We're hiring

We're hiring


  • Duration: 12 months
  • Contract type: fixed-term employment contract
  • Hours: 3 days a week (21 hours)
  • Salary: £31,500pa (pro rata = £20,475 pa)
  • Location: Blended Glasgow office and home working
  • Start date: 5 January 2022

Who are we?

Horizons Research Ltd are social research specialists offering evaluation, policy analysis, service design and system leadership activities. Established in 2011, we undertake everything from small commissioned pieces of research and evaluation through to full year-long learning partnerships. We are based in Glasgow but are currently working on projects in South Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol and London. (virtually, and hopefully, increasingly into 2022, in person). We mainly work with public sector organisations.

We’re a team of five, two full time members of staff and three Associates. We each lead on specific workstreams but our working culture is to work closely as a team, collaboratively, with each person contributing to different projects as and when it's required.

What sort of work are we currently involved in?

  • evaluation of local authority services
  • evaluation of national grant schemes
  • research, feasibility studies, development of business cases and funding proposals
  • scenario planning with a focus on workforce planning
  • community engagement and facilitation work:
    • co-design/co-production service improvement
    • running tests of change around the ‘whole family’, children and young people’s services
    • designing and delivering system leadership interventions and programmes

Who do we work with?

Our core clients include national public bodies, a range of local authorities in Scotland and England, the Staff College, South Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Health Education England (SW) and Scotland’s Learning Partnership.

Policy themes

We’re currently working within:

  • drug and alcohol policy (Scotland)
  • adult learning (Scotland)
  • children and young people’s services (Scotland and England)
  • health and social care integration (England)

Join us

We’re small but growing and we want to increase our capacity in 2022 by adding a new post to our team. This new researcher post will be for an initial twelve month period but will be open to review (after 6 months) with the possibility of the post being made permanent. The post holder will lead their own research and evaluation projects and will also contribute to work led by others within the team.

Role description

  • support specific research and evaluation activities, initially within our alcohol and drugs service improvement workstreams.
  • undertake fieldwork, collecting evidence, analysing and generating insights before writing reports and updates.
  • coordinate and set up fieldwork for others in the team, including research interviews and surveys.
  • undertake event management duties, setting up workshops and focus groups, ensuring high quality learning capture (virtually and in person).
  • undertake literature reviews and horizon scans.
  • help develop our social media presence, communicating our services and the learning from our work.
  • write research briefings and short thinkpieces.
  • contribute to writing proposals for new work.
  • you may be required to undertake additional or other reasonable duties as necessary to meet the needs of our business.

Skills and competencies

You’ll be a skilled and versatile social researcher educated to, at least, degree level with proven skills and experience of qualitative research methods. You’ll have a strong interest in social policy with a desire to see better services for those who need to access them. Ideally you’ll also have some experience of service design and facilitation. You’ll be interested and skilled in the use of social media platforms.

Terms and conditions

We’re formally located within a co-working space in the Merchant City, Glasgow. We mostly work from home but tend to come together in person for team meetings on Tuesdays. It would be ideal if you could fit into that work pattern. (Joining Team meetings remotely is also an option).

  • You will be expected to work 21 hours across the week but there is flexibility on when those hours are worked.
  • You may be asked (but not essential) to work an occasional day away from home, including the occasional overnight stay, when travel and accommodation costs will be met.
  • You will be paid on the last working day of each month.
  • You will be entitled to a 5 percent salary pension contribution.
  • You will be entitled to 25 days paid holiday, per year.

How to apply

Please send your CV (no longer than 2 pages) along with a cover letter setting out why you would like to apply to recruitment@horizonsresearch.org by close on 7 December 2021. You may then be invited to interview. Interviews will be held on the week beginning 13 December 2021 and may include a short presentation. (Please indicate in your covering letter if there are particular days / times during the week beginning 13 December 2021 when you are unable to attend an interview).

For more information and background to Horizons Research and our methodologies, see our website. www.horizonsresearch.org

If you have any questions pre-application, feel free to email our CEO Robert Rae on robert@horizonsresearch.org to arrange a chat.