Qual Research Manager


4 + years experience (ideally agency side)



The Research Manager role…

The last couple of years have been challenging for us all. We’re incredibly grateful to be in the fortunate position where demand for our services is a strong as ever. In fact, we’re even busier, so we’re looking to expand our team with a qualitative researcher to help ensure we continue to deliver high quality work to our clients, that has real impact.

Specifically, we’re looking for a Research Manager to join the team – someone who is already managing projects and teams, and has exposure to both UK and International research. Experience in design research is not essential, but a background in brand communication and strategic marketing is a definite advantage.

Team members in this role will be responsible for ensuring all aspects of project administration are completed, coordinating input to proposals and writing them, moderating a range of online and face-to-face/virtual sessions, undertaking analysis, building long-term client relationships, drafting debriefs and managing fieldwork suppliers.


Why Us?

Our quant and qual teams are truly integrated, so you’ll not only develop your qualitative skills, but get exposure to adhoc quantitative methodologies.

We value our people and provide an outstanding platform for career progression and development. You will be encouraged to hit the ground running and play a pivotal role in the team from the outset – managing projects and teams from project inception through to delivery. In addition, training (both internal and external) will be provided, along with a structured induction plan and a dedicated Development Manager.


Job Description


  • Takes the lead in writing proposals to the briefing and scope agreed. This includes collection of costings from suppliers, creating charts for the proposal, etc.
  • Uses experience and instinct to determine the best way of handling the project and any issues arising throughout.
  • Owns the project, overseeing completion of all administrative activities required to set-up both face-to-face and online projects.
  • Responsible for ensuring project is on-budget.
  • Liaises with the field agencies to ensure the right fieldwork participants are recruited (including signing off the screener).
  • Oversees drafting of the discussion guides for the fieldwork.
  • Manages international fieldwork set-up, working with oversees partners.
  • Ensures the correct stimulus package is delivered for research.
  • Moderates a range of qual methods (both online and face-to-face).
  • Manages the data merge and analysis of data, drawing on everyone’s insights to create a full research picture, then ensuring the scope is agreed and approved by the Project Lead.
  • Works closely with quant team on projects, conducting integrated analysis
  • Creates the debrief document, co-ordinating the different actions of team members, ensuring the correct base and source is referenced on all slides.
  • Writes the recommendations section of a debrief, ensuring the implications of the research findings on the clients’ issues/needs/etc. have been carefully thought through.
  • Presents the findings jointly or solely to the client at the debrief, answering questions and noting any action points for follow-up or amendments to the report.
  • Undertakes one-off internal projects which involve primary and/or secondary research and reports, or contributing to marketing think—pieces, writing blogs or other material promoting The Big Picture’s work.


  • Works closely in partnership with the client throughout, establishing themselves upfront as the main contact, taking care to manage their expectations and keep a good communication flow.
  • Part of the account team for a key client.
  • Develops strong relationships with existing clients and keeps in touch with historic clients.


  • Delegates to, supports and guides junior colleagues, helping them to develop and build their roles.
  • While working mainly autonomously, will check with the Project Lead at key decision points on larger / more complex projects, and escalates difficult issues.
  • Manages internal project teams focusing on key aspects of the business such as marketing, social or new product development.

Apply Now

Please email our recruitment team attaching your CV and covering letter explaining your interest in the role, and why you’d be a good fit.

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