Research Analyst/Senior Research Analyst - Chicago
Affinnova - Chicago, IL

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Research Analyst/Senior Research Analyst
(Chicago, IL)

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 software and services, 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 highly profitable and one of the fastest growing marketing software and service 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

Over the past two years, we have hired over 100 people, most of them from top market research firms. The most frequently cited reasons they joined were (1) better opportunities for career advancement, (2) an ability to more directly influence the environment in which they worked and (3) an opportunity to radically advance the effectiveness of market research. We have a proven track record of internal promotion, and because we have grown annually 40%+ in each of the past 5 years, this is a great time accelerate your career with.

The Senior Research Analyst role at Affinnova is a high profile position with an increasing span-of-control and client responsibility. Senior Research Analysts function in a critical role, managing a cross-functional team while supporting Research Directors and clients on engagements across methodologies, industry verticals and geographies. Senior Research Analysts lead the internal project management of complex research studies for key clients and help define process and procedure for new research capabilities. Senior Research Analysts lead the preparation of reports and draft analysis of results and recommendations.

Specific responsibilities include:
Leading the internal cross-functional team through the execution of successful projects that are on-time and of consistent high quality from client kickoff to results delivery
Working with Research Directors and clients to identify and solve for complexities associated with study methodology, client input development, fielding and reporting
Working with clients and sales team to ensure successful introduction and adoption of our web application (Concept Studio)
Coordinating and effectively communicating across functions including Design, Analytics and Development
Developing and mentoring junior staff members
Helping identify and implement product and process improvements in all areas of Research Operations

Reports To

Director of Research Operations


2+ years of market research experience (supplier side experience is a plus)
Project management in a team environment

Deep understanding of data analysis and how to turn data into actionable insights
Ability to analyze a problem and create a solution
Ability to handle multiple complex projects simultaneously
Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
Superior written and oral communication skills
Presentation skills
Attention to detail

Leadership, results-driven
High sense of ownership and responsibility
Entrepreneurial, self-motivated, persistent, and resourceful
Collaborative, inclusive
Intelligent, innovative and creative
Strategic and analytical
Confident and persuasive
Optimistic, passionate, and committed

Bachelor’s degree (4 year) or equivalent in business, marketing, or a related field from reputable school
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...