Research and Insight Executive

Future Talent & Entry Level
Manchester, United Kingdom


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INSIGHT EXEC – Essence MediaCom North Group (Manchester based)


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About EssenceMediacom

We are a global communications agency leading with breakthrough thinking, building explosive growth for brands, and helping our clients see the bigger picture. EssenceMediacom challenges conventional thinking to build, propel, and supercharge our clients’ businesses at scale and lead our industry in critical areas such as diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability.  

EssenceMediacom understands that our people are tasked with big goals: building breakthrough growth for brands and leading with breakthrough thinking in our industry. Our people are at the heart of this work because their ideas will enable us to decode the intersections of people, content, and technology to bring our aspirations to life. Our success is down to our eclectic, diverse, and talented people. EssenceMediacom is a place for us to grow our careers and expand our horizons. EssenceMediacom is committed to building an agency culture that supports our people, puts diversity at the forefront of our operations, and creates opportunity for all. This collective culture will be our “new power” where ideas are freely exchanged, and collaboration is actively encouraged in a place where you can innovate in our hyper-connected world.


Overview of role

Essence Mediacom are looking for a Research and Insight Executive (Level One) to work in the Research and Insight Team in their Manchester Office. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone excited by the media industry and curious about consumer behaviour.


The Research and Insight team exists to be the voice of the consumer in the agency, and we fulfil this in 4 key areas:


  • Answering specific client questions through bespoke research projects.  We are a full-service qualitative and quantitative research team using a range of research techniques.
  • Providing actionable insights to support on MediaCom new business pitches.  Through bespoke research and/or layering of insights and sophisticated use of desktop tools
  • Producing industry leading thought leadership pieces that answer the big and/or pertinent questions and developing new insight products that feed into media planning.
  • Championing the suite of desktop insight tools we have access to, and supporting the agency to understand audiences as deeply as possible using data from a variety of sources.


The Research and Insight Team in Manchester consists of 6 people, and we work across all Essence MediaCom North Group offices (Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham)In this role you will be working with other members of the team, and stakeholders across the agency, steering us towards our goal of delivering “best in class” research and insight, driving income opportunities and supporting the agency to make our understanding of audiences second to no other agency.



3 best things about the job

1-       The work- No two days are the same.  The variety of the role in terms of the work you will be doing ranges from market analysis and consumer trends using desk research to writing and analysing surveys to creative testing through focus groups.

2-       The people- Our team works with clients across the agency, giving you the opportunity to work with clients in a variety of categories and with teams across the agency, including Planning, Strategy, New Business, Data and Tech and other Analytics and Insight teams.

3-       The companyEssence MediaCom is a brilliant place to work, with a people-first focus. You will be supported as you start your career, in terms of mentoring and training in your work as well as through our inclusive, friendly and accepting culture.


What does the role involve?

  • Answering client questions and feeding the planning process using our range of insight toolsThese questions may be around consumer understanding, audience targeting, social media listening, market interrogation, culture and trends etc.
  • Helping to manage quant research projects (mainly online surveys) through the fieldwork and analysis processes.
  • Helping with qual research projects, for example focus groups and online communities.
  • Working with other team members you will contribute to the numerous pro-active insight pieces which the team produces.
  • Liaising with teams across the agency to be a face of Research and Insight
  • The ability to experience in all aspects of Research and Insight and the ability to flex your career in the direction that appeals to you most.


Who are you?

  • Passionate about understanding people and our role as a media agency to communicate effectively with them using all available channels.
  • Analytical – pays attention to the detail and likes to work with data.
  • Organised – takes accountability and ownership over their work/delivering tasks.
  • Collaborative – enjoys working with others, can communicate and build relationships.
  • Curious - you are inquisitive and love to problem solve.
  • More than anything you have a positive attitude and growth mindset.


You may have a degree, diploma or A-levels, we are open to all applications.


What we can offer you.

  • New, stunning office in the heart of Manchester
  • 25 days holiday increasing to 30 in increments (plus an extra day for your birthday)
  • Hybrid working policy.
  • Flexible public holidays policy
  • Interest free travel loan, private medical (BUPA) option and life assurance
  • Impressive discounts across a range of high street and online retailers
  • Free breakfast, fruit and coffee
  • In-house barista and food at Level Ate Café
  • Wellbeing allowance towards an activity of your choice (e.g. gym/yoga classes)


 Sounds good? We’d love to hear from you!








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