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Research Strategy Associate Director

Strategy & Insights
United States Frisco, TX Kansas City, MO Chicago, IL
Req ID: 4998


Position at VMLY&R

At VMLY&R, we create connected brands. We resist the usual ways of seeing, doing and thinking — harnessing creativity, technology and culture — to reimagine the entire connected consumer experience. Our goal? To create work that becomes part of people’s lives, to drive value for our clients and, in the best of cases, to impact the world.As an Associate Director in the Research Studio, you will work to power curiosity throughout the organization in an effort to continually push our knowledge and thinking further. This role is rooted in secondary research (qualitative and quantitative), social exploration and storytelling. But it isn’t just the status quo, it’s taking research and melding it with a strategic mind to create innovative and agile approaches to learning more and create opportunities for our clients.

We are currently seeking an Associate Director that will encompass the following:

  • Works collaboratively with strategy, experience design, client engagement, data & innovation and creative to inform solutions that meet customer and business needs
  • Consults with internal and external clients to understand strategic research objectives and propose the appropriate approach to get to game-changing insights
  • Connects the dots on secondary research and social listening in a way that sparks new thinking
  • Concisely weaves together insights to create a compelling and human story
  • Brings data to life in unique, deep and meaningful ways for clients, translating it into actionable insights
  • Experience with social listening and analytics platform(s) (Brandwatch, MRI-Simmons, GWI, Infegy, Helixa, etc.)
  • Proficient in writing queries for social listening platforms to monitor brand, competitors and other key topics
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to tell a story in an easy-to-digest and visual manner
  • Strong strategic and problem-solving skills and ability to work in a team environment with different personalities

Required Skills:

  • A natural curiosity and thirst for learning
  • Self-starter who can see the strategic openings and run with it
  • Collaborative partner who can be flexible and creative with approach
  • Storytelling with deep understanding of secondary data

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a multidisciplinary background, including developing research strategy, analytics, consumer insight, and/or account planning
  • 5-7 years of overall research, strategy, or planning experience with at least 3 years of strategic, social insights, market research, business intelligence or similar field
  • Experience working independently and self-managing projects supporting multiple stakeholders
  • Understand methodologies and insight-gathering tools in social media
  • Identify opportunities to leverage data creatively and innovatively to engage an audience and address business needs
  • Deliver audience, industry and cultural trends & insights using social listening and audience identification tools that guide strategy
  • Demonstrate problem-solving ability with emphasis on drawing inferences with secondary data
  • Synthesize findings into compelling and concise data-driven stories
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to explore, organize and analyze data with meticulous attention to detail

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