Job Title: ABA Market Research Graduate Research Executive

  • Salary: ┬úComp
  • Location: South East
  • Date posted: 23/08/2011
  • Date expires: 24/08/2011
  • Degree Subject: Any business related degree i.e. Marketing, Advert
  • Degree Grade Equivalent: 2:1
  • UCAS Points: Any
  • Position Type: Full-Time
  • Job Category: Analytical, Market Research, Retail
  • Vacancy Reference: JW25815ABARESEARCHEXE

Opportunity to join an exciting research agency
- One of the fastest-growing research agencies in Britain is looking for new talent
- Based in St Albans, ABA works for many of the UK's biggest retail brands, so new team members will see the effect of their work on every high street
- Everyone at ABA works in small teams so, from day one, newcomers will be in the thick of things - tackling challenging and high-profile projects
- You will be given real responsibility from very early on and have a mandate to innovate and find your own way

The role will take successful candidates to the heart of British retail
- New Graduate Research Executives at ABA will quickly have the chance to take on responsibility and help make a difference to some of the UK's most famous brands
- They will have an input at every stage of projects - from set-up and conduct of fieldwork to picking out the key messages from respondent feedback

The core abilities core abilities ahead of narrow research skills
- Ability to find pragmatic solutions to fast-changing situations
- Ability to approach challenges in a rational manner
- Can demonstrate a good feel for the retail sector - having a good common-sense understanding of what shoppers want
- Capacity to execute multiple tasks - prioritising effectively
- Can absorb large amounts of disparate information and then pick out the key stories
- Capacity to learn quickly and take on more responsibility

Specifics we look for in our graduates
- 2:1 or above in a business-related degree (including Marketing, Advertising) or Social Sciences degree (i.e. Psychology or Sociology) or a numerate degree discipline (i.e. Maths or Natural Sciences) plus strong A-Level grades
- Clear, logical thinking with strong analytical skills and the ability to write authoritatively
- A keen interest in retail brands and curiosity about why people shop the way they do
- A 'can do' attitude with the determination to produce great work and deliver on client needs

An outstanding pay and benefits package
- Competitive starting salary with a performance-related bonus
- Extensive internal and external training courses - a commitment to personal development
- 25 days holiday
- Welcome bonus - £500 to get you started- A buddy and mentoring scheme - making sure new "ABAers" feel welcome
- Paid-for lunches - prepared and provided on-site
- A generously funded social committee run by our employees - past events have included quiz nights, theatre trips, summer barbeque plus more 
- Other performance-related perks such as paid-for ski trips/city breaks – achieved in four out of the last five years!

How to apply:
To apply, please forward your CV and a one-page covering letter addressing the following questions:
- Why do you want a career in Market Research and why would this sector suit your skills? (100 words max)
- Why do you think, in the UK today, so many top retailers are increasingly turning to market research? ( 100 words max)
- Which UK retail brand do you particularly admire and why? (100 words max)

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