Senior Survey Engineer
Lieberman Research Worldwide (LRW) - Los Angeles, CA

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JOB TITLE: Senior Survey Engineer


REPORTS TO: Managing Survey Engineer



Under a centralized survey development team, responsible for developing, programming, and fielding functional surveys as well as performing data processing and reporting. Delivers complex studies under minimal supervision. This job is responsible for coaching and mentoring Survey Engineers and Associate Survey Engineers .


Learn, implement and follow best practices for Dimensions survey development, data management, and reporting .

Scripting within the IBM SPSS Data Collection software suite using IBM SPSS Professional (mrStudio). This includes interview scripting, i.e. implementing complex routing, skip patterns, and quotas as well as table scripting i.e. implementing weighting and indexing.

Administer online surveys using IBM SPSS Interviewer Administrator (DimensionNet) .

Perform data processing functions using toolset and automated scripting.

Develop custom Dimensions product extensions.

Work with the research team to understand and execute complex survey logic, data management, and reporting .

Web design and site administration including hand-coding HTML and minor editing of images.

Communicate progress and information clearly and often.

Participates in defining and following best practices and process automation for survey design.

Ensure data quality through all stages of survey development, data processing, and reporting.


Provide technical support to Survey Engineers and Associate Survey Engineers.

Deliver trainings to expand the knowledge and experience of other Survey Engineers and Associate Survey Engineers.

Act as a technical lead on projects executed by Associate Survey Engineers.

Participate in other tasks related to the data collection process as necessary.


Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, MIS, or related field. Two to three years of prior market research experience preferably in programming, data processing, or quantitative research capacity.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must demonstrate a constant strive to learn and creative problem solving. Demonstrates advanced skills in building, testing, and deploying solutions based on organizational standards. Strong attention to detail, accuracy, and commitment to quality. Ability to prioritize tasks and manage time to effectively contribute to multiple projects simultaneously. Strives to work efficiently and increase productivity. Works well under time constraints. Commits to long hours when required in order to meet deadlines. Knowledge of group dynamics. Strong interpersonal skills.

Expert understanding of IBM SPSS Dimensions toolset, including, Professional, DimensionNet, and Reporter.

Three+ years experience with MRS/DMS/IOM/TOM scripting languages.

Understanding of internet technologies.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and VBA.

Understanding of standard web design and publishing technologies - e.g., ability to hand-code standards-compliant HTML; basic familiarity with JavaScript. .Net.

VB, VBA, or VBScript experience*

  • VB Script and Visual Basic programmers with no IBM SPSS Data collection software experience is also preferred, with the understanding that most work will be done using this software and not VB Script.

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