Senior Consultant £28 -35,000 plus benefits
Deadline for applications: Friday 6th May 2016 at noon.
Deadline for applications: Friday 6th May 2016 at noon.
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Since 2001 we have worked with over 500 organisations using ‘rocket science’ to deliver practical solutions for complex problems.
Rocket Scientists offer great insights, know the challenges and say it like it is. Catch up with our latest thinking on our blog:
Rocket Science was set up in 2001 by four experienced consultants, each with a national or international reputation in their areas of expertise. Since then, the company has made quite an impact. We have built a strong reputation for our knowledge, experience, analytical insight, great customer focus, honesty, hard work and eye for an innovative solution. Professionalism is a given. We are easy to work with - and outside work, we are not without our 'little weaknesses.'
Pick your Rocket Scientist:
I have spent most of my career in London. I live in, have represented and written about the East End which has given me an appreciation of the challenges of effecting social change. Since setting up Rocket Science’s London operation in 2001, I have had the privilege of working with some amazingly talented people and a wide array of clients across the public, private and voluntary sectors. We have now extended the company’s research and consultancy services to encompass programme and grant management, developing long-term collaborations with different partners, including London Voluntary Service Council, the Black Training and Enterprise Group and Teachers’ Development Trust.
I have spent most of my professional life developing, designing, reviewing – and sometimes even implementing and managing – programmes and strategies to reduce unemployment. I have seen the impact that getting a job can have on people and their families and the wider community – I can’t think of anything more rewarding.
Recently my work has focused on responding to some worrying trends. The depth of the recession seems to have created a downward ratchet in some of more deprived areas – with a bigger gap opening up between their economic health and scale of unemployment and national trends. This is raising a set of new questions – for example, how to help young people broaden their horizons and gain the skills and confidence they need to thrive in places unfamiliar to them.
A fully fledged member of the Institute for Common Sense when it comes to developing strategies, reviewing policy, helping organisations with their business development strategies and evaluating impact and value (money and social).
Focused and practical I am passionate about improving the well-being of communities and individuals and know that you can create a win/win situation when it comes to designing and delivering services by helping to shift perspectives and drive social innovation.
I love to help people develop their own skills and capacity through training and facilitation so they can develop and own their solutions, as well as debunk theories and concepts to make them accessible to all. I do the odd bit of bid writing but enjoy wider business development and testing my own capacity for learning by taking the plunge into new technologies (not quite there yet)!
More about Caroline
I like to think I’m an unusual blend of being good with numbers and good with words, too. What I’m really interested in is making sure information – whether it’s words or numbers – is set out in a way that’s easy to understand.
I am Rocket Science’s newest member of staff, having joined on 17 November 2014. My background has been developing and designing £100m+ funding programmes for the Big Lottery Fund (BLF). These programmes focused on issues such as community regeneration, reaching the hardest to reach and tackling disadvantage.
The areas that I’m most interested in are policy analysis; data analysis; working in partnership; design of / consultation on strategic level funding programmes; and making sure these funding programmes work in practice.
Outside of work, I’m a Trustee at the Toby Henderson Trust, a Northumberland charity for children with autism.
I’m a problem solver at heart, I love the challenge of pulling apart an issue and putting it back together better than it was before. As an economist and public policy practitioner, I focus on the use of evidence when designing and evaluating policy, spending projects and agency performance management. I also have experience in how Business Cases can improve capital investment decisions.
I have a passion for the environment, particularly on how to make well informed decisions that balance the economy and environmental protection. I believe the key to improving both economic welfare and environmental quality is through innovating the way we use and protect the environment.
I am an experienced researcher and IT specialist, with skills and experience in both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Prior to joining Rocket Science, I worked for Reform Scotland conducting research and consultation on the impact of the Land Reform Bill in Scotland. I am currently working on a range of evaluations and on the delivery of the Village SOS programme in Scotland which provides advice and support to rural community development projects.
I like to see decisions made, projects formed and changes happen. I am interested in how people interact with processes and how those processes can be designed to be painless and efficient.
I want grants to enable impact; it shouldn’t be difficult to give money away. I believe that the administrative side of grant making should be as straight forward as possible to leave space and energy for recipients to get on with the more complex and important task of making an impact and for grant makers to be able to focus on adding value with coordination, support and insight.
As the sole member of the company support team, my role and goal is to service the wide ranging administration requirements of the business, offices and staff. By successfully doing so, management and staff should feel less distracted and inhibited and, therefore, better placed to deliver the high quality client service they’re expected to. My broad experience in many facets of business combined with a strict professional upbringing and training has served me well in this particular role.
I love the process of designing a bespoke research framework for each project and seeing it through the various stages of collecting data, analysing it and thinking about what the results mean. I enjoy being able to zoom out to see the wider picture and then delve deep into a problem. My background in economics and politics helps me to combine both quantitative and qualitative research skills and see the issues from a range of angles.
I’m committed to socially progressive research that enables or sustains positive change in public services. I’m also very interested in the third sector and the role this plays in promoting social justice.
I have always been motivated by a desire to promote social justice. Through my work at Rocket Science I hope to make a difference, however small, to people’s lives. I believe that carrying out research into issues such as urban regeneration, employment and deprivation is a vital first step to influencing policy and delivering services that can better serve the needs of society. I am particularly interested in exploring the potential of service users playing a greater role in service re-design.
At Rocket Science I work across many projects, primarily managing the day-to-day running of grant programmes. I like being part of a project’s evolution, working on its different stages and seeing how it progresses over time. I like getting things in order, making sure the projects are running smoothly and ensuring targets are met.
I have a strong interest in social justice and achieving true equality of opportunity, be it through local politics and democracy or grassroots campaigning. As a Rocket Scientist, I hope to learn more about this and incorporate it into my work.
Rocket Science offers a range of skills and experience to improve the way public services are designed, commissioned, delivered and evaluated.
We don’t advocate particular methods or thinking, but what we do provide is the evidence, insight and a roadmap for creating successful solutions to difficult and entrenched problems.
We are experts in designing and delivering evaluations. We have evaluated over £200 million of BIG Lottery funds, as well as employment, skills and economic development programmes worth in excess of £100 million including ESF and other EU funding.
Whether you need the evidence to develop a business case or insights into how communities are responding to a policy issue, we use a wide range of social research methodologies to help you understand the issues.
Assessing the cost benefit of an approach or an assessment of whether you are getting value for money requires a sophisticated process of measuring the return alongside understanding wider impacts.
We are one of Scotland’s leading advisers on using a systems approach to improve service performance and creating a more coherent support structure for clients.
We help service users and residents to design services that work for them and support commissioning and procurement teams ensure maximum social return from their providers.
Much of our work focuses on working with clients and partnerships to improve their performance. This can involve strategy reviews, strategic partnerships and focused work to enhance performance against contract targets.
Reduced public funding and a ‘more for less' funding culture means that organisations delivering public services are on a journey of transition and transformation - they need to be innovative, resilient and strong. Rocket Science builds the strength and sustainability for organisations in all kinds of ways.
When you need an extra pair of hands, a fresh perspective or dedicated mentoring, our staff and associates can provide interim support to help design and mobilise projects.
Our facilitation work ranges from running small bespoke workshops and meetings through to public consultations, larger events and conferences.
Rocket Science has helped organisations bid for public service contracts worth well over £1bn from agencies including: DWP, MOJ, BIG Lottery Fund, SFA, BIS and local authorities.
Action learning is a highly effective way of empowering people to learn and share their experiences to help them improve processes, delivery and performance.
We design and deliver training programmes to build skills and confidence as part of our portfolio of capacity building support to create stronger organisations.
Rocket Science works with partnerships at every stage of their development from starting and struggling through to reviewing their focus or understanding their impact.
Through support programmes such as VCS Assist and Village SOS we provide 1 to 1 advice and support for community and voluntary organisations throughout the UK.
We help organisations identify their strengths and weaknesses, using a range of diagnostic tools and practical support to develop their plans for growth and sustainability.
Did you know that Rocket Science
We bring a practical and inclusive approach to the design and management of funds, helping to reach and build the capacity of 'below the radar' frontline organisations and facilitate collaboration to widen the impact of investments.
We have a track record of grant programme management and evaluation on behalf of different funders – statutory bodies, charitable trusts and foundations, as well as private companies in the form of corporate social responsibility initiatives.
We are committed to “intelligent funding”, facilitating learning between funders and supporting organisations to deliver on their outcomes.
Any evaluation needs to show funders, commissioners and the people you work with the difference you have made, (your impact) - But we know that many organisations find evaluation a difficult thing to do.
We are experts in evaluation techniques and impact assessments and have worked on major evaluations for the BIG Lottery Fund and Office for Civil Society, for trusts and foundations, national charities, government agencies and local authorities - But we are also practitioners so we understand the everyday challenges facing organisations as they deliver services and support.
We have created a simple framework and approach for an evaluation to work alongside and add value to project delivery. By working with us you get the techniques and expertise at your fingertips, coupled with a practical, grounded process and an interested, supportive partner by your side.