Research and Innovation Specialist
Location: Cardiff based (hybrid working)
Salary: £31,000 - £35,000 depending on experience
Expires: 26/06/2022 23:59

Are you motivated by making lives better through meaningful innovation? Would you like to join a small, specialised innovation unit with a unique remit to do just that?

We are searching for a talented Research and Innovation Specialist who will be a key part of Side-By-Side, our unique research and innovation unit, powered by Hafod.

As Side-By-Side enters its second year, and the next stage of its evolution, the Innovation Specialist role will be instrumental in defining and delivering more meaningful innovations that tackle the big issues in society and deliver on Hafod’s purpose to make lives better.

What you’ll do

As Side-by-Side’s Innovation Specialist you will find effective new solutions to societal problems, working closely with communities, partners and colleagues.

You will uncover fresh insights, ask lots of bold questions and motivate others to support you in designing, prototyping and scaling new initiatives.

Further details of the key deliverables of the role can be found in the attached recruitment pack. We are recruiting this role alongside a complementary Innovation Projects Coordinator role, which will look after the ‘how?’ ‘where?’ and ‘when?’ of innovation, while you look after the ‘what?’, ‘why?’ and ‘who?’

What you’ll need

We need somebody resourceful and empathic who can match the passion and values that are infused through Side-by-Side. You’ll thrive managing multiple projects with multiple stakeholders, applying design thinking and innovation tools and methodology.

With strong communication skills and knowledge of research and insight gathering, you will identify meaningful problems to solve through the eyes of the people experiencing them. You will use your experience of innovation approaches and tools to develop and test new solutions through creative experiments. And you will help to take the solutions that work on a small scale to a bigger scale, making more and more lives better in the process.


  • £31,000 - £35,000 per annum depending on experience

  • We offer a 9 day fortnight - a day off every other week!

  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) – increasing with length of service

  • Medicash healthcare plan

  • 8% pension contributions

  • Join a socially conscious not-for-profit organization

  • Employee assistance programme and well-being resources available 24/7

  • A range of shopping and activity discounts and cashback options

  • We are a family friendly organization

  • Develop with the support of our academi


We embrace flexible and hybrid working and would encourage you to work in ways and places that suit you best although regular (at least weekly) visits to our offices or other premises in South Wales will be important for effective collaboration

Opportunities for development

Through our academi we provide a range of learning and development opportunities to support you on your learning journey with us. We offer development opportunities for every stage of your career. From technical training to leadership development we have a range of programmes.

Next steps

Informal discussions about the role are openly encouraged. Please initially contact Katie Jones ( to arrange an appointment.

Closing date: Sunday 26 June

Interview date: Wednesday 6 July (in person at St Hilary Court)

If successful for this role a DBS check will be required.

Hafod reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received. We will be reviewing applications as they are submitted, therefore we encourage early applications to ensure consideration.

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