10 Nov, 2023

Vacancy: Research Lead

Join Scotland’s leading experts in risk assessment and risk management, working to keep the public safe from the risk of serious harm.

The Role

As a Research Lead with the RMA, you’ll have lead responsibility to carry out, commission or co-ordinate research and publish the results of such research, including leading the evaluation of pilot schemes. You’ll need to compile, and keep under review, information about the provision of services in Scotland. We work with agencies across the country to promote effective practice in risk assessment and risk management and as our Research Lead you’ll be representing the RMA and contributing to a range of national working groups. 

To apply for this role, you should have a degree and ideally a relevant professional/post-graduate qualification, such as research methods, clinical psychology or forensic psychology, law or social work.

You should have a knowledge of research and data analysis methods, and excellent skills in networking, influencing and communication. Knowledge and experience of the theory and practice of risk assessment and management, and the duties and responsibilities of criminal justice agencies would be advantageous. Full details are contained within the Job Description. 

The Organisation

The Risk Management Authority (RMA) is a non-departmental public body, established in 2006. We’re a small team of less than 30, and we aim to support our colleagues in as many ways as we can, embracing our values of learning, integrity, fairness and excellence. 

We’re currently working on a hybrid basis to allow for a better work/life balance, and we offer a flexible working policy and provide flexi time for all staff. As part of the Scottish Government, we’re pleased to be able to offer a wide range of benefits including 27 days’ annual leave plus 11 ½ public/privilege holidays you use flexibly at a time that suits you. We’re pleased to be able to offer our staff an excellent civil service pension provision. We also provide an Employee Assistance Service (EAS) where you can get expert guidance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, whether you’re experiencing issues at work or at home.  

Plus, right now colleagues can take advantage of a weekly Wellbeing Hour, a paid hour per week to do something to support your mental or physical wellbeing. This will continue through to 2024, where it’ll be replaced by a shorter working week. We’re working towards reducing the working week from 37 to 35 hours, with no reduction in pay. 

We really value the experience and expertise of our team. Supporting your professional development is a priority for us, and we’re proud to provide a generous CPD offering.  

Application Information

The application pack is available from our website. Alternatively, you can request an application pack by contacting our office on 0141 278 4478 or via e-mail to recruitment@rma.gov.scot. 

If you’d like a confidential chat about the position or any process queries, you can contact our Head of Development, Geoff (geoffrey.taylor@rma.gov.scot)  

Key Dates

Closing date for applications: midnight, 3 December 2023 
Interview dates from: week commencing 18 December 2023 

All applications must be submitted to us by e-mail to recruitment@rma.gov.scot, we don’t accept applications from agencies. 

Application Pack

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