Research Officer – Project Heather



The Ethical Finance Hub has an exclusive opportunity for a Scottish-based student or graduate, with an interest in Impact investing, to join the Project Heather team for a 12 week paid internship as a Research Officer
The internship will be for 12 weeks and will start in June 2019.

About Project Heather

Project Heather is building a stock exchange for the 21st century. Scottish based, yet global facing, we will be the first Recognised Investment Exchange for which companies must measure and publish annually their positive social and/or environmental impact. We seek to create an exchange that can assist and support the real economy in Scotland, improving access to capital and providing liquidity to purpose-driven founders and entrepreneurs, and those that back them. It is informed by the vision for a capital market which serves society and can be trusted to serve all stakeholders: a market which social entrepreneurs can use, charities can use, local authorities can use and find there investors who are aligned with their mission. We are seeking to tap into Scotland’s strong entrepreneurship and harness its quality as a hub of renewable energy, life sciences and social enterprise.

We have built a technological and strategic partnership with Euronext, the largest European exchange, in order that the new stock exchange be built on the best market architecture with world-class technology. We recently successfully closed one round of funding and are currently working with them on the next phase of corporate development. Led by Tomás Carruthers, with 25 years experience in finance and capital markets, the project’s mission is to launch of the new exchange in the second half of 2019, subject to recognition and approval by the Financial Conduct Authority.


Location: Project Heather office – central Edinburgh
Salary: Real Living Wage in Scotland (£9p/h)
Term: 12 weeks from June 2019 to August / September 2019 (9am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday)


We are seeking a Research Officer to work as part of our Marketing team, conducting a range of research which supports us in our mission to scale Impact and bring it to public markets.

Core Activities

The role may involve working across a range of projects, including:

  • Carrying out quantitative data analysis of existing secondary data sets and primary quantitative data.
  • Organising, designing and carrying out qualitative field work in different locations in Scotland.
  • Conducting qualitative analysis of data conducted through interviews, focus groups, workshops or other methods.
  • Carrying out desktop research, using a range of methods and sources of data, related to inequality and social innovation practice globally.
  • Producing high quality and varied research outputs for a range of audiences, including analysis, report writing and presentations where necessary.
  • Taking responsibility for data and project management and administration as it relates to work delivery.
  • Owning specific elements of work, as well as supporting others in the team.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Be part of a team building a 21st century Scottish stock exchange and help them to build a more responsible and inclusive tomorrow
  • Gain experience of working within a start-up environment
  • Conduct research which will directly contribute to scaling impact
  • Demonstrate an ability to work proactively and independently with minimal supervision
  • Gain valuable career experience

Essential Skills

  • Personal interest in ethical / responsible / sustainability issues
  • Business, finance and / or marketing knowledge / experience
  • Excellent quantitative / qualitative research skills
  • Experience of quantitative and statistical data analysis, including of large existing data sets and ability to plan and execute robust research methodologies
  • Experience of conducting qualitative analysis using Excel, Word and/or NVivo
  • Experience of having conducted robust desktop research and knowledge of a range of methodologies for doing this
  • Evidence of ability to grasp complex concepts and debates quickly and to engage with these effectively through research
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills to ensure work is effectively prioritised to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work under own initiative with a proactive approach to problem solving
  • Proven communication skills – in writing and in person – able to communicate research findings to a range of audiences to ensure impact

Desirable Skills

  • Academic studies aligned with the project theme
  • Relevant work experience
  • Interest in pursuing further research / employment opportunities in ethical finance
  • Flexibility to schedule work between academic and business commitments
  • Proactive, resilient and adaptable
  • Technical understanding and competence in social media and digital marketing


For further information please contact Chris Tait on or 07931 103573.

To apply please submit your CV to along with a 300 word summary of why you are suitable for the role. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview / presentation in May.

Closing date for applications is Friday 3rd May 2019.