Research Manager

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Package & Remuneration: Industry Leading

Verve Centre of Research Excellence

Verve, finalist for UK Market Research Society’s Agency of the Year 2021, is opening a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

We’re building a high performing research team to be fully integrated members of the account teams for our clients in Europe and North America, as well as working with our multi-national African client base as this grows.

Verve’s model of always-on, smart, online insight has demonstrated how a digital approach can deliver great, commercial insight across the world. Over the last 12 months, we have continued to grow our revenue and client base, which is testament to our great technology-led research approaches and fantastic team of researchers, of whom we are immensely proud.

We’re seeking the founding members of our Johannesburg team: people who are keen to help shape a vibrant, entrepreneurial culture whilst also delivering great insight for our clients. The Johannesburg team will be led, supported and inspired by locally based leadership: Heather Tluczek and Meryl Dovey.

The Centre of Research Excellence will bring on board local talent across all levels, and as part of this we’re looking for a Research Manager who is experienced in qualitative and quantitative research methods, or someone who has stronger experience in one of these approaches and is looking to put in the time and effort to learn new skills and become a stronger researcher.

In turn, we’ll provide you with the opportunity to work on major global accounts including Samsung, Walgreens Boots Alliance, DeBeers jewellers, H&M, John Lewis, Bacardi, Shell and many others.

You will have…

  • Degree level education
  • 4-5 years of full-service market research experience, gained within an agency environment
  • Enthusiasm for delivering great research, ambition to progress in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment, and a passion to be involved in build client relationships
  • The ability to run projects with minimal input from a project director, taking the initiative, overseeing project milestones and proactively communicating updates to team and client
  • Strong report-writing skills, creating clear narrative independently
  • Good commercial acumen, able to prepare strategic and business-led recommendations
  • Experience across a range of industry sectors
  • Experience working in an environment with a lot of pace, responsive to ever-changing client needs, iterative working and juggling multiple responsibilities at once
  • Working with online methods and tools advantageous, although quick learners with more traditional experience are encouraged to apply

What we offer:

  • The opportunity to develop your career in smart, digital research on large global accounts within an entrepreneurial, can-do team environment where everyone is empowered to be all that they can be
  • Direct involvement on projects with colleagues across Verve; excellent on the job training as well as enjoying the feeling of being a central member of each account team you work on
  • Competitive salary and bonus package aimed to attract the best in the industry and therefore, enable you to work alongside and learn from/with the best in the industry
  • The opportunity to participate in an internal training programme, Verve Academy, to ensure you have full understanding of Verve’s best practice research approaches
  • A flexible working model, with a vibrant physical hub at the centre of it: a place not to just build your career, but make great friends and have great experiences along the way

We want to hear from you if you feel inspired and motivated by the opportunity we’ve described.

Please get in touch with your CV and a short cover email outlining your interest in this role to Vishal Mohit -

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We’re proud that the programme was a finalist in the 2018 MRS Operations awards!

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