Research Officer

Accountable for extensive research to enable matching, updating or creation of works, cues and productions in the PRS for Music systems

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What does a Research Officer do?

Ensure our members get paid the money they deserve for the music they produce

  • Accountable for extensive research to enable matching, updating or creation of works, cues and productions in the PRS for Music systems
  • To take ownership for decisions regarding research on items and follow best practice at all times to ensure efficient and accurate payments to members
  • Work to distribution deadlines whilst meeting departmental targets for both Productivity and Quality
  • To constructively challenge the status quo and recommend changes to procedures and processes that will improve efficiency
  • Analyse and interpret data to be able to report inconsistencies or errors, and take responsibility for acting on findings

What’s a Research Officer good at?

Business perspective – makes calculated decisions

  • Critically evaluates information to identify potential errors and checks that information is completed
  • Takes responsibility for achieving objectives, highlighting potential problems in a timely way
  • Uses initiative, does not wait to be told or directed

Working together – works collaboratively

  • Promotes greater collaboration within own area, being proactive in offering support where it can add value
  • Seeks feedback from manager, peers and customers to improve the way they work
  • Shares own knowledge and expertise with others, seeing the benefits of collaboration
  • Supporting progress – simplifies complexity
  • Identifies more efficient ways of working that are straightforward and consistent
  • Takes responsibility for understanding complex business issues by asking questions to gain clarity
  • Shares experiences, information and knowledge to aid others and get them up to speed

Supporting progress – Embraces learning

  • Takes opportunities to learn from their experiences, applying lessons learnt to current situations
  • Tries out new experiences seeing them as an opportunity to learn
  • Demonstrates a real desire to develop, challenging themselves to improve

Who does a Research Officer work with?

This is a home-based role and will connect work with colleagues in the research and quality assurance teams over Skype.

How do I become a Research Officer?

  • A background in research, data analysis or process driven role is essential and an interest in music is preferred
  • Previous experience of working in a target driven environment
  • An ability to work on own initiative is important as this role is home-based
  • Standard of literacy and numeracy equivalent to GSCE level qualification in English and Maths
  • Computer literate and experience in the use of standard Microsoft Office software applications especially Word and Excel and Outlook
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good written and oral communication skills

Is the role a skills shortage?


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