Researcher

About us

Mark Diffley Consultancy and Research offers a full range of research services, giving clients the high quality and robust research needed to make important decisions; form large-scale surveys to focus group discussions about local issues.

We bring research to life and make sure it can lead to genuine change. We also cut through complex and thorny issues to help understand where the public stands on a wide range of issues, providing thoughtful analysis.

Since the company was founded in 2017 by Mark Diffley, former Director of Ipsos MORI Scotland, we have completed over 60 research and consultancy projects for a range of public and private organisations, including the Scottish Government.

You will join our small team of skilled and experienced researchers and bring your own set of research skills to provide valuable insight to our projects which will, in turn, inform the decision-making of our clients.

The Role

We are seeking a researcher to join our small and committed team, in particular, an individual with good statistical/quantitative skills.

You will work on a wide variety of research studies for a diverse range of clients, working in our central Edinburgh office.

The role is interesting and wide-ranging, offering the right candidate the opportunity to develop their career in a supportive, friendly and professional environment.

No two days are ever the same; you will be helping us at all stages of research studies, from project design, scrutinising and analysis of data, writing papers and reports and helping our business to grow further.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Manage the day to day interactions with existing clients,
  • Plan, coordinate, gather and analyse quantitative data for specific projects,
  • Communicate with clients and others, including through written reports and presentations.
  • Undertake data and statistical analysis on a range of research studies, using statistical packages which include SPSS and MS Excel,
  • Undertake work on data visualisation and presenting data in clear, user-friendly and understandable formats,
  • Support in the research and administration activities associated with individual projects in which we are engaged.
About you:
  • Highly analytical and numerate,
  • Have experience in the use of statistical and quantitative methods to analyse a wide variety of data sources,
  • Have practical experience of using SPSS or similar statistical software packages, and advanced user of MS Excel
  • Excellent problem-solving skills – ability to translate requirements into reports and analysis.
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills demonstrated through interaction with a variety of stakeholders at different levels.
  • Effective verbal communicator
  • Strong reasoning and written communication skills, honed through experience of working with large amounts of data and compiling concise, accurate and well-informed reports
  • Have a tenacious and logical approach to information gathering and analysis
  • Be a constructive and flexible individual who can adapt to the needs of a small team
  • Be able to work to tight deadlines
  • Be able to work effectively in a team but likewise, due to the small team set up, be proactive and able to work on own initiative
Benefits
  • Competitive salary,
  • Flexible working arrangements,
  • A range of benefits including generous holiday entitlement, health care and pension.

You will gain valuable experience in an applied social research setting which will enable you to apply your existing skills to rich and varied client briefs. As well as working on bespoke data analysis tasks you will gain exposure to the entire life cycle of research studies from research design, through to data collection, analysis and reporting. As a new business, we are committed to best practice and innovation in research methods and are committed to continuous improvement and development of our staff.