Senior Research Manager – Forecasting and Nowcasting

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research is Britain’s oldest, and one of its most prestigious independent research institutes.  We specialise in applied social and economic research, combining high academic standards with relevance to policy making.  Our reputation for quality and independence, outstanding networks and unrivalled location at the heart of Westminster makes us the ideal base to build a national profile for academic or policy research that makes real impact.

We are seeking a Senior Research Manager to join the Macroeconomics team.  The purpose of the role is to lead and manage a team of economists to deliver our flagship Quarterly Economic Outlooks and our monthly Trackers as well as multiple concurrent research projects to a high standard and within agreed budgets and timescales.   To proactively cultivate external networks and future sources of funding and collaborate in developing research proposals to achieve specified funding targets (individual and team).

Job title: Senior Research Manager – Forecasting and Nowcasting

Working hours:  35 hours per week, open to flexible working.

Location: SW1P 3HE.  Staff will have the option of working two days a week from home as standard, with other requests considered on a case-by-case basis.

Salary: £62,531

Benefits: 30 days holiday, USS pension

The essential requirements we are looking for in the successful candidate are:


  1.  Leading and managing projects and teams.
  2. Designing and delivering multiple research projects and achieving high quality results in own projects while meeting tight deadlines and managing multiple competing priorities.
  3. Analysing and interpreting complex information to generate evidence-based conclusions.
  4. Communicating findings in a clear and coherent way to a range of audiences and able to demonstrate impact through the dissemination of findings.
  5. Writing proposals and bringing in funding for self and others, and able to demonstrate a high success rate.
  6. Collaborating with a range of stakeholders and working across teams/organisations to achieve specific outcomes.
  7. Constructively challenging the accepted ways of thinking/doing things, and thinking critically to develop new idea, approaches, and ways of working.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  1. PhD in economics or another relevant quantitative social science, or equivalent.
  2. High level research capability with extensive knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies; particularly quantitative, qualitative and econometric approaches.
  3. High level written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present complex information in an audience appropriate way, adapting your communication style to engage with a variety of audiences (including academic peers, funders, the media etc).
  4. High level of attention to detail, with the ability to ensure the accuracy of complex reports and data sets without the need for oversight or checking.
  5. Ability to develop senior external contacts to promote NIESR and influence/engage with potential funders.

Demonstrable reputation for research expertise within a subject area (ideally time series econometrics) with evidence of recognition of achievement for high quality research output.

To apply:

To apply for this role, please send full CV and a supporting statement of no more than 1500 words setting how you meet the essential requirements outlined above.  Please number each point and address these one at a time to ensure that we are able to fully consider how your experience, skills and abilities meet the needs of the post.  Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of the role.

Applications should be sent to Louise Hodgson via email:  In your application, please include the following:

  • Where you saw the advert
  • Approximate start date
  • Details of two referees. NIESR will seek references prior to interview, so should you not wish us to contact any of your referees in advance, please make this clear.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 19th May.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 31st May.