Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) is Britain’s longest established independent economic and social research institute. It specialises in high quality academic research, relevant to the economic and social forces affecting people’s lives. Through disseminating our findings effectively, NIESR aims to contribute to a wider understanding of these issues and influence public policy. NIESR employs almost 40 researchers alongside a large network of associate researchers, and has a large and diverse stream of funding.

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We are looking to recruit a Chief Operating Officer (COO), who will also serve as NIESR's Company Secretary. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to play a crucial role in shaping and managing NIESR's future through assisting with the strategic development of the Institute. The COO will report to NIESR Director, Professor Jagjit Chadha, serve as Secretary to NIESR's non-executive Council of Management (the Board of Trustees) and join the Institute's executive Senior Management team. The COO will be responsible for all aspects of NIESR's non-research activity, to include: financial management; the development of commercial activities, human resources; corporate governance; and office services. NIESR has around 40 staff, including 7 administrative and support staff who report directly to the COO. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants real responsibility for managing a highly respected and very high profile organisation whilst working in an enquiring and engaging environment.      

The post is a full time role based at our offices in Westminster. 

The successful candidate will be appointed with a starting salary in the range of £70,000 to £80,000 depending on qualifications and experience. In addition NIESR contributes to a pension scheme for all staff.

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To apply: Applicants should provide a full CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages, explaining their suitability and interest in this post, to: Michele Ockenden, NIESR, 2 Dean Trench Street, London SW1P 3HE (e-mail: tel: 020 7654 1932. Emailed applications should include the subject line ‘Chief Operating Officer’.

For an informal discussion, please contact the Director at or on 020 7654 1914.

The covering letter must state whether you require a visa to work in the UK, and if so, your current visa status. We expect the successful candidate to join the Institute as soon as possible, so please also specify the approximate date you would be available to start work.

Closing date for applications – 27 January 2017.  We expect interviews to be held in the week beginning 6 February 2017.

Due to the large number of applications we usually receive, we regret that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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