Research Director - FMCG


23rd April 2024


We have an amazing opportunity for a Quantitative Research Director to join our talented and growing FMCG team. Working on some of our biggest client accounts, with a focus on adhoc research projects covering strategic pieces as well as concept, product, pack and claims testing for well known household brand names.

You’ll have a genuine curiosity for our client’s strategic challenges and possess the ability to transform your findings into powerful insights. Building strong relationships with our clients will come naturally to you. Your thirst for exploring new ideas and techniques, combined with your proven experience in FMCG Market Research within a commercial setting, will make you a valuable asset to our team.

As a Research Director, you’ll have the freedom to showcase your deep insights and expertise in research and sector knowledge. You’ll have access to our cutting-edge research methodologies, tools, techniques, and exclusive approaches that will enable you to provide invaluable human insights to our clients.

Managing quantitative projects you’ll get to work with our Qual team on mixed methodology projects as well as collaborate with our neuro, behavioural and data science teams to integrate deeper human understanding.

In this role you will:

  • Champion the account(s) you lead, focussing on developing these relationships and maximise their growth potential
  • Create project proposals for large and complex assignments, outlining methodology, costs, incorporating Human Understanding and a clear reason for using Walnut Unlimited
  • Take decisions on managing new projects, allocation of resources and strategic planning of new business opportunities
  • Oversee complex tasks, leading communication, briefing project teams and managing/delegating workload effectively
  • Deliver client debriefs, overseeing preparation of presentation material, compiling/ writing conclusions and recommendations
  • Learn about the role of neuroscience and behavioural science within research and receive support in applying these techniques
  • Build and manage the teams working on your projects/accounts
  • Conduct staff appraisals, communicating and setting objectives, and motivating staff
  • Work with the board to develop Walnut Unlimited’s vision and strategic direction


We offer Hybrid working, which for us is a blend of working remotely and in either our Winchester or London office. It’s all about choosing the best place to be for you, your team, and the business on any given working day.


Who will you be?

  • Ideally you will be an established Quantitative agency-side Research Director or consultant, with experience across FMCG sectors.
  • An experienced researcher with proven experience in designing and delivering complex projects, demonstrating expertise in a range of quantitative methodologies.
  • A fresh thinker with an open mind to build on your experience to offer clients the best research to answer their objectives.
  • An excellent communicator, both verbal and written with an ability to provide clarity of purpose, role, priorities and objectives.
  • Solid project and people management skills including planning, controlling costs and overseeing projects.
  • Collaborative, inclusive and professional in your approach to working with colleagues, clients, partners and suppliers.
  • A creative storyteller with a talent for cutting through the data and writing compelling summaries, conclusions and recommendations.
  • A strong presenter whose personal delivery reflects confidence, enthusiasm and personality with the ability to deliver value and insight to the client.
  • You’ll have some knowledge and want to learn more about behavioural science the role of neuroscience within research.


What’s in it for you?

Our people are key to our success. Human understanding is what we do, both in terms of understanding people but also understanding our people. Whether this is investing in training and development, improving staff benefits or funding a really great day out, people are the heart and soul of everything we do.

 You’ll enjoy:

  • Flexible hybrid working
  • 25 Days’ Holiday pa
  • Flexible Bank Holidays + 3 day Christmas closure.
  • Additional Holiday purchase scheme.
  • Contributory Pension Scheme.
  • Life Assurance.
  • Healthcare Cashback Plan (Incl. Employee Assistance Programme).
  • Travel loan and Cycle to work and work abroad schemes.


Need a flavour of what to expect as part of our team, visit out Instagram channel @WalnutUnlimited to see what we’re up to…


Why join Walnut Unlimited?

As a Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for, we help brands connect with people, by understanding people. We believe that interpreting human behaviour is as much an art as it is a science. Walnut uses market research techniques to understand what we think, how we feel and, most importantly, why.

Blending neuroscience, behavioural science and data science, we uncover the truth behind our human experiences.

We value:

  • Respect – Respect for self, for each other and the work that we do.
  • Spark – Demonstrate spark-y, charismatic, positive & energetic behaviour.
  • Courage – Brave and bold. Prepared to stretch self and boundaries.
  • Collaboration – Partnership with colleagues, suppliers and clients to achieve the best outcome.
  • Evolution – Evolve with the times, market trends, staff, clients and consumers.


We are an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. All candidates will be considered equally, however, unfortunately we are unable to offer sponsorship.

As an equal opportunities workplace, we have a commitment to ensuring equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, socio-economic status, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, neuro divergence, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. Whether you’re just getting your foot in the door, or you are an experienced employee whose life circumstances are shifting, we are committed to creating a workplace that reflects the world we want to live in and are therefore flexible to accommodate each individual’s needs as best as we can.


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