Account Director, Public Sector

The Nursery Research & Planning are pioneers in brand and communications research. The majority of our research over our 21 years has been conducted for commercial clients and brand owners. However we have always maintained a presence in the government and public sector. We remain a preferred supplier on the government’s research framework and we have consistently won not for profit business – with extensive experience with armed services, smoking cessation, financial bodies (e.g. FSCS, FCA and FOS).

Job Role

  • To provide focus for The Nursery’s Public Sector business internally and externally.
  • To plan, direct and manage its growth from new and existing clients.
  • To develop and market The Nursery offer to the public and social sectors.
  • To manage, train and inspire existing researchers and hire new ones as required.
  • To manage the procurement processes and ensure research systems and credentials are in place to qualify for politics and social work.
  • To ensure compliance with relevant legislation and codes of practice.
  • To build relationships with appropriate suppliers and partners who can provide specialist support where required (e.g. minority audiences), complementary agencies, consultants.
  • To work with other senior researchers, research leads and account directors to share best practice and contribute to overall business success.

Life at The Nursery

Life’s a little different at The Nursery. We are a community of Partners and our structure means that everyone is a co-owner of the business and invested in our future.

Community to us means that every single person at The Nursery is fundamental to our culture, our thinking and ultimately our success. People are what makes The Nursery. We help our people grow by nurturing talent and embracing our differences.

We are committed to promoting a fair, equal, and inclusive environment that everyone has the opportunity to learn and strive in. We are currently trialling a hybrid model of working: 3 days in the office, 2 days working remotely.


  • Employee Ownership Bonus (subject to conditions)
  • 25 days holiday + 3 days for Christmas closing + 1 day for Birthday
  • Best in class Family Policy
  • Employee Assistant Programme
  • Workplace Pension
  • Death in Service (Life Cover)
  • Group Income Protection Scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance scheme – Bupa Healthcare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cycle to work
  • Annual eye test

If this sounds like the role for you, please send your CV and an email cover letter to

The Nursery is proudly employee-owned and a certified B Corp.