Head of Research

circa £75,000 per annum

Established in 1947 as the British Institute of Management, CMI was founded in the wake of the Second World War to help rebuild British industry. In 2002, Her Majesty’s Privy Council granted our Royal Charter, designating CMI as the standard-bearer for the profession of management, meaning we are the only organisation able to award Chartered status. For more than 75 years, we have inspired modern managers to become successful, confident leaders. Our goal remains the same today as it was at our founding: to raise the quality and standard of management in the workplace. Having developed the very first diploma in management studies, we have remained at the forefront of management training and thinking ever since. To deliver our mission, we work with businesses and education providers, inspiring people to unleash their potential and become skilled, confident and successful managers and leaders. Right now, we have 220,000 members and more than 147,000 people currently training to be better leaders across our partner network, both in the UK and internationally.


CMI is seeking a Head of Research who has the passion for data and insight and product and market research rigour to help us as we seek to influence and impact the skills, policy and thought leadership that can decisively improve the quality of management across the UK and beyond. 

Our mission is turning “accidental managers into confident, conscious and inclusive leaders” and the research team that you will be leading is crucial to achieving that. 

Working closely with our Policy and External Affairs and Product and Marketing Directorates you’ll establish priorities consistent with our directorate’s work supporting CMI product and market research. This includes our offer to business-to-business partners in the public sector, HE, FE and independent training providers, and our over 220,000 learners and members and their employers. You’ll also inform our policy and thought leadership work. 

We are seeking candidates who can think strategically about the types of data and evidence that help us as we identify opportunities to shift the skills of our learners, the needs of our partners, public discussion, policy development and work-place practice. Your understanding of CMI’s strategy will enable you to design robust and innovative research and data to ensure that everything CMI does is grounded in high quality evidence. 

The successful candidate will be a strong communicator of evidence and data in a range of settings, internally and externally. You will embody CMI values as a manager, supporting your team in their influence, impact and development.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.

How to apply

To make an application, please click on the apply now button below, with the following prepared:

  • Your CV (no more than three sides).
  • A supporting statement (no more than two sides) that sets out why you think this role is the right move for you and how you meet the knowledge and experience criteria set out in part one of the Person Specification.


Recruitment timetable 

Closing date
Monday 12th August 2024

Preliminary interviews
Late August / early September 2024

Final Panel interviews
Mid-September 2024 (TBC)