Junior Research Executive

Permanent, Full-Time, St Albans

Progress your career in Market Research with ABA

  • ABA Research works with some of the biggest, most ambitious brands – getting to the heart of their business challenges, helping them to tap into customer emotions, helping them grow.

  • We partner retail giants such as M&S, Asda, John Lewis, River Island and Arcadia.

  • ABA has won recent MRS and AURA awards following nominations from clients, including Agency of the Year 2017 & Trusted Advisor 2018  – evidence of our high standing in the industry

  • ‘ABAers’ not only enjoy this success, but also a supportive culture in which talent flourishes – great teamwork as well as great thinking being central to our sector-leading status

  • ABAers also use their expertise for the wider good – helping to run our shop, ‘Raindrops on Roses’, whose profits all go to charity

  • Join us and see the effect of your work on every high street!

  • Check out our ‘ABA Best Place to Work 2018’ film : https://youtu.be/f2uB70hwvd8

Your role will help shape how the nation shops

  • We provide specialist training courses as well as ‘on the job training’. You’ll be thrown into things from the off and swiftly become integral to live projects – but you’ll never be left unsupported

  • You would deliver insight and recommend actions for famous UK brands & retailers

  • You’d develop research skills across all aspects of the project cycle:

  • absorbing a brief and business questions to identify key objectives

  • designing and crafting questionnaires and discussion guides

  • talking to shoppers F2F and travelling the UK to visit stores

  • analysing quantitative/qualitative data and brainstorming ideas to distil into key findings

  • producing reports that showcase insights in clear, engaging, creative ways

  • presenting findings to clients

  • There will be opportunities for involvement in exciting new methods – biometrics, WhatsApp communities as well as text analytics and data-visualisation tools

  • You’ll develop a deep understanding of consumer behaviour and its commercial implications


We’re looking for exceptional people with raw ability we can develop  

  • We love what we do and are passionate about doing brilliant work for our clients. We work in close-knit teams and there is always a sense of pace, buzz and excitement.

  • Great ABAers are sharp, intuitive and ready to get stuck in, so we’re looking for smart, outstanding people with the drive and enthusiasm to develop - plus:

    • a keen interest in brands, retail and shopping

    • a thirst for learning quickly, embracing new ideas and challenging thinking

    • flexibility and the capacity to execute multiple tasks, prioritise and problem solve in a fast-changing context

    • logical, rigorous thinking with strong analytical skills and excellent attention to detail

    • the ability to absorb large amounts of information, pick out the key stories then communicating these authoritatively


Specifics we look for in our Junior Research Executives  

  • 2:1 or above from any degree background

  • Minimum of a year of experience within a research role or similar industry  

  • A basic understanding of different research methodologies – experience of questionnaire design is an advantage

  • A keen interest in retail brands and curiosity about why people shop the way they do

  • A ‘can do’ attitude with a track record of producing great outcomes to be proud of

We offer an outstanding pay and benefits package

  • Competitive salary of up to £25,000

  • Performance-related bonus

  • Extensive training courses – a commitment to personal development

  • 28 days’ holiday plus Bank Holidays, your birthday off and flexi-time

  • ABA ‘specials’, including a mentor scheme, paid-for lunches & snacks, gym discounts, dental scheme and local retailer discounts

  • A generously funded social committee run by our employees;, example events  being a fancy dress Christmas party, BBQ & rounders in the park, welcome lunches and after-work drinks

  • Company away days include activities such as circus skills, treasure hunts & ‘it’s a knock out’ games

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