Executive Director, Research

Learn and work on meaningful initiatives with some of the best and brightest in the market research industry. The NPD Group provides the world?s most successful brands with leading market research, combining consumer and retail point-of-sale data with analytic solutions to interpret today?s market trends while anticipating tomorrow?s. In addition, we offer a career filled with innovation and growth to the forward-thinking problem solvers who join our team.

Position Overview

The Research Executive Director is responsible for leading the day-to-day methodologies, processes, procedures, and data integrity for both Consumer and POS databases in the US across multiple industries. He/She will proactively identify and resolve all data integrity issues and methodological ?glitches?. Additionally, the Research Executive Director will be responsible for developing data analysis and presentations to internal and/or external clients.? The Research Executive Director will be responsible for managing a team in addition to being responsible for their own individual workload.
Overall Responsibilities:

  • Managing the development and maintenance of the consumer data methodology to ensure the methodology reflects the most accurate representation of the industry size and trends.
  • Managing the development and maintenance of new Point Of Sale (POS) projection methodology.
  • Delivering internal and external client presentations regarding methodology and data challenges.
  • Providing insights and making value-added contributions towards the improvement of methodologies and processes.
  • Routinely interacting with Business Unit and Operations Management.
  • Accountable for data validation on all survey data.
  • Maintaining all documentation on methodologies, processes and procedures, which includes (calibration, projection, editing etc.), to ensure a ready reference and log of decisions made.
  • Partner with Client Development, Retail Business Group, Panel, and Operations teams to achieve goal.


  • 7+ years of experience
  • Fluency of multiple key Consumer and POS methodologies, processes and procedures.
  • Strong understanding of data collection and analytical processes
  • Proven success in ability to consult and to interact effectively with senior internal clients.
  • Strong presentation skills to both small and large groups
  • Detail-oriented with strong organization/project management skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities/deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of analytical tools such as SPSS or SAS is desired but not required.
  • Proficient in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint and Word)
  • BA/BS

The ideal candidate must be able to conduct engaging and impactful presentations that deliver value to the client while telling a compelling story in a concise and polished manner to a diverse audience. Most importantly, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to listen to the customer and appropriately match the customer's needs with NPD?s products and services, or be willing to direct the customer to the best solution.

The ideal candidate must be comfortable and effective when talking with a broad range of decision influencers and decision makers within an organization. The candidate will be able to effectively understand and build relationships throughout the prospective customer's organization.

The ideal candidate will be competent in managing their time and activities and must embrace our proven opportunity and customer management processes and systems. Candidates must possess a "can-do" perspective in their professional attitude. They will be detail oriented and demonstrate a strong work ethic. They will be sticklers for accuracy in their own work as well as their colleagues. They will be ready to back up their assertions with facts.

The NPD Group, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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