Policy Analyst: Strategy and Insight Team

About Crest Advisory

Crest is a diverse group of people dedicated to one mission: building safer and more secure communities where people can live free from fear. 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.


Recently, demand for Crest’s services has grown and we are now seeking to recruit a new policy analyst to work directly to our Director of Strategy and Delivery. You will not be expected to be an expert on criminal justice policy from day one – but curiosity about policy 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 quantitative analysis and familiarity with statistical techniques.

The role will suit someone who has one or two years’ experience working in an analytical 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 and given room to grow and develop. For example, over time, you will have the opportunity to run your own projects and present your analysis to senior audiences, from Secretaries of State to Chief Constables. Initially, your work will involve supporting projects on the effectiveness of community sentences, the development of a data dashboard for the criminal justice system and police reform. But you will also be expected to contribute more ad hoc, reactive pieces of analysis, for example, responding to new emerging crime trends.

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:

  • Quantitative analysis, including modelling and statistical techniques
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex data to non-expert audiences

Desirable skills:

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

You will work from our London office (40 hours per week full-time; a part-time arrangement can be considered). A competitive salary will be paid dependent upon skills and experience, ranging between £20,000 and £40,000 (pro-rata).

How to apply

The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 23rd March. Interviews will be held in the week commencing Tuesday 29th March in London.

If you are interested please send your CV and one page cover letter to harvey.redgrave@crestadvisory.com

Please indicate in your letter whether you are interested in a full-time or part-time position. If you wish to discuss the role informally, please call 020 3542 8993.