Researcher | Suffolk Constabulary

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OCC, Wymondham / PHQ, Martlesham
Recruitment is for a number of posts that could arise over the next six months that may include permanent, temporary, full time and part time opportunities (flexible working will also be considered).
£24,546 – 27,774 per annum / pro rata
Friday 5 March 2021 at 5pm
Please quote Ref: L1735 on application form

We are looking to recruit researchers ready for any vacancies that are likely to arise over the next six months. The roles will be in the Strategic, Business and Operational Services (SBOS) department which provide analysis and research support to operational, strategic and performance functions in both constabularies.

Applicants will be expected to have experience of collating, assessing and evaluating information and writing research-based reports, in any field of work. The posts that may become available could be on a range of contract types (permanent, temporary, secondment, full time and part time) and applicants who are successful but are not offered a post immediately will be held on a select list for six months.

We are looking for people with a “can do” attitude, that can research both qualitative and quantitative information, and have excellent communication skills to join our highly regarded team. If this sounds like you and you have an inquisitive mind, great problem-solving skills and top level researcher skills then we want to hear from you.

Main activities of the role:

  • Collect, collate and evaluate information from a wide range of open and closed information sources at a strategic, tactical or operational level, and for intelligence or performance purposes
  • Produce and deliver accurate and easy to use intelligence and/or performance reports and products and support analysis across the department (operational and strategic)
  • Research intelligence and/or performance information in relation to problems, patterns, trends and series to support operational and/or strategic intelligence analysis or performance monitoring capabilities
  • Liaise with and work in partnership with other organisations, to gather and research information to ensure that intelligence and/or performance products are comprehensive and balanced and to promote collaborative working
  • Coordinate and respond in a timely manner to nationally required data, for instance from HMICFRS, the Home Office, NPCC and partner agencies
  • Produce intelligence and/or performance products to inform decision making and direct departmental, organisational and partnership activity
  • Maintain knowledge of the current intelligence and performance products and requirements, both within the department, across the organisation and externally
  • Prepare and present intelligence and performance data using a variety of techniques, such as charts, maps etc. to support investigations and performance reporting mechanisms as required
  • Demonstrate appropriate research techniques such as environmental scanning models, collection plans, triangulation of information
  • Engage with the Data Insight Officer to ensure that SBOS’ performance and statutory data requirements are reflected within the data insight strategy and that accurate and robust data is available to extract
  • Contribute to, and maintain a catalogue of data requests/submissions to enable easy access to data and replication of methodologies and to assist with responding to queries about submissions
  • Any other duties that are commensurate with the role and grade as may be requested by management

It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Experience of collating, assessing and evaluating information from a range of sources and systems and compiling into research-based reports
  • Experience of researching qualitative and quantitative information
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to produce accurate and timely reports, being articulate and able to debate issues
  • Proven problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of performance and intelligence reporting requirements, for example, by understanding and applying business rules and standard operating processes to data/information extraction, collation and interpretation
  • Ability to use own initiative and work under pressure
  • Good computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite

It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Previous experience of, or trained in the use of Microsoft Excel or analytical and data mining tools such as i2, Microsoft Reporting or equivalent
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key legislation including the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 2018

Job profile >>  researcher_-_oct_18.pdf

Recruitment is for a number of posts that could arise over the next six months that may include permanent, temporary, full time and part time opportunities (flexible working will also be considered).

Consideration will be given to whether the post can be delivered on either a part time or job share basis, in line with the organisational requirements of this role.

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010. 

Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment should download an application pack and monitoring form as they must be submitted together.

These forms as well as application guidance notes are also available on the right hand side of the page in the Downloads section.

Please return completed applications by email to [email protected].