Corporate Strategy Jr. Associate

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POST DATE 8/30/2016
END DATE 10/15/2016

SymphonyIRI Group Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Bachelors Degree


IRI is a leading provider of big data, predictive analytics and forward-looking insights that help CPG, OTC health care, retailers and media companies to grow their businesses. With the largest repository of purchase, media, social, causal and loyalty data, all integrated on an on-demand cloud-based technology platform, IRI helps to guide its more than 5,000 clients around the world in their quests to remain relentlessly relevant, capture market share, connect with consumers and deliver market-leading growth. A confluence of major external events a revolution in consumer buying, big data coming into its own, advanced analytics and automated consumer activation is leading to a seismic shift in drivers of success in all industries.

What we do:

IRI Corporate Strategy and Development team is responsible for crafting and leading key strategic initiatives across the firm. Working in tandem with IRI s Executive Leadership, we identify opportunities to continue to deliver the maximum value to our clients by serving as a liaison to our core business units, driving product innovation, developing new partnerships, and leading M&A activity. The Corporate Strategy Analyst will work on the following:

* Work closely with experienced associates, Directors and/or VPs of the Strategy Team in diverse corporate strategy and corporate development projects

* Conduct research and analysis

* Interpret results and make recommendations for next steps

* Build qualitative and quantitative research tools to support/execute projects

* Coordinate outsourcing of research with internal or external providers

* Develop presentations and models for various scenarios such as M&A, productivity improvements, business process optimization, organization design, investments, etc.

Candidate requirements:

* Exceptional attention to detail

* Quantitative analysis and problem solving skills ({(} advanced Excel and PPT skills)

* Strong verbal communication skills

* Ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks

* Strong teamwork and collaboration skills

* Strong, results-oriented work ethic; proven ability to focus on learning, outcomes and high quality work product

* Demonstrate willingness to take initiative and increase level of autonomy and responsibility with the goal of eventually taking on greater project management roles and potentially client responsibilities

* Bachelor s degree from top tier program with a focus in finance, economics, accounting, business strategy, business administration or marketing

* Experience working in a corporate environment ({(} internship experience or one year in a work setting)


About Us
As one of the original innovators in Big Data, IRI integrates the world s largest set of otherwise disconnected purchase, media, social, causal and loyalty data to help CPG, retail, over-the-counter health care and media companies grow their businesses. We combine this data with predictive analytics to uncover new consumer insights and integrate them on the most technologically-advanced, cloud-based visualization platform. Learn more about us here and on YouTube.

Our Benefits
We offer a comprehensive benefit package ({(} health, paid time off, 401({(} k), etc.) with additional unconventional offerings such as volunteer time off, flexible work arrangements, back-up child care, etc., along with the unrivaled benefit of working with our people - the best in the business.

Our Culture
We re thrilled we get to work on the most interesting business challenges facing the CPG and retail industries. We regularly uncover new aha moments! by closely collaborating with our colleagues and developing competencies centered around the following values: Collaboration, Personal development, Executional excellence, Client growth, Innovation and creativity.

IRI is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available here: DOL Poster. IRI is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.