BOP is Recruiting for a Research Assistant

Based in our Edinburgh office, full details are enclosed

BOP Consulting specialises in culture and the creative industries. BOP’s clients are national and city governments, private businesses, cultural organisations and their funders. BOP helps them to write strategies and plan for the future, to deliver new projects and partnerships, and to understand and communicate the value of what they do.

This is an exciting opportunity for a recent graduate to gain practical experience of consultancy and to grow your research, communication and time management skills in a vibrant sector within a dynamic, expanding company. BOP has offices in London, Edinburgh, Shanghai and Taipei. This role is based in the Edinburgh office.

Recent projects in Scotland include impact studies of major cultural festivals, operational reviews of heritage/cultural venues, business plans for major capital investment projects and organisational reviews of arts organisations. You will also provide support for the BOP London office.

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Main tasks

You will provide research support under the direction of individual project managers, and specific business development projects under the direction of BOP Edinburgh’s Principal Consultant. You will undertake a range of tasks and projects including:

  • Desk-based research to contribute to projects and bids (e.g. market research, source and analyse statistics relating to a place, analyse survey results, etc.)
  • Research identified target markets for growth and source networking opportunities
  • Arrange client meetings, consultation events and interviews and take notes
  • Undertake office administration tasks (e.g. meeting minutes, sourcing supplies, booking travel, etc.)

Required abilities and aptitudes

  • Research — able work to rapid deadlines to source key data and focus on the research objective, experience of undertaking research by phone, as well as internet sources, able to use research tools (e.g. SurveyMonkey, Excel)
  • Communication — good listener, able to understand instructions and action tasks to required standards, good verbal communicator, seeks and gives feedback, able to summarise, link and present findings well in writing and visually. High level of proficiency in the English language and competent with Office packages (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Outlook) and formatting
  • Initiative — capable of working independently on your own projects, able to find alternative ways to meet an objective, and know when to seek support and guidance
  • Responsibility — take personal responsibility for the quality of your work and how your work, behaviours and attitudes affect others. Have a care for details and remain aware of the overall objective of a task, project or role

How to apply

Closing date: midnight on Tuesday 14 June 2016

Contact: Maike Ludley

CV: maximum of two A4 pages — outline your relevant skills, experience and personal attributes, as well as two referees

Covering letter: maximum of two A4 pages — describe 2–3 specific examples of your past experience that demonstrate relevant skills and attributes. Also, briefly explain what attracted you to this opportunity and what you hope to get out of it. Please provide an email address and contact telephone number

Full T&Cs and information on the shortlisting can be found here.

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