Make an Impact as a Research Lead with Full Support From GLG

GLG Integrated Insights engagements are in-depth research projects that require highly skilled teams and combine qualitative and quantitative methods to address a broader need and deliver insight to our clients.

For each Integrated Insights project, GLG appoints independent professionals like you to lead global, impactful work with a team of research and industry experts. We set you up for success, supporting you from initial scoping calls through final deliverables.


Our client managers work closely with project leads, helping manage scope, coordinating client touchpoints, and sharing internal resources.

New Business

Our business development teams identify and evaluate client opportunities, so you don’t have to.

GLG Resources

Take advantage of expert professionals in every industry, as well as best-in-class survey capabilities, analytics, and research reports.


Maintain your independence and enjoy the freedom to determine which opportunities to pursue.

GLG’s project leads represent diverse backgrounds, locations, experiences, and levels of seniority.

worked at top-tier management consulting firms
have extensive qualitative or quantitative primary market research experience
are former executives from a broad range of industries
of consultants are based in North America

Hear from Our Research Leads

GLG has made it easy for me to transition into independent consulting from a position as a senior executive; the support of their rich expert network and talented team is like having an entire corporate unit behind me as I work to solve clients’ challenges. GLG reduces all of the friction typically associated with independent consulting. Their model allows me to focus on the part of the job I find the most interesting, solving challenging business problems with the world’s great companies, without the back-and-forth of cold-calling and unsolicited proposals, or chasing receivables.

Former executive and business unit COO at a Fortune 50 technology company with recognized expertise in building SaaS and AI-based businesses

GLG’s extensive client portfolio allows me to access interesting projects in a variety of sectors while GLG’s project resources facilitate the relationship with both the client and subject-matter experts, allowing me to focus on research and deliverables.

Former Principal at a top-tier consultancy with deep experience in industrial and agricultural commodities

How to Work as a Research Lead

Become a Research Lead

Beginning work with GLG Integrated Insights as a research project lead is a quick and straightforward process. You’ll meet with a member of our Network Member Talent team to review your background and experience and provide a work sample, after which you will be introduced to a client manager from one of the business verticals that most closely aligns with your interests and experience. You’ll sign up as a Network Member and then be eligible to be staffed on your first Integrated Insights project.

Research Lead Backgrounds

GLG works with former strategy consultants and market researchers from a variety of backgrounds. The typical project lead has 10-20 years of work experience, usually comprising 5-10 years of strategy consulting or market research experience and 5-10 years of industry experience. We also partner with specialized boutique firms.

Project Selection

Once you become a GLG Network Member, project leads are chosen based on how well their experience matches client and project needs. We’ll discuss your interest and availability before presenting you to the client. Project leads are usually staffed from the proposal stage through project completion for continuity.

Compensation Structure

During enrollment we discuss your experience and can recommend a rate based on similar backgrounds of project leads in our network. Depending on client need, budget, and the difficulty of a project, we may present opportunities outside of your typical range, but you always have the option to accept or decline an opportunity.

Access GLG Resources

To help you glean valuable insights and craft quality deliverables, you will have access to:

  • GLG Network Members identified by our research team for consultations
  • Partnerships with senior industry leaders and internal GLG client managers
  • GLG’s surveys methodology and advanced analytics team
  • Research reports
Other Questions?

We’re happy to tell you more about working with GLG Integrated Insights.

Get Started

Become a GLG Network Member to start sharing insight with our clients.