Job Title: Research Manager
Reports to: Head of Skills Development
Accountable for: Assistant Research Manager
Main Purpose of the Job
To develop and lead the implementation of a comprehensive research strategy for the IMI.
To ensure that IMI provides UK wide authoritative and high quality research and
information to employers and stakeholders of the automotive retail sector.
Produce top quality actionable analysis of national trends in labour, skills and productivity
using insight to promote new thinking. Build excellent stakeholder relationships with key
partners to help inform strategy and policy to address common issues and deliver
business plan goals in all the nations.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
Develop a research strategy and research plan in support of the business plan and
government skills agenda.
Plan, manage and deliver sectoral Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) in support of the
business plan and government skills agenda
To effectively lead the Research function and team including:
a. ensuring we develop and maintain a comprehensive, up to date and high
quality suite of research products to meet the needs of the Government,
UKCES, stakeholders and employers across the automotive retail sector,
balancing the needs of each strand and country within the overall resource
b. managing the workflow and associated resource of the Research team
c. ensuring the quality of research processes and outputs
d. developing, supporting, managing and monitoring the work of the Research
e. effectively managing projects to budget and schedule and to meet their
objectives and outcomes
To reflect IMI behaviours in management of employees and ways of working both
internally and externally.
To effectively manage the organisation’s relationships with the key research bodies
and with research leads in other SSCs; to represent the IMI and the automotive retail
sector within relevant national and UK research forums.
Identify, engage and build excellent working relationships with research agencies and
consultants to ensure delivery of exceptional sector LMI.
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Work collaboratively with other internal teams in increasing the sector’s use of high
quality research products to improve workforce skills.
Employ research to systematically set, update and review skills priorities to drive policy
agenda which will influence future research.
Conduct objective and systematic evaluation of research proposals provided by
supplying agencies and consultants – including an assessment of value-for-money and
quality of the research proposed.
Respond in a timely manner to the requests for facts, figures, and information both
externally and within the organisation.
Disseminate research results in conjunction with the Communications team, providing
insight and recommendations at all levels to the relevant stakeholders using the most
appropriate and cost effective format.
Develop thoughtful and innovative mechanisms, beyond formal reports, tailored to
different partners, initiate and maintain on-going dialogue with partners using research
to maximise influence over planning and operations.
Work closely and effectively with partner organisations in joint-venture or collaborative
Achieve high credibility for sector analysis and publish the SSC research to promote as
the industry standard.
Limits of Authority
Agree projects and funding with Head of Skills Development, subject to final approval by
CEO or COO
Manage budget devolved by the Head of Skills Development for research development.
Appoint external consultants and negotiate with them within the constraints of the allocated
budget, devolved by the Head of Skills Development.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Excellent communication skills at all levels
Excellent project management skills
Excellent writing and proof-reading skills
Analytical and self-motivated approach with the ability to work independently
Demonstrable experience of the management and supervision of employees.
Ability to manage and balance in-house work and identify select, commission and manage
external consultants where necessary.
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A thorough understanding of the retail motor industry and the challenges it faces
A comprehensive knowledge of the Government statutory requirements which underpin
the UK skills agenda
Ability to investigate research, manage, interpret and present information
Ability to pay close attention to detail with an organised methodical approach
Ability to multi task and work under pressure in order to meet deadlines
Computer literate (experienced in Microsoft packages)
The ability to work confidently and productively on own initiative, and to manage a
diverse and demanding workload to set timescales and deadlines.
Driving licence (to attend UK meetings, as required)
Valid passport (for occasional overseas travel)
Educated to degree level or equivalent
Head office based.
Occasional/regular travel required
Occasional requirement for working outside of contractual hours
This Job Description will be subject to review from time to time. Any amendments will be
made in consultation with the job holder(s).
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