Associate Director

We’re seeking an Associate Director to join our growing and evolving UK Financial and Business team.

The successful candidate will be driven, creative, and organised. They will already be operating at Associate Director level although may currently have the title of Research Manager.  The role is an exciting opportunity to gain further experience and develop in an agency with a mantra to “be better” at a time of significant transformation.

We are looking for someone with a strong quantitative background with experience of robustly designing, setting up and running a range of different quantitative studies to meet a variety of research objectives. They will be comfortable engaging with clients and will have a desire to grow accounts and support the development of new ideas. They should bring a growth mindset, a desire to innovate and be focused on their personal & professional development.

What’s the job?

The day-to-day role will be based within the Financial and Business team, working across a range of tracking and ad-hoc projects.

The work is varied, dynamic and challenging. For those who want to, there is a chance to develop both qualitative and quantitative skills and the role will provide flexibility to work on a mix of ad-hoc and continuous projects across online, CATI and F2F methodologies.

What you’ll do

  • Lead projects / be part of a project team, working with other BUs within the BVA Family to deliver high quality insights to our clients.
  • Take responsibility for the quality and execution of projects, overseeing the work of more juniors members of the team.
  • Review project findings, integrating contextual data and presenting key messages to clients, as well as advising them on recommendations and next steps.
  • Be involved in day to day team management, ensuring projects run smoothly.
  • Have management responsibilities for the work of more junior colleagues and their on-going development.
  • Respond to client opportunities, preparing proposals and costs.
  • Start to develop an external presence in the market and build strong relationships with clients, developing client loyalty and winning business.
  • Contribute ideas to business development and team strategy.

What you’ll bring

Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Outstanding project management, an ability to work to deadlines and juggle competing priorities
  • An eye for detail and accuracy at all stages working to ISO 20252 and 27001 standards
  • The ability to interpret and synthesise data (both numbers and words) and draw out implications for our clients
  • Excellent communication skills and story telling skills, with the ability to influence and guide colleagues, clients, and suppliers
  • Creative thinking and problem solving, capable of challenging the status quo and driving effective improvements
  • Excellent, fluent, written and spoken English (fluency in other languages is a bonus but not a requirement)
  • A high level of competence in working with both Excel and PowerPoint
  • Professional experience, ideally within a research agency, evidencing well-rounded and developing research skills across the project cycle including project design, development of fieldwork materials, management of fieldwork and analysis/reporting together with an awareness of market trends and competitive pressures

Experience in the following would be viewed as a bonus rather than a requirement but, at a minimum, we are looking for someone who is willing to learn and undertake:

  • Projects on behalf of a variety of clients in our key sectors
  • An understanding of different statistical techniques and their application.

What you’ll enjoy

  • Competitive salary
  • Discretionary year-end bonus
  • Hybrid working, mixing home with our London offices in King’s Cross and Angel
  • 26 days’ annual leave, increasing with service
  • A variety of employee benefits
  • Supportive and collaborative culture
  • Comprehensive training programme
  • Progression based on achievements, not time in role
  • Monthly social events and regular CSR activities
  • Investment in your personal development and growth

Are you right for the role?

Send us your CV with a brief email about why you’d be a good fit, with ‘Associate Director’ in the subject.


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