Research Manager

Hours: Full-time, but with some flexibility possible

Contract type: One year fixed term contract with a likelihood of becoming permanent 

Salary: £30,000- £35,355 + 8% pension contribution

Deadline: Monday 18 May 2020 at 9am


Hours: Full-time, but with some flexibility possible

Contract type: One year fixed term contract with a likelihood of becoming permanent 

Salary: £30,000- £35,355 + 8% pension contribution

Deadline: Monday 18 May 2020 at 9am


ShareAction is a charity and campaigning organisation working to unleash the power of the financial system to drive social progress and protect our environment. We focus on transforming the investment system, using it as a lever to generate positive social and environmental impact in the real world.

We do this by:

  • Educating and working with investors to improve their practices;
  • Influencing the policy-makers and industry regulators that can ensure the investment system serves society’s interests in the long-term;
  • Campaigning to unlock the power of investors, as shareholders in companies, to change corporate behaviour (on issues such as climate change, good work and human rights, sustainable food and public health);
  • Mobilising ordinary people, who have a stake in the investment system through their pensions and savings, to demand a change in how their money is invested;
  • Collaborating with other civil society organisations who share our vision.

Job Description

Established in 2016, the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) has an ambitious vision to transform the quantity and quality of available data on the workforce practices of the world’s largest public companies. It is built around an annual survey of companies (750 companies received the WDI questionnaire last year). The data is analysed by WDI and shared with signatory investors. WDI also facilitates engagement between investors and companies to drive disclosure and improved performance.

WDI’s ultimate purpose is to improve the lives of working people across the world, focusing on the most vulnerable in the global workforce.

As WDI transitions to receiving its income increasingly from investor signatories, it will gain greater operational independence from ShareAction. This presents an opportunity to relaunch WDI, with new energy and focus.

The job holder will play an important role in the new WDI team, leading survey development and implementation, analysis of survey data, research and synthesis of findings.


The main responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Maintain and develop WDI’s survey on global workforce issues by soliciting and incorporating feedback from internal and external stakeholders, as appropriate;
  • Conduct analysis on data collected through WDI’s survey and synthesise findings;
  • Lead on research to develop WDI’s knowledge, understanding and perspective on global workforce topics including industrial relations, diversity and inclusion, OHS, wage levels, supply chain and HRDD;
  • Lead research to develop WDI’s knowledge, understanding and perspective on corporate reporting, disclosure and data on ESG topics in particular social issues and workforce topics;
  • Maintain and develop relationships with experts and partner organisation to advance collective knowledge and debate on global workforce topics, ESG reporting and corporate transparency;
  • Generate ideas and develop storylines for articles, reports and other publications to share WDI’s survey findings using sector- or topic-specific cuts as appropriate;
  • Work with the WDI team and external partners to write articles, reports and other publications;
  • Represent WDI and its thought leadership in appropriate external forums to amplify impact;
  • Leverage the support of other WDI team members to surge into research at times of peak activity, for example when producing major reports;
  • Contribute to WDI team activities including project management, monitoring and evaluation, and investor and company engagement.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and the role might evolve over time

Person specification

We are looking for a passionate, determined individual, with the following experience and skills:


  • Subject matter expertise on global workforce issues;
  • A good understanding of corporate ESG reporting and data standards;
  • Proven ability to analyse, interpret, and communicate complex information using both quantitative and qualitative research methods;
  • Ability to process and analyse large volumes of data, identifying trends and synthesising findings;
  • Strong English communications skills, with ability to convey potentially complicated research findings in compelling written and spoken communication;
  • Ability to use data visualisation techniques to effectively communicate findings;
  • A team player with strong commitment to collaborative working and ShareAction’s values of accountability and transparency;
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office applications, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


  • Understanding of responsible investment and corporate governance;
  • Experience in campaigning and making change happen in a corporate environment;
  • Interest in non-financial reporting requirements, either in a European or US context;
  • Comfort managing technical platforms to deliver survey tools and working with external vendors to do this;
  • Experience of using Salesforce CRM system.

ShareAction values and respects all differences in people (see and unseen). One of the ways we do this is by actively encouraging staff to work in ways that best suit their needs and our flexible working policy outlines many of the options available- such as part-time and term-time working, job sharing, home working and working compressed hours. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

ShareAction’s London office is based in vibrant Bermondsey and within 5 minutes walk of London Bridge underground and national rail.

Due to Covid-19 where possible all interviews will take place online.

How to apply

Please send an up to date CV and cover letter to James Coldwell at recruitment@shareaction.org by Monday 18 May 2020 at 9am. Please ensure that your cover letter is no more than two sides of A4 and that you address all of the criteria in the person specification by giving details of work experience (paid or voluntary), skills and achievements relevant to this post, and any other information to support your application.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Please note that to be considered for this post you must be legally eligible to work in the UK. 

A bit more about us

ShareAction is a charity which promotes responsible investment by pension funds and other institutional investors. We believe that investment can be a force for good, serving savers and communities, and protecting our environment for the long term. We campaign on specific environmental and social issues that the investment industry has the power to influence, like climate change and workers’ rights. We advocate for policy changes required to enable responsible investment to thrive. We undertake research and rankings to drive up best practice among pension funds and asset managers. And we work with savers to help them push their pension schemes towards more responsible behaviour and sustainable investment practices.