Everyone has a home

We are passionate about changing lives. Are you?

Aster exists to have a positive impact on people’s lives by giving them a good quality, safe and secure home. There has never been more pressure on companies like us to help end the UK’s housing shortage. While we know we can’t achieve this entirely on our own, we are committed to doing everything we can. Whether it’s through building more new homes, maintaining the thousands of homes we own, providing good services to our customers or making a commitment to giving back through the work of the Aster Foundation, we aim to carefully balance a commercial approach with our social heart.


Working in a new way

Working in the People & Transformation team, we are responsible for driving change that’s going to have a positive impact right across the business. From developing an engaging and empowering culture to transforming our digital offer, we are well-placed to help unlock new ways of working that positively impact our customers and colleagues.

This is a new department which has brought colleagues with different specialisms across communications, IT, HR and organisational development together. Within the directorate there are three core teams: communications, IT and people. There are also five workstreams: projects, talent acquisition, employee experience, research & innovation and learning, which have been designed to provide opportunities for colleagues to work in a collaborative way.

We need passionate and forward thinking people who will work closely with the senior People & Transformation team and colleagues across the business to collectively to drive these areas forward. As we’re sure you’re aware change doesn’t happen overnight or come easily, so anyone joining our team needs to bring energy, determination, resilience and fun to what they do.


Could you help us succeed?

Research & innovation lead

Salary range – circa £50k (plus 10% car allowance)

The role

This workstream will enable business transformation by helping to unlock new ways of working, data analysis, insight and research. We need someone who can push the boundaries of what we've always done. We want to create ways to ensure the voice of our customers and employees is reflected in our business strategies and informs decision making. We want to expand our data set to use big data and use more predictive analytics to highlight trends where information influences strategy. Equally important will be the ability to ensure all insights are understood across the business at all levels. In addition, the role involves process re-design, as well as ensuring that teams are organised effectively. This workstream will pilot projects, using prototypes and critical analysis to ensure what we are going ahead with really is the right solution. This will be supported by post-project analysis to ensure that projects have delivered the intended outcomes. You will pioneer innovation at Aster to help cement us as an innovative business - bringing the latest in relevant research outside our own sector to see what we should learn and apply - as well as spearheading our own research projects. You can help to shape exactly what is involved and how we move forward.

The person

You could be from any professional background or sector, as the most important thing for us is that you bring energy, ideas and a drive to succeed.  However, the successful candidate must be a natural fit with our culture. It is likely you will be able to demonstrate you:

  • Are naturally at home finding new ways of working
  • Have experience of collecting, analysing, interpreting and interrogating complex quantitative and qualitative data to drive decision making
  • Are comfortable with a range of digital analytics suites
  • Possess detailed knowledge of research methods
  • Can drive research projects - advising on the interpretation and understanding of research findings and the formulation of actionable recommendations
  • Collaborate well with others and are a relationship builder
  • Are a self-starter who’s comfortable stepping outside your own role to drive innovative thinking and practice across the wider team
  • Transformational and coaching in your leadership style
  • Role model our culture
  • Are respectful to others and have a strong sense of teamwork
  • Work collaboratively with others to solve problems
  • Display integrity and humility
  • Are highly flexible, adaptable and agile
  • Are influential, innovative and energetic
  • Can break down barriers and push boundaries to make a positive difference
  • Are a great communicator who will regularly ask the difficult questions
  • Focus on outcomes

What’s in it for me?

  • High impact work
  • 26 days' holiday (with an option to purchase more)
  • Full flexibility across our locations including the option to work from home - with a focus on outcomes achieved
  • A fun, energetic and growing team that trusts you and values your opinion
  • Time and opportunities to develop your own skills and career


Then tell us about yourself

We’d like to see two things:

  1. Your CV
  2. A short video (no more than three minutes long) telling us why you feel passionate about the role and why we need to meet you to find out more.  A short video captured on your phone is fine - it doesn’t need to be professional. We want to see the real you. 

Please submit your CV and supporting content here. If your CV and video are over 8MB please send it to peopleservices@aster.co.uk via Wetransfer.com and reference the job title in the subject line.

The closing date for this role is midday on Friday 27 October. 

Rewards and benefits

Our people are amazing

We recognise that talented and motivated people drive our success so we work hard at making Aster a rewarding and great place to work.

Flexible working

Depending on your job, we encourage you to work to your own schedule and from a location that suits you.

Develop your career

Grow your talents, skills and expertise through our structured training and development programmes.


Up to 26 days’ holiday + bank holidays, as well as the opportunity to purchase extra days each year.

Never pay full price again!

Great discounts with high street brands, save money on your holidays abroad, tax free childcare and more.

Fantastic health benefits

Make the most of our wide variety of healthcare benefits; dental care, eye care, physiotherapy and annual health screenings.

Peace of mind pensions

You pay into your pension and we will contribute too.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Benefit from immediate access to confidential counselling and our legal information services.

Cycle2Work scheme

You can sign up to our tax free bike scheme enabling a healthier, more sustainable journey to work.

Don't just believe us

Hear what our colleagues have to say

With over 1,300 colleagues we offer a wider range of career choices than you might think, from property development and sales to neighbourhood management and property maintenance, care and support roles as well as managerial and specialist posts. And for many of our roles location is completely flexible.

The legal bits

By applying for these roles you are confirming you have the right to work in the UK.

Please let us know on the application if you have been convicted of a criminal offence, have a bind-over order, caution warning, reprimand or have court action pending including offences committed in the Armed Forces. Convictions deemed ‘spent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 need not be disclosed.

If you believe there may be any potential conflicts of interest with you, or anyone related to you, or a friend or associate, which could influence your work with the company please let us know when you apply. For example, this may include living in an Aster property or being related to another employee of the group.

We are proud to be an accredited ‘Investors in People’ organisation and are fully committed to the ‘Positive about Disabled’ scheme.