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Research and Policy Consultant

  • Full time
  • £34,267 – £37,326
  • Edinburgh or Inverness (Hybrid of home and office working)
  • Closing 13th March 2024

  • Advertised from 23rd February 2024
  • + 8% employer pension contribution


Changeworks has over 35 years’ experience in delivering high impact solutions for low-carbon living. We work collaboratively with partners, organisations and householders to drive transformation in energy efficiency and to tackle fuel poverty. An exciting opportunity for a Research and Policy Consultant has come up in our busy and growing team.

This role is based within our Consultancy Team and will report to the Senior Research Consultant. Our Consultancy team are leaders in the industry and provide expert analysis and insight. The team works across a range of disciplines including data analysis, social research and impact evaluation.

In this role you will be responsible for managing the development and delivery of quality research and policy projects. Using your project management experience, you will manage a range of commissions. You will allocate responsibility to team members, monitor budgets and collaborate with colleagues to produce accurate reports. Cultivating and maintaining client relationships will be a key responsibility, ensuring client satisfaction and project success. You will also support the dissemination of the Consultancy team’s work to wider audiences through a range of media including presentations at relevant conferences, networking, written articles etc.

Working with the Senior Consultants you will identify opportunities to develop and deliver projects and services that generate income.

Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research techniques is essential for this position. You will have experience in project management in a professional, research or consultancy role. Experience of developing and writing policies or strategies is also desirable.

You’ll be joining Changeworks at a very exciting time as we continue to drive forward our strategy to help us scale our work and achieve our ambitious goal of decarbonising homes across Scotland.

Changeworks is a great place to work. We hold Investors in People Platinum accreditation (something only a few organisations in Scotland have), and we were nominated for employer of the year by the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce this year. Our staff overwhelmingly would recommend us as an employer too.

The Climate Emergency has resulted in ambitious national targets to reduce carbon emissions from the built environment and reduce rates of fuel poverty. This has driven a significant increase in the number of pilot and large-scale interventions delivered by Changeworks and external organisations in this area. These include area-based domestic energy efficiency retrofit and decarbonisation projects and programmes.

We are a growing organisation, and this role is crucial to the delivery of our ambitious objectives. We want to decarbonise homes in Scotland on a massive scale, and that needs talented individuals like you to help us deliver on our objectives. You’ll receive full training plus coaching and mentoring.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits including flexible working, bike to work scheme, an excellent pension scheme and 26 days paid holiday plus 9 public holidays per year.

Application notes

At Changeworks, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone.

To apply: please visit our website to complete an online application -

Research and Policy Consultant in Hybrid Edinburgh - Changeworks

Closing date for applications: 11am, 13 March 2024

Interviews: Week commencing 18 March 2024

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