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Primary Research Manager

Date: May 13, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60606

Company: Glanbia

At Glanbia Nutritionals Inc., our portfolio centers around dairy and non-dairy nutritional ingredients. We co-innovate and deliver ingredient solutions and precision premixes for use in the mainstream food and beverage, infant and clinical, and functional nutrition markets. We are the number one provider of whey-based nutritional ingredients globally and the number one producer of American-style cheddar cheese. Our protein systems have transformed the bar and beverage categories — bringing increased levels of protein, cleaner labels and greater product functionality to market. We have a direct presence in 21 countries, with manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany and China, and international sales and technical offices around the world.

 Primary Research Manager

 

Reports To:                          Director of Insights, Strategy & Development

Department:                        Marketing

Location:                              Chicago, IL

Exempt Status:                    Exempt

 

Job Summary

At Glanbia Nutritionals (the B2B Ingredients division of Glanbia Plc) the Primary Research Manager will be an expert on market research, including both primary and secondary research and analysis and use this expertise to help shape and support both our product strategies and our commercial strategies.  The Primary Research Manager will work across different areas of the business and will be specifically responsible for identifying areas where consumer research projects will provide value to the business within a B2B context and executing on those projects. This could span across gaining a better understanding of consumer needs in key categories to identify innovation opportunities, to new product concept testing to positioning research results for use with our customers (typically mid to large food and beverage companies). The Primary Research Manager will play a critical part of helping GN develop a robust lens on consumers so that we can continue to be more effective in delivering new ideas to our customers.

 

Essential Functions

  • Elevate and represent the voice of the consumer across the organization to enable a culture that is anchored in deep and empathic player understanding.
  • Design, implement and lead high-impact quantitative and qualitative research to support a number of cross-functional teams including but not limited to, marketing, product management and business development.
  • Ensure that all deliverables are actionable, grounded in deep player knowledge and psychology, and guided by a broader understanding of business context.
  • Translate research into actionable insights, packaging research findings and recommendations for all stakeholders.
  • Recommending and designing appropriate studies or research approaches; working to get stakeholder buy-in/approval.
  • Synthesizing and analyzing data collected from surveys, usability testing and other research studies; translating research insights into actionable recommendations and direction.
  • Uncover meaningful insights from secondary research sources, including syndicated data.
  • Participate on a cross-functional team to support new product launches. Ensure key learning plan milestones are successfully met on time.
  • Closely monitor and report on category and consumer trends with the ability to assess key marketing opportunities and treats.
  • Demonstrate a natural passion for the sports nutrition/ fitness/ wellness category.
  • In charge of research and uncovering Megatrends and understanding how these can be applied to the company.
  • Undertaking primary research from the design to programming (Survey Monkey), analysis and concept test design.
     

Additional Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned
     

Qualifications

Education

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, Market Research or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
     

Experience

  • 7-10+ years’ experience in strategic/consumer insights/ research/ analytics.
  • Experience in executing insight initiatives including creating content independently with the ability to translate qualitative and quantitative findings into compelling presentations.
  • Market research and analysis experience – including familiarity with and demonstrated ability to analyze data from key external sources (e.g. IRI, Innova, Euromonitor, others).
  • Proven ability to work effectively both independently and in a team based environment.
  • Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities.
  • Well versed in various marketing research methodologies, with equal comfort in qual and quant, and ability to make strategic recommendations based on the business needs (Design, programming and analyzing questionnaires).
  • Ability to distill raw data into actionable insights, and create clear, concise and actionable reports.
  • Experience servicing multiple teams, and adapting insights for each audience.
  • Experience establishing & maintaining relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization, including the executive level.
  • Demonstrated strong data and analytical skills such as analyzing and reporting data in order to identify issues, trends, or exceptions to drive improvement of results and find solutions.
  • Experience identifying operational issues and recommending and implementing strategies to resolve problems.
  • Experience in leading and project managing cross-functional teams.
  • Experience influencing stakeholders within an organization.
  • Familiarity with customer intelligence software.
  • Ability to comprehensively understand and covert consumer, category, competitor, and channel/customer insights into actionable plans and recommendations.
  • Self-starting, problem solver who effectively uses fact-based rationale.
  • Exposure to P&L and forecasting a plus.
     
    Competencies
  • Communication – Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills to be able to effectively communicate with others.
  • Multi-Tasking – Highly organized and detail oriented; ability to juggle multiple tasks and projects and set priorities to ensure deadlines are met or exceeded. Can monitor timelines and key milestones to ensure efficient, on time delivery.
  • Deal with Ambiguity – Anticipates impact of change and can comfortably cope with change. Uses ingenuity to compensate without having the total picture and can rise to challenges accepting risk and uncertainty as normal.
  • Teamwork – A team player, who thrives on working collaboratively, inspiring others and bringing out the best in the wider team with the ability to work well with various levels within organization.
  • Result Oriented and Self-Driven – Self-starting initiative and comfort navigating white space. Makes and meets commitments. Accepts responsibility. Has a passion for excellence.
  • Strategic Thinking – Must be able to see the “big picture” and be able to relate findings across different studies.
  • Detail Orientated – Excellent attention to detail.
  • Customer Driven – Obsession with making relevant customers happy and strong opinions about good customer experience.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite – Strong Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook skills

 

Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to moderate noise levels (i.e. office equipment and light traffic).
     

Travel Requirements

    • Moderate travel (less than 25%) by land and/or air.
       

Disclaimer

Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.

 

Are you someone who likes to make it happen, make it better and make it fun? If so, our company offers you an excellent opportunity to do really interesting work and develop a career in a dynamic and innovative environment that is all about making you and our business successful.

 


Nearest Major Market: Chicago