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We are seeking a Senior Research Director. Together with direct colleagues in the global account team, the Senior Research Director will be responsible for several large international clients, more specifically for the setup, management and follow-up of their quantitative and qualitative marketing research projects and analyses. This position is based in our office in Kontich, Belgium.

Key Activities

Managerial Responsibility

  • Management of multiple (possibly multinational) team members including senior staff, with different accounts/markets
  • Appraisal, attraction and employee development, capacity management for area of responsibility - ensures needed resources are available for delivery, full disciplinary and functional lead
  • Controls the development of a talent pool for his/her own unit
  • Supports Custom / Syndicated Research teams by delivering best practice cases
  • Contributes to Custom /Syndicated Research department strategy and planning

Research Design & Proposal Development

  • Oversees and provides conceptual input to proposal writing; demonstrates thought leadership in this area
  • Full responsibility for overseeing the design, specification, pricing and approval process for all types of research – regardless of scope and complexity
  • Translates client question into appropriate proposal design based on the full product portfolio
  • Is responsible for development of complex research designs
  • Exhibits substantial experience and expertise in all departmental solutions; is on top of trends
  • Defines the value pricing of a client solution, evaluates project costs

Project Execution

  • Delivers the projects with high quality and on delivery according to plan - monitors KPIs; Informs KAM/KAD, on status and issues
  • involved in fundamental problem solving in project execution
  • Supports pilot client projects in coordination with regional /global teams
  • Qual:
    • Able to deal with difficult participants and awkward group dynamics
    • Elicits people's deepest beliefs, feelings and assumptions

Analysis & Reporting

  • Demonstrates excellent strategic skills in writing or reviewing client reports
  • Sees the ‘bigger picture;’ that is, has the ability to connect various research sources and to deduct the bigger story, the bigger learning behind
  • Creates impactful reports and development of meaningful insightful recommendations/customer insights that answer key client business issues for strategic clients, additionally reviewing and providing guidance for client deliverables
  • Directs and trains others in creating meaningful presentations using ThinkStoryLine principles
  • Gives client presentations – mostly higher management, sales-presentations using excellent story-telling techniques

Client Management

  • Client interaction on a strategic level
  • Leads relevant regional and global pitches
  • Consulting in proposal stage, research design, ThinkStoryLine
  • Presents Kynetecs latest thinking & value proposition
  • Supports or leads negotiations
  • Supports cross-selling between Custom Research and Syndicated Research

Technical Skills Required

  • Skilled in MS Office (mainly PowerPoint and Excel)

Eduation and Experience Required/Desired

  • Master’s degree in related field
  • Strong analytical, pragmatic and commercial attitude and a desire to work in varied job environment
  • Market research expertise in the agricultural sector preferred, or expertise either in the agricultural business or in marketing research
  • At least 5 years of experience
  • Motivated by working in an international environment and willingness to travel for meetings abroad
  • A willingness to show full responsibility for projects, from start to finish
  • Excellent verbal and written communications in English; proficiency in an additional language (French, German, Spanish, Portuguese or Chinese) a plus
  • Comfortable giving presentations to clients and an ability to provide recommendations & insights
  • Team player with a flexible attitude to meeting the expectations of our large international accounts

To apply

If you meet our criteria and would like to take part in growth of Kynetec, please apply by sending your CV and cover letter in English. We guarantee discretion to all candidates.

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