Senior Researcher

We are looking for a proactive candidate to help the small team at TJM track and analyse the UK's new trade agreements.

Following the Brexit vote, international trade has become one of the government’s top priorities, and has received a huge amount of public and media interest. The UK has a unique opportunity to develop trade policy which responds to key policy priorities such as tackling climate change, responding to and recovering from the Covid pandemic, and delivering on the UK’s international commitments such as the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the government’s proposed trade deals could undermine action in these areas. To date there is no clear strategy to ensure that trade deals are aligned with the UK’s other policy objectives, instead the Government’s primary objective has been to deliver as many new trade agreements as possible.

The Senior Researcher’s role is to ensure TJM has timely, in depth analysis of trade negotiations, agreements, legislation and other relevant Government policy to support our role as a source of intelligence for other civil society organisations and our work in parliament and with the media:

  • Develop a strategy to ensure TJM is able to analyse trade deals and any information about negotiations or policies coming from the Government;
  • Undertake analysis, usually with a quick turnaround time, of trade agreements, updates on negotiations and other relevant Government documents;
  • Occasionally commission and manage external contractors to deliver analysis;
  • Produce regular reports and briefings for the TJM secretariat and other organisational partners;
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with civil service departments, particularly DIT but also the Cabinet Office, BEIS, DIT and Defra with a view to ensuring TJM has access to as much useful information as possible.

Working with a small team, you will need both a strong ability to manage your own time and work plan, occasionally manage external consultants and to be proactive in developing relevant external relationships. This is an exciting opportunity to make a big impact as the UK develops its independent trade policy.

Please send a CV, cover letter, outlining how you meet the person specification, and completed equal opportunities form to recruitment[at] The CV and cover letter should be no more than 2 pages each, applications that are longer than 4 pages in total will not be considered.

Closing date: midnight, 2nd November 2021

The recruitment pack can be downloaded here.