British Equestrian


Equestrian House, Abbey Park, Stareton, along with hybrid working

Salary Range


Contract Type

Full Time

Closing Date

23 April 2023

Job Description

An exciting new opportunity has arisen to join the BEF as it implements its framework aligned to Sport England’s vision to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity.
We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic insight and research manager to join our Participation & Development team.
This will be a pivotal role in the organisation working with the Relationship team and our Member Bodies and wider partners in the sector to put insight and research at the forefront of everything we do to grow equestrian sport.
Purpose of the role
You will:
• Deliver high quality insights through management of the BEF’s research and data collection programme to benefit decision-making, to support strong data capture and analysis across the sector and developing participation in equestrianism
• Be the BEF’s champion for data- and research-driven insight and market understanding, sharing that knowledge with the BEF’s stakeholders to further enhance the collective knowledge of the sector
• Create effective measurement systems to accurately evaluate programmes and develop a culture of learning across BEF and our Member Bodies
• Use effective evidence to inform decision-making across the BEF, reporting back to funders and helping to create business cases for future investment
• Instil a culture of learning and best practice for data collection and insight development across the BEF and Member Bodies

Main activities and responsibilities
• Creating a measurement, evaluation and learning culture that helps build narratives of the impact of BEF’s activities on driving participation growth.
• Collecting data and providing commentary to tell the story of our impact and influence, as aligned to BEF’s Participation KPI’s, including:
o Measuring the performance of BEF and key delivery partners, adapting and enhancing our data collection processes, where appropriate
o Delivering an insight programme that informs decision-making at all levels of the BEF.
• Managing and maintaining effective control of the insight budget, delivering a high quality and cost-effective service
• Collaborating with BEF Member Organisations, and Relationship Team, to develop the BEF’s understanding of the equestrian market in terms of current and future supply and demand.
• Devise models for accurately determining the different categories of people that benefit from equestrian activity, in particular:
o Utilise robust data to determine the behaviours – and changes in behaviour – of each market ‘segment’.
o Measure the change in the market in response to BEF’s activities.
• Working with the Relationship team, ensure ongoing collaboration across Member Bodies to share best practice and relevant insights across the federation.
• Work with partners and external agencies where necessary to deliver the insight and measurement activities, including liaison with Member Bodies.
• Work with colleagues across the Federation to ensure that effective and timely insight is delivered, a healthy culture of learning is created, and decision-making is effectively supported.
• Ensure that feedback is sought from internal and external partners to continuously improve service delivery, with a focus on quality.

What you need to succeed
• Significant experience in market research, either qualitative or quantitative, (preferably experience of both)
• Ability to analyse complex datasets and qualitative feedback, identifying trends and making clear recommendations
• Proven track record of data visualisation and knowledge of software like PowerBI or Tableau
• Extensive knowledge of Excel
• Client-side experience of providing fit-for-purpose insight solutions to senior stakeholders within a business
• Strong attention to detail
• Competent problem solver with strong analytical skills
• Excellent organisational skills; the ability to manage multiple projects, prioritise and meet deadlines.
• Strong computer skills, including MS Office and research/survey software
• Being flexible, proactively takes ownership and responsibility for workload, delivery and outputs
• Comfortable in a small office team environment, willing to deliver activities as well as lead.
• Minimal supervision required to ensure that work meets a high standard
• Collaborative team player with an open and consultative style and optimistic ‘can do’ approach.
• Strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills with the ability to build trust and confidence across diverse audiences and form strategic relationships with key stakeholders.
• Knowledge of SPSS or creating data analysis queries through other software, programming languages
• Knowledge of the equestrian industry
• Understanding of sport and physical activity landscape, including the role of National Governing Bodies and funders
• Knowledge of Equestrian landscape

To Apply

If you think this is a role you’d be passionate about, please apply through the following link at Be Applied:- British Equestrian is committed to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation to bring new and different perspectives to our work. So that we can more closely reflect UK society, we particularly encourage applications from individuals within groups which are currently underrepresented within our organisation and include candidates from ethnically diverse communities, candidates with a disability, candidates from the LBTQ community or from under served communities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact