Research Executive (BBC Children in Need)

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Job Introduction

BBC Children in Need are looking for a Research Executive to support the Insight team. This is a 6 month fixed-term contract and the location is flexible.

The Research Executive will support the work of BBC Children in Need’s Insight team. The Insight team work across all areas of Children in Need in supporting the delivery of our organisational objectives through the generation of insight and knowledge to inform decision making. 

The Research Executive will play a key role within the team, with a focus on mining our internal and external sources of insight, managing the information that is coming into and out of the Insight team, and collating data and insight to support our evaluation work. The role will support Insight Managers across our impact work (focussed on children and young people) as well as our income generation work (focussed on audiences and supporters). 

*Please refer to Appendix of Job Description when applying*

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. The charity will realise this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience. 

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,500 local charities and projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma. 

Role Responsibility

The Research Executive will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Desk research. Conducting desk research to inform and update our briefing documents and to inform the broader work of the Insight team on key spotlight topics.  
  • External monitoring. Monitoring our daily Press Digests in order to track the current media focus on children and young people, and reviewing related publicly available research. 
  • Report reading. Summarising key external reports that come into the charity in order to share key insights with colleagues. 
  • Analysis. Supporting our Impact Evaluation and Appeal Evaluation work through data collation and analysis.
  • Information Management. Ensuring that our knowledge and insight is appropriately filed and available to colleagues via the Insight Hub. 
  • Research Project Support. Providing set-up support for our ad hoc research projects, workshops and participation initiatives.

*Please refer to Appendix of Job Description when applying*

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone with:

  • Strong analytical skills – in particular, the ability to review lots of information and extract key conclusions from reports and data.
  • Natural curiosity, with a desire to explore issues, solve problems and seek out new ways of doing things. 
  • Ability to manipulate databases and analytical tools and work accurately with numerical data. 
  • Familiarity with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to prioritise efficiently and deliver to deadlines.
  • Ability to pick up and apply knowledge quickly and  effectively.
  • Strong team player, with the ability to work and communicate effectively with different situations, individuals or groups.

*Please refer to Appendix of Job Description when applying*

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: Fixed-term (6 months)
Location: Flexible

Salary: £23,334 - £25,000 (Plus London Weighting of £4,729 if applicable)

Salary ranges are based on the BBC Career Path Framework and successful candidates will be placed appropriately within the salary range based upon their individual skills, experience and other relativities.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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