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Senior 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 manage and 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

About the role

Your primary role will be to develop, lead and manage research and analysis on complex policy questions on behalf of our clients. You will work as part of our wider research leadership team to ensure that projects are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest quality standards.


Specifically, the Senior 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
  • Leading or managing the development of competitive research proposals, including designing an effective approach and project management plan that deliver against client’s requirements
  • Leading or managing research projects, working collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary project team and demonstrating strong project management, teamwork and leadership skills to support junior researchers
  • Developing junior researchers through training and development activities, and performance management processes
  • Demonstrating deep subject matter expertise in your area of specialism, whilst also remaining agile to work across a broad range of topic areas within the portfolio of the Defence, Security and Infrastructure research group
  • Demonstrating excellent time management skills to manage involvement in multiple parallel projects, proposals, corporate initiatives and other activities (e.g. outreach, speaking roles at conferences, publication of op-eds etc.)
  • Supporting the Research Group Director as required in managing the group and developing an appropriate culture and strategy
  • Contributing as required to the wider management and leadership of RAND Europe as a business


Key responsibilities

  • Leadership of business development activities, including budgeting and research design, building collaborative partnerships with other research organisations where necessary, understanding client requirements
  • Managing research project and proposal teams including a diverse and interdisciplinary mix of RAND researchers and external partners
  • Ensuring research outputs (e.g. research reports, briefs, etc.) meet RAND quality standards (i.e. peer review standards) and client needs
  • Managing project budgets to time and output
  • Proactively identifying and pursuing business development opportunities
  • Conducting outreach activities to promote RAND’s research and maximise the impact it has
  • Delivering on research group target sales and supporting others to do so


Skills and Experience

You will have at least 5 years of professional research experience (3 years for candidates with a PhD) 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 high-quality research
  • You have designed research approaches tailored to specific policy research questions
  • Your experience includes applying qualitative and/or quantitative research methods to address complex research questions
  • You have managed or led multidisciplinary research teams
  • You can communicate research findings effectively to policymakers through written and verbal means
  • You have managed a diverse range of clients in the public and private sector
  • You have mentored junior researchers to develop their skills and competence
  • You have an excellent command of English language
  • You are proficiency in using Microsoft Office tool suite



  • You maintain strong networks and relationships in relevant organisations and fields
  • You possess experience of managing 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

As a member of the team you will enjoy:

  • 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. 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.

Closing date for this position is 28 February 2021.