Research Manager – Ethnography

Ipsos Mori

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Are you looking to develop your career in one of the world’s largest Research Organisations?

Ipsos Ethnography Centre of Excellence is a specialist team who work exclusively on ethnographic and cultural research projects. Using techniques borrowed from anthropology, filmmaking, market research and the wider social sciences, we offer our clients the best ethnographic research in the industry. Our work regularly wins awards – we’re a recent Market Research Society and Association of Qualitative Research winner.

We work with a huge range of clients - from global manufacturers and brands to UK government and NGOs.

The role…

The Research Manager in our Ethnography team is key to the smooth running of our projects.

Acting as the connection between our research participants and our clients, you’ll guide the design of the research, manage the day-to-day with support of more junior and senior colleagues, and tell the stories that impact our clients’ business decisions.

The team is made up of different but complementary backgrounds, including filmmakers, visual anthropologists, artists, and market researchers. Everyone shares a passion for doing thoughtful, interesting and impactful research. We have a relatively flat structure and enjoy helping each other out and sharing skills.

What will I be doing?

No day will be the same – you will be exploring the lived experience of arthritis patients one day and analysing video about SUV owners the next. You’ll be exposed to a wide range of clients, brands, organisations and sectors from the start.

As part of a mini project team, you’ll be supporting senior colleagues to keep the project on track, and more junior members to execute the day-to-day. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with a freelance team of ethnographic filmmakers, helping them prepare for fieldwork, overseeing their filmmaking work and analysing their footage.

We regularly work alongside other Ipsos teams and so the role will involve getting to know many other people across the business. You will also liaise with external suppliers, such as recruitment agencies and translation companies.

There will be opportunities to carry out fieldwork yourself in this role – in a digital sense initially, but hopefully face to face again at some point – and also to learn the ropes in filmmaking, should you wish to go into the field solo or edit ethnographic video yourself.

This is a client-facing role, and you’ll be a key point of contact for many of our clients.  We work with so many different industries that you’ll get to see people in all sorts of roles and companies – the breadth of industries makes it fascinating!

About you… 

  • You will have experience in market research or consumer insights to at least Senior Research Executive level but you may already be a Research Manager looking to consolidate your skills to grow into the next role
  • Experience of managing qualitative projects with client facing interaction, with some Director support. Hands on ethnographic experience is desired, though we realise this can be hard to come by.
  • Strong story telling and communication skills with ability to present to clients
  • Strong interest and/or involvement in ethnography, whether in the public or private sector
  • Strong proof-reading and grammar skills
  • Internet and technology savvy; experienced with blogs, social networks, mobile apps and so on
  • Independent, self-starter. You stay cool under pressure and contribute to our very positive office culture!
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, and strong PowerPoint skills.

About us...

We are one of the world’s largest research companies and currently the only one primarily managed by researchers. With offices in 88 countries, Ipsos brings together research, implementation, methodological, and subject-matter experts from around the world, combining thematic and technical experts globally with local knowledge to deliver top-quality research.

Our culture is unique - we have the entrepreneurial spirit and quirkiness of a small boutique, but we also have the resources, scale and diversity of a large global agency. We have more bright, friendly, hard-working and enthusiastic people, from more backgrounds, with more interests, skills and experiences to learn from.  Our values are based on our diverse cultural backgrounds, helping us to be responsive, client-focused and flexible.We are committed to equality, treating people fairly, promoting a positive and inclusive working environment and ensuring we have diversity of people and views. We recognise that this is important for our business success - a more diverse workforce will enable us to better reflect and understand the world we research and ultimately deliver better research and insight to our clients. We understand the importance of commitments you may have outside of work and we consider all flexible working applications - please highlight what you are looking for when you make your application.

If this is what you are looking for from your next role, we look forward to hearing from you!

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