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

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“Senior Research Manager/Research Manager”
(Chicago, IL)

About Affinnova

Affinnova is a global provider of software and services used by brands to dramatically improve their innovation and marketing success rate. Using Affinnova’s technology, marketers can explore a wider creative space of possible product, messaging and design ideas and use predictive analytics and consumer-driven insights to identify what will perform best in market. Our patented optimization platform can be applied to everything from product concepts and packaging, mobile applications, Web sites, brand positioning, advertising and retail store layouts. Leading organizations including Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Walmart and Citibank leverage Affinnova’s technology to achieve greater profits and fuel innovation. For more, visit

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 from top 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 to accelerate your career with Affinnova.

The Senior Research Manager and Research Manager roles at Affinnova are high profile positions with an increasing span-of-control and client responsibility as our patented technology enables clients to directly access sophisticated capabilities.

(Senior) Research Managers function in two critical roles (1) managing a cross-functional team while supporting Research Directors in more complex engagements and (2) working directly with our sales team to manage more streamlined projects and client expectations. Key responsibilities include shaping the research methodology and project input development as well as managing a cross-functional team on multiple, simultaneous projects. Specific responsibilities include:

Leading 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
Working with Research Directors 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
Working with product innovation to identify and implement product and process improvements in all areas of Research Operations

Reports To:
Director of Research Operations

4+ years of supplier side marketing research experience, or masters level education in relevant field (MBA or Marketing Research) and 4+ years of work experience
Project management working in a team environment
Presentation skills and direct client interaction

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
Attention to detail, creativity, and innovation
Willing to be available inside and outside of the office to support projects

Leadership, results-driven
High sense of ownership and responsibility
Entrepreneurial, self-motivated, persistent, and resourceful
Collaborative, inclusive
Intelligent and innovative
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+)