We’re hiring! We’re looking for an Associate Director or Research Manager (July 2021)

We’re looking for an Associate Director or Research Manager to join our growing team of talented researchers, delivering high-quality insight to organisations such as Heathrow Airport, TSB, Pukka Herbs, Citizens Advice and Defra.

We are Blue Marble, an independent social and market research agency. We’re a small team with big clients – we deliver major studies across the public, private and third sectors. If you join us, you could spend your working days:

  • Conducting ethnographic research to explore the lived experiences of financially vulnerable consumers, on behalf of a high street bank
  • Using advanced statistical techniques to understand the mindset and behaviours of tea drinkers in Europe and North America
  • Delivering presentations to senior decision-makers at blue-chip companies and Government departments, helping them to shape their future strategy.

We’re a team of experienced researchers who use qualitative and quantitative techniques to help our clients successfully navigate complex challenges. Our clients value us for the strategic insight that we deliver – whether on major policy issues, brand strategy or new product development.

We place a premium on work-life balance. We work flexibly and pride ourselves on our warm, friendly working environment. Following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re trialling being a remote-first business – working from home most of the time and meeting as a team every 6 weeks in the Bath / Bristol area.

We’re growing, and are therefore looking for a strong Research Manager or Associate Director to join our team.

The opportunity:

You’ll play a key role at the heart of our exceptional team. You’ll work with a variety of clients and help to deliver research studies across a range of methodologies. Responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing large primary research projects (both quantitative and qualitative) – designing studies, conducting fieldwork and ensuring that projects stay on track
  • Delivering clear, coherent and accurate analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Creating visually engaging reports and presentations
  • Supporting our business development activities by writing proposals and building your network


  • Clearly defined path of progression
  • Once the Covid-19 pandemic has passed, frequent opportunities to travel for research – primarily within the UK, but also overseas depending on project commitments. At the moment we are conducting primary research remotely using online methods.

About you:

We’re looking for someone who is bright and curious, with strong communication skills. You should:

  • Have 5+ years’ experience in a market / social research agency
  • Have a strong track record of leading qualitative and quantitative research studies – including using depth interviews, focus groups and large-scale surveys
  • Have experience of managing the full research cycle – including questionnaire / discussion guide design, budget and timescale management, managing qualitative and quantitative fieldwork, analysis, report writing and presentation to clients
  • Have experience of new business activities – including of writing proposals in response to formal and informal briefs
  • Have strong organisational and analytical skills
  • Be intellectually curious, articulate and creative
  • Be a team player
  • Like the idea of working for an agency that punches above its weight

As outlined above, we are trialling becoming a remote-first business – working from home most of the time and meeting as a full team every 6 weeks in the Bath / Bristol area. We will also meet face-to-face in the South West on an ad hoc basis, as projects demand – as well as attending client meetings and primary research sessions (e.g. focus groups and depth interviews) in person as necessary.


Negotiable and dependent on experience.