Social Research Officer

Transport for the North

Social Research Officer
Closing date:12:00pm,  5th December 2022    
Contract Type:Permanent, Full Time    
Location:2nd Floor, 4 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN
Salary:£35,387 - £42,384 per annum

Transport for the North overview:

Transport for the North is England’s first Sub-National Transport Body. Our vision is of a thriving North of England, where world class transport supports sustainable economic growth, excellent quality of life and improved opportunities for all.

As a partnership, we bring together the North’s Twenty local transport authorities and business leaders together with Network Rail, Highways England, and HS2 Ltd and working with Central Government. We enable the North to speak with one voice on the transport infrastructure investment needed to drive transformational growth and rebalance the UK economy.

We are based in the North of England, with our Head Office in Manchester. We also have colleagues working within local transport bodies across the North. We do not replace or replicate the work of existing local transport bodies. Rather, our role is to add strategic value by ensuring that funding and strategy decisions about transport in the North are informed by local knowledge and requirements. This fits with the devolution agenda, and draws powers down from central government rather than up from local government.

Role overview:

TfN’s Research and Economics Team undertake cutting-edge research and analysis to understand the transport needs of the diverse place and population contexts of the North of England, and to make the case for strategic interventions in the transport network. Our research has a central role in TfN’s Strategic Transport Plan, which sets out TfN’s vision for the North of England.It also contributes to the development of business cases for major road and rail interventions across the North, and supports Local Authorities in developing high quality local transport networks.  

As Social Research Officer, you will deliver research projects and manage external research contracts on key themes including social inclusion, transport decarbonisation, and economic transformation in the North. You will be involved in all stages of the research process, including undertaking literature reviews and working with TfN’s partners to identify evidence requirements, developing research methodologies, undertaking primary and secondary data gathering and analysis, and presenting findings to stakeholders and decisionmakers in a range of formats.

What we’re looking for:

Educated to degree level or equivalent; the successful candidate will have strong social science research skills, including experience of developing research designs, methodologies, and analytical approaches. You will also have an interest in the impacts of transport on economic growth, social inclusion, climate change, and public health. You will have experience of undertaking high quality analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, and the ability to communicate research process and outcomes clearly and effectively to a range of audiences.

Provisional Interview Date:15th and 16th December 2022

In return, as well as a competitive salary, our other benefits are:
•27 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays
•Access to the local government pension scheme
•Access to various salary sacrifice benefits, including Travel Pass purchase scheme.
•Access to TfN’s Flexi-Time Scheme, allowing accrual of up to 18 additional days leave per year

If you believe you have the skills and experience we’re looking for please apply online, by clicking the link below:, ensuring that in your application you provide evidence in the form of specific examples of how you meet the essential criteria in the role profile.

At TfN, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are particularly keen to encourage applications from women, members of ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities who are currently under-represented.

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, all applications will be considered on their merit.

As an organisation we always strive to do the right thing and understand that in order to make a difference in our society and workplace, we must be committed to respecting equality and diversity, showing kindness, tackling discrimination and promoting inclusion and have signed the CIHT Diversity and Inclusion Charter Statement to further endorse our commitment. We are also an accredited Living Wage Employer,  this means that every member of staff working for Transport for the North, earns a real Living Wage and are recognised as  Disability Confident employer (stage 2) acting as a Disability Confident champion within our local and business communities and business networks.

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  • Location: Manchester
  • Job Title: Social Research Officer
  • Salary: £35,387 - £42,384
  • Closed: 5 Dec 2022

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