Public Affairs - Associate Director (Communication Research) Location London Ipsos MORI Public Affairs are the leaders in social research. We bridge the gap between government and the public, providing robust research and analysis. We cover broad issues that shape the delivery of public services in modern society and how to engage the public in the policy-making process.This vacancy is within the Public Communications Team, supporting a range of work to provide insights and evidence to communications teams across the public sector. We work with clients to enhance communications activity and drive positive social change.The role….This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced researcher to lead high-profile studies and accounts informing Government communications, as well as leading on competitive bids and business development to further grow our business.We are ideally looking for a someone with mixed-methods experience, though are open to someone with primarily qualitative or quantitative research experience.What will I be doing?The main responsibilities will include: Leading proposals and revenue generation, including making pricing recommendations. Contributing to the successful running of fast-turnaround qualitative and quantitative research studies, with a particular focus on communications scoping, testing and evaluation. You would be drafting proposals, leading studies and using your excellent Client First skills to maintain and grow relationships with a range of clients. Communicating effectively with clients, internal and external suppliers, policymakers and internal colleagues, both in writing and verbally. Supporting junior team members to develop their own communication style whilst ensuring professionalism and outcomes which align with Ipsos’ Values. Signing off deliverables (questionnaires /discussion guides, presentations and reports) which meet client and stakeholder requirements, utilising innovative approaches. Taking responsibility for the financial progress of projects Effectively managing relationships with suppliers and internal operations colleagues. Developing a strong understanding of our clients’ needs and taking a proactive approach to further grow our business. Contributing to the successful running of our team through building a positive, supportive environment where people are encouraged to challenge themselves to develop their skills. What do I need to bring with me?This role will suit candidates who enjoy working closely with clients, often delivering at a fast pace.We are looking for someone with: Experience in writing winning proposals. Desire to work closely with clients to maintain and grow our contracts. Excellent qualitative and/or quantitative research skills: able to lead multiple projects and support junior members of the team to develop their research and project management skills. Ability to work to tight deadlines to deliver profitable work and assure quality of all outputs. Ability to lead development of high quality research materials which answer client objectives. Ability to understand and interpret complex qualitative and quantitative data to draw out a clear narrative and insight to inform client decision making. Excellent client handling and supplier negotiation skills. Confident and clear written and verbal communication skills, including experience of preparing presentations (and ideally written reports) with a high level of accurate use of English. Proven ability to work well in teams An interest in public sector communications, ideally with relevant experience (though not essential) About us: We are one of the world’s largest research companies and currently the only one primarily managed by researchers. With offices in 90 markets, Ipsos brings together research, implementation, methodological, and subject-matter experts from around the world, combining thematic and technical experts globally with local knowledge to deliver top-quality research. Our culture is unique - we have the entrepreneurial spirit and quirkiness of a small boutique, but we also have the resources, scale and diversity of a large global agency. We have more bright, friendly, hard-working and enthusiastic people, from more backgrounds, with more interests, skills and experiences to learn from. Our values are based on our diverse cultural backgrounds, helping us to be responsive, client-focused and flexible. We are committed to equality, treating people fairly, promoting a positive and inclusive working environment and ensuring we have diversity of people and views. We recognise that this is important for our business success - a more diverse workforce will enable us to better reflect and understand the world we research and ultimately deliver better research and insight to our clients. We understand the importance of commitments you may have outside of work and we consider all flexible working applications - please highlight what you are looking for when you make your application.If this is what you are looking for from your next role, we look forward to hearing from you!