business development initiatives
  • Proactively developing relationships with current or prospective clients, as well as wider networks of experts and collaborators
  • Conducting research that applies a range of methods to complex policy challenges
  • Managing research projects under the direction of an experienced project leader and ensuring projects are delivered on time and to budget
  • Working collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary project team and demonstrating strong teamwork and leadership skills to support research assistants
  • Supporting or managing the development and submission of competitive research proposals to meet client needs.
  • Demonstrating agility to work across a broad range of topic areas within the portfolio of the research group
  • Demonstrating excellent time management skills to manage involvement in multiple parallel projects, proposals, corporate initiatives and other activities


Key responsibilities

  • Conduct high-quality research and analysis on research projects for clients on a wide range of defence and security topics
  • Manage research projects that may involve a diverse and interdisciplinary mix of RAND researchers and external partners, under the guidance of an experienced project leader, including monitoring budget, timetable and deliverables
  • Draft sections of research reports or proposals with minimal supervision, but under the guidance of experienced research and proposal leaders
  • Maintain day-to-day contact with clients in a professional manner
  • Contribute to the wider promotion of our research and its impact by communicating research findings to a broader audience
  • Analyse invitations to tender from a wide variety of clients to identify potential opportunities that fit within RAND’s research portfolio
  • Manage the development and submission of small proposals with minimal supervision
  • Support business development activities and corporate initiatives as required
  • Ensure research outputs (e.g. research reports, briefs, etc.) meet RAND quality standards (i.e. peer review standards) and client needs


Skills and Experience

You will some professional research experience in one or more areas covered by the Defence, Security and Infrastructure Research Group and you will have applied a broad range of research methods in either an academic or consultancy environment.


  • You have achieved impact through the delivery of your research
  • You have proven research and analytical skills in a relevant role
  • Your experience includes applying qualitative and/or quantitative research methods to address complex research questions
  • You have managed or coordinated small projects or individual research tasks with minimal supervision
  • You are able to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team
  • You can communicate research findings effectively to policymakers through written and verbal means
  • You have some experience of working with clients in the public sector
  • You have an excellent command of English language
  • You are proficiency in using Microsoft Office tool suite


  • You have experience as a research project manager
  • You have networks and relationships in relevant organisations and fields
  • You possess experience of working with external research partners and collaborators, including multinational consortia
  • You are eligibile for UK Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV)
  • You have additional language skills beyond English, especially other European languages
  • You can conduct research using additional software and technical skills (e.g. data analytics, statistical software, data visualisation, etc.)



Higher Degree level qualification in a subject that includes significant use of qualitative and/or quantitative research.


Benefits package

  • 8% Employer contribution pension
  • BUPA medical insurance
  • Income protection
  • Group life assurance
  • Employee Assistance scheme
  • Enhanced holiday allowance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Fresh fruit every day
  • Free parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Company bikes
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives


How to apply

If you feel that you have the qualities to be a part of our team please submit an application via the RAND Europe’s online careers portal. You will need to submit a CV, covering letter and a short writing sample (up to 3 pages, aimed at a non-technical audience). Please note that your CV, covering letter and writing sample will need to be submitted as one document.

The deadline for applications is 14th August 2020.