Research Associate

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£23,000 to £25,000 depending on experience + benefits
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Research associate

Gather is a creative communications business joining brand, digital, ESG and corporate reporting.

We work with ambitious listed and private companies across multiple sectors to solve communication challenges using insights and powerful ideas. We are experts at developing brands with purpose, sustainability strategies, online communication and corporate reporting that builds long-term value. We are based in London.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and capable Research Associate to join our team in the delivery of annual reports across print and digital for our FTSE listed, AIM listed and large private clients. You will support our senior consultants in delivering their fee earning work, and new business and marketing activity. You will work collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams consisting of consultants in brand, digital and sustainability as well as our talented client services, design and production teams. 

We are looking for an accomplished researcher that has a keen interest in corporate communications and an ambition and ability to grow into a client-facing reporting consultant. As a Research Associate will be researching new and emerging reporting, sustainability and governance regulations as well as monitoring trends in best practice for annual and sustainability reports, both printed and digital. You must have a natural aptitude for corporate communications, being able to spot coherent and compelling corporate narrative, from meaningless boilerplate reporting. You will be a highly organised but flexible team player that will enjoy working in a busy and dynamic agency environment. In addition to supporting our senior consultants on fee earning work, you will play a significant role in originating our informative and thoughtful marketing collateral and undertaking research for new business pitches.


Key responsibilities:

  • Undertake research to support the fee earning work of our senior consultants on reporting, governance and sustainability regulations and best practice in printed and digital annual and sustainability reports.
  • Proactively monitor developments in regulation and best practice trends and ensure the business is kept informed and up to date.
  • Maintain our ‘best practice’ library continually refreshing it with examples of good practice and interesting and new ways of approaching reporting.
  • Originate informative and thoughtful marketing collateral, including short articles for our website, thought leadership and best practice papers, and our monthly client facing regulatory and best practice newsletter, Gather Around.
  • Undertake research to support our new business activity, providing background information and insights to inform proposals and pitches.


 Skills and Knowledge:

  • Experience in qualitative research, with the ability to undertake self-directed research, assimilate information to draw out key findings and insights.
  • Some knowledge of corporate communications is preferred but not essential, however you must be able to demonstrate a passion for and interest in good corporate communications. Knowledge of current and emerging reporting, sustainability and governance regulations and best practice in annual and corporate reporting for premium-listed companies is not required, however you must be able to demonstrate a strong interest in the subject and the ability and willingness to learn quickly.
  • Exceptional business writing and verbal communication skills, with an unerring eye for detail.
  • Efficient and highly organised.
  • Flexible, creative and positive team player, with good interpersonal skills.
  • Collaborative and approachable, easy to work with and thrives in a busy and dynamic environment.
  • A growth mindset with an ambition to self-improve.
  • Experience of writing marketing collateral an advantage.
  • Experience of working on a Mac and using Keynote, preferred by not essential.


As well as a competitive salary based on skills and experience, you will have access to a range of benefits including:

  • Company Pension
  • Company Health Care - including free eye tests and contribution towards glasses/ contact lenses
  • Holidays – we offer all staff 25 days holiday, increasing by one day for every complete year of service, up to a maximum of 30 days. In addition, we give the days off between Christmas and New Year, subject to client demands.  
  • Remote Working - we are able to offer our employees the option to work from home part time if they wish, after a period of onboarding.   
  • Financial Health Check up
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Charity donation matching & 'Giving days' – one paid day off a year to volunteer/support a charity of your choice
  • Ongoing Training and Personal Development Opportunities 
  • Diverse and inclusive culture - you’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.   



We are experts in developing brands with purpose, sustainability strategies, online communications, & corporate reporting that engage to build long-term value for all stakeholders.

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