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Skills for Logistics

Research Specialist

JOB TITLE:                            Research Specialist  


SALARY:                               £22-30k depending on experience


REPORTS TO:                      Relevant Programme Manager


BASED:                                 MK based with UK travel





Under the strategic direction of the Chair, Board, and Chief Executive, and in response to our successful bids for EIF and National Skills Academy funding, Skills for Logistics (SfL) is reorganising and building capability better to serve logistics employers and achieve sustainability by 2014.


Key to the reorganisation is the intention to embed disciplines associated with project and programme management into SfL culture and practise. The delivery of each Programme will be through a number of projects – sometimes running in parallel, sometimes sequentially, through the life of that Programme. Each project will need a multi-disciplinary team to deliver it and these teams are likely to differ between projects.


To meet this challenge, we will run with a pool of in-house technical specialists in each of the following four functions:

  • Skills
  • Research
  • Implementation
  • Administration.


One person from each project team will be designated the Project Manager for the duration of the life of that project, according to the main specialist focus of that project.



Job Outline


You will be involved in several different research projects and work programmes to which you will provide high quality research input and analysis.


In practice this will include:


·         sourcing, processing, analysing and interpreting information and data

·         producing reports

·         quality assurance/control of externally sourced data

·         dealing with queries from both within the organisation and outside.



Key Responsibilities and Outcomes



·         Identifying and obtaining the best key data sources available to provide accurate and up to date information on the sector in order to underpin the effective work of the Craft Skills and other groups.


·         Analysing, condensing and interpreting data sets from wide and varied sources, both internal and external, using statistical software programmes and techniques to produce meaningful findings.


·         Investigating data quality issues and proposing and supplying solutions to enable insight to be obtained.


·         Using analysis to produce meaningful insight and conclusions into skills development matters of the sector and making this available in a form that can be disseminated to the sector in such a way as to deliver the impacts identified in the EIF2 and other bids.


·         Highlighting key findings, trends and conclusions and communicating these in appropriate, clear and innovative formats.


·         Presenting research findings in a way that internal and external stakeholders can easily understand and use.


·         Identifying secondary sources of research, for example research papers produced by other organisations, which contain useful information and insights into the sector and preparing digests in a form that will directly underpin the work of the Craft Skills and other employer groups.


·         Disseminating research results, insight and recommendations at all levels to the relevant stakeholders using the most appropriate format in order to deliver the communication impact promised in the EIF2 and other bids.



Peer Relationships

Other technical specialists across the organisation including: Skills, Implementation, Administration and other Research specialists.


Skills & Abilities

·     good project management skills

·     excellent mathematical and IT skills including SPSS

·     excellent analytical skills

·     excellent writing and proof-reading skills

·     ability to investigate research, manage, interpret and present information

·     excellent accuracy and attention to detail

·     good spoken and written communication skills

·     creative problem-solving skills

·     good organisational and time-management skills

·     the ability to multi task and work well under pressure in order to meet deadlines

·     the ability to work in a team and independently.





·         Educated to degree level

·         A diploma or advanced certificate in Market and Social Research Practice

·         Some knowledge of Sector Skills Councils and/or the UK skills system

·         Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a research role such as research analyst.

It is an exciting time for Skills for Logistics due to the work programmes we are undertaking. The organisation  is currently looking to recruit a  number of new positions. If you are interested in any of these roles then please forward a covering letter and CV in the first instance to the H R Manager  at

Skills for Logistics
unit 12
Warren Yard
Milton Keynes
MK12 5NW

or email [email protected].

Thank you