Senior Research Manager

Cambridge Assessment

What it’s about

The Research and Thought Leadership Group is recruiting two permanent posts at Senior Research Manager level to carry out and coordinate a range of research activities related to examinations/products offered by Cambridge English and projects related to strategic research priorities. These include digital learning and assessment, adaptive learning, large-scale survey research, and education reform.

What you’ll be doing

You will join a team of assessment experts to collaborate with colleagues across the business to shape new products and developments, ensure the quality and validity of Cambridge English examinations and engage with a wide range of customers. You will:

  • implement the Cambridge English research agenda and create research designs to support specific projects
  • conduct research to inform product development and revisions
  • prepare reports and other communications for presentation and publication to a wide range of audiences. 

What we’re looking for

It is preferred that you have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field, e.g. language assessment, applied linguistics, educational measurement, statistics, teacher training/development or a related field is desirable. An MA qualification with appropriate background and experience will be considered, though possibly at a lower grade.

Evidence of ability to design and carry out quantitative and qualitative research with a focus on educational measurement, language assessment or language learning is required. You will have, or be prepared to develop, expertise in educational testing, learning and assessment in digital contexts and/or adaptive learning.

You will need excellent communication skills for oral presentations and report writing and excellent interpersonal skills for dealing with internal and external customers.

You should be able to show evidence of strong analytical skills. Knowledge of a range of statistical software (e.g. SPSS) or qualitative analysis software (e.g. NVivo) will be an advantage, as will be familiarity with Cambridge English products and services.

Our research work is highly specialised and training will be provided both in the first few months and long term.

Who we are

Cambridge English Language Assessment is a part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge. We provide exams in English for speakers of other languages taken by over 5 million candidates worldwide each year, as well as the leading range of qualifications for language teachers.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits.


  • Generous contributory pension
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary)
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay and childcare voucher scheme
  • Employee discount and cash back scheme at 1,200 retailers
  • Cycle scheme
  • Subsidised canteens
  • Support for professional qualifications

The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 October 2016 and interviews will be held on 16 November 2016.

To find out more about this role please view the job description or to apply, please upload your covering letter and CV.

As part of your recruitment process you will be required to undergo a background screening. This will be carried out by our selected supplier, Credence Background Screening Limited.

Cambridge Assessment is an equal opportunities employer

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