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Consumer Research Manager

Toronto, Canada; Hybrid or Remote


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This is a 3 to 6 month assignment to engagement with potential to extend; Fully remote or hybrid (Wed/Thu) in Toronto, CAN

We are seeking a highly motivated and analytical Consumer Research Manager to lead our research initiatives and provide deep customer understanding to inform business decisions across the organization.

The Ideal Candidate

  • 5+ years of experience in a leadership role within the consumer research industry, with a strong focus on quantitative research methodologies.
  • Proven track record of success in a fast-paced environment, with a history of exceeding research objectives and delivering impactful insights.
  • Extensive experience with leading research projects from conception to completion, including:
    • Survey design and development
    • Sample selection and management
    • Data analysis and interpretation
    • Reporting and presentation of findings to senior leadership
  • Expertise in quantitative research methodologies, including:
    • Online surveys
    • Mobile surveys
    • Telephone surveys
    • Statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, SAS)
  • Strong understanding of consumer behavior principles and their application to business challenges.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to effectively translate complex research findings into actionable insights for a non-technical audience.
  • Proven ability to manage and motivate a team of research professionals.
  • Experience working within a matrixed organizational structure and collaborating effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Prior experience at a leading research agency (Ipsos, Kantar, etc.) is highly desirable.


  • Develop and execute consumer research plans to identify trends, understand customer needs and preferences, and evaluate product performance.
  • Design and manage various research methodologies, including surveys, focus groups, in-depth interviews, and quantitative analysis.
  • Partner with cross-functional teams (marketing, product development, sales) to define research objectives and ensure research findings are effectively communicated and implemented.
  • Analyze and interpret research data to uncover actionable insights and translate them into clear and concise reports and presentations.
  • Stay current on consumer research trends and best practices.
  • Manage and develop a budget for research projects.
  • Oversee and mentor research staff.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business Administration, Consumer Psychology, or a related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in consumer research, with a strong understanding of research methodologies and data analysis techniques (e.g., surveys, focus groups, statistical analysis).
  • Proven track record of translating research findings into actionable business recommendations.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to tailor communication style to different audiences.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience managing research budgets (a plus).
  • Proficiency in research software (e.g., SPSS, SAS) and data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau) is a plus.

Bonus points for:

  • Experience in the retail or food/bev industry or Agency experience.

About Aquent Talent:

Aquent Talent connects the best talent in marketing, creative, and design with the world’s biggest brands. 

Our eligible talent get access to amazing benefits like subsidized health, vision, and dental plans, paid sick leave, and retirement plans with a match. We also offer free online training through Aquent Gymnasium

Aquent is an equal-opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. We’re about creating an inclusive environment—one where different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are valued, and everyone can contribute, grow their careers, and thrive

Client Description

Our Client, founded in 1922, is a prominent Canadian retailer known for its wide range of products, including automotive supplies, home goods, sports equipment, and outdoor essentials. With its iconic red and white logo, Our Client has become a staple in Canadian culture, offering quality products and community involvement. Continuously evolving to meet the changing needs of its customers, Our Client remains a trusted and beloved brand synonymous with reliability, convenience, and Canadian pride.