Research Executive

About Us:

The Leading Edge is a global insight and strategy consultancy specialising in solving brand, innovation and retail problems. Created with a simple promise to do things differently and to do things better, The Leading Edge believes it’s not just about what clients don’t know, it’s about focusing on what they can do to get better.

The Leading Edge partners with clients to help unleash their hidden potential and give them an edge, ultimately delivering focus, inspiration and guidance for an achievable and commercially focused plan.

With over 25 years of experience, The Leading Edge has offices based in London, UK and Sydney, Australia with expansion into North America coming soon.

The Role:

Our Research Executives are the engine of our business. Supporting the Consultants with strong coordination, the role of RE is to make sure that, across a number of clients, we have the right meetings in place, suppliers briefed and admin locked down in order that our projects run as smoothly as possible. As you’ll be learning on the job, we are looking for core values of curiosity and creativity combined with a data focus to ensure that when we expose you to quant and qual work, you can bring those skills to begin to help evolve our thinking.

You’ll want to craft your already strong storytelling skills, and be willing to get your hands dirty across a number of clients in sectors such as FMCG, Pharma and Luxury.

The Day to Day:


  • Working within a team to help coordinate international and local project objectives
  • Supporting the Project & Resource Manager with all aspects of project administration and logistics, with direct communication with the client where appropriate
  • Developing exposure to clients through supporting our Consultants and building relationships through these interactions
  • Keeping abreast of where our client’s thinking is cropping up in the press and across the industry, proactively feeding this in to the wider team to help develop business

Skills – Research Focus

  • Analytical and questioning skills used consistently to gain full understanding of how a project runs and how we work with our clients across insights projects
  • Developing articulate and clear points of view around our clients’ problems by working closely with the Consultants
  • Developing listening and questioning skills to understand how to get the most out of qualitative research and different project components
  • Working closely with the consultants to understand core quant and qual research basics – applying these where possible on projects
  • Working within a team to support the delivery of international and local project objectives
  • Eyes and ears on who is doing great work in our industry – and feeding in to the team on what is industry leading/standard

Project Support

  • Supporting the team as appropriate on projects (this could be on design, through to fieldwork, analysis and reporting)
  • Develop understanding in insight analysis sessions, helping to input thoughts on the answers to client’s objectives
  • Learning to interpret data, helping to formulate appropriate conclusions for clients
  • Being involved in project debriefs – gaining an understanding for how we turn insights into answers and how those answers go on to be used by our clients
  • Ability to independently write high quality, accurate pieces of work under guidance
  • Working with the Consultant team to assist with moderation (depth interviews to online communities) and attend fieldwork
  • Exposure to costing and designing projects

Your Knowledge and Experience:

  • Be degree level educated, ideally in a field that is people/culturally focussed
  • Have exposure to working in an office, either through work experience positions, internships or permanent roles
  • Have strong literate and numerical skills – being keen to develop both of these in order to solve clients’ insights problems
  • Be able to travel for work, and keen to do this to drive the best project outcomes
  • Be confident with presenting to groups – believing in your story and sharing this convincingly

You will:

  • Be self-motivated with lots of ambition and a desire to be continually learning
  • Possess an inquisitive, questioning and creative mind
  • Have the ability to see the big picture and be excited about possibilities and opportunities
  • Exhibit a calm and solutions focused persona, even when under pressure
  • Always be willing to help out and go the extra mile for clients and colleagues
  • Demonstrate a passion for your work and clients, sharing relevant new information with colleagues, conducting knowledge shares and keeping your finger on the pulse of what’s going on
  • Be passionate about your own development and flag training and other developmental opportunities as appropriate

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