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Research Manager: help drive business & innovation – social or commercial backgrounds considered

This is a rare role on the social/public sector side where the client is open to someone with a social or commercial research background. The focus of this role is on leading research programmes which inform both policy and communications related to driving trade, business, and innovation in the UK.

Working with key government departments and leading organisations in the social research space, the programmes here are very broad. Recent projects include considering whether there are sufficient skills to drive new areas such as AI and data science in the UK and what needs to be done to enhance these growing areas; understanding how businesses are adapting to different trade rules as a result of Brexit and how this can be improved; a ground-breaking study looking at the actions businesses are taking to reduce their carbon emissions; studies examining the levels of cyber security breaches in the UK, the preventative steps being taken, and the impact on businesses…

What the team say is really special is that they get to know their clients very well, either because projects are long term or they conduct ongoing programmes that build on previous work. As a result, the team say they really get to see the impact of their work and they find this very motivating.

The client is open to applicants with a qualitative or mixed methods background.  The team use lots of innovative ways of working and their clients are really open to that i.e., eye tracking, augmented reality, online communities, digital ethnographic studies…there is definitely the opportunity to think differently.

This role offers excellent opportunities to expand your own networks, including through speaking at conferences if you are interested in that, as well as fostering great relationships with key stakeholders and heavy hitters in the trade, energy, and cyber sectors.

We are looking for an experienced qualitative or mixed methods researcher with an agency-side background who can lead the delivery and quality of projects, from designing the methodology through to analysis and delivery to the client. This is a client facing role and will suit someone who enjoys client leadership and consulting. We need to see experience of inputting into winning proposals, project management and also overseeing the work of juniors – line management is an important part of this role.

This is a very prestigious agency, well known and recognised for its robust methodologies, innovative approach and strategic outputs.  A highly innovative and forward-thinking environment, this is a place for people who love to take ownership and make things happen – you are given autonomy and support to do just that. The people here are genuinely curious and interested in what they do. The training on offer is second-to-none and development opportunities, here and overseas should you wish, are huge.

As a result of all this, people stay – they talk about being challenged, consistently offered new opportunities, being listened to, and enjoying being in a culture where anyone at any level can have an opinion, be heard and lead on projects.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Fairbank: [email protected] or call on 07595 821535 for an informed discussion. Visit our website for other great market research jobs:

c£38,000 – c£45,000 plus benefits

Blended working: London/home



Salary: c£38,000 - c£45,000 plus benefits

Type: All , Mixed methods , Qualitative research
Sector: All , Public Sector / Government
Ref: SF782356