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.
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
- A £45-£55k starting salary, based on experience
- 34 days holiday per year. We include bank holidays in that total, and you get to choose how and when to use them.
- Flexible and remote working. The team have got lots of different working patterns, and are based all around the UK. We’re happy to talk about what you need in order to do your best work
- Generous training budget and vibrant coaching and development culture
- Regular get-togethers, and annual team trips away with the company (fully funded)
- Company pension, with a 4% matching employer contribution
- Private medical insurance, Death in service cover, Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and cycle to work scheme
- A Macbook or PC, and a home office setup budget
- A key to our beautiful Circus Lane HQ – one of the most instagrammed offices in Scotland, packed full of snacks, coffee and essential kit, open and available to you 24/7
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
- You’ve got a proven track record as a design researcher / researcher working in the public or private sector.
- You’re an expert in quantitative research methods to drive innovation, with strong skills in behavioural data analysis, experimental design, survey research, statistics, and a range of quantitative research methods. You’ll be able to tell us stories about how and why you chose specific methodologies to best inform the design of products and omnichannel services.
- You’re creative and inventive in your approach, but know the value of rigour and attention to detail. As a senior researcher you’ll be integrating research into Nile’s work at all stages of the design process. That means you should be able to tell us about times you’ve provided both expertise and innovative approaches at different points in a project to drive insight-based design.
- You’re a clear and effective communicator, and a strong advocate for research. You can share stories about times you’ve translated complex data and detailed insights into relatable, engaging stories that excite teams and stakeholders, spurring people to action.
- You’re a strong facilitator. You have plenty of examples of how you’ve wrangled valuable insight out of complex workshops. You’ll also have experience running co-design sessions and piloting innovative services with people, while building internal capability within your team and stakeholders.
- You’re a leader, or are exploring leadership. You can point to several examples of when you’ve successfully lead small teams (formally or informally) on research-lead projects, or within broader transformation programmes.
- You make a difference. You can point to examples of where your work has made a difference, and can tell us about a time when an insight you discovered lead to real change on a project.
In addition, it’s desirable (but not essential) that:
- You’ve got experience working and running research in regulated industries – sectors like finance, insurance, government and public sector organisations.
- You’ve worked in product development environments, and understand the shape and requirements of such projects. You know the challenges and rewards of effectively integrating research into a product design project.
- You’re comfortable and experienced working in a fast-moving (but well-supported) project environment. Nile is a consultancy, and we flex the pace of our work to meet client requirements. You’ll be able to tell us stories about long term projects you’ve run or supported, but also about effective rapid or guerrilla research you’ve been a part of.
- You’re curious about the relationship between technology and society, and you can share stories about how you collaborate and harness your curiosity to better understand and help people.
- You engage with the design and research community. You can speak to current research discourse, track the latest trends in your field (and reflect on them critically) and keep an eye on emerging technologies, methodologies and practices relevant to your work.
How to apply
Email your CV and portfolio (if you have one) to Susie Walker, our Head of Talent, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.