Role: Policy and Research Analyst


Who we are

Crest Advisory is a small, vibrant consultancy based in Covent Garden – helping clients think, speak and act clearly within criminal justice. We work with central government, national policing bodies, police and crime commissioners, universities, NGOs and private companies, enabling them to achieve greater impact by marrying policy and technical insight with expertise in communication. Insightful, savvy and smart, we foster a culture of support and challenge and provide both our clients and each other with the best advice in the business.

Delivering strategic communications advice, research, analysis and policy development, we are a multi disciplinary team who have worked across some of the biggest and most serious issues in the criminal justice arena.

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.


What we are looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic and collaborative person to join the Crest team as a policy and research analyst. You will have excellent written and communication skills and be able to understand and analyse complex information as it relates to policing and criminal justice.

The role will be varied and cover all aspects of criminal justice. You may be asked to analyse crime statistics or interrogate and interpret performance data to understand key trends across different public agencies in local areas; to write comprehensive briefings on topical issues related to criminal justice policy; or compile high-level reports communicating complex information to non-expert audiences. No day is the same, and an interest and curiosity about this area of policy are vital.

The role is likely to suit someone with experience of social policy work and/or knowledge of the criminal justice system, with a degree level qualification or relevant work experience, who is looking for an opportunity to develop their skills within a growing company.


What you will get in return

As well as providing research and analytical support to communications, policy and insight professionals there is also significant scope to undertake and manage your own projects and present your analysis to senior audiences.

Our last 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 enjoy celebrating our successes. We work on some of the most serious issues of the day, we enjoy our work and we have fun together along the way.


Essential criteria

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information to non-expert audiences
  • Knowledge and or/experience of the UK criminal justice system
  • Experience of writing reports, briefings and other high level communications
  • Ability to understand and analyse complex information including research reports, legislation, data sets and pick out salient points for further work
  • Ability to carry out a range of quantitative analysis, including familiarity with data processing systems and statistical techniques
  • Excellent IT and presentation skills
  • Ability to be part of a wider multi disciplinary team
  • Degree level qualification or relevant work experience

Desirable criteria

  • Understanding of wider public and social policy
  • Project management
  • Modelling and statistical experience


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 £27,000 and £40,000 (pro-rata).


How to apply

If you are interested, please send your CV and one page cover letter to Sarah Kincaid, care of

The deadline for applications is 16th April 2018.

Please indicate in your letter whether you are interested in a full-time or part-time position.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 23rd April in London.

If you wish to discuss the role informally, please call 020 3542 8993.