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  • Posted: Nov 19, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • MMR Research is the global consumer and sensory FMCG research agency.
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    Senior Research Executive


    Are you a researcher looking for an exciting next step in your career? Do you enjoy working on high profile global accounts within the FMCG industry?

    • We are looking for an energetic, self-motivated and passionate individual to join our South African team as a Senior Research Executive to be based in our Durban (Umhlanga) office.
    • MMR is an independent, global consumer and sensory research agency specialising in food, drink, personal and household care research. This means that when you join us, you’ll have the chance to work with a number of well-known brands to help create, shape and develop products and packs.
    • We are global leaders, guiding innovation for our clients – partnering with over 50% of the top 100 global food and drink brands. Our Umhlanga office offers sea views, whereas our UK based head office is located in beautiful 18th century barn in Wallingford - a picturesque village in between Oxford and Reading. We also have offices in London, New York, Shanghai, Singapore, Mumbai, Sao Paulo and Cali (Colombia).
    • Our team of over 280 highly engaged, multi-disciplined employees are primarily dynamic research professionals, sensory experts and data scientists. We’re a diverse bunch, with backgrounds in R&D, insight, marketing, sensory science, data sciences and psychology.
    • No two projects are ever the same, often involving exciting innovations, varied methods and international markets. It’s a great opportunity to challenge and add value to client decision making, all while working with our passionate, friendly teams across the globe.


    As a Senior Research Executive, you will take the lead on running market research projects, involving client liaison and project management from preparing proposals around a specific research design through to final debrief presentations. Responsibilities include:

    • Designing and organising fieldwork across Africa, including attendance and qualitative interviews
    • Creating questionnaires against client objectives
    • Analysing data (both quantitatively and qualitatively)
    • Creating insightful, story-led presentations and supporting reports in PPT

    The work covers a range of ad hoc projects, typically involving quantitative and qualitative research, and both traditional and online fieldwork in the RSA, but also across Africa and internationally. With MMR’s focus on developing new and better research methods and sophisticated analysis techniques, the role offers the opportunity to gain experience of several novel and exciting approaches to conducting research and interpreting data.


    Skills and Qualities

    • Previous experience within an ad-hoc agency environment essential

    • Quantitative experience is essential and exposure to qualitative beneficial

    • The ability to tell a story from the data is essential and turn into an engaging client report/presentation

    • Strong organisational & time management skills required

    • Strong communication skills & the ability to work effectively as a team essential

    • Experience working in a regional (ideally Africa) role is an advantage

    • Depth of experience in research project management with sensory science experience is an advantage

    • Willingness to travel across Africa (and globally) to observe and conduct fieldwork essential

    • Local African languages would be a bonus!


    MMR offers an open, dynamic, varied and non-hierarchical environment, where bespoke MMR Academy training is offered at every level. We also offer exciting secondment opportunities at our other global locations, as well as a selection of fantastic employee benefits.

    MMR delivers a class leading set of marketing science tools and approaches, many of which are proprietary to MMR. We are endorsed by our global client base for our agility, technical expertise and willingness to adapt research solutions to directly focus on specific client challenges. We’ve built a reputation of providing innovative statistical analysis and techniques, coupled with optimal research design consultancy, that successfully delivers against our clients’ specific business objectives.

    MMR is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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