Policy Consultant Vacancy (Centre for Local Economic Strategies)

Policy Consultant


Permanent- £22 - £30k dependent on experience


The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) is the UK’s leading independent charitable research and member organisation, with a focus on local economic development, regeneration and place-making. We think and do – promoting action and implementing new progressive economic activities which create positive environmental, health and social outcomes. In all our work the relationship between place, economy and people is central.

Established in 1986, CLES undertakes a range of activities including servicing our membership base, policy research, events and training, and consultancy and policy advice. CLES also owns New Start Magazine- the magazine for making better places.

Policy Consultant

You will play a role in identifying new policy ideas and business opportunities through developing relationships and engaging with our membership base. You will play a key role in delivering policy, research and consultancy assignments to a high standard as well as implementing activities. This will involve using qualitative and quantitative research techniques such as undertaking interviews, facilitating discussion groups, administering surveys, and analysing secondary data; you will contribute to the development of relevant recommendations. In addition you will help produce policy publications and will deliver bespoke training and membership seminars.

You will have experience of a policy/research/consultancy environment, preferably with a think tank, local authority or consultancy. You will have experience of developing relationships with a range of stakeholders across the public, commercial and social sectors and managing research and policy work. You will be self motivated, enthusiastic, up for creative thinking and keen on making a positive difference to local places and society. The role is an opportunity to work in a unique and cutting edge environment.

For both job descriptions and specifications, please see the attached documents.

How to apply

To apply please submit a CV and full cover letter to Laura Symonds:

Laura Symonds, Office Manager

E: laurasymonds@cles.org.uk

A: CLES, Express Networks, 1 George Leigh Street, Manchester, M4 5DL

T: 0161 236 7036

For an informal and confidential discussion about the post, please contact Neil McInroy, Chief Executive of CLES on 0161 236 7036.

The closing date for applications: Friday 16th May

Interviews will be held on Thursday 22nd May

CLES is an equal opportunities employer, registered charity number 1089503.