Research Assistant with BOP Consulting

BOP Consulting specialises in culture and the creative industries. BOP’s clients are national and city governments, private businesses, cultural organisations and their funders.

Location: Edinburgh

£7.85 per hour. Part-time, 2 days per week for 6 months

Ideal start date: week commencing 2 March 2015

BOP helps clients to write strategies and plan for the future, to deliver new projects and partnerships, and to understand and communicate the value of what they do.

This is an exciting opportunity to gain practical experience of consultancy and business development and to grow your research, communication and project management skills in a vibrant sector within a dynamic, expanding company. BOP has offices or joint ventures in London, Edinburgh, Shanghai and Taipei. This role is based in the Edinburgh office but may require some travel across the UK.

Current projects in Scotland include evaluations of major cultural event programmes/festivals, operational reviews of heritage/cultural venues and business plans for major capital investment projects.
For more information, visit BOP’s website.

You will conduct research on external projects and specific business development projects. You will undertake a range of tasks including:
• Conduct desk-based and field research to contribute to projects and bids (e.g. undertake market and comparator research, analyse survey data, assimilate sector insights, research audience/visitor profiles, etc.)
• Test and develop specific consultancy modelling tools
• Conduct research into identified target markets and identify routes for development
• Arrange client meetings and interviews
• Undertake office administration tasks

Please note: There will be a one-month probationary period. There may be opportunity for additional hours on an ad-hoc basis during the internship depending on project-need and the contract could potentially extend beyond August.


The ideal applicant will have a background in Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences. You will be expected to display a genuine interest in/understanding of culture and the creative industries, such as through your choice of academic career, work experience to date or extra-curricular activities, voluntary roles or positions of responsibility.

You will be able to provide evidence of the following skills and attributes:

Communication skills
Ability to interpret information (written and oral) to focus on key findings, communicate your findings clearly and succinctly (written/visually and verbal) to a defined audience

Research skills
Knowledge and application of a range of relevant quantitative and qualitative research tools and techniques

High quality of work
Ability to perform tasks thoughtfully and efficiently and meet quality and resource (e.g. time, cost) expectations

Capable of working independently on your own projects, understanding when to seek guidance and when to use own initiative

Personal attributes
Have a desire to win work; be proud of, and feel strongly about, BOP’s work; take proactive responsibility; have a care for details; be open and positive; remain calm under pressure; stay organised and efficient

Please note: Applicants with a degree from universities outwith Scotland who have the right to work in the UK are eligible to apply for this role.


Closing date for applications is 18 February 2015, 5pm

Interviews will take place on 25 February 2015

Please submit a CV and covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. You must provide 2-3 examples in your covering letter which demonstrate that you have the skills and attributes required. Each example should not exceed 150 words.

All applications must be submitted by 5pm on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.



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