CONSULTANT

Based in Barcelona, you will work full-time in quality of consultant. With a PhD or a Master’s degree and equivalent professional experience (>4 years), you are looking for the opportunity to bring your insights and methods to the world of research and innovation policy, strategy and analytics

You are curious and eager to dig deep into strategic questions and analytical challenges. You come from any discipline. Although our team members can and do participate in projects in a variety of topics, the current offer is looking mainly for candidates with interest and knowledge in some of the following areas: Science and innovation policy | Regional development | Industrial policy | Sectoral analysis | R&D portfolio analysis | Science to business collaboration | Challenge-oriented research and innovation, etc. Whenever possible, linking these areas with Open Data and Open Science principles, practices and platforms.

You want to have a strong positive impact on society and you enjoy discussing strategic issues and advising on policy and strategy. Combining qualitative and quantitative approaches, you are interested in using data to support your consulting activities (see: http://unics.cloud/), and in interacting with software engineers and data scientists. From your academic or professional experience, you can demonstrate capacities in data analysis (spreadsheet-level) to build quali-quantitative arguments. Skills in advanced quantitative methods / data science / programming (Python, R or similar) would be a valuable plus. 

Perfect working knowledge of English is required. You also have command of at least two of the following languages: Spanish, Italian, French. Knowledge of Catalan would be a great plus. 

As a member of project teams, you will gather evidence to build a case, review literature, do surveys and interviews, elaborate technical proposals, travel with other consultants to meet clients or moderate participatory workshops. With high standards when it comes to writing a report, defending an argument, or looking for data, you like dialectics. With good communication skills, you feel comfortable interacting with senior management of institutions, and with multidisciplinary project teams at SIRIS.  You may regularly travel to meet our clients and stakeholders (twice or thrice a month, 1 to 3 day trips).

We will provide the possibility for you to explore different themes and aspects of the work of a consultant and will appreciate initiative and independence. In a few months, you are expected to be autonomous and take on a project-management role.

Applications

CV and cover letter must be addressed to jobs@sirisacademic.com with “Consultant – June 2020” in the email subject line before July 3rd (extended to July 8th).

Selection Process and Calendar

  1. Deadline for applications: July 3rd (extended to July 8th). 
  2. During July (with the possibility of an extension to late August), Sequential selection phases
    1. First interview (via conf call)
    2. Written test (a short multilingual written test with project-inspired exercises to demonstrate skills in evidence gathering, analysis and communication of insights)
    3. Final round of interviews for selected candidates (ideally in person, if allowed by current travel and mobility restrictions; travel and accommodation covered by SIRIS)
  3. Final selection. Early September.

Contract

Full time position (40 hours/week).  Our hiring model includes a trial period of 6 months, the extension of which is confirmed in a feedback and assessment session. After 2 years at most, the contract becomes permanent. Twice a year, both salary and career development are discussed during a joint assessment session. More regular feedback sessions take place whenever the employee feels that it is useful.  

Benefits

  • Salary depends on experience and is in line with industry standards (more info).
  • All work related expenses will be covered by SIRIS Academic.
  • Workstation in a shared office + Laptop.
  • Relocation/moving budget as a contribution to cover part of the related expenses (if applicable).
  • According to our internal policy, SIRIS Academic may distribute a fraction of the yearly profits among all employees in the form of a salary bonus.
  • A beautiful and lively office in downtown Barcelona, with 360º views and nice perks.

 


Context: who we are and what we do

What? We are a consulting firm. We work with decision makers in the public or non-profit sector, and provide them with insights, processes and tools, which challenge them to think and enable them to accomplish their mission better.

Our services can take many forms: a strategic or analytical report, a business intelligence tool, interactive data visualisations, a participatory workshop, a coaching session, the moderation of a discussion, a strategic recommendation, etc.

But if the form varies, the core is always the same: what matters to us is to help leaders and stakeholders make better, more informed and more accountable decisions for the benefit of society.

How? We approach problems as researchers would: questioning systematically, proposing models, looking for evidence. We never defend a position which we have not tested as deeply as we can. We provide decision-makers with the tools and arguments to take decisions but we also understand that their job involves political compromises and that the ideal decision is not always either possible or optimal.

Who? Born from research, our team of 27 people is a colourful mix, with specialities ranging from archaeology to physics, and philosophy to biology. Together, we represent 7 nationalities and speak many languages. Our team is held together by a strong ethical vision, based on the respect of the contribution of everyone, the belief in collective wisdom, and a deep curiosity.

Where? Based in Barcelona, we work mostly in Europe, with a strong base in Spain, France and Italy, and activities in the UK and Germany.

With whom? Our clients are leaders and managers in regional governments, ministries, universities and research organizations, not-for-profit foundations, etc.

In which sectors? Currently, most of our activity focuses on the sectors of higher education, science & innovation policy, regional development and social impact. 

And…. why? Deep down, we want to make the world a better place by improving public policies. We are strong believers in the power of science-based evidence, participative approaches and accountability processes to improve the way public policies are designed and decisions taken, day after day.

What we expect from SIRIS team members

Curiosity

Idealism

Diversity

Excellence

Teamwork

 

What you’ll encounter at SIRIS

Challenging job

Strong ethical values

Constant questioning

Freedom to explore

Diverse and interesting team

Rather flat organisation with limited hierarchy