Location: UK: London

Opportunity: Supported hiring into permanent roles 

Start Date: January 2023

Apply by: 14 October 2022

*Applications have now closed*

GfK is partnering with Women Returners to launch their very first Reconnect Returner Programme for opportunities based in London. The Programme is targeted at all experienced professionals looking to return to work after an extended career break.

About the GfK Reconnect Returner Programme

  • Positions are for mid-senior level roles across the UK business, including technology and commercial. 
  • You will receive coaching support from Women Returners to help you to transition successfully back into the workplace. As coaching will be delivered centrally as a cohort of GfK returners, you will benefit from a supportive peer network of like-minded people across the organisation.
  • GfK will partner you with both a professional mentor and a buddy to support your return to work and your professional development. 
  • Flexible working options are available as part of their Flexible Working approach.

Opportunities on the Programme

Technology Roles

Technical Architect Role

Joining as an architect in one of GfK’s product domains, you will work closely with the product delivery teams to help build solutions that pioneer how market research is conducted within the industry. This role is best suited to candidates who have a strong technical background, in building data-intensive scalable SaaS platforms, whether that be as a technical lead, engineer or architect.

Technical Business Analyst

As a Technical Business Analyst, you will align both solution strategy and high-level design with the Product Manager and Scrum Team. Analysing the domain/system and suggesting solution options while enabling the team to deliver the envisioned solution.

Agile Coach 

As an Agile Coach with a strong background in technology and agile methodologies you will take full ownership for the development of project management processes and practices. You will interact with key Product Owners, Engineering, QA and Data Science team members to deliver projects and initiatives in support of business objectives.

Scrum Master

As a Scrum Master with a background in technology and agile methodologies you will take full ownership for the development of project management processes and practices. You will interact with key Product Owners, Engineering, QA and Data Science team members to deliver projects and initiatives in support of business objectives. You will support 1-2 agile team through the various agile ceremonies whilst providing status reports reflecting current project activities, dependencies, and impediments. You will work through blockers to keep the teams moving forward and support projects with geographically distributed teams, including third-party vendors.

For the technology roles they are looking for people who have some of the following skills and experience:

  • Jira / Confluence experience
  • Stakeholder manager
  • Agile coach/scrum master experience
  • Business analysis
  • Knowledge of software engineering practices

Commercial Role

Client Insights Manager role

With clients at the centre of all they do, the Client Insight Manager (Market Intelligence) is the link between GfK and their customers. As part of the Client Solutions team, this role brings together industry and product knowledge to provide innovative client solutions. Reporting to the Client Insight Director (MI), the Client Insight Manager (MI) will have strong interpersonal skills and use these to truly understand clients’ business challenges and provide them with tailored insight from GfK’s data to help inform their strategic decisions. The Client Insight Manager will be able to drive client engagement through actionable insight and innovative solutions, quickly becoming a trusted client partner and respected commentator on specific industries, products and channels.

This role would suit a candidate with some of the following experience:

  • Data Analysis or Data Reporting
  • Account Management
  • B2B customer service
  • Confident in presenting to clients

In addition to the technical experience listed above, they would like to see:

  • Highly collaborative people who are passionate about striving to grow their career. 
  • People who are naturally curious, strong communicators and can build effective relationships across departments and geographies and who enjoy working in an environment of high integrity and trust.

To be eligible for the programme you must have the right to work in the UK to apply.  Your career break should be 18 months or months or more (as of January 2023). You may have taken time out to look after children or elderly/sick relatives, for relocation, for a personal health issue or for other reasons. You may have been working on a small-scale basis to fit around your other commitments or have not done any paid work for several years. 

About GfK

For over 85 years, GfK has been a reliable and trusted insight partner for the world’s biggest companies and leading brands who make a difference in every consumer’s life – and they will continue to build on this. They connect data, science and innovative digital research solutions to provide answers for key business questions around consumers, markets, brands and media. With a presence in over 60 countries worldwide, talents benefit from their global company with a diverse community of ~8,000 employees. 

GfK is an ethical and honest company that is wholly committed to its clients and employees. They are proud to be an inclusive workplace for all and are committed to equal opportunity in employment which focuses on all of their employees reaching their full potential. At GfK, team members work collaboratively with colleagues but offer a flexible working approach, including dividing their time between office & remote working as well as the opportunity to flex our working hours around team core hours. Find out more about GfK here.

How to apply

To apply to the GfK Programme click on the links below

The closing date for applications is 14 October at midday.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact reconnect.programme@gfk.com with ‘Return to Work Programme’ in the subject box and one of the GfK careers team will get back to you.