Director (Economic Policy Team) - Jobshare

The Behavioural Insights Team

  • Salary: London: £90,000 Manchester: £81,000 per annum, plus benefits. Salary will be pro-rated for part time working
  • Location: Based in Central London (Westminster) or Manchester. Due to coronavirus we have mostly been working from our homes in the UK but going forward expect to be using a hybrid model of two days a week working in the office
  • Closing: 12:00pm, 13th Apr 2022 BST

Job Description

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for an experienced candidate to lead our London-based economic policy team, as part of a jobshare with an existing Director, Nida Broughton. The ideal candidate will have an excellent track record in delivering influential economic policy research, developing and winning new business, and leading high performing teams. Our economic policy team is broad in nature, covering  consumer policy, business growth and productivity, employment, household financial resilience, energy and sustainability, and equality, diversity and inclusion.

About the jobshare

We are looking to fill this role as a job-share alongside Nida Broughton who has been at BIT since 2017, and has been a Director in charge of the Economic Policy portfolio for just over two years. Ideally we would be looking for someone to work 3 days a week but other arrangements, including full time working, may be available. Please let us know on your application what working pattern you’d be interested in.

Nida would love to work with someone who brings complementary skills to the role and is passionate about developing and supporting an innovative, high functioning team. Before joining BIT, Nida was Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation and has also worked at Ofcom and the House of Commons, specialising in economic policy advice. Her full bio is here

What does a Director do?

Demonstrate expertise and thought leadership

● Driving innovation in policy

You and Nida will be ultimately responsible for BIT’s economic policy research. You must be personally credible, adding significant value to projects, and able to drive behavioural, evaluation and policy experts in your team to more impactful solutions and cutting edge thinking. You will also act as a trusted advisor to those in senior leadership and other influential positions in our partner organisations (both public and private sector), as well as commissioning and implementation partners.

● Representing BIT leadership both internally and externally

You will be an ambassador for BIT – with strong personal credibility – including presenting to large audiences, publishing articles and giving media interviews.

Lead a team

● Developing and building your team

You and Nida will ensure your team (currently c.30 people) is sufficiently challenged, supported and has the opportunity to deploy their skills as best they can. You will set expectations for team performance and support them in achieving these goals. Where additional skills or resources are needed, you will identify, recruit, motivate and develop the best people.

● Overseeing the delivery and quality of your team’s work 

You will be responsible for the delivery of a range of behavioural insights projects for diverse government, public and private sector partners. Your role is to ensure these projects are high quality and impactful, and are delivered efficiently and on budget. You will lead by example and support the team’s effective collaboration - with other BIT teams & externally - to draw on the best and most appropriate expertise.

Ensure a healthy pipeline of high impact projects

● Ensure the financial welfare of the team

You and Nida will plan strategically to make sure the team’s pipeline of projects provides financial sustainability for the team, whilst not sacrificing social impact, intellectual challenge and feasibility of delivery. You will win new work by actively pursuing leads, inspiring partners and commissioners to work with us and overseeing successful bids and pitches. You will support in securing a diversity of funding, across the public and private sector. You will work with colleagues to build a business plan and budgets for the team and then take responsibility for managing that budget. 

BIT-wide leadership 

● Play an important role in the BIT UK Leadership Team

You will contribute to BIT’s corporate strategy and potentially take ownership of a corporate priority. A key part of the role is supporting colleagues across the business , contributing even when outside of your immediate responsibilities to whatever needs arise that promote a cohesive and well-functioning organisation.

What makes a great Director at BIT?

  • In-depth experience in at least two of the relevant policy fields: consumer policy; business growth and productivity; employment; household financial resilience; energy and sustainability; and equality, diversity and inclusion.

  • Strong leadership skills – including a demonstrated ability to stretch and support team members, and support team collaboration and cohesiveness. 

  • Experience of business development and planning, and a strong record of meeting commercial targets. 

  • Excellent program management skills; ensuring a commitment to quality in all aspects of project delivery.

  • An excellent understanding of the behavioural science literature and the ability to design rigorous evaluations are both strongly preferred.

Who we are and what can we offer you?

The Behavioural Insights Team is the world leader in applying behavioural science to economic and social challenges in order to strengthen communities and improve lives. BIT works across the public and private sector in almost every area of policy. Whilst each project is different, there are common threads: we try to understand the contexts in which people make decisions; we find out what has and hasn’t worked before; we come up with innovative ideas for solving policy problems and we test and measure everything we do as robustly as we can. Our focus on testing, with a body of 700 randomised controlled trials, has put us at the forefront of a revolution in evidence-based policy. 

BIT is a great place to work:

  • We have a hive mindset where we think out loud, share ideas and learn from one another. You will work alongside a friendly,  talented, and driven team with diverse expertise – from economics to anthropology and neuroscience – and a wide variety of personal and professional backgrounds. What unites us is the goal to have a positive social impact through our work.

  • We encourage flexible working and have a culture which enables this; for example flexible start and finish times and an IT set up which allows for easy working from home options.

  • We have regular team get-togethers with inspirational external guest speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds and specialisms. There’s always something new to learn about!

  • We have a flexible benefits programme which currently includes things like gym memberships, cycle to work schemes and the ability to buy extra annual leave at the start of the year.

  • We’re a social bunch and have a variety of interest groups including Film Club, BIT Kids for our parents & 5-a-side team to name a few. Many of these have continued virtually!

  • We have a great office in Westminster and another in Manchester, which has an amazing coffee machine and fridges stocked full of soft drinks!

How to apply

We use a great platform called Applied to reduce bias in the recruitment process. You will need to answer a few work-based questions which will be anonymously marked by members of our team. Our selection is based on performance in these questions, rather than looking at your CV. 

Candidates with the top scoring answers will be invited to a structured interview where you get to meet some of the team. At the interview stage you will be asked questions that reflect the role and also to complete a work-based task, so you have the chance to demonstrate your skills. It’s at this stage we first see your CV. We always give all applicants feedback, no matter what stage your application reaches.

Start your BIT journey here and apply now!

Key dates

  • Role closes: Monday 11th April at 12:00pm (mid-day)

  • Interviews and task completion: week commencing 18th April

Please note all dates are subject to change but we will try our best not to change them

Please note:

You will need to have the right to work in the UK in order to be able to undertake this role. We will ask all applicants short-listed for an interview to provide evidence of their right to work during the recruitment process.  If you do not have the right to work for BIT but are the most suitable person for the role we will explore with you whether sponsorship may be an option. However, this may not be possible for all roles.

Some of the personal data you provide to Applied when you apply for a role with The Behavioural Insights Team will be passed on to The Behavioural Insights Team for the purposes of (a) reviewing your application; (b) inviting you for interview; and/or (c) offering you a job and getting you set up as an employee/contractor. For full details on how BIT collects and uses your personal data please visit our website - 

If your application is not successful, any personal data provided to us by Applied (including any personal data relating to equal opportunities monitoring as set out above) will be retained by The Behavioural Insights Team for no longer than 6 months after the application deadline has passed (other than in exceptional circumstances where we may need to retain your personal data for longer), at which point your personal data will be securely deleted. We only keep your information for that period in order to allow us to comply with relevant legal obligations.

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Wed 13th Apr 2022


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Wed 13th Apr 2022