Research Manager

We are looking for an experienced Research Manager to join our qualitative team. You will be working on a mix of projects  from fast turnaround creative development projects with high profile clients such as Google, Zizzi, The Macallan and Suzuki  to larger strategic projects for clients like Facebook/Meta, The Open University, Kew Gardens and The Museum of London .

As a Research Manager you will play a key role by developing individual relationships with existing clients and working with Research Leads and Account Directors to win business and build relationships with new clients.   

We are looking for someone with experience of a range of qualitative methodologies including :

  • IDIs   
  • Focus Groups (in person and digital)   
  • Online Communities/remote ethnography   

 You will be comfortable working on multiple projects at the same time and take an active role from proposal through to debrief, ensuring project delivery and excellent client management.   

The Nursery is a midsize mixed methodology agency specialising in Brand and Communications research, so we’re looking for someone who has an interest in advertising and a passion for helping brands to flourish. Though this is predominantly a qual role, there is the opportunity to work on mixed methodology projects from time to time.   

The Nursery has a flexible working policy, with the majority of the team currently opting for a hybrid model. We ask all partners to work from our central London office 2-3 days and from home for the rest of the week. We have an all-agency day on Wednesday where everyone works from the office.   

Core Skills & Responsibilities:  

  • Actively coaches and mentors any junior staff they are working with   
  •  Works with Research Leads and Account Directors to successfully deliver projects, taking an active role in proposals, design, moderation, analysis and final delivery   
  •  Is confident independently managing core elements of projects including project costing, external suppliers and internal team resources   
  •  Lead the day-to-day client on contact, ensuring they feel up to date and confident in The Nursery’s delivery of a project  
  •  Experience presenting full debriefs, ensuring all final outputs are delivered in a confident and engaging way  
  •  A desire to represent the company externally at conferences and in industry networks   
  •  Keen to input into The Nursery’s marketing and thought leadership projects, writing blogs or White Papers and case study after each debrief  


  • Employee Ownership Bonus (subject to conditions) 
  • 25 days holiday + 3 days for Christmas closing + 1 day for Birthday 
  • Employee Assistant Programme 
  • Workplace Pension  
  • Death in Service (Life Cover)  
  • Group Income Protection Scheme  
  • Private Medical Insurance scheme – Bupa Healthcare  
  • Travel Insurance  
  • Cycle to work 
  • Annual eye test 

The Nursery is an employee-owned business where everyone has a direct interest in the future of the company. We are committed to promoting a fair, equal, and inclusive environment that everyone has the opportunity to learn and strive in. 

If you would like to apply for this role, please send your CV and an email cover letter to