Quantitative

Research Manager, Illuminas, New York City

Posted on September 29, 2010. Filed under: Jobs, Market Research, Marketing, New York City, Qualitative, Quantitative, Research |

Illuminas, a member of the UK company Media Square plc, has gone from strength to strength since first opening over 20 years ago. Illuminas’ reputation has been built upon its ability to provide excellence in marketing research and consultancy, always delivering strategic insight in a succinct and actionable format.  With offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Austin, Texas, Illuminas has the ambition to be a top 20 global research consultancy within the next few years.

To support and grow the client base of multinationals firms, we’re seeking an enthusiastic research practitioner with 3 – 5 years agency research experience. You will work as part of an existing small New York team to service and grow the New York client base. You will also join other global team members to support client needs derived from Illuminas offices in London, Austin, Hong Kong and Shaghai as required. Illuminas only hires qualiquants – those who are method neutral in their skill set and approach to delivering the right tailored solution for a client challenge. 

The candidate’s technical skills in qualitative and quantitative research, analysis will be augmented by engaging and actionable recommendations. Illuminas seeks SWANs not stars – i.e. candidates who are Smart, Work hard and are Nice – talented but collaborative.

Job Responsibilities

  • Involved in projects spanning a range of sectors, particularly but not exclusively financial services, (mobile) telecoms and CPG
  • Qualitative and quantitative – candidate must be open to doing both and, particularly, to have experience in qualitative group moderation
  • On qualitative jobs, responsibilities will include:
    • Development of field materials – stimulus, screeners and discussion guidelines
    • Liaison with suppliers to organize fieldwork
    • Conducting fieldwork
      • Depth interviews
      • Viewed group discussion – consumer and business
      • Workshops
    • Assisting with analysis and report writing
    • Costing
  • On quantitative jobs, responsibilities will include:
    • Design, write and/ or revise questionnaires – both online and CATI
    • Liaising with data collection agencies
    • Checking questionnaire scripts and interim data to ensure accuracy
    • Check final data/ tables
    • Perform core data analysis from both tables and SPSS files
    • Create charts in PowerPoint with explanatory context for the findings
    • Costing 

Job Requirements

Have a keen interest in consumer behavior, and be an enthusiastic and inquisitive researcher.

Be confident in front of clients and should require minimal supervision when dealing with clients on day-to-day project-specific tasks

The right candidate will ideally have a base level experience of both qualitative and quantitative research techniques and have experience in:

  • Carrying out desk research
  • Writing project set up documents – screeners, guidelines/ questionnaires
  • Help writing proposals
  • Moderation
  • Analysis
  • Chart design/ report writing
  • Presenting
  • SPSS

The selected candidate will have good communication, organizational and strong analytical skills as well as good energy and enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and sense of fun.

Do you fit the qualifications? Forward your resume to talentsleuth(at)gmail(at)com.

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Director Research, Illuminas, New York City

Posted on September 12, 2010. Filed under: Jobs, Market Research, Marketing, New York City, Qualitative, Quantitative, Research |

Think you meet the qualifications? Please forward resume to: talentsleuth@gmail.com.

Illuminas, a member of the UK company Media Square plc, has gone from strength to strength since first opening over 20 years ago. Illuminas’ reputation has been built upon its ability to provide excellence in marketing research and consultancy, always delivering strategic insight in a succinct and actionable format.  With offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Austin, Texas, Illuminas has the ambition to be a top 20 global research consultancy within the next few years.

To support and grow the client base of multinationals firms, we’re seeking a senior, seasoned research practitioner (10 years or more experience) to work alongside a London SVP Research to service and grow the client base and develop the research team.  Illuminas only hires qualiquants – those who are method neutral in their skill set and approach to delivering the right tailored solution for a client challenge.

The selected candidate will have accomplished technical skills in qualitative and quantitative research. They will also have proven team building and staff development skills and the ability to take P&L responsibility. It’s expected that after a period of time that the right candidate will lead the New York office and report direct to the Global CEO in London headquarters.

We are not interested in finding a career manager or salesperson because Illuminas’ development is relationship based and sales are mainly word of mouth as we deliver excellent research and client service.

Job Responsibilities

  • Be passionate about research and brands, be data and methodology neutral and not reliant on selling products, black box solutions, a big brand name.
  • Comfortable building a portfolio of accounts through adhoc qual research, quant research and related analysis and advice /recommendations; hard work, being as good as the last project, going the extra mile on service. Outcompete the peer group on service, superior analysis and team members who are multi methodology trained and comfortable giving succinct marketing and business advice as out.
  • Able to manage, motivate and grow teams internally and externally through strong communication of knowledge and ideas to clients and suppliers.
  • Lead and develop the business;

o    Client development and relationship building to ensure repeat business

o    Prospect and win new business

o    Build their own profile within the industry as a custom research and consultancy specialist

  • The candidate will develop and grow Illuminas in New York by using their own qual, quant and marketing advisory skills; a high level of commercial support will be supplied (IT, Finance, project and client profitability analysis by a global COO in conjunction with the US Accounting Manager (based in Texas, visits monthly to support).

Job Requirements

  • A great researcher – expertise in both quantitative and qualitative approaches with the ability to translate research into insights, ideally 10+ years experience
  • Experience working in the North American market, be comfortable there and connected to the client/agency community
  • To fit in with the Illuminas culture – entrepreneurial/creative and charismatic with a sense of humility.  Partnership business model (informally and formally where possible) rather than a public one.
  • To have had exposure to P&L responsibility but no requirement to be a financial expert.  Budgets, forecasting, project profitability and client profitability will be analyzed and supported by the US Finance team / Global COO.

Think you meet the qualifications? Please forward resume to: talentsleuth@gmail.com.

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Transaction Management Sr. Analyst – PayPal – San Jose, CA

Posted on August 16, 2010. Filed under: Analytics, California Jobs, PayPal, Quantitative, San Jose, San Jose Jobs |

Responsibilities

The PayPal Global Core Payments group is responsible for defining and managing global payment solutions and partnerships that enable the movement of funds into and out of the PayPal system. Transaction Management Sr. Analyst, a critical and highly visible role of Global Core Payments, will manage transaction expenses logic and provide insights/analytics to optimize transaction expense.

JOB DUTIES

• Manage transaction expense logic and process by working with various parties – markets, platform, data management, to design data architecture, ensure the relevant cost data captured correctly in Teradata, which is critical to manage transaction expense

• Develop statistical and financial models to analyze the business impact of new initiatives, changes to existing initiatives (e.g. contract re-negotiations), process improvements and fee changes

• Support initiatives to optimize transaction expense

• Provide analysis and recommendations on transaction costs to support the markets, compliance, strategy and GCP platform teams

• Maintain and enhance key business reports, and communicate the trends and opportunities

• Engage in end-to-end project management, including problem/project scoping, methodology/approach, fact/data gathering and manipulation, analysis and modeling, problem solving, and communication of insights and recommendations.

• Present business insights to multiple levels of management across business units and functional areas

• Develop strong working relationships with cross-functional groups across the organization

Experience/Skills

• 4-7 years of experience in analytics/quantitative role in banking, consulting or related industries

• Demonstrated excellence in quantitative analysis

• 2-7 years experience with SQL (preferably on Teradata), and a good understanding of relational databases(foreign keys, primary keys, normalization etc.)

• High level of proficiency in Base SAS and SAS Enterprise Miner

• Solid knowledge of UNIX environment and basic UNIX scripting

• High level of proficiency in Excel, Access and PowerPoint

• Strong problem-solving & multi-tasking skills

• Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills

• Ability to ensure quality of analytics with the mindset of big business picture

• Working in cross-functional and cross-cultural teams, and be able to communicate technically intricate concepts/results in business terms

• Familiarity with payment is preferred

• BS in a quantitative field, MS preferred

Feel you meet the qualifications? Please forward your resume to khollenshead (at) paypal (dot) com.

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