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Research Executive

Company

Humankind Research

Type of Job

Full Time

Location

London, UK

Salary

£25-28,000 (dependent on experience)

Published Date

19 October 2022

About the company

Humankind Research is an insight and strategy agency specialising in research for social good. Tom, Gail and Jess started the business in 2017 with a clear purpose: to use research to amplify the impact of communications, products and programmes that have a positive impact on people and planet. We aim to live this purpose every day through the work we do and how we behave as a business. We are an accredited B Corp, part of a movement aiming to redefine the world of business to focus on human and planetary, not just financial, success.

We work for charities, government bodies and corporates (on their social impact / purpose programmes), and our clients include Nike, Unilever, Macmillan, Shelter, the Wellcome Trust, Sport England, and Amnesty International, amongst many others. We work with these organisations on projects to understand different audiences experiences and how they think, feel and act on a range of social issues; how they respond to brands and adverts; and products and services they might need. We use these insights to provide strategic recommendations for our clients to help develop brand and comms, NPD, policy recommendations, and services.

We’re 10 permanent employees and a close network of freelancers; we work remotely, but have a strong and vibrant team ethos and culture. We aim to meet up at least once a month as a full team, have weekly meet-ups for those who want to join, and have an annual retreat.

You can find out more about us on our website: www.humankind-research.com

About the role

The role

We are looking for a Research Executive likely to be embarking on their first research agency role. At this level, the role would involve:

Contributing to projects. Contributing to key elements of projects, with oversight and support from more senior team members. This would include:

Writing or contributing to first drafts of discussion guides
Moderating focus groups, 1:1 interviews, and overseeing digital research tasks
Undertaking desk research and scoping
Contributing to analysis sessions
Writing sections of debrief documents in PPT (or occasionally Word) and as you proceed in your career gradually presenting them to clients
Liaising with research partners
Being part of the business. As a small team, everyone has a role to play in business management and culture. This might include:

Contributing to conversations about client focus and business growth
Helping to administer our work experience programme and student taster sessions
Helping to organise social events
Sharing relevant knowledge and experience with the team
New business and marketing. Whilst we would expect slightly less engagement in this area early in your role, as a small business we all have a part to play in business growth. Your involvement might include:

Contributing to marketing efforts e.g. writing blogs and posting on social media
Actively approaching potential clients of interest (we would support you in any contacts you wanted to make)
Contributing to proposal documents in response to briefs
Required skills and experience

Our ideal candidate would have some primary qualitative research experience – for example experience conducting and analysing interviews or focus groups. This might have been gained in study or employment in a related field. But most importantly you will have a passion for using research to tackle the most pressing social issues of our time.

You will be a proactive self-starter, accustomed to working with team members to ensure the timely delivery and ongoing quality and efficiency of projects. You will be happy and confident to work remotely, and perhaps already have experience of doing so. You will also be collaborative, and happy to work in a team. You will be open to learning (and we will support your growth through relevant training). You will be committed to social justice and making an impact on the issues on which HKR works.

Every role at HKR is open to applications from all sections of society. We believe in the potential of everyone regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic origin, different physical ability, family structure, socio-economics, age, nationality or citizenship, sexual orientation, or gender identity (or any other aspect that makes you you!); and we actively welcome applications from applicants less traditionally represented in the market research world.

What you’d get

As well as a starting salary of £25-28,000 (dependent on experience), you will get: a share of equity in the business; access to benefits including health and life insurance; a pension; generous holiday entitlement; and volunteering and protest days if you choose to take them.

Flexibility is built in to how we work – we work a 4.5 day week as standard and we are happy to consider various flexible working arrangements (though with a minimum of a 4 day week).

And most of all… you’ll be joining a great team who genuinely care about the work we do and making a difference in the world (and who have lots of fun along the way!).

As someone embarking on your career in research, you will also be provided with training in market research and the specific areas that Humankind Research focuses on. This will take the form of training modules and primarily on-the-job training.

If you’re interested, please submit the following by 5th November:

your CV
a short 'covering letter' outlining your suitability for the role, and letting us know when you would be able to start so we have this in mind from the beginning of the recruitment process
and the written piece outlined below
We would like you to provide a written piece (max 500 words) as part of your application answering the following: What would your dream qualitative research project be about?

What topic would you explore?
Who would you need to speak to?
What challenges would you foresee doing research on this topic / with this audience?
What are your hypotheses about what you would learn?
How would you imagine the research outputs being used?

Requirements

Our ideal candidate would have some primary qualitative research experience – for example experience conducting and analysing interviews or focus groups. This might have been gained in study or employment in a related field. But most importantly you will have a passion for using research to tackle the most pressing social issues of our time.

You will be a proactive self-starter, accustomed to working with team members to ensure the timely delivery and ongoing quality and efficiency of projects. You will be happy and confident to work remotely, and perhaps already have experience of doing so. You will also be collaborative, and happy to work in a team. You will be open to learning (and we will support your growth through relevant training). You will be committed to social justice and making an impact on the issues on which HKR works.

Every role at HKR is open to applications from all sections of society. We believe in the potential of everyone regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic origin, different physical ability, family structure, socio-economics, age, nationality or citizenship, sexual orientation, or gender identity (or any other aspect that makes you you!); and we actively welcome applications from applicants less traditionally represented in the market research world.

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