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Project Producer – project management skills 

We’re growing our crack squad of project producers in our London office. Here’s what we’re seeking:

Demonstrable project management skills are vital here, as you’ll play a pivotal role in designing and running projects, with touchpoints including liaising with clients, suppliers and, of course, Crowd DNA’s in-house team.

You don’t necessarily need experience in insight and strategy environments – more a track record in ensuring projects run smoothly; managing timelines, sourcing costs, allocating resource etc. Any form of recruitment (experts, artists, influencers) or casting experience is a plus.

The role comes with great benefits (betterment scheme, training, sabbatical, company lunches and days out, flexi hours etc); the chance to work on some of the most stimulating and culturally-driven projects out there; and the opportunity to progress in an exciting and progressive business. To apply (attaching a CV and covering letter), please get in touch with Dr Matilda Andersson.

Join Crowd DNA NYC director Hollie Jones and Dr Bridget Dalton from our Crowd Signs team for a session exploring the future of the beauty category - and how we research it - including a panel discussion with KIN contributors...


September 30, 9am PDT, 12pm EDT, 17pm GMT– sign up

(Access via Demio; 45 mins including Q&A)


Beauty has historically been dominated by prestige players defining standards for the masses. But, just as disruption has impacted on many other categories, it is now coming to beauty – with the rise of challenger brands, the need for greater diversity and a heartfelt ambition to culturally redefine the very idea of what beauty even is.

We also recognize there is a role for a business like Crowd DNA in this drive for change; including thinking about our own methods and practices. We are committed to challenging bias in our work and believe that expanding reach beyond the typical consumer is not only socially responsible, but strongly tied to improving brand and product performance.

The focus of this webinar will be the beauty category – a hotspot of cultural change – but we will also be thinking about the purpose and potential of research more broadly.

Combining trends and culture at scale analysis with input from our KIN network of creators and connectors, we invite you to join us in a conversation on how we can do better. Themes to include:

– Who do we talk to and why; what type of experts should the beauty category be listening to?

– What can we learn by reaching beyond the imagined typical (cis, slim, white) consumer and which areas of culture do we dig into?

– How do we analyze trends and what do we do with that insight; how can we meet both ethical and commercial goals?

We recommend this session for those working in beauty and adjacent categories – but also those looking for ideas on how to use research more ethically in categories further afield.

We hope you can make it!


September 30, 9am PDT, 12pm EDT, 17pm GMT– sign up 

(Access via Demio; 45 mins including Q&A)


Confirmed KIN contributors:

Cassandra Harner (left): Cleveland-based artist and drag queen; offers a view on how body positivity is changing the beauty industry, including greater representation in all areas – CIS men, queer, trans and nonbinary people.

Louisa Kinoshi (center): New York-based digital growth marketer who’s worked with Estée Lauder, Clinique and Bobbi Brown; co-founder of Black Girl Profit, addressing the economic disparities faced by black and female-owned beauty businesses; featured in Forbes’ African Entrepreneurs To Watch Out For.

Niki Igbaroola (right): London-based content strategist and writer with experience working for startup and scale up brands – understanding, and speaking to, their audiences in empathetic ways; currently working with a natural skincare brand on their go-to-market strategy.

 

 

 

We have an associate director opening in Singapore and an entry level opportunity to join our team in Australia...

Two very exciting APAC roles at Crowd DNA, as we continue to grow our business in the region, and respond to client interest – in categories such as media, tech, alcohol, finance and fashion – in our culturally charged commercial advantage ethos.


Associate Director (Singapore)

We’re seeking an associate director to help us grow our business in Singapore. Collaborating alongside local team members, and reporting in to our APAC hub in Sydney, we’re looking for someone who sees the upside of working in a startup-style environment; with all of the diverse challenges and opportunities to take a pivotal role in amplifying our presence that come with it.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

Solid experience in an insight agency – or conducting insight work in a different type of agency/consultancy – with a track record in at least some of the following: ethnography, expert interviews, remote/mobile methods, semiotics, trends. If you can also call on experience in areas such as social media listening and working with quantitative data, better still.

Strong evidence of experience in fields such as brand positioning, proposition development, growth strategies, trends exploration and innovation/transformation projects.

The confidence and necessary experience to take the controls of large and sometimes complex projects; to be an informed, energised and trusted advisor to our clients.

Demonstrable passion for taking insights through to meaningful strategic conclusions for clients.

High level of cultural understanding, and particularly of trends in the APAC region.

Clear signs you have the appetite for operating in a startup business environment, including building relationships with new clients.

A good editorial sensibility, and comfortable working alongside creatives (videographers, designers, writers) as much as researchers.

Adept at collaborating remotely with team members – both with our team in the APAC region and in Crowd DNA’s offices elsewhere.


Strategic Insights Executive (Sydney)

We’re seeking a strategic insights executive for our fast growing Sydney business – situated in Chippendale. You’ll get to work on exciting projects (from collaborating on analysis to project management) at the intersection of culture, insight and strategy for some of the most forward-facing brands in the world. You’ll get to collaborate alongside the wider Crowd DNA team in our other global offices and play a role in helping our Sydney start-up to fly high.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

Ideally some previous experience in an insight agency, or potentially elsewhere in the marketing comms field. At the least, to be able to show relevant experience through an internship/placement or in your own personal endeavors.

Culturally aware and keen to learn how to apply that awareness to brand strategy.

Demonstrable organisation skills and the confidence to work with our partners and collaborators.

Proof of high quality written work and presentation capabilities.

Someone who’s positive, keen to develop, and who can operate with equal ease as part of a team or working autonomously.


Both roles comes with a competitive salary, great benefits, the chance to work on some of the most stimulating and culturally-driven projects out there; and the opportunity to progress and make a real difference in an exciting and progressive business. To apply (attaching a CV and covering letter), please get in touch with Elyse Pigram.

We're seeking a financial controller to join our London team...

Working in a fast moving and stimulating environment, reporting in to our group and managing directors, we’re seeking a financial controller to join our London team. The role will involve:

– Overseeing the accounting function – including bringing in-house aspects previously implemented by external suppliers; and managing an assistant working in a combined office manager/accounting assistant role

– Responsible for day to day financial management, including accounts receivable/payable and payroll

– Month-end closure of accounts and posting accrual and prepayment journals; reconciling balance sheet, preparing P&L reports and administering intercompany accounts

– VAT accounting and returns; preparation of year end accounts

– Monitoring, improving and managing general financial processes (expenses and overheads, purchase and sales procedures, etc)

– Supporting the management team to achieve agreed financial targets through effective and timely financial reporting, analysis of project by project performance and improving measures of profitability

– Working on our London business will constitute the majority of the role to start with. However, we’re building teams in New York, Singapore, Amsterdam and Sydney, with local accountants appointed in each case. Thus experience of producing group accounts, working with local market suppliers and accounting in different markets an advantage

Benefits

Salary: £50-65k pa / competitive annual leave allowance / Betterment scheme / 2 x company days out / Christmas close / Early summer finishing / Quarterly awards / Free lunches per month / Massages, fruit, drinks, other treats! / Scope for working from home and flexi hours / Paid sabbatical after five years

About You

We want someone – qualified/part qualified – who can point to solid accounting and finance experience, ideally in a small business environment and, better still, with experience in a company that offers ad hoc services on a project-by-project basis (therefore dealing with a range of clients and with bespoke costs per project).

If you can point to experience in a business with overseas clients and/or offices, that’s an advantage; as is experience using Quickbooks.

We are open to candidates looking for a four or five day per week role (or working hours the equivalent of).

To apply for this role, please get in touch with Andy Crysell, including a CV.

Virtually Together

In a second week of isolation, the Crowd DNA NYC team have been recording their experiences…

As the world is driven further into isolation, and terms like ‘quarantine’ and ‘social distancing’ become commonplace, you’d be forgiven for thinking that our lives just got a whole lot lonelier. At work, we no longer sit directly next to our colleagues. We no longer meet our friends for coffee, go to the movies together, or exercise in a room full of strangers. As for most brands, the in-store experience is indefinitely on hold. Yet despite our new found physical isolation, we’re finding interesting ways to connect.

At Crowd DNA New York, we wanted to explore how we’re now doing that connecting. Whether it’s shifting social gatherings online, virtually supporting local businesses or simply getting nearer to ourselves, we’re finding new ways to boost our sense of closeness in this physically isolated world.

Check out the video below.

Come join our latest crack cultural insights team, as we look to grow in Australia...

We’re about seven months into our Sydney adventure and things are going well. We have a small but super-talented team of three (plus lots of support from our other offices); a growing track record for delivering exciting work across categories such as alcohol, finance, tech and media; LOTS of meeting in the diary; and highly regarded thought leadership material that we’re sharing, around themes such as gender and generational change.

What next? We’re looking for recruits to join us in a leafy Chippendale HQ, to meet our strong ambitions to grow the team. In particular, we’re seeking a director/associate director level hire.

Here’s the lowdown:

– You need to have the confidence and necessary experience to take the controls of large and sometimes complex projects; to be an informed, energised and trusted advisor to our clients

– We’re looking for strong evidence of experience in areas such as brand positioning, proposition development, growth strategies, trends exploration and innovation/transformation projects

– A clear ability to fuse cultural insight to sound strategic thinking

– You’ll bring with you skills such as desk and qual research, interacting with experts and influencers, developing frameworks and personas, and using diverse data sources (for instance, social media listening)

– Also of working on high quality proposals and project design – plus a demonstrable interest in devising strategies for bringing new clients on board and bolstering existing client relationships

– We’re looking for someone who can bring a real sense of craft to their work – from the outputs they produce and strategic recommendations they devise, to how they run workshops and articulate fresh ideas that have cultural-commercial relevance

– We want someone who’s enthusiastic about the idea of working alongside strategists, writers, film-makers and designers; collaborating both with those in our Sydney team and in our overseas offices

– Someone who is excited by the idea of having a senior voice in the business, helping to shape our future direction

About you: we envisage you’ll come equipped with strong experience in qual insight and/or strategy work – most likely agency-side. We are currently searching at both director and associate director level and, on finding a candidate who’s a great fit with our business, would then agree some adjustments to the job spec and expectations, based on experience.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join, in a senior capacity, an agency that gets to work on a huge number of incredibly thought-provoking and culturally-oriented projects for amazing brands; and to be a key contributor to how we continue to push the boundaries of what we’re about as a business. Please do get in touch, providing a covering letter and CV in the first instance.

We’re Hiring In Sydney!

Come join our latest crack cultural insights team...

We’re about seven months into our Sydney adventure and things are going really well. We have a small but super-talented team of three (plus lots of support from our other offices); a growing track record for delivering exciting work across categories such as alcohol, finance, tech and media; LOTS of meeting in the diary; and interesting thought leadership material that we’re sharing, around themes such as gender and generational change.

What next? We’re looking for recruits to join us in a leafy Chippendale HQ, to meet our strong ambitions to grow the team. More specific shout-outs to follow but, broadly, we’re keen to hear from people at all levels from exec to project managers to associate directors/directors. And particularly if you can point to an enthusiasm for cultural insight work and – certainly at the more senior end of this spectrum – to having worked on interesting projects in the market research and strategy space.

This is a broad shout-out, but to develop the conversation into something more specific, drop Elyse Pigram a line. We’d love to hear from you.

More Than A Number

Our breakfast events are back for 2020! First up: Crowd Numbers director Dave Power and senior consultant Ed Bird on the hurdles facing quant research, and how it’s coming out swinging. Sign up for a first look at the future of quant...

Date: Feb 13

Time: 8.15-9am

Location: Crowd DNA, 5 Lux Building, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU

Quantitative research has long been described as robust, comprehensive, indisputable – but is that still the case? From wayward polling predictions to lazy reporting, quant methodologies are facing more and more scrutiny, and they’re not always rising to the challenge. Tech startups from outside the industry are seeing the opportunity in shortcuts, getting to an answer quicker and cheaper. In short, quant research has become complacent.

But quant is fighting back, and Crowd Numbers is in its corner. Join us at our first breakfast event of 2020, where the Crowd Numbers team will take you through the rise, fall and return of quant; how it’s survived the troublesome teens and where it’s heading in the new decade. We’ll be solving all your quant-related qualms, including:

• How can quant adapt for the future of demographic differences?

• What does ‘storytelling’ mean when you’re confronted with data sets, and how can you realistically turn them into content?

• What role does culture play in unlocking quantitative insight? (No prizes for guessing our stance on this).

For coffee, croissants and the inside scoop on the new age of quant, fill out this form or contact events@crowdDNA.com.