Associate Director

Based in St Albans

ABA’s continued growth and success is due to a hugely talented team  

  • ABA Market Research Ltd works with many of the UK’s leading brands – including John Lewis, M&S and Asda, O2, River Island, Arcadia and Boden

  • We are proud to have recently won several MRS and AURA awards following nominations from our clients; in 2017 we were shortlisted for Agency of the Year and this year won Most Trusted Advisor – evidence of our high standing in the industry

  • An opportunity has opened up for a talented Associate Director who has the creativity and drive to strengthen our team further

Opportunity to apply all your quant or qual experience to client account management, as well as playing a key role in business direction and development
  • Thanks to our impressive client list and growing team, ADs at ABA are very involved, leading and overseeing client accounts and project teams

  • As an expert in quantitative or qualitative research, or both, you’ll ensure clients receive water-tight solutions as well as help us to drive forward innovation in our approach

  • We have more than our fair share of complex, high value, strategic projects so you can be reassured that being an AD at ABA will mean you are in a position to influence the shape and direction of major UK brands

  • You will also benefit from exposure to some of the best minds in the business – ensuring that you continue to develop in your own career

  • In addition to this you will benefit from all that a larger agency has to offer

    • our ADs are responsible for inspiring those in their team, guiding their development and taking pride in their successes

    • your role on projects will be to set pace and direction, ensure quality standards and troubleshoot where necessary – to ensure projects are completed to match client expectations, and our own high standards

  • As well as developing your research expertise, as an AD your opinions are vital for longer term business strategy and development within the company

  • As part of the ABA team, you’ll also have an enviable opportunity to gain exposure to and knowledge of, our ground-breaking approaches, our in-house data team and our on-site software development gurus

  • ABA, through a culture of determination and team achievement, has seen its success go from strength to strength – experience and a fresh perspective that our senior new joiners bring is especially vital to ensure we remain top of our game

We’re seeking a combination of raw ability, adaptability and leadership
  • Experience of delivering the aspects of the role detailed above are essential, while four broader attributes would also be very important:

    • a creative mind that can deliver bespoke, fresh research solutions – putting an engaging twist on issues that commonly confront leading brands

    • proven experience in designing and delivering highly complex, multi-strand projects and meeting deadlines

    • experience moderating a range of qualitative methodologies and a great understanding of quant techniques

    • the skills to manage and inspire those with less experience

  • Previous retail, technology/telecoms, FMCG or travel-research experience is a bonus – but this role is more about having a passion for, and being in-tune with, current trends and the way consumers think

An outstanding pay/benefits package plus much beyond
  • Competitive starting salary of £42-55k depending on level and experience, plus bonus scheme

  • 28 days holiday, plus bank holidays and your birthday off

  • Contributory pension scheme of 2.5% for 2.5% employee contribution

  • Scope for flexible working - finding the balance between office and home that’s right for you

  • Other ABA benefits including a dental scheme, paid-for lunches & snacks, gym discounts, interest-free season ticket loan…

  • …as well as other initiatives such as flexi-time, a buddy scheme, eyecare

  • A St Albans location that provides a blend of ‘leafiness and liveliness’ just 20 minutes from central London and well connected to further afield

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