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Research Director

Strategy & Insights
Chicago, IL Kansas City, MO
Req ID: 4925


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 a 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 conducting primary (qualitative and quantitative) research, along with secondary and social exploration. 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.

We are currently seeking a Director that will encompass the following:

  • Works collaboratively with strategy, experience design, client engagement, channel 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
  • Designs and leads research from beginning to end
  • Creates documentation of project requirements and proposals
  • 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

Required Skills:

  • A natural curiosity and thirst for learning
  • Empathetic leader with an ability to tune into what matters
  • Self-starter who can see the strategic openings and run with it
  • Collaborative partner who can be flexible and creative with approach

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a multidisciplinary background, including developing research strategy, consumer insight, and/or account planning
  • 7-10 years of overall research, strategy, or planning experience with at least 5 years of strategic leadership experience with clients
  • Global experience in market research is a plus

As part of the WPP Group, VMLY&R offers one of the best overall compensation packages in the business.

VMLY&R is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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