Market Research Executive Search – Nigel Wright Group

Specialist research director and head of research recruitment firm

Nigel Wright Group is a specialist market research and consumer insights executive search firm with a network of offices across the UK. We have a proven track record in hiring talent for senior-level research and insight-related positions. Our consultants combine discipline expertise with a sector focus, working with clients in the consumer, industrial, services, tech, and public & third sectors.

A research director/head of research is responsible for leading the organisation’s research agenda. Typically a strategic thinker experienced in working in a fast-paced environment, they establish and maintain strong research teams and play a key role in ensuring the quality and impact of research efforts. Key responsibilities can vary depending on the context and nature of the business or sector.

To discuss your hiring needs and find out more about our market research executive search capabilities, please our marketing team directly or use the chat function below to talk with a member of our team. Prospective candidates can find all the latest director-level or head of research jobs on our vacancies page and are encouraged to send us a copy of their CVs for review.


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Our track record in director and head of research recruitment

We’re proud to help a broad range of organisations identify talent for senior market research and consumer insights roles. Our client portfolio consists of private sector start-ups, SMEs and multinational conglomerates. We also have significant experience working with charities, housing associations, health and education providers, and local and national government departments.

Some of the companies where we’ve placed head of and director-level research/insight roles include:

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Clients praise our market research executive search expertise:

“Overall, we are very satisfied with our cooperation with Nigel Wright. We engaged them on various searches across Europe and are pleased with the service and the quality of the candidates. Their consultants have quickly scanned the market and enlarged their networks, resulting in several successful appointments.” — Director European Talent Acquisition, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

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“Nigel Wright Group helped us recruit 10 senior marketing positions including a head of insights and a brand director. The consultants performed brilliantly to ensure that all of the candidates were an excellent fit for each of the roles. Their impressive networks, in-depth industry knowledge and efficient account management were key factors that led to success.” — Marketing Director, Hovis

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“We were seeking to appoint a VP customer insight. Nigel Wright’s consultant acted quickly to create a strong shortlist of potential candidates. Throughout the process, they were friendly, personable, and easy to work with. They offered help and guidance along the way and delivered the right outcomes on time. I will happily recommend Nigel Wright to other firms.” — Managing Director, SMG

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“Consultants at Nigel Wright have built up a close working relationship with our business and clearly understand how we work, our culture, and what makes a successful Speedo person. Through their collaborative working and detailed knowledge of the market, they have successfully placed a number of very highly skilled and talented employees into various senior positions.” — VP People, Speedo

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International consumer executive search agency

One of our first-ever clients back in the late 1980s was Procter & Gamble. They became a springboard to launch our consumer industry executive search practice, which is now a prominent feature of our wider proposition. Today, we are widely regarded as Europe’s number one consumer industry search firm, with teams of over 60 consultants based across our EMEA and North America network of offices. Please visit our Nigel Wright Consumer website to find out more.

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Searching for a research director or head of research recruitment firm?

Whether you’re hiring for a senior role within the market research industry, or require talent for a research director or head of research position in any of our core sectors, please contact us via the details below with details of your search requirements and we will respond on the same working day. Candidates can find all the latest part-time and full-time permanent and interim career opportunities on our vacancies page.

Newcastle Headquarters

Telephone: +44 (0)191 222 0770


Address: Lloyds Court, 78 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6AF, United Kingdom

Leeds Office

Telephone: +44 (0)113 524 1111


Address: 6 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP, United Kingdom

Manchester Office

Telephone: +44 (0)161 552 5027


Address: The Lincoln, Lincoln Square, Brazennose Street, Manchester, M2 5AD

Teesside Office

Telephone: +44 (0)1740 276 015


Address: Wynyard Park House, Wynyard Avenue, Billingham, TS22 5TB, United Kingdom

London Office

Telephone: +44 (0)204 551 9582


Address: 9 Appold Street, London, EC2A 2AP, United Kingdom