Associate Director, Qualitative

Do you want to design and deliver qualitative research to help tackle some of the biggest challenges in politics, reputation, and business? That’s why Stack Data Strategy exists.

We work with political parties, governments, major corporates and NGOs around the world to help them understand public opinion, how it affects them, and what they should do about it.

We are looking for an experienced qualitative researcher to join the team and build a cutting-edge qualitative offering that combines the rich, human depth of good qualitative insight with the quantitative analysis that gives clients an understanding of scale and helps them to track outcomes. You’ll be unearthing qualitative insight to power election campaigns, inform deep-dives into corporate reputation, help government departments make better policy, and you’ll be working with a great team of multi-disciplinary research and data enthusiasts. 

Salary: Competitive and dependent on experience
Contract:  Full time and permanent
Location: Aldgate, London
Start Date: ASAP 

What you’ll be doing:

In this role you’ll be defining how Stack does qual, and helping to teach a young and growing team how to develop those muscles. You’ll be:

  • Reviewing and improving our current qualitative research arrangements with a view to building qualitative expertise in-house
  • Leading the development of our mixed-method offering to ensure that we combine qualitative techniques with our quantitative offering in a way that adds value to clients
  • Managing the entire qualitative research process, from ideation and design through execution, recruitment and group moderation (where relevant), to generation of the lightbulb insight that inspires clients
  • Collaborating to develop innovative qualitative solutions that draw on techniques like Natural Language Processing to unlock insight of qualitative richness at quantitative scale
  • Producing authoritative advice to clients across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors on strategy and campaigning
  • Learning the fundamentals of quantitative research and data analysis, including regression, segmentation, principal component analysis and more

What you’ll bring:

  • Experience managing qualitative research in the social, political and/or corporate space, with a track record of adding value to client engagements
  • A strong interest in public opinion, and in politics, with an appetite to engage with a variety of political and corporate clients
  • An interest in the full-range of specialist techniques (ethnography, semiotics, behavioural science, discourse analysis and neuroscience) that help to find non-obvious insight
  • Willingness to travel to lead qualitative projects in-person, generally limited to the UK but we have great growth ambitions!
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, openness to new ideas, and a desire to learn (and teach)

How to apply

Please send us your CV along with a covering letter telling us why you’re interested in the role and a short (no more than three paragraphs) answer to one of the following questions:

  • What is the biggest weakness in standard approaches to carrying out qualitative research? This could be in recruitment, moderation, communication of findings or anywhere else in the qualitative process.
  • How has Covid-19 affected how you think about qualitative research? 
  • What’s one big idea you have on how we can better integrate qualitative and quantitative research in the context of an election campaign?

Send all that to with the subject: Associate Director, Qualitative

Should you be considered for interview, we will contact you by email within two weeks of receiving your application.