Policy and Communications Analyst


About Crest Advisory

Crest is a team of policy, communications and brand specialists who care about building safer communities. We work with organisations across multiple sectors – helping them think, speak and act more clearly to improve criminal justice and policing. We work with central government, national policing organisations, Police and Crime Commissioners, universities, think-tanks, NGOs and private companies – enabling them to achieve greater impact by marrying policy and technical insight with expertise in communication.

We are a non-partisan organisation, but all of our advice is underpinned by some fundamental beliefs about how criminal justice systems should work. In short, we believe criminal justice systems work best when they are preventative, locally accountable, transparent and collaborative.

At Crest we work as a team, collaborating on our no nonsense approach to projects. Insightful, savvy and smart we foster a culture of challenge and provide both our clients and each other with the best advice in the business.

Crest is a great place to work if you are looking for rewarding and important work. We thrive on working together, ensuring our judgement and clarity is never compromised. Together we make things happen and we look after each other too. Our recent staff survey told us that Crest employees want to work here because of the great people, the drive and thirst for work and the effort that goes into bringing people together. We are always up for learning more and always keen to celebrate our successes. We work on some of the most serious issues on the agenda. We enjoy our work and we have fun together along the way.

We are always interested to hear from smart, talented people.


Recently, demand for our expertise and services has grown and we are seeking to recruit a new Policy and Communications Analyst to work across our communications and strategy teams. You will not be expected to be an expert on criminal justice from day one – but curiosity about this sector and a keenness to learn are vital. The role will require a rounded set of skills, but the core minimum required is a strong aptitude for desk research, an ability to analyse issues, information and simple data, and to present your findings succinctly, both in written and oral form. In addition some knowledge of communications disciplines, and a keenness to learn more about them is vital. For example, some experience of media relations and digital/social media would be advantageous.

The role will suit someone who has one or two years’ experience working in a policy or communications role, and is looking for an opportunity to work within a growing team. You will receive coaching and support, but also be expected to be a self-starter, show initiative, organise your work and make the most of the opportunities you will be given to grow and develop. For example, over time, you will have the opportunity to work with our clients, who include Police and Crime Commissioners, Chief Constables and other senior leaders, and contribute to the development of the business. Initially, your work will involve supporting the development and delivery of communications and analytical work, assisting in analysis and helping colleagues at all levels of the business as required.

We are looking for a positive, collaborative person, able to work as part of a team and adhere to Crest’s values (collaborative, challenging, credible and courageous).

Essential skills:

  • Good communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present ideas and information in a compelling way
  • Ability to analyse policy issues, ideas and information, reach conclusions and develop evidence in support of them
  • Excellent people skills and the ability to implicitly understand the needs of our clients

Desirable skills:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Understanding of criminal justice policy
  • Project management
  • Data analysis

You will work from our London office full time, 40 hours per week. A competitive salary will be paid dependent upon skills and experience, ranging between £25,000 and £35,000.

How to apply

Please send a CV and one page covering letter to contact@crestadvisory.com

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Thursday 30 June. Interviews w/c 4 July.