Project Support Officer

Starting salary from £21,898 dependent on the expertise and experience the successful candidate brings to the job.

We are looking for an experienced, proactive and highly-organised administrator to join our team. The primary focus of the role is to provide project and programme administrative support to research managers throughout the duration of their projects, which can range from a couple of days for a small piece of consultancy to up to five years for large employment policy evaluations. As well as this, the role also plays a key part in supporting the effective running of the Institute and continually improving how we work.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Good communication skills with clients and internal colleagues.
  • Good organisational skills, including ability to work within tight deadlines, juggling and prioritising tasks.
  • Ability to work flexibly and as part of a team – supportive and collaborative with colleagues and external clients.
  • Highly proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Having a solid working knowledge of Microsoft Teams and SharePoint would be advantageous, as would having the knowledge and ability to prepare reports, charts and presentations to publication standards.
  • Ability/willingness to learn to use new software (with training) as required (eg database, intranet, online survey software, website).
  • Reliable and adaptable, able to respond to changing priorities.
  • Accurate with good attention to detail.
  • Excellent use of English and ability to proofread large, complex documents, following both our internal and client writing guidelines and house styles.
  • Ability to be proactive, to use own initiative, to identify problems and propose solutions. 

The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) is a centre of research and consultancy in employment policy and human resource issues based in central Brighton. We are a not-for-profit organisation with around 50 members of staff.

We support flexible working, and so would be happy to consider applications from candidates seeking to work flexibly or part-time. We can offer you 27 days’ annual leave plus 4 Christmas closure days plus bank holidays, a generous defined-benefit pension scheme, interest-free travel and cycle loans, plus opportunities for training and development.

Candidates should submit a full CV with a covering letter explaining their interest in the post and highlighting how they meet the criteria. Please also complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form which can be downloaded below.

Please return your CV, covering letter and equal opportunities monitoring form to: or post to Careers, IES, City Gate, 185 Dyke Road, Brighton BN3 1TL (Telephone: 01273 763456).

Closing date for applications: Friday 10 February, midday.

Download job description and person specification. 

At IES, our research and practice are guided by our values and our staff act in accordance with these. Our values centre on: respecting others, acting with integrity, collaboration, curiosity, excellence and compassion.

The Institute for Employment Studies is actively seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce and welcomes applications from all under-represented communities and groups. We are particularly keen to attract candidates from ethnic minority groups given their under-representation within applied social research. We are a Disability Confident Employer and are happy to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate the individual requirements of candidates with disabilities.

The Institute for Employment Studies encourages career development at all ages. Join us and work for an employer that values your experience. #AgeFriendlyEmployer

Legal note

The Institute for Employment Studies:

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