We are hiring a Senior Researcher!

2021-07-01T11:10:19+00:00 July 1st, 2021|Blog, Onward, Recruitment|

Onward is a not-for-profit thinktank whose mission it is to renew the centre right by generating new ideas and reaching out to new groups of people. Since we launched in 2018, we have built a reputation as one of Westminster’s most influential and innovative thinktanks.

Senior Researcher
Westminster, London

Onward is looking for an outstanding policy thinker to lead Onward’s Repairing our Social Fabric research. This is a role with significant opportunities to drive our work on strengthening community and belonging in the UK and to take responsibility for a programme that both influences government policy and supports innovation in local communities.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the research, output and delivery of Onward’s core programme, Repairing our Social Fabric. To date, the programme has generated significant traction, by measuring the strength of community through our landmark Social Fabric Index and developing policies that are taken up by policymakers, including the Community Ownership Fund and the Right to Regenerate.

The successful candidate will bring together a strong track record for conducting, writing and delivering hard-hitting and high quality, data-driven and politically sensitive research. They must also be able to demonstrate excellent written and spoken communication skills, a track record of using quantitative and qualitative research in a policy setting, experience with delivering timely projects and a strong affinity with Onward’s mission and values. Previous experience of working with or in the community or voluntary sector is desirable.

You would be joining Onward at an important time for the organisation and the country. Having launched almost three years ago, we have quickly established a reputation for rigorous research that gets traction not only in newspapers but in changing government policy. We pride ourselves on developing policy ideas that are timely, practical to deliver and politically possible, and communicating them in ways that grab the attention of those who make decisions. We are a small, tight-knit and high impact team, and are consistently rated among the most influential think tanks in Westminster.

Main responsibilities

  • Leading Onward’s core research programme, working closely with the Repairing our Social Fabric steering group and the Director.
  • Working with a range of research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, to create hard-hitting and high quality research reports and data analysis.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with key politicians and community stakeholders.
  • Confidently communicate and represent the programme to different audiences, such as policymakers, politicians and the media by producing regular articles, reports and presentations.
  • Managing and planning the every-day administration of the programme, such as roundtable discussions and sponsored panel events


Salary: Competitive

Commitment: Full-time.

Working pattern: 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, with flexible working as appropriate.

Closing Date: 23rd July 2021

Start Date: Flexible. Ideally by August 2021.

To apply please send a one page cover letter, your CV and any relevant published work to [email protected]


Onward is a not-for-profit campaigning thinktank that exists to renew the centre right by generating new ideas and reaching out to new groups of people. Our team has worked in the highest levels of government and existing think tanks and we have the networks and experience to turn ideas into practical, popular policies that work. We believe in an economy that works for everyone, government that is strong, and a society built on community and a sense of belonging. 

Our advisory board includes leading parliamentarians, business people and former government advisers, including Lord Finkelstein, Tom Tugendhat MP, John Lamont MP, Neil O’Brien MP, Siobhan Baillie MP, Anthony Browne MP, Claire Coutinho MP, Seema Kennedy, Lord O’Shaughnessy, Baroness Rock, Baroness Fall, Craig Elder, James Kanagasooriam, and Nick Faith.