Localization Research Scientist

We are:

Grounded in the rigor of the behavioural sciences and practical realities of commercial and organizational demands. Our consultants have varied professional backgrounds, advanced degrees and industry credentials in psychology, organizational behaviour, management, adult learning, and related fields, including education, social work, counselling, and more.

We are an inclusive and interconnected global team made up of appreciative and constructive individuals who start with what works, build from successes, and are future focused. Our people are eclectic and curious by nature, making us uniquely YSC.

In line with an increasing demand from our clients, as well as the evolving nature of the industry, YSC is on a mission to continually use more sophisticated analytical tools and processes to generate deep, actionable leadership insights. We see Leadership Analytics as one of the key driving forces that powers strategic decisions and change within organizations and fundamental to how we consult with our clients.

Over the past three years, we have made significant advancements in leadership analytics. We have now arrived at the next phase of our growth which will involve us integrating analytics with rapidly developing technological capabilities in our industry.  With the growth of AI and Machine Learning, there is significant scope to bring greater scale, precision, and pace to our analytical services.

You are:

The Localisation Research Scientist role reports into the Global Head of Data Analytics as part of the Digital and Data Solutions Team. In this role the localisation research scientist’s main responsibilities are to support the localisation of our psychometric measurement portfolio. They will collaborate and work alongside our localisation partner to ensure their linguists have detailed briefs, are trained in the content and measures where needed and can ensure all content and measures are localised to the highest standards. The role would also include collecting data on the different language versions and running equivalence studies to ensure the measures are fully functioning and equivalent to its source. In addition to this role, the localisation research scientist will support the research and design of YSC’s proprietary psychometric measurements and insight models and to support the creation of collateral and publications showcasing the unique insights YSC is able to generate from its models, measurements, and data.

The work:

We are recruiting for a Localisation Research Scientist based in the UK. The nature of the work varies depending on business priority. However, examples of typical responsibilities are given below:

Localisation Analytics & Management

  • Manage relationship with our 3rd party Localisation partner.
  • Partnering in the delivery of localised versions of YSC’s psychometric measures and related content.
  • Responsible for shaping and part-executing the QA process of localised materials.
  • Organising data collection across the different language versions.
  • Performing statistical equivalence analyses and psychometric research.
  • Creating research reports and client facing technical documentation reflecting these analyses.
  • Working alongside peers in Product, Technology, Content Creation and Commercial to input into the product development and psychometric test content processes.


Research Scientist Responsibilities

  • Involved in the creation of core psychometric measurement tools.
  • Writing and reviewing of technical documentation
  • Involved in the research program to ensure we are constantly evolving our thinking and contributing new thinking to the field and to our clients.
  • Analytics on psychometric assessments and their measurement properties
  • Theoretical research around the concepts covered by YSC measurements and data analytics.

Expectations & Qualifications:

Reflective of our entrepreneurial and flexible ways of working, we will be thoughtful of ways to flex the specifics of the role for the right candidate. It is likely that the successful candidate will have:

  • An interest and working knowledge in occupational psychology, talent management and / or assessment.
  • A degree in fields such as I-O Psychology, Statistics, Linguistics or Translation Management
  • Relevant industry experience.
  • Analytical skills using software such as SPSS, R, and/or MPlus.
  • Ability to write about technical and complex concepts in a concise, simple, and accessible manner.
  • Strong IT literacy including advanced Excel, and confidence in working with digital solutions.
  • Able to take the initiative and make practical decisions at pace.
  • Comfortable managing competing operational demands, client requirements, and strategic plans.
  • Strong people and relationship management skills.
  • High levels of organisation, prioritisation, and planning skills in managing multiple work streams across multiple time zones.
  • Proactive problem solver with a solutions orientation approach.
  • Accurate with strong attention to detail and robust data management.


This is a flexible role with a mix of home & office working days. Preference would be for the Localisation Research Scientist to be available for one or two days a week working in person in the London office, where commuting allows.

Get in touch

Please email your application and CV to Email: recruitment@ysc.com and we will respond as quickly as possible.

The YSC Team

Our best in class consultants are highly characterful, representing a range of backgrounds in the behavioral sciences and business, coming from different markets around the world and representing a wide range of social identities.

About Us

YSC partners with organizations around the world to identify and develop the leadership styles, interpersonal and team dynamics, and total cultures that are most likely to enable successful, sustained delivery of commercial and organizational performance.