Job Opportunity: CLES

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. They think and do – promoting action and implementing new progressive economic activities which create positive environmental, health and social outcomes. In all their work the relationship between place, economy and people is central. 

As a Senior Researcher, you will play a role in identifying new policy ideas and business opportunities through developing relationships and engaging with their membership base. You will play a key role in delivering policy advice, 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; and 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 three to five years’ experience of a policy/research/consultancy environment, preferably with a think tank, local authority or other public sector agency, voluntary and community sector organisation, 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 innovative environment.

The salary for the role is £25k - £30k, dependant on experience, and is based in Manchester. 

Senior Researcher Job Description June 16

Senior Researcher Person Specification

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

Laura Symonds
Office Manager
Express Networks
1 George Leigh Street
Manchester M4 5DL

T: 0161 236 7036


As part of their equality, diversity and inclusion policy, they are committed to name blind recruitment. To enable them to do this, please send your documents as word files rather than pdf. 

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