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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 06/09/2020.

Senior Consultant

Job Reference: 877-CSU-2590714

Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit
Central Birmingham, Birmingham
Dependent on experience

Research Assistant, Consultant and Senior Consultant Posts

The Strategy Unit is an independent consultancy, hosted within the NHS, established to improve outcomes. We work with our clients to deliver clear thinking and applied analysis that improves decision-making, implementation and results.

We are expanding. The NHS and its partners face significant financial and clinical challenges and The Strategy Unit’s services are in high demand. We support organisations and systems to define their challenges, and design and deliver solutions. They need high-grade analytical and technical support – and help translating this into practical action. They operate in multi-professional, multi-institutional and highly dynamic contexts, with support tailored to their system. We also work with Government, think tanks and patient charities to provide them with the leading-edge analysis that they need.

This is where you come in. You will have a passion for improving services and patient outcomes. You will believe that the NHS is a world class healthcare system – and that your enthusiasm and problem-solving skills can make it even better. You will care deeply about evidence and you will believe that complex problems require clear thought and strategic decision-making.

We are recruiting at the Research Assistant, Consultant and Senior Consultant level to provide us with additional capacity to support clients and build our pipeline of work. We are seeking individuals with an analytical mindset, who understand the value of evidence and can take responsibility for the day-to-day delivery of project outputs. There are multiple opportunities available for each of the following roles:

  1. Research Assistant (£19,737 - £24,157)
  2. Consultants (£24,907 - £37,890)
  3. Senior Consultant (£38,890 - £51,668)

All of the roles will be within our Strategic Change team, led by Karen Bradley. There are four distinct specialisms although they are not mutually exclusive: i) applied qualitative methods, ii) evidence review and synthesis, iii) strategic planning/complex improvement and iv) mixed method evaluation. In all roles you will:

  • Support the delivery of multifaceted consultancy assignments using your skills and experience.
    • In the applied qualitative methods, evidence review and evaluation roles you will apply your established technical knowledge. Your academic background will be in a relevant discipline such as sociology, psychology, human public health, human geography or you will have experience of working within knowledge and information management.
    • In strategic planning/complex improvement roles you will use your established analytical, creative and relationship skills to help transform client behaviours, thinking, and planning. Your academic background could be in any field but our work will introduce you to the disciplines of strategic management, complexity, improvement science and the insights of cognitive and behavioural insights theory.
  • Manage multiple tasks across multiple projects in a dynamic environment, taking responsibility for the day-to-day delivery of project outputs. You will exhibit high degrees of initiative and autonomy, be calm under pressure and able to juggle competing priorities.
  • Contribute to multi-disciplinary project teams. You will work under the direction of the project director, taking advice from other team members as required and independently keep pace with new knowledge that can be applied in health services.

Please review the Job Descriptions for more detailed information.

Successful candidates will be provided with the chance to develop their skills, both through formal training and hands-on experience, working in high performing, multi-disciplinary teams within diverse project environments. You will receive support, mentoring and training to develop your skills according to your interests and client needs.

For more information about our work including recent and current projects, please visit our website.


The selection process will comprise of two stages of shortlisting:

  1. Candidates satisfying the criteria for the first stage willbe invited to attend an on online interview which will take place week commencing 14thSeptember
  2. Candidates who are successfully shortlisted following the first interview will be invited to attend a second online interview with different members of the teamweek commencing 21stSeptember 2020.


If you have any queries relating to specific areas of our work or what it’s like to work at the Strategy Unit,please contact the following individuals:

  • Applied qualitative methods – Abeda Mulla (
  • Evidence and knowledge – Alison Turner (
  • Strategic planning/Complex improvement – David Frith ( or Karen Bradley (
  • Mixed method evaluation – Paul Mason (
  • What it's like to work at the Strategy Unit – Anastasiia Zharinova (

For general queries please contact Lorna Crofts (


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Additional information relating to the role can be found in the Job Description below. Please note that candidates will be shortlisted against the criteria outlined within the Person Specification (also below), therefore, to avoid disappointment please ensure you meet the requirements of the role before applying and that you are able to demonstrate these requirements throughout your application form.

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