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Research Executive (Omnibus)

Job Reference: 00001593
Date Posted: 03 August 2017
Employer: Populus
Location: Farringdon, London
Salary: Competitive
Sector: Sales & Marketing > Market Research
Job Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 30 August 2017

Job Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen at one of London’s leading market research agencies for an ambitious and enthusiastic Research Executive.

Research Executives (REs) contribute to a wide variety of research projects. We have a diverse range of clients and REs will have the opportunity to work and develop their skills across a number of sectors.  This role sits within a team who manage international, ad hoc and omnibus research providing the opportunity to work on a diverse range of clients and methodologies. The following description sets out the minimum requirements of the role. As is the case with all roles at Populus, Research Executives will be expected to contribute in whatever way they can to the success of the company and may be asked to undertake tasks that are not included below. 

Key Responsibilities

As a Research Executive your tasks could include:

  • undertaking desk research to inform proposals and client work; 
  • drafting research materials including proposals, questionnaires, reports and presentations;
  • testing online and telephone surveys working closely with Populus Data Solutions (PDS);
  • inputting data into charts and contributing to the creative visualisation of data;
  • checking and proof reading documents; 
  • supporting the new business process;
  • attending client briefings and presentations.

Research Executives play an important role in the Business and Consumer Insight team and are expected to work in support of the Company’s strategic objectives, vision and values.

Required Skills and Abilities

We believe in giving responsibility early and so employ people who can be relied upon to take responsibility and be accountable for their work. We provide support and training but believe that the best way to develop skills is through working on client projects. We encourage enthusiasm, creativity and ambition. 

It is essential that REs have: 

  • a degree level (or equivalent) education; 
  • outstanding written and verbal communication skills;
  • excellent attention to detail and time management;
  • an interest in research and its application to business challenges;
  • the ability to use their initiative and a strong desire to learn new skills;
  • confidence in the use of Microsoft Office applications; 

It is desirable that REs have:

  • previous experience of working in a commercial environment;
  • previous experience of using qualitative and/or quantitative research techniques either in an academic or commercial context;
  • a wide sphere of knowledge with interest in marketing, brands and consumer trends.

Training

We are ambitious for the future of our company and aim to ensure that people who work here are able to develop lasting, successful and fulfilling careers. You will be expected and supported to keep your skills up-to-date and actively look for opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge. In addition, our regular Knowledge Exchange sessions provide opportunities to gain and update knowledge, share information across the company and hear external perspectives.

As a Research Executive you will receive on the job training in a wide range of research techniques and projects before completing the MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research Practice.

Further details about Populus can be found on the uploaded PDF and on our website: www.Populus.co.uk

Benefits

  • 25 days holiday per year;
  • Critical Life insurance at four times annual salary
  • Auto-enrolment in company pension scheme (company contribution of 5% of salary);

Subject to satisfactory completion of a three month probation period, additional benefits are

provided, including:

  • Membership of company health insurance scheme (currently operated by BUPA).

Other, non-contractual, benefits are provided such as free fruit and flexible Fridays, subsidised gym membership and a day off for your birthday.

Application details

If you are interested in this opportunity,please click the APPLY button below and email the following:

  • Cover letter (word or PDF)
  • CV (word or PDF)
  • A one minute video of you explaining why you would like to work in market research

Applications should have Research Executive (Omnibus) in the subject line

About Populus

Populus Limited is part of the Populus Group (PGL). The group also includes Populus Data Solutions (PDS), which provides field and tab services to Populus and other research agencies. PGL has a minority interest in, and provides back office services and support to, BrandCap, a brand consultancy.

We exist to equip companies and individuals with the deep understanding they need, of their markets, audiences and brands, to drive success in a world overwhelmed with data. We call this Critical Knowledge and we deliver it through: 

  • our expertise across consumer, corporate, market, political and reputation research;
  • our market-leading fieldwork operation with a rigorous focus on providing quality data;
  • our exceptional strategists and researchers; and 
  • our leading edge suite of products and services. 

Over the past ten years, our work has formed the basis of significant corporate, political and consumer campaigns and has helped clients launch new products, build their reputation with key audiences, win local and national elections and generate increased sales.

Our team of researchers and consultants is based in London but works internationally and includes experts in qualitative, quantitative and omnibus research, as well as senior strategists from the worlds of business, politics, marketing and communications.

We are proud to be a founding member of the British Polling Council and to abide by the Code of Conduct of the Market Research Society of Great Britain.

We are ambitious for the future and have set ourselves some clear goals – including our 2020 vision that by the year 2020 Populus Limited will:

  • Have achieved accreditation (or other recognition) as an excellent employer;
  • Be regarded by our clients as the best in our field and recognised for always delivering critical knowledge;
  • Have achieved turnover of £20 million.

In line with our 2020 vision, we are delighted to confirm that we have recently achieved the Investors in People Silver accreditation.


Values

We work together across the company and with our sister companies to pool our knowledge and abilities for the benefit of our clients. While our talents are diverse, we are united by our values:

Trusted

  • We are accountable for our judgement, our actions and the work we do.
  • We hire people who can be relied upon consistently to deliver their best work.
  • We are approachable and collaborative.
  • We are accountable and we can be trusted.
  • We admire people who are self-aware, self-disciplined and who are happy to be accountable.

Expert

  • We are disciplined and precise.
  • We are driven by evidence and embrace the consequences.
  • We see the wood and the trees.
  • We test ourselves to the highest standards.
  • We admire people who are self-motivating, self-improving and who behave like a leader.

Enquiring

  • We never stop learning.
  • We question and challenge.
  • We are creative in seeking new ways to help solve our clients’ problems.
  • We don’t stop until the job is done.
  • We admire people who are enthusiastic, entrepreneurial and forward thinking.

Ambitious

  • We are ambitious for our clients and ourselves.
  • We are inspired by our clients’ needs.
  • We care for our clients and each other.
  • We don’t wait to be told what to do.
  • We admire people who take responsibility and muck in – if something needs doing (no matter how big or small) they are happy to do it.