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Senior Research Analyst

56,556 PA
Closing: July 15, 2024

The Role
The PRI Division is seeking to recruit a Senior Research Analyst. The successful candidates will work in the Market Insights Unit (MIU) which has responsibility for delivering shorter term research projects. This unit is currently working on projects relating to: (i) transparency in the home purchase process and (ii) school costs. This unit also manages the research requests from other divisions within the CCPC through the ‘Research as a Service’ process.

In addition to the CCPC’s responsibilities in relation to competition and consumer protection, we have a remit to provide financial education to consumers. The successful candidate will lead on the delivery of relevant research projects to support this work.

As a Senior Research Analyst, you will manage research projects, undertaking impactful work on varied and interesting topics. You will work with the project manager to conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis to inform evidence-based findings and recommendations which aim to protect the welfare of consumers, and promote competition across a variety of sectors of the economy. In previous years the research team has produced reports relating to areas such as social media influencers, consumer detriment, financial education, grocery sector and the retail motor fuel market.

The Successful Candidate
The successful candidate will be a key member of the MIU, managing the delivery of financial education research projects, in addition to a variety of wider projects in collaboration with the Research Team. The successful candidate must be comfortable using quantitative and qualitative research tools to ensure that research is conducted robustly and informs evidence-based findings and recommendations. The successful candidate will also demonstrate an ability to understand complex areas relatively quickly, including competition and consumer protection law and policy along with emerging issues and challenges.

In addition to the immediate appointment from this campaign, an order of merit may be established. This may be used to fill any future vacancies at the same level within this or other Divisions of the CCPC where roles have similar responsibilities and/or similar skills are required.

Key Responsibilities
• Manage delivery of assigned topics in the CCPC’s Research Functions workplan.
• Lead on research projects focusing on the CCPC’s financial education remit.
• Gather data and conduct analysis, to support findings and recommendations.
• Research, analyse and develop evidence-based CCPC positions on competition and consumer protection issues.
• Proactively monitor the external environment to identify research opportunities for the CCPC to influence policy or legislative development and respond to issues of concern.
• Engage with national and international stakeholders such as academics, policy experts, sectoral regulators, Government Departments and institutions.
• Support other CCPC Divisions in using research where necessary.
• Represent the CCPC at national/international events and conferences if required.
• Assist with managing administrative tasks for the unit such as reporting functions, preparation of reports for publication, and relevant engagement with Communications Division on publication activities.
• Carry out any other additional tasks, including cross-divisional teamwork, that may be assigned to deliver the business objectives of the PRI Division and the CCPC.

• Relevant degree or equivalent in economics, statistics, social science or other relevant discipline
OR comparable professional experience (3 years in a relevant role);
• Experience in survey design, statistical research and report writing including demonstrable proficiency with at least one data analytics software package;
• Strong team-working skills;
• Ability to research, collate, analyse and use information from a range of sources in a clear, balanced and
concise manner;
• Ability to work on multiple projects, adapting to changing circumstances and meeting fixed reporting
• Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.

• Relevant experience and/or knowledge of Irish and/or European legislation and policies, preferably those that concern competition, markets or economic regulation;
• Knowledge of consumer and/or competition related legislative environment, issues and challenges;
• Experience in the area of financial education;
• Knowledge of data visualisation tools and techniques;
• Ability to engage with internal and external stakeholders.

Application Process
To apply for this role using the link on the CCPC careers page, please submit an up-to-date CV and a one-page cover letter addressing the following point in no more than 500 words total:
Please include an example of a time you had to research a topic/issue and produce a report with
recommendations (include detail on any qualitative and quantitative tools and/or data analytics software
packages used).
Applicants should note that canvassing will result in your exclusion from the process.

Shortlisting of candidates will be based on the information provided in their application. In order to satisfy the shortlisting panel, you need to clearly highlight within your application how your skills and experience meet the essential criteria. If this is not clearly displayed, it may prevent your application progressing to the shortlisting stage.

Interview Process
There will be one interview for this role that will likely take place in late July. During the first-round interview, the CCPC will conduct competency style interviews based on the Higher Executive Officer competencies below:
1) Leadership
2) Analysis and Decision Making
3) Management and Delivery of Results
4) Interpersonal and Communication Skills
5) Drive and Commitment
6) Specialist Knowledge
Full details of these competencies can be found on the CCPC careers page
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