British Rowing – Head of Insight & Strategy

Job Purpose:

To support high quality insight led decision making, effective strategy and project management, as well robust programme monitoring and evaluation across the organisation. You will play a critical role in overseeing the development and delivery of high-quality research, insight and data analytics activity across our varied activities, whilst also shaping our strategic planning and managing various action plans. This is a unique opportunity to lead projects from strategy through to implementation in order to realise long term change for the rowing community.


  • Lead on all British Rowing insight activities, managing the effective development and delivery of a calendar of event, club, member and other ad hoc surveys, as well as other internal and externally delivered research.
  • Design, plan and deliver primary research (quantitative and qualitative) as well as supporting and challenging the Data Analyst in analysis and interpretation of secondary data from a broad range of sources.
  • Draw actionable insight and conclusions from data and make recommendations. Identify key risks and growth opportunities to grow membership and the sport as a whole.
  • Present and communicate complex information in a clear and understandable way for a range of audiences both within and outside the organisation.
  • Lead on the execution of the sustainability, volunteering, adaptive and recreational rowing action plans by liaising with relevant colleagues in other areas of the organisation to drive changes.
  • Manage stakeholder relationships i.e. committees, regions and other groups promoting rowing opportunities.
  • Ensure appropriate performance management systems are implemented where necessary, including monthly reporting and manage cross-organisational reporting for Sport England (and UK Sport where appropriate) as well as other externally funded programmes.
  • Contribute to continued engagement with other key internal and external stakeholders on their research requirements and respond to requests for information (e.g. British Rowing staff members, volunteers, committees, Sport England, media/press).
  • Day-to-day line management of one Data Analyst, helping them to manage their workload and supporting their professional development.

This job specification is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.

Person Specification

Your background might vary from academic research right through to corporate consumer insight. Sports and/or rowing industry experience is highly desirable but not essential. Importantly, you will have a strong aptitude for data analysis, a passion for insight led decision making and the ability to juggle numerous priorities and projects, working with multiple teams.


  • Relevant qualifications and at least three years’ experience in insight, research and/or strategy roles.
  • Competent in survey design and analysis as well as conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups.
  • Track record of developing high quality research and strategy documents/ outputs.
  • Project management experience.
  • A strong team player with good inter-personal skills.
  • Well organised with excellent attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated, forward thinking, proactive and curious.
  • Excellent English and report writing skills.
  • Excellent statistical/ data analysis skills. Ability to interrogate and interpret data into meaningful outputs.
  • Excellent aptitude for IT and proficiency in MS Office and other specialist database, survey and data analytics software including SQL, R, Python and visualisation software like Power BI, Tableau, or other similar tools.


  • Interest in and knowledge of rowing
  • Line management experience
  • Experience of working for or with a sport governing body/ league/ brand or similar
  • Experience of managing direct reports or a small team.

A bit about us

Our passion is rowing. We are the governing body for rowing, responsible for supporting grassroots rowing in England and getting the GB Rowing Team ready for the Olympics, Paralympics and other international competitions.

We are a membership organisation with 30,000 individual members and we offer daily support to over 520 affiliated clubs and 220 affiliated events. We cover all types of rowing whether it’s on the river, in the gym (on a rowing machine) or on the sea and so a key aim is to have an inclusive rowing offer for everyone who has an interest in trying out our sport.

What we offer

We offer a hybrid model of working with attendance several days a week at the head office on the river in Hammersmith, London required. Standard working hours are 9:00 to 17:00 although flexibility is required in order to ensure core objectives are achieved. National travel may be required.

We offer a compensation package dependent on your experience but with a base salary between £40,000 and £45,000. As an employee, you would also get some great perks as part of the team at British Rowing including Employer’s pension contribution of 7.5%, 25 days holiday each year, Cycle to Work, eyecare vouchers and free staff kit.

Any other questions? Just drop us a line.

Get your application in 

To apply for this role, please send us your CV alongside a covering letter to Marieke Hagemans, Director of Membership & Rowing Community. We’re going to close applications on Friday 8th July 2022 at 5pm but if you like the sound of the job please apply straight away as we reserve the right to close applications early.

Equal Opportunities

British Rowing is committed to equal opportunities for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Application Dates: From Friday 24th June 2022 to Friday 8th July 2022

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