Institute Director

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a successful, influential and internationally renowned, not-for-profit employment research and consultancy organisation based in Brighton and London.

With our current Director retiring after many years of distinguished service, we are looking for a new leader who shares our values and can build on our success and our reputation for objective, independent and analytical policy research for government and HR advice for employers. We need a Director who can, together with our excellent and talented staff and trustees, confidently grow the Institute to the next stage of its development.

The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) is an organisation confident of its distinct and strong position in the market for applied research and consultancy, and with a real ambition to grow its reach and influence at a time when the world of work which we study is undergoing significant change. The Director needs to deliver an intellectually robust and strategically coherent plan to grow our work, extend our impact and to drive the development of ambitious new work programmes which will attract funding and allow us to communicate our messages about employment policy and practice even more widely. We are looking for an ambitious, energetic and imaginative leader who can set out a clear and compelling vision for the Institute, its staff and its other stakeholders.

You will bring to this role several years’ experience of leadership at a senior level, as well as substantial knowledge and understanding of a number of areas of contemporary employment policy, labour market dynamics and human resource management. You are likely to have an existing reputation for applied research, policy evaluation or consultancy with a background in social sciences, labour economics, human resource management/organisational behaviour or related disciplines. You will bring evidence of your ability to manage a financially successful organisation, and you will also have a track record of working at a high level with senior decision-makers in organisations such as government departments, major employers, trade unions, voluntary and professional bodies. You will also share our passion and determination to contribute to real improvements in the working lives of people and the productivity of organisations, in the UK and beyond.

IES was founded in 1968, has an annual turnover of £3 million and employs over 40 multi-disciplinary research, consultancy and support staff. IES is governed by a supportive and experienced Board of Trustees. The Director will head a small executive team to run the day-to-day operations of IES and lead our strategic and business development.

Detailed appointment brief/job specification

How to apply

Candidates should submit a full CV with a covering letter explaining their interest in the post and highlighting how they meet the criteria.

An equal opportunities monitoring form should also be completed and can be downloaded below.

Email your application and equal opportunities monitoring form to:

Shortlisted candidates will attend an interview with a panel of IES trustees, and will be expected to give a presentation as part of the assessment. A second stage of the process will also involve an opportunity to meet senior IES staff. Fuller details of the process will be provided to shortlisted applicants

Shortlisted candidates who wish to will also have the opportunity for informal conversations about the job and the Institute, with David Smith (chair of the Board of Trustees) and/or Nigel Meager (current Director of the Institute).

Application closing date: Monday, 12 March, 2018

Legal note

The Institute for Employment Studies is committed to equality of opportunity and we encourage diversity in the workplace. The current British and European law states that we cannot employ a person aged 16 or over who does not have permission to live and work in the UK. You should make yourself aware of how immigration laws apply to your situation before applying for any jobs (see Home Office UK Border Agency website).

The Institute for Employment Studies:

  • is a registered charity (no. 258390)
  • seeks to be an equal opportunities employer
  • is an Investor in People