Alex Cass - Research Manager

When did you start with Trinity McQueen?

I started with Trinity McQueen in September 2016 as a Senior Research Executive (Quant).  Prior to joining, I started my career with Ipsos Mori and spent 18 months with them as part of their graduate scheme.

What skills have been the most useful in helping you progress?

The ability to work on both long term, large scale projects as well as short term, quick turn-around projects has really helped me be flexible to client needs.  Report writing skills and gaining experience of different clients across a variety of sectors have also helped me progress more quickly in my roles.

Who have you turned to for support and advice when you’ve needed it?

My manager has always been a great support, always being available for a call or chat and has given great advice on research techniques.  The wider team are also a great source of advice and experience, as we’ve all had different experiences. 

What has been your biggest challenge in your career to date?

One project comes to mind where I had to work with a Director where we had very different work styles.  The project presentation was in Paris and we were convinced the client was not going to like what we were presenting.  The client asked for extra things at the last minute, the presentation date had to change, we were making last minute changes to the slides and rehearsing into the night to make sure everything was perfect. The good news – the client loved it!  I learnt a lot about planning and adapting to the client’s needs from this project.

What wouldn’t you change about your career?

Putting myself forward for a project that was on very unfamiliar ground, involving both Quant and Qual research.  I’m really glad I requested this project and we got good testimonials from the client at the end.

What would you go back and tell your younger self?

To keep trying and move around more, to experience more divisions within a larger company.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to develop their career at Trinity McQueen?

To work across a wider range of projects and to work with as many people as possible; we have many inspirational people working here!  Work with a variety of Project Directors, put yourself forward for projects and go for it!
Chris Handford