Vice President of Advanced Analytics
Affinnova - Waltham, MA

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(Waltham, MA - Headquarters)

Company Overview
Affinnova is revolutionizing how the world innovates. Our patented technology dramatically expands the field of creative ideas and reliably identifies the products, advertisements, or designs with the greatest market potential based on the preferences of consumers. The global leader in marketing innovation services and software, Affinnova delivers higher innovation success rates, accelerates speed to market and generates unprecedented return on investment.

Affinnova’s SaaS optimization platform combines an interactive evolutionary algorithm with the real-time preferences of consumers. Every product, advertisement and design has numerous potential attributes that impact the buying decision and appeal for consumers. Affinnova is the only company that truly considers all possibilities and reliably identifies the optimal approach.

Affinnova is profitable and one of the fastest growing marketing services and software companies in the world with a five year growth rate of 628%. Fortune 500 companies in the CPG, life sciences, retail, technology and financial services industries, including Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Nestlé, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Walmart, Microsoft, MasterCard and Citibank, depend on Affinnova to grow their businesses

Corporate Culture
Our philosophy at Affinnova is simple: you cannot revolutionize the way global companies innovate with anything less than an all-star team. We believe in smart, driven people who are experts in their field, have a proven record of success and have great potential to grow. We believe that collaboration supercharges the performance of people resulting in a dynamic workplace, the best outcomes for our clients and continuous improvement in what we do.

Position Description
This position is responsible for ensuring that Affinnova consistently and proactively deploys industry-leading analytics and is capable of supporting continued hyper growth. Responsibilities fall into three broad categories (1) team leadership and development, (2) technical leadership for all client work and project leadership for custom projects and (3) extended member of product development team. Specific responsibilities include:

Lead Advanced Analytics Team

Recruit, train and develop team members across multiple geographies to deploy current and develop future best practices in analytic solutions
Continue to refine team structure and client facing responsibilities, as part of the broader Research team, to support Affinnova’s evolving product mix
Manage the allocation of analytic resources to ensure successful support of Sales and Research delivery teams

Support Sales Teams and Custom Research Studies

Consult with sales to design, sell and deliver custom studies for Fortune 500 clients
Represent and champion Affinnova at high level meetings with clients and partners in support of education and business development
Contribute strategic thought, unique insights and analytical support (including project leadership as needed) for high profile, custom client studies

Drive Quality and Productivity Improvements in Analytics

Define and review technical standards
Develop analytical methods, best practices and systemic processes that enable standardization and automation
Improve automation of new and existing toolsets in conjunction with the Engineering Team

Advance the Organization’s Competencies in Analytics

Develop and implement training programs in analytical competencies for personnel across various functions including Research, Sales, Engineering, etc.
Lead subject matter expertise in areas related to analytical methodologies, new Affinnova products, industry innovations and trends, competitive intelligence etc.

Support Existing and New Product Development

Collaborate with the Product Management team in identifying and defining new products
Coordinate and consolidate feedback from Sales, Research and clients to help improve and validate new and existing research tools
Develop new methods for modeling, analyzing and visualizing/representing quantitative data

Reporting Relationships

This role leads a team of 8-10 members and will report to the Chief Financial & Operations Officer, who reports to the President and CEO.

Candidate Profile
Experience

10+ years of supplier-side experience in custom and productized market research solutions
Rapid career progression with a proven record of success building high-performance teams, supporting sales and profit growth, and leading critical initiatives for key clients
Proven capability translating a wide range of client needs into actionable solutions
Ability to consistently deliver at the highest levels of quality
Experience working in FMCG, Life Sciences or Financial Services industries required
Superior technical competencies and previous direct responsibility for the design, coding and execution of discrete choice models, conjoint models,monte carlo markov chain models , hierarchical Bayesian toolkits , segmentation methods, clustering algorithms, optimization algorithms, latent class and other E-M models, econometric models (including linear and non-linear regression), ensemble methods, and computationally intensive methods (bootstrapping, boosting, etc.)
  • Expertise in R, S-Plus and/or SAS required. Proficiency in Stata, Matlab, and SPSS a plus.
Characteristics

Strong leadership - people, thought and action
Intelligent - strategic, analytical and innovative
Driven by achievement and results
Leads by example, highly accountable
Entrepreneurial (self-motivated, persistent and resourceful)
Open, collaborative and inclusive
Mature, self-aware and self-confident
Desire to continuously learn and improve

Education

PhD in statistics, econometrics or equivalent field

Other

Travel: Average of 10% including international

Affinnova is an equal opportunity employer

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