Senior Research Manager

The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a Senior Research Manager to support our UK-wide Research Team.  This is a 2-year full time fixed term post.

Starting salary £40,000 rising to £46,000 plus £3,285 London Weighting

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health.  We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

Our focus is on three key areas:

1. Impact

We systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence.  We build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of our work.

2. Influence

We harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health. 

3. Integrity

We continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values - that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.

We have pioneered change for 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

This exciting Senior Research Manager role will deliver ground-breaking new research projects that reflect and strengthen the Mental Health Foundation’s strategic priorities and generate actionable insights, to work towards the Foundation's vision of good mental health for all.

What does the role involve?

  • With the Foundation's strategy as the starting point, the Senior Research Manager will work with the Research Team and colleagues in other key functions across the four nations, to identify research priorities and lead the delivery of core research Initiatives. A core component of all research will be the production of actionable insights that contribute to the Foundation's mission of good mental health for all.
  • At the Mental Health Foundation all research approaches are anchored by collaboration with people with lived experience. The role of Senior Research Manager will build on that collaboration and find Innovative ways to Increase opportunities and deepen levels of participation.
  • The role will work across the organisation, utilising research and evaluation capabilities, to support the Foundation to be evidence-based in all Its activities and decision-making.
  • This is a senior role that will involve direct line management of members of the Research Team, supervision and support of colleagues on specific projects, representing the Foundation externally and deputising for the Head of Research both Internally and externally, as required.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

  • Significant experience in a research role, including familiarity with a range of research methods and applied research approaches that translate research into policy and practice.
  • A commitment to an inclusive and participatory approach to research, prioritising the involvement of people with lived experience of mental health (both positive and negative experiences).  
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of research methodologies, with extensive experience in developing appropriate methodologies and corresponding primary research instruments for specific research projects.
  • Proven experience of carrying out research looking at structural and social inequality issues, ideally relating to mental health.
  • A track record of building and maintaining strong networks and partnerships with external stakeholders to scope opportunities and deliver research outputs in partnership.

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service
  • 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year
  • Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution
  • Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary
  • Flexible working
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to work scheme

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a DBS check.  Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. 

How to apply

If you think your skills match and you’d like to be part of a dynamic and growing organisation, please complete and send your application form to [email protected] (along with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form).  Please note that all sections of the application form should be completed as CVs will not be accepted.  Applications will close at 5pm on 28th October 2021.  Interviews are planned for 11th November 2021.  You will be expected to deliver a presentation on the day of the interview.

Diversity is greatly valued at the Foundation.  Applications from all sections of the community are actively encouraged.  If you have a disability, require any additional support or have any questions regarding the role, please contact us at [email protected] .

Due to Covid-19 and until further notice, we are operating digital recruitment (including interviews via video conferencing) and on-boarding processes.  We are blending office and homeworking until further notice.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Employment benefits

Pension (non-contributory)

The Foundation considers it important to encourage staff to save for their retirement and as such provides staff with an 8% contribution as part of auto-enrolment from 3 months service. After successful completion of the probationary period this increases to 10%, all non-contributory.

Employee Assistance Service

At times staff may face and need help with a variety of issues throughout their lives and as part of the commitment to staff members the Foundation provides an independent and confidential information, support and counselling telephone service. Support is available on a range of issues including legal, financial, emotional, health issues and work-related concerns. Free to contact, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 030 5182.

Wellbeing Days

Staff may take up to 3 days per every leave year for their personal wellbeing and mental health needs. These days must be taken during the leave year and cannot be carried over.

Annual leave

Staff receive 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, pro rata when part-time, rising to 26 days after 3 years’ service and 27 days after 5 years’ service. The additional annual leave is awarded on 1 April following the relevant work anniversary. The leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

Christmas leave

Staff receive an additional 3 days leave at Christmas when the office closes between Christmas Day and re-opens after New Year’s Day. This is in addition to the annual leave entitlement.

Life Assurance Scheme

Staff receive death in service life cover at four times their annual salary.

Flexible working

The right to request flexible working is available to all staff. There are a number of different flexible working arrangements available which can be arranged by mutual consent.

Season ticket loan

Interest free loans are available to purchase season tickets for the journey between home and work. Available after successful completion of probationary period.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work scheme is a UK Government tax exemption initiative introduced to promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution. Staff will be able to apply for a loan to purchase a bicycle of a value of up to £1,111 tax free. Available after successful completion of probationary period.

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