\ Research & Insights Director

We Are Social. We’re a global agency, with more than 850 people in 14 offices around the world, 150 here in our London HQ. We deliver world-class creative campaigns and strategies based on social insights, for best-in-class brands.

We're looking to hire a Research & Insights Director, to work across a number of forward-thinking brands, including Adidas, Dr Martens, Guinness and Facebook.

The person we’re looking for must be a qualitative research specialist, with extensive experience designing and running end-to-end research sprints that incorporate methodologies including ethnography, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. This role is part of We Are Social's broader push to evolve the insights we offer, integrate qualitative and social data, and ground it in wider culture.

We're seeking a socially-savvy qualitative researcher with a flair for strategic thinking and a passion for popular culture, who can support our team in building out new and exciting insights products for some of the most culturally relevant brands in the world.

A little more about us
We’re focused on creating ideas powered by people, not platforms – a formula that’s proven very successful over the last ten or so years. Now, we’re growing again, looking for a Research & Insights Director to become part of our team; a team whose work has been recently recognised by Cannes Lions, Webbys, Lovies, Creative Circle and many more.
Our Research & Insights is a crucial part of the agency’s success, generating the social insight around which we create long-term social strategies that deliver business results for our clients.

As Research & Insights Director you’ll be responsible for:

Designing mixed-methodology research proposals that get to the heart of the client's problem, and ultimately lead to insights that can inform strategies and inspire creative.
Running research projects end to end, from data collection through to delivery.
Applying socially-led insights to business problems, being able to both support strategy teams in delivering socially-led propositions and insights, and generating them yourself.
Demonstrating a prowess for storytelling, and a vision for what final deliverables will look like, being able to deliver a streamlined and easy-to-digest final deliverable with a clear narrative for clients.

Driving the social insight agenda within the agency, ensuring that junior members fully understand the concept of social insight and how this is applied to briefs.
Leading the strategic direction, management and development of key clients.

Manage a team on a day-to-day basis – setting and monitoring progress of work so that is in delivered on time and within budget
Manage a team over the year – carrying out reviews, devising development plans, managing resource.
Knowledge sharing with internal teams to ensure our most interesting cultural insights are showing up in the work.

Supporting our Strategists in the creation of Social/Brand Propositions for clients.

Benefits We Offer
23 Days holiday, increasing by 1 day for each year of service
Private Medical Insurance
Company pension scheme
Group Income Protection
Optional Dental Insurance
Comprehensive internal and external staff training programme
Childcare vouchers
Corporate Social Responsibility - time given to volunteer with our partnered charity
Annual ski trip in Europe
Cycle-to-work scheme (so that you can cycle into London's only cycle-in office)
Season ticket loan scheme
Long Service Awards - at 3, 5 & 10 years
Optional sabbaticals after 3 and 5 years
Employee Assistance Programme
Staff events: yoga, language lessons, monthly nail bar, wellness check-ups onsite, basketball & squash court for hire
Social clubs: running club, documentary club and many more
Summer hours
Free breakfast