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Field Performance Manager, fixed-term contract

Location: home-based (with occasional travel to the Brentwood/London office and attendance at regional meetings or project briefings)

Salary: £28k - £32k (depending on skills and experience)

Department: Field

Contract: Contract

Application deadline: 10 December 2021

The role

We have multiple positions to join our growing team of Field Performance Managers on a 9-month fixed-term contract (with possible extension). This role is vital in helping lead a team of home-based survey interviewers, responsible for the collection of research data. It’s a fantastic opportunity to support the Regional Managers and the Data Collection division in delivering fieldwork to NatCen’s quality standards and targets through effective team leadership and field performance management.

The successful Field Performance Manager will be a team player with the ability to inspire others. They will lead and drive their interviewer team as well the delivery of response rates that meet or exceed those set, consistently across all projects and within prescribed timescales.

The candidate

We are looking for an experienced manager with proven leadership skills and a successful track record of exceeding targets and delivering against key performance indicators. Strong communication skills and an ability to interpret data and reports to help drive performance are also essential.

If you are approachable and supportive and demonstrate a reliable and meticulous approach to your work, with flexibility and resilience, we’d love to hear from you.

In return, you’ll receive a comprehensive induction followed by ongoing professional development training.

About NatCen Social Research

At NatCen Social Research, we're driven by the belief that social research has the power to make life better. Our research influences policy makers, practitioners, academics and the media, shaping our understanding of the world we live in and how it is changing.

We offer a friendly, flexible, supportive and stimulating working  environment, with a range of benefits, including a generous defined contribution pension scheme with life assurance, learning and development opportunities, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme and an extensive employee benefit/discount voucher scheme.

For further details and information about the role please download the job description (.docx).


As well as a competitive salary and excellent working environment (inc home/office hybrid) you will be working for the largest independent social research company in the UK. We are proud of the benefits we offer our employees which include;  

  • 25 days holiday per year (pro rata) rising to 30 days after 3 years’ service, plus 8 bank holidays;
  • flexible working;
  • generous company pension scheme;
  • life insurance and Health Cash Plan;
  • NatCen Rewards, our online benefits scheme offering discounts at over 800 retailers and service providers;
  • Cycle to Work scheme & season ticket loan;
  • enhanced parental leave & Employee Assistance Programme;
  • career development, professional subscriptions support and mentoring support from industry leading experts.           

The application process

The National Centre for Social Research is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment and committed to equality of opportunity. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented and marginalised groups.

We therefore ask that you follow the recruitment application process below:

Please submit your completed application for employment form, CV and personal statement outlining your skills, experience and why you would make a great addition to the team by email to

All short-listed applicants will need to demonstrate proof of right to work in the UK.  At Natcen we receive a high volume of great quality applicants, we therefore may close a vacancy earlier then the advertised closing date, early applications are therefore encouraged.

We are committed to employment practices that promote diversity and inclusion in employment and welcome applications from qualified applicants regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sex, marriage and civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity status, colour, race, religion or belief.

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