Research Director
Affinnova - Chicago, IL

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(Chicago, IL)


Affinnova is one of the world’s fastest growing marketing technology companies, with a 500% growth rate over the past five years and 200 talented employees worldwide.
We are fundamentally transforming the way brands innovate and market their products and services. Powered by optimization algorithms and predictive analytics and insight, our technology platform dramatically improves innovation and marketing success rates, helping companies increase the effectiveness of products, advertising and designs by more than 50%.
Led by the strength of our technology platform, Affinnova has gained significant momentum across both large and mid-sized enterprises including such Global Fortune 500 companies as Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Pfizer and Bank of America.
Thanks to our explosive global growth, we are adding new offices across the U.S., Europe and Asia. We are also expanding our technology across all industries from consumer packaged goods and life sciences to financial services, retail/e-commerce and consumer electronics.


How would you like to be on the front-line of innovation and help the largest brands in the world identify their next break-through product or marketing idea for consumers?

Affinnova is seeking a Research Director to join its growing team. You’ll engage with a fun-loving and brilliant team of sales professionals, designers and analytics experts to solve complex marketing research challenges for clients. You’ll work on a diverse range of challenging projects that are highly visible to senior management all the way up to the CEO. There are no boundaries for where this position can grow and we routinely promote employees that show strong leadership and the ability to innovate. If you’re the right fit, you’ll thrive in a supportive environment that’s low on hierarchy and high on team-based collaboration.

Specifically, you will:
Develop long-term business relationship based on strategic and tactical experience
Manage multiple global projects from initial scoping to results, while identifying key business issues and recognizing strategic implications and recommendations
Lead clients and the internal cross-functional team through the execution of successful projects that are on-time and of highest quality from client kickoff to results delivery, including up to 20% travel to client sites
Consult with Internal team to identify and solve for complexities associated with study methodology, client input development, fielding and reporting
Work with clients and sales team to ensure successful introduction and adoption of our proprietary solutions and software
Effectively communicate across functions: Sales, Field, Design, Analytics and Innovation
Develop and mentor junior staff members


This position reports to the Research Team Leader (who reports to the Chief Operations Officer) as part of our Research Services team.


We are seeking a person who combines that rare cross between an entrepreneurial, self-motivated leader, and expert authority on market research techniques and methodology. Here are some of the specific abilities and skills the ideal candidate will have:

Record of Success – Proven track record of impacting results throughout career by being the best at what you do and making unique contributions
Communicator - Effective at verbal and written communication – can translate complex ideas simply
Super Smart – Highly versatile thinker who can assimilate knowledge and understanding across different industries, products, technologies, disciplines etc.
Analytical - Deep understanding of data analysis and how to turn data into actionable insights - Ability to analyze a problem and create a solution
Committed - Willing to be available inside and outside of the office to support projects
Collaborative – Incredibly effective with people, e.g., knows how to understand and learn from people, motivates enthusiasm and can drive decision-making
Innovative – Comes up with novel ideas and approaches to new opportunities that set us apart from the crowd and result in exceptional performance
Pragmatic – Does not reinvent the wheel once something works and figures out how to scale processes and practices that drive efficiency and effectiveness
Pride of Authorship – Intrinsically cares about the quality of their work
Flexible and Resourceful – Thrives in a dynamic, growth business where new challenges are the order of the day and necessity is the mother of invention


7+ years of marketing research, innovation consulting or brand management experience
Client and Internal leadership working in a team environment
Strong research methods background, experience with Conjoint / Discrete Choice preferred


Bachelor’s degree (4 year) or equivalent in business, marketing, or a related field from top tier school. Master’s degree preferred.
High academic achievement (GPA - 3.5+)

About this company
Affinnova is revolutionizing how the world innovates. Our patented technology dramatically expands the field of creative ideas and reliably...