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Futures Research Senior / Consultant - Ricardo Strategic Consulting

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Closing Date
  • 29/02/2020

Job Description

Are you a futures research professional looking for the next stage of career development? Are you curious about the future of technology, engineering and business?

We are actively searching for a Consultant / Senior Consultant to support the growth of the Technology Strategy team in Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC) and, in particular, its Futures Research and Scenario Planning offerings.

You will be involved in winning and delivering projects for our customers across the automotive, transport and power sector value chains, covering:

Technology and market studies. These studies combine quantitative and qualitative analysis to answer a range of questions: How will the technologies develop in the next few years? What are the leading products and technologies in the market? What technologies do we need to achieve our future targets? Who are the most important companies?

Includes: technology roadmapping, adoption scenario modelling/forecasting, competitive benchmarking of products and technologies

Strategic analysis. We also help our customers plan for the future: What will shape future markets? How will technologies, products and services develop over the coming decades? What should our strategic roadmap look like?

Includes: new product / technology strategy development, assessing market drivers/customer needs, futures research and scenario planning

You will be involved in every phase of a consulting engagement, from pre-proposal research through to final implementation, working with a highly motivated, enthusiastic and experienced RSC team. Our projects are typically 4-12 weeks in length, giving RSC employees exposure to many varied projects across several industry sectors.


The Role:

Consultants and Senior Consultants at Ricardo are the core of a consulting team and lead substantial portions of the engagement, from pre-proposal research through to final implementation.

Our Consultants / Senior Consultants manage tasks such as:

Responsibility for one or more project modules or for smaller projects the whole project with oversight from a Project Director

Structuring and managing the project process for the assigned modules or small project
Performing high value qualitative and quantitative research
Synthesising conclusions into recommendations
Working with senior team members to develop project proposals and advance client development initiatives
Working with senior team members to prepare and deliver high-impact presentations and facilitating client workshops
Collaborating and developing relationships with colleagues from across RSC and wider Ricardo to facilitate joint projects


The role reflects Ricardo’s core values of Respect, Passion, Integrity, and Innovation. You will be a highly competent self-starter with an appreciation of a broad range of current and future technologies:


A passion for technology, you will have considerable relevant industry experience preferably with a demonstrable track record in scenario planning / futures research
Track record of consistently delivering high-impact results to meet client needs
Excellent problem solving and stakeholder engagement skills
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or MBA is preferred (Degree qualified in a relevant scientific, environmental, economic or technical subject)
A resilient, pragmatic and determined outlook
Self-motivated, team-orientated and thrive on challenge
Ability to communicate effectively (both verbally and written) in English
Flexibility to travel globally if required