Vice President Research Operations - high growth data provider

Executive / Director level - United Kingdom

Ref: 92Tuesday 15 June 2021

Competitive + equity

Vice President - Research Operations –- private equity data provider

Exciting Leadership opportunity for to take on Research Operations for a high growth information provider serving the private equity industry. Set up by former private equity executives to provide solutions to speed up and augment the private equity research workflow.

The successful candidate will have responsibility for scaling the research team 5-fold to 250 staff over the course of three years.

This role can be based anywhere in Western Europe with some travel to our client’s European research hubs.


  • Upon joining you will become the leader of the global research team, taking ownership of expanding operations.
  • Own the process design to recruit new analysts, (senior) associates and managers for existing and new regions.
  • Opening near shore and offshore research hubs to augment research onshore teams based in country.
  • Develop lean and tech-driven recruitment, HR, payroll, on/offboarding and performance management functions that enable at-scale operations.
  • Maintain and improve process oversight of the research pipeline (primary research on industries delivered through our client’s platform).
  • Ensuring a tech-first workflow across teams and working with Product Owners (sitting between Research / Engineering) to further digitise coverage.
  • Owning P&L for a multi-million budget, ensuring efficient spending, cost control, reporting and KPI-driven performance steering and quality assurance.
  • Closely cooperating with engineering and commercial teams to drive business improvement.



Our client is looking for someone passionate about building a best-in-class research function. As a high growth start up you must be able to lead strategically as well as get hands on with the day-to-day challenges of scaling a global research team.

  • Relevant experience – You have worked at least 6-8 years in top-tier consulting (MBB or equivalent), M&A, equity research or private equity and excelled at (senior) manager or equivalent tenure.
  • You are capable of taking on a line management role from day one, with the proven emotional intelligence to manage, coach and develop a team that is scaling fast.
  • You demonstrate the potential to be a leader to >250 people, already showing that you have the qualities to grow into that role as your team expands.
  • Some processes that use to work before may no longer do so when brough to scale and require operating model changes. You own that kind of thinking.
  • You have a 'bias to digital' and are comfortable interacting with developers / product owners to realise sustained outcomes rather than short-term 'human push' fixes (a habit that might work in advisory but not in tech)