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Research Director, Data as a Service

Research Director, Data as a Service

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IDC is the most respected global technology market research firm operating in over 110 countries worldwide. Our collaborative, innovative and entrepreneurial culture is the perfect place for you to discover your future.


IDC is seeking an energetic Research Director for Data as a Service to join its analytics and information management market research and advisory group.


The Research Director will be responsible for setting the overall course and direction of the Data as a Service market research service area.  Data as a Service is a major topical theme at IDC and customer interest in it has created an opportunity to add a senior member to the team.


This is a relatively public role with many client-facing and industry-facing responsibilities, but with primary responsibility for producing the research product and providing advisory services. The Research Director is responsible for building the reputation and the revenues of the services within their domain and is heavily involved in consulting and custom research.  


Additional responsibilities include: 

  • Managing the research agenda, writing research reports
  • Helping with marketing activities to raise industry visibility
  • Conducting business development, providing sales support
  • Acting effectively as a client advisor


  • BA/BS (analytic orientation preferred); MBA and/or advanced degree (attractive)
  • 10+ years of related work experience with similar areas and levels of responsibility in the information, consulting, or technology industries
  • 5-10 years of previous market research and/or advisory experience, including experience in primary and secondary research methodologies and data analysis
  • New Business Development; help identify prospects to pursue
  • Proficiency in Microsoft suite of products is a must.  Advanced skills in Excel required; knowledge of analytic tools for social sciences market research (e.g. SPSS) preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for supporting client inquiry and internal collaboration
  • Strong, demonstrated verbal (including public speaking) skills
  • Strong, demonstrated written communication skills, including writing of reports, presentation, or other documents that are actionable and relevant for the target audience
  • Given IDC's global customer base, experience with or in international work environments is helpful
  • Demonstrated ability in working under pressure with competing deadlines
  • Ability and interest in collaborating in a global environment
  • Sound judgment, planning, project management and organization skills
  • Ability to interpret financial statements
  •  Ability to travel (<25%) will be required on an as needed basis

About IDC:  International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,100 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company.


IDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, handicap, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, ancestry, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or other categories protected by law.