Head of Research

47170.00 - 55494.00 GBP Annual
10 Mar 2018
19 Mar 2018
Job Type

Head of Research

GBP47,170 - GBP55,494 per annum

About us:

Our purpose is to protect the public by regulating dental professionals in the UK. All dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with us to work in the UK. The support and experience of our dedicated and highly focused teams is invaluable. This is your chance to build on your own skills and experience and make a worthwhile contribution to our work.

About the role:

The GDC is expanding its Strategy directorate and has an exciting opportunity for a Head of Research (internally known as Head of Regulatory Intelligence) to build its research function and take it to the next level. The GDC is looking for an individual to be able to maximise what the research tells us and to be able to feed this back to the profession.

The role will lead on improving the quality of research, intelligence and insider capability. The successful individual will be heading up a regulatory intelligence unit that is currently being established. Building relationships with others will be key to the role as we are looking for somebody who can not only look at existing data, but also so lead on using this information in order to influence stakeholders. You will be thinking creatively and innovatively about the types of information that the GDC might get access to and how it can be used.

You will be working very closely with internal stakeholders in both the Policy and Communications teams to look at ways in which the GDC influences behaviours. Additionally, individuals with experience of evaluation would be desirable to support the function in evaluating its own activity on work undertaken.

About you:

You will be somebody who knows how to deploy research and asks the right questions that can help to influence behaviours. You will be able to report back on the intelligence gained and use that information, advising on a programme of research. Public speaking will be an aspect of this role as you play your part on presenting and socialising research findings to both internal and external stakeholders.

Your sector background is not important. However, you will need to be able to understand how research can make a difference to a large group of people and have an appreciation as to the power and incisiveness it has. You will have experience of how to get maximum value from a research budget and experience in planning in order to build the research function effectively. As you lead on building the function, you will have a key part to play in establishing the needs and ensuring that the team is effectively staffed to deliver.

The GDC is committed to equality and diversity. We encourage and support the recruitment, retention and career development of people from as wide a range as possible of ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds.


To reward you for your hard work and commitment, we offer an attractive benefits package that includes a generous pension scheme, 25 days' annual leave (not inclusive of bank holidays).

How to apply:

In order to apply, you will need to submit an up to date copy of your CV and a cover letter through the below link.

Closing date: 23:59 on Sunday 25th March 2018.

If you are interested in working for us in the future in either London or our new Birmingham office (opening Autumn 2018) and would like to send us a speculative application, please email your CV and cover letter to us via the button below and we will contact you when we have something suitable available.

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