We’re looking for a talented graduate to grow their career with us.


At the start of your career
0-1 years experience


Graduate degree


Central Manhattan, NY

About us

We’re a global qualitative research agency specialising in design research, with offices in London and New York.

We believe design research is different — it requires a combination of design expertise and research experience that generalist research agencies simply can’t provide. Nowhere else will you find a greater level of global design research knowledge than at The Big Picture. We make design work harder for our clients and have experience across a range of areas including: Pack, Visual Brand Identity, Innovation, Strategy, UX and Retail.


The opportunity

After 20 years working globally from our offices in London, we opened our first international office in New York in 2013. Strong business growth has meant that we need to expand our team! We’re in search of a Trainee Research Executive keen to specialize in the area of design research.

This is a fantastic role for someone who’s looking to start (or continue) their career in qualitative research, keen to get exposure at every stage of the process, learn as they go and able to offer an outstanding level of support to the team.


The role

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and switched on team player. You don’t need to have prior experience in a qualitative research role, but you do need a genuine interest in consumers, how they make their choices and what role design plays in that. Much of our work is within the FMCG sector – so an interest in brands is essential. You also need to be highly organised with an excellent eye for detail.

In a nutshell

You will be supporting the research team on client projects – initially shadowing and then taking on responsibilities as and when appropriate.


Team role

Observing and learning from the team.
Anything/everything required to support the team to make the project a success.


Research responsibilities / skills:
  • Conducting desk research for proposals
  • Helping to set up the project, including: booking out the fieldwork, liaising with field agencies, preparingschedules, etc.
  • Drafting the discussion guide
  • Organising travel itineraries / booking travel
  • Helping to prepare and source stimulus materials
  • Attending and helping at fieldwork sessions
  • Taking notes / producing transcripts at groups or afterwards
  • Attending data-merge sessions with prepared notes and independent thoughts
  • Helping to put together client facing documents (final reports, proposals, etc.) – producing charts in Keynote or Powerpoint


Client facing / external role:
  • Limited client / fieldwork agency contact – e.g. answering the phone, providing information
  • Being an ambassador for the company in all client interactions including in the back room at groups,attending client meetings, etc.


Company responsibilities / involvement:
  • Helping with social activities / planning
  • Getting involved where you can make a contribution – e.g. IT, blog writing, design ideas etc.

Apply Now

Submit your cover letter, CV and any questions to Emma Howlin, our People Development Director.