Graduate Business Analyst/Researcher - Food and Drink Consultancy

  • Job Reference: HRABA0224
  • Date Posted: 30 January 2024
  • Recruiter: HRA Global
  • Location: Babbacombe, Devon
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £25,000 to £29,000
  • Sector: Consulting & Corporate Strategy
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Duration: Permanent with 3 month probation
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Salary: Starting salary £25,000 per annum + benefits + pension + healthcare (we operate a Pay Scale system with the entry level starting salary based on experience and subsequent progression is based on performance and attitude) 

Location: A contemporary office near the beach, Babbacombe, South Devon (Hybrid working)  

Company: HRA Global (  

Would you like to work on projects for world-class food and drink brands from the heart of South Devon?  Business growth has meant that we are looking for an ambitious graduate to join our dynamic team of management, research and strategy consultants. 

As a Business Analyst you will play a pivotal role in our consultancy projects and will be supporting the team to deliver a varied and wide range of work, from finding a manufacturer to work with, developing strategies for new products to launch to researching food category trends in the UK and Europe, conducting competitor analysis or producing presentations for our coaching webinars.   Our clients are based in over 30 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the USA. 

The Role of a Business Analyst 

This role is perfect for a motivated graduate who has recently completed a degree or has 1 to 2 years’ post University related work experience.  You are a person that is keen to learn and develop, and looking for a role that will provide skill development and stimulation. 

Personal Qualities and Attributes 

  • Communicate well and confidently  

  • Purposeful, organised and directed at getting things done quickly   

  • Self-disciplined but also able to work as part of a team 

  • Handle people and problems with empathy, confidence and determination 

  • Cope with rapid shifts in priorities as the responsibilities of the role are broad in scope, encompassing a wide variety of activities 

  • Confident to take independent action with a sense of urgency and act on your own initiative 

  • Not afraid to make mistakes and learn from it 

  • Able to make difficult decisions and take responsibility for them 

  • React and adjust quickly to changing conditions and come up with practical ideas for dealing with them 

A more detailed summary of likely tasks is shown below: 

  • Desk research & report writing - Researching, compiling, and analysing desk research, financial and market data 

  • Analysis & recommendations - Use research findings to produce/ support client recommendations and produce professional powerpoint presentations.   

  • Client debriefs - Attend client debriefs, taking minutes, and participating where appropriate, supporting the planning, execution of workshops and any other miscellaneous activity carried out for the client’s best interests.  

  • Industry events – attend and talk to clients/potential clients at various industry events such as trade shows or conferences. 

  • Other - You will be required to perform ad-hoc duties as and when needed in the interests of the business and could include correspondence with clients, business and administration/marketing support. 

  • Team working – you will be supporting and working alongside a team of Business Analysts, Senior Business Analysts and Project Managers, and will report to the Project Delivery Director.

Benefits and rewards 

The company boasts an excellent working environment in a contemporary office where every individual has the opportunity to make an impact. We use Macbooks with the very latest hardware and software including online and cloud based collaborative applications. There is a clear career path at HRA marked with increasing responsibility, accountability and reward – you progress as fast as your skills and attitude allow.  

As a BCorp committed company we recognise some tasks are better delivered from home and can give staff more flexibility in their personal lives. What counts is using our time together to collaborate, innovate, ideate, plan, and socialise. We often take a lunchtime sea swim, play a round of tennis, or sample local cuisine and some team members have even been known to paddleboard to work! 

You will receive a full package of benefits that’s competitive with and benchmarked to the top players in the industry.  In addition to a competitive salary and 20 days annual leave (increasing a day per year), plus bank holidays, we offer the following benefits: 

  • Training and Development: Potential training and investment for professional qualifications, regular meetings with the line manager/wider team, on-the-job training, project management training, industry news CPD, personal development courses, mentoring, personal development budgets for resources, books, conferences, and courses. We encourage, and fund, professional growth. 

  • Flexibility: Everyone works differently. Whether it’s early mornings, late nights, or a day at home, we support what gives you energy and makes you effective.  

  • Office Location: Situated in Babbacombe, South Devon (a stone’s throw to the beach) 

  • Financial Wellbeing: Attractive salary and bonus/reward schemes 

  • Physical Wellbeing: Company funded gym memberships  

  • Sustainable Transport: EV salary sacrifice car scheme with tax and NI benefits + at work charging being developed. 

  • Cycle to Work scheme for tax free 0% cycles and cycle equipment 

  • Enhanced Workplace Pension: (12% scheme, 7% employer contributions) 

  • Healthcare: Company private healthcare scheme for staff, inc. allowances for dental work, eye tests, medical tests, outpatients etc. 


Working Arrangements: 

This role offers a hybrid working model with remote work on Mondays and Fridays and Babbacombe office-based Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The ability to drive and willingness to travel within and outside the UK for client meetings or events (with expenses covered) is required. 


Qualifications and Skills 

  • 1st Class or 2.1 Degree (Economics, business studies/management, geography, maths) 

  • Masters/MBA welcomed 

  • IT literate with proven proficiency in Excel, Word and PowerPoint (advanced Excel knowledge desirable) 

  • Comfortable with, and experience of, researching and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data 

  • Excellent and accurate writing skills 

Application Process: 

We are committed to hiring the right person regardless of background, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexuality, or age.  Applicants who are shortlisted will be offered an online interview, and if taken to the next stage, will be followed by an invitation to visit the office and meet the team for a more formalised discussion.  

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