Research Manager

By August 10, 2021November 18th, 2021No Comments


Contract: Permanent / full time

Remuneration: £35,000-£45,000 (depending on experience)

Hours: Full time/Flexible (to be agreed)

We are looking for a qualitative-focused research manager to join our team. This is a great opportunity for a researcher to join a growing organisation and work on innovative research that bridges the gap between health and wellbeing and the built environment.

The Quality of Life Foundation

The Quality of Life Foundation’s aim is to raise people’s quality of life by making wellbeing central to the way we create and care for our homes and communities.

We have carried out research into what people need from their local areas; designed a quality of life framework; and are instigating practical projects to support more long-term thinking in industry and government. We are a small but influential organisation and are looking to grow over the coming years. 

The role

Your primary role will be to run our YourQOL post-occupation evaluation survey. This will involve interrogating new locations and talking to clients to provide context to each project and make amendments to the YourQOL survey; project manage separate YourQOL projects; analyse data from each survey; provide easy-to-read, well-presented reports and work with an urban designer to suggest ways in which this data might improve the creation or care for a development or neighbourhood. 

In general, with the organisation your role will be to:

  • Liaise with research partners on our other research projects, which currently include a collaboration with a consortium of universities led by the University of Reading and the digital engagement platform, Commonplace;
  • Take a key project management role, ensuring the research is delivered to time and budget, and clients, stakeholders and research partners are kept up-to-date;
  • Manage our assistant researcher/community engagement coordinator, who is responsible for the day-to-day running of individual YourQOL projects, and provide guidance, support and coaching to junior team members;
  • Contribute to further research bids.
  • Provide effective communication with clients and stakeholders;
  • Check data files and using SPSS, Excel and/or other tools to manipulate data
  • Provide quality assurance on reports and documentation
  • Monitor a project’s financial progress, identifying problems and suggesting solutions
  • Monitor the progress of fieldwork (across a range of modes: face-to-face; online, postal and telephone) and identify any problems at an early stage;
  • Contribute to business development and proposals through administrative tasks and drafting of technical and commercial sub-sections


You will have experience and knowledge of designing and carrying out qualitative research projects from proposal through to delivery, with strong social research and project management skills. Also

  • Interest in health and wellbeing issues and how they relate to the people’s built environment; 
  • Interest in designing and managing large-scale quantitative research projects;
  • Excellent attention to detail, organised, and solutions-focused
  • Time management skills, working across multiple projects, prioritising tasks efficiently
  • Be logical, with the ability to understand and synthesise data from a variety of sources
  • Proficiency in Excel, and ideally in SPSS and/or other packages
  • Experience in developing questionnaires and fieldwork materials
  • Good communication, client handling and supplier negotiation skills
  • Strong writing skills and experience of preparing written reports and presentations, with a high level of accurate use of English, including the ability to write in a variety of styles
  • Proven ability to work well in teams
  • Ability to provide support and guidance to other team members

When to Apply

The deadline for applicants is 30th August 2021. Interviews will be held w/c 6th September.

How to Apply

Please send a CV and covering letter outlining your experience to mail@qolf.org using the subject Urban Designer.

We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion and welcome applications from all backgrounds.