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Senior Researcher (Quant)

Salary:£45,000 - £55,000 (full time) based on experience

Job type:Permanent full time (with flexible working options available)

Job location:Edinburgh, or UK-based remote working considered

Direct reports:None initially, with formal coaching relationships added over time


We’re looking for a Senior Researcher with a quant specialisation to join the Nile team.

Our research practice sits at the heart of our work at Nile. All of our work is research lead, and as a senior researcher you’ll be instrumental in leading, growing and improving our practice.

Nile researchers don’t just sit behind a screen. We work one-on-one with users, clients and colleagues to discover and design solutions that work in real world contexts.

As with all Nile roles, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved in business development work, support internal initiatives, share knowledge, coach others, and shape the Nile experience for everyone.

Important to know first

This is a UK based role. You need permission to live and work in the UK.

Most of the team are based in Edinburgh, but we’ve got more and more team members choosing to work remotely. We get together for work and social things regularly, so if you’re a remote worker we’ll invite occasional travel to Edinburgh so we can see you face to face (fully funded and accommodated, obviously).

Whether you’re in Edinburgh or remote, the role will require some travel within the UK. Possibly overseas, too.

As things begin to open up once more, you’ll occasionally need to travel to client offices or research locations away from your home location. We work with clients all over the UK (and some in the US and Europe) and know the value of going to where users are. But we’re not talking about living in a hotel for weeks at a time here – usually it’s just a couple of days, here and there.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Susie if you want to learn more.

About us

Nile is a strategic design consultancy on a mission to leave behind a better world, one changemaker at a time.

Founded in 2006, we’re a multidisciplinary team of designers, researchers, and foresight practitioners. Our HQ is in Edinburgh, but we work remotely all around the UK and are supported by a global network of specialist associates.

Over the years we’ve worked with hundreds of teams to bring clarity and confidence to problems worth solving. Our clients, freelancers, and friends have told us they like us because our work matches the principles we live by: human-centred, inclusive, and focused on making purposeful progress.

Nile became a BCorp in 2021. That means we’re a leader in the global movement for an inclusive, equitable and regenerative economy. We adhere to the highest social and environmental performance standards, and hold ourselves accountable to all stakeholders.

Alongside our corporate consulting work, we also support start-ups, scale-ups, and corporate innovation teams with early design intervention via The CoFoundry.

What we offer

About the role

You’ll lead and support projects

  • You’ll lead research projects, working in smaller teams of two or three Nilers or associates. You’ll set direction, navigate ambiguity, and work directly with the client and the Nile client partner to shape, track, and report on the work
  • On larger programmes you’ll act as the Research Lead, reporting to Nile principals as part of larger Nile teams
  • You’ll have responsibilities delivering the right quality outcomes, on budget, and on time
  • You’ll lead project evaluations and retrospectives: debriefing, capturing lessons learned, and identifying and creating case studies

You’ll help shape Nile

  • You’ll be actively involved in all company away days, trips, and regular forums, discussions and learning events, with plenty of opportunity to take ownership
  • You’ll work one-on-one with a senior Nile coach, shaping your career goals and taking fresh steps in your development
  • You’ll have the opportunity to take on coaching roles for junior members of the team, supporting their career development and goal setting
  • You’ll also join the rest of the team in sharing ongoing market, sector and competitor insight
  • You’ll promote and demonstrate knowledge sharing, good practice, and lessons learned with the team, cultivating a healthy coaching and consulting environment

You’ll improve our practice

  • As a one of the senior researchers in the team, you’ll explore, challenge, and introduce new tools, techniques and methodologies
  • You’ll maintain, update and improve relevant aspects of The Nile Way – our in-house codex of processes, practices and standards
  • You’ll hold the rest of the team to a high standard, challenging and inspiring your colleagues on quality, and experimenting with new ideas, tools and approaches

You’ll grow the business

  • You won’t have any formal sales targets, but we use a consultative sales model at Nile. It means we’re all responsible for selling work in some way
  • You’ll work to build strong relationships with clients and decision makers, understanding their businesses, their challenges, and help them to identify opportunities where Nile can help
  • You’ll contribute to pitching, proposal writing and client improvement activities, support the delivery of account plans and helping Nile Client Partners meet revenue targets
  • You’ll also work spot new opportunities, support project extensions, and work laterally to find ways to apply your skillset in new areas or on other projects

About you

In addition, it’s desirable (but not essential) that:

How to apply

Email your CV and portfolio (if you have one) to Susie Walker, our Head of Talent, at

Be sure to tell us a little about yourself, why you want to work at Nile, and the type of challenges you’re passionate about. Like a cover letter, but a little less formal.

We promise to get back to you. (P.S. No recruiters, please.)

By the way – if you’re interested in this role or in Nile, but have a slightly different skillset or experiences to those listed above, please do still get in touch with Susie and talk it over. You never know, it might lead to something amazing.