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As a fast growing innovative agency at the crossroads of research and technology, we are always on the lookout for talented, driven individuals to join our passionate team. By joining FlexMR, you will be working in one of the country's most dynamic environments where every day poses a new and rewarding challenge. We're proud of this culture, but think it is best described by our staff themselves. For glowing reviews and an honest take on our culture, look no further than our Glassdoor profile.

If you'd like to become part of the FlexMR team, take a look through our current vacancies to find out what we're looking for.

Research Associate

Join a dynamic, exciting team that work to solve some of the biggest challenges that UK and US brands face with applied qualitative and quantitative insight.

FlexMR, a world leading insight agency and shortlist nominee for best Cumbrian SME, is seeking to add a Research Associate to its growing South Lakeland team.

The company has developed a best-in-class online research platform that brings together the latest innovation in qualitative and quantitative research. Supported by bright minded, agile researchers – the company makes a real, lasting difference to its clients. By joining this fast-growing firm at this exciting stage, you have the opportunity to play a key role in the team

The research team work with an impressive list of clients that includes household names in the retail, FMCG, media, utilities, financial service sectors and more. Work undertaken by FlexMR’s research team has helped develop winning propositions, inform marketing campaigns, enhance customer experiences and influence key decisions.

This role is central to the research process and involves working across all stages of quantitative and qualitative research projects - from initial brief through to fieldwork and debrief, including analysis and project management. The successful applicants will play a key part in the team through managing a range of different research projects for a broad range of high-profile UK and international clients.Practical experience of applied research methods is preferred, although full training will be provided on the job.

Applicants must be highly analytical and numerate although the key requirement is to have a desire to understand and advise our clients. As the role is client facing and involves communication with research participants, a successful applicant will be a good and enthusiastic communicator.

Requirements 

  • Interest in qualitative and quantitative market research
  • Strong communication and project management skills
  • Capacity to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience creating and delivering quality presentations
  • Ability to build relationships with clients and offer a consultative approach
  • Previous experience in a research or insight-oriented position preferred
  • Q-Step, MRS or AQR qualification preferred

This role is based near Milnthorpe in South Cumbria, just 20 minutes north of Lancaster. Remote or hybrid working options are available. To apply send your CV and covering letter to Pam Taylor, FlexMR, Shoreline Business Park, Sandside, Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7BF or telephone 015395 65455 or email pam.taylor@flexmr.net before June 4th.

Senior Ruby Developer

An exciting opportunity for an experienced and talented senior developer to join a dynamic, expanding market research company - and play a key role in its growth.

South Lake District HQ with flexible, remote working.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and talented senior developer to join this dynamic and expanding online market research company. The company is a leader in its field and has grown rapidly since its launch when it was spun-out of its long-established parent company. It has successfully developed its own ‘best-in-class’ platform for delivering online research and now seeks to take this to another level by further expanding its team of developers.

By joining this fast-growing firm at this exciting stage, you have the opportunity to play a key role in its development. The role offers an opportunity to join a tight-knit group of developers and a chance to work with and learn from a highly skilled team.

The Role

You will be responsible for the development of new features as well as the maintenance of existing applications over large projects as well as one-off stories. This position is for someone who will be a key member of the team who will be involved in projects from the outset, seeing them through to timely completion and release.

The role is remote, but we require a commitment from applicants to meet at our head office twice a year for 2 consecutive days at a time. With this in mind, we’re only able to accept applications from those based in the UK and who can commit to two meetups per year in Cumbria.

Note that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues all office-based meetups are postponed until it is deemed safe to return.

Requirements

  • Significant professional experience with Ruby on Rails
  • Database management and development including SQL and query analysis
  • Previous experience as a Senior Developer or ability to demonstrate operating at this level
  • Experience developing against and maintaining a high availability, high traffic platform
  • Using Git as part of a team, including use of GitHub/GitLab
  • Understanding of continuous intergration (for example CircleCI, Travis or Jenkins)
  • Proficient in secure coding principles and software best practices
  • Ability to take ownership of a project from planning through to delivery
  • Self-motivated and self-managing, with strong organisational skills
  • Demonstrable experience of working both independently and as part of a small team
  • Willingness to suggest new/alternative methods and technologies to the team, and take ownership over them
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience in agile software development

Nice to Have

  • Experience of using Scout, Rollbar and/or DataDog for monitoring
  • Experience of deploying and maintaining infrastructure with Terraform and/or Ansible
  • Experience of container orchestration using Docker Swarm or Kubernetes
  • Experience of working within a remote team
  • Familiarity with core AWS components, e.g. EC2, RDS, S3 and CloudWatch

Perks and Benefits

Remote Working & Meets - While we are a primarily remote team, we optionally meet every month at the company’s Lake District office for a mix of wider team building activities and face-to-face project catch ups. We only require attendance twice annually. We also look out for opportunities to incorporate dev meetups into conferences, such as AWS Summits.

Flexible Hours - We are output-driven. As long as you are not disrupting the downtime of others and are able to be productive you are able to work when it suits you best. There is, of course, coverage for the business but we manage this amongst ourselves.

Compressed Hours - Every member of our team has commitments - and lives - outside of work, so we offer compressed hours, agreed as a schedule with the team, to ensure that everyone can achieve a good work/life balance.

Significant Holiday Allowance - Every member of our team receives a total of 33 days of annual leave each year, including bookable holidays, bank holidays and a birthday day off.

Hardware Budget - We understand individual preferences when it comes to machinery and office setup, so reserve a budget for you to spend on your workstation and/ or remote office setup. This is yours to keep.

Quarterly & Annual Reviews - We place a high value on two-way feedback and ensure that everyone in the team has quarterly one-to-one progress reviews, which are an opportunity to set goals, measure progress and contribute ideas for the betterment of the development team. Annual reviews are in place to aggregate and review pay.

Technologies We Use

  • Ruby on Rails
  • MySQL
  • JavaScript (JQuery, React)
  • Docker
  • Terraform
  • AWS

The Interview Process

Our aim is to keep the interview process as painless as possible. Please ask any questions at any stage - this is a two way street.

  • Stage 1 - Initial call to find out more about each other.
  • Stage 2 - Take away practical test (not online), this won’t take more than a few hours effort.
  • Stage 3 - Final Interview (remote), we’ll have a chat through your CV, experience as well as look at your practical submission.

To apply send CV and covering note to recruitment@flexmr.org. Feel free to include any personal websites, LinkedIn or GitHub accounts. This is a permanent, full time position.

Speculative Applications

We're always on the lookout for the best and brightest research talent to add to our diverse, friendly and supportive team. Send us a speculative application and we'll let you know when new opportunities arise.

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