Job Type: Fixed Term or Permanent Full-time Contract.

Salary: £25,000 to £32,000 (Negotiable salary depending on skills and experience)

Full Time Hours: 40 per week

Line Manager: Head of Service and Safer Schools

We are at an exciting moment in the story of our growing company; with ambitious targets for our business, we are now seeking to hire a Lead Research Analyst on a permanent contract.

In a digital world standing still is falling behind, our researchers keep us ahead of the curve and in touch with safeguarding threats, risks and trends; online and offline!

We are looking for a lead research analyst who will make a significant contribution to the company’s impact.

You will be responsible for initiating ideas, facilitating meetings / focus groups, reviewing content and courses while energetically employing a range of research methodologies to gather evidence, writing and presenting detailed research briefs and findings. A leader and a team player you will be self-motivated and can work independently and collaboratively within our existing research team. You will be able to delegate team tasks, reach judgements and make persuasive arguments in a rapidly evolving working environment.


Who are INEQE?

INEQE Safeguarding Group is the largest independent Safeguarding Company in the UK and Ireland. Specialising in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in the context of their lives, access to technology and use of social media.

Innovative and unique, INEQE is an ethical business formed in 2011 with a diverse staff team. With over 250 years combined experience, our culture is built upon a Safeguarding

The Successful Candidate:

You will be a highly organised, skilled and self-motivated researcher that can lead, work and thrive in a fast-paced team and mission focused environment. A skilled analyst, with a great eye for detail you will bring a blended experience of deploying credible research methodologies to diverse themes while working to strict deadlines, with the effective communication of analytical conclusions; fused together with a real and tangible passion for what we do- help make people safer.

Responsibilities will include :

  • Take the lead in delivering and managing the elements of research projects and briefs required across the company.
  • Contribute to writing proposals and developing research methodologies.
  • Deliver the results of projects through clear written, reports, briefs and presentations for the intended audience.
  • To deliver and maintain high quality research and results.
  • Ensure all work is completed to strict deadlines.
  • Build and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships.
  • Lead and conduct content reviews of our online safety content and safeguarding courses.
  • Maintain a high standard of intellectual rigour and clarity written in clear, jargon free compelling language with the company’s’ voice and tone.
  • Design quantitative and qualitative research tools, processes.
  • Mentor and train research analysts and other members of the team as appropriate.
  • Keep up to date with new research techniques.
  • The effective prioritisation and organisation of work.
  • Maintenance of digital filing systems and performance of all general administrative tasks as appropriate.
  • Carry out any other duties required by the Head of Service and Safer Schools and / or the Directors.

Essential Requirements

  • Third Level qualification (or equivalent) in any discipline.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • A minimum of three years relevant research experience.
  • Clear ability to effectively and successfully communicate and deliver presentations.
  • Excellent data literacy: including the ability to conduct numerical analysis and working with a range of data sets.
  • Be able to work and thrive under pressure.
  • A critical thinker and problem solver.
  • Self-motivated and eager to learn.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities and service needs.
  • Experience of building and maintaining healthy and professional relationships.
  • A high attention to detail.
  • You care about making people safer.
  • Strong computer skills (The company primarily uses Mac hardware and the Microsoft 365 suite).

Desirable Requirements

  • Post-graduate research experience / qualification and / or
  • Four years proven experience in research work – specific experience in safeguarding and / or online safety would be desirable.
  • Safeguarding experience in a paid or voluntary capacity e.g., in a charity, education or youthwork environment.

Place of work

Ineqe Safeguarding Group, Ocean House, Edgewater Road Belfast, BT3 9JQ

Hours of Work

8 hours per day (a working day is 9.00am-5.00pm or other mutual arrangement – there will also be, on occasion, some additional hours including post 5pm and weekend duties to be agreed as required).

Equal Opportunities

INEQE Safeguarding Group is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all who meet our selection criteria.

Access NI

Whilst a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to being appointed, as the successful candidate will be part of our ‘Safer Schools’ programme, you will be required to undergo and pass enhanced vetting through AccessNI.

The AccessNI Code of Practice can be found at:


The following benefits are enjoyed by our permanent team members:

  • Company pension scheme.

  • Private health insurance (partners and children can join).
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • A flexible approach to the working day.
  • Travel insurance (for staff required to travel for work).
  • Discretionary productivity bonus scheme.

  • Supplied with a range of equipment relevant to your role.
  • Life insurance for key staff.
  • Paid volunteering leave to work with a relevant charity.
  • Endless supply of tea, coffee and soft drinks.

  • On-site parking.

Safeguarding Commitment

INEQE Safeguarding Group are committed to ensuring that all children and young people are protected from harm and exploitation and can thrive and grow. This is especially so for children and young people who come into contact with our business.

Our culture is built upon a Safeguarding First approach in everything we do. As such, the company has a zero-tolerance approach to child abuse.

Our commitment extends to all staff, whether full or part-time and all associates, with whom the company engage from time to time.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and therefore all staff are required to adhere to this commitment and to strictly comply with our safeguarding and other relevant policies.

Any breach of this commitment will be treated as gross misconduct under our Code of Conduct.

Employees will be expected to:

  • Read and be familiar with our policies and procedures.
  • Be able to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse.
  • Know who you should make reports to if you have concerns about a child or young person.
  • To enable you fulfil these commitments, the Company will provide relevant training. This will include but is not limited to Level 1 Safeguarding.

Current Working Arrangements

The company are participating in the NI Smart: Asymptomatic Testing Programme with twice weekly Lateral Flow Testing made available for staff working in the office.

How to Apply

We will review candidates on a rolling basis, so the sooner the better!

To apply, applicants MUST complete ALL of the following steps. You will need to visit the jobs section on our website (failing to do so will mean you are unlikely to follow the correct procedure):

  • Send your current CV together with a covering letter explaining why you want to work at INEQE Safeguarding Group to [email protected].
  • All candidates MUST submit a copy of our Equal Opportunities monitoring Form, which can be found on our website under jobs. Name the file with your first and last names only and send separately to [email protected]. The monitoring form is used solely to complete our annual return for the Equality Commission. Staff involved in the selection process will not have access to them.
  • Applicants who do not comply with this may not be considered.