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POST DATE 8/31/2016
END DATE 10/21/2016

The NPD Group New York, NY

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Be the first of your friends to declare, I love where I work! and actually mean it. Have fun and work hard with some of the best and brightest in the market research industry. NPD is one of the leading market research providers in the world. We offer competitive market research and intelligence to our customers and many of the world's largest companies. In addition, NPD offers a career filled with innovation and opportunity to the forward-thinking problem solvers who join our family.

About You:

You're a passionate, dynamic, and highly motivated individual who's looking for an opportunity to have an impact on some of the most well-known companies in the world. This integral member of the Research Science team will report directly to the Senior Vice President, Research Science. If you enjoy working with clients to influence their business solutions, this job is for you.


NPD's Research Science Group works to ensure that NPD's market information is of the highest quality; in particular, that it is reliable, accurate, and complete. We design and monitor the systems that ensure quality outcomes through use of approaches such as:

* Missing data imputation

* Multi-level modeling

* Selection bias modeling

* Small area estimation

* Automatic categorization of purchase records

* Forecasting of future trends

* The demographic balance of questionnaire responses via sampling

* Post hoc adjustment (i.e., raking)

This position exists within the Methodology and Protocols team, a core function in Research Science that is responsible for developing and promoting best practices across the organization and industry.

This is a full-time position located in our Port Washington, NY office.

Overall Responsibilities:

* Use SAS, SPSS, SQL, R, and/or Excel to:

o Design methodological enhancements to NPD processes

o Carry out tests of alternative implementations of these enhancements

o Conduct basic research that draws on existing NPD data to study different aspects of consumer reporting performance and POS data coverage

o Apply multivariate and machine learning techniques to the above problems

* Promote consistency in implementation of designed enhancements across different businesses Maintain relationships with Research Science client teams to understand what is working well with NPD methodology and what could be improved

* Communicate results and procedures to internal clients


* Advanced degree in statistics, preferably a PhD

* Two-plus years' experience in:

o Statistical programming in SAS, SPSS and/or R

o Advanced statistical techniques (including those mentioned above)

* Knowledge of SQL queries preferred (either SAS Proc SQL or another SQL implementation)

* Excellent project management, time management, and problem solving skills

* Ability to communicate ideas and analysis results effectively both verbally and in writing to both technical and non-technical audiences

* Ability to work well on a team as well as independently

* Proficient in MS Office (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint)


The ideal candidate must be able to conduct engaging and impactful presentations that deliver value to the client while telling a compelling story in a concise and polished manner to a diverse audience. Most importantly, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to listen to the customer and appropriately match the customer's needs with NPD's products and services, or be willing to direct the customer to the best solution.


The ideal candidate must be comfortable and effective when talking with a broad range of decision influencers and decision makers within an organization. The candidate will be able to effectively understand and build relationships throughout the prospective customer's organization.


The ideal candidate will be competent in managing their time and activities and must embrace our proven opportunity and customer management processes and systems. Candidates must possess a can-do perspective in their professional attitude. They will be detail oriented and demonstrate a strong work ethic. They will be sticklers for accuracy in their own work as well as their colleagues. They will be ready to back up their assertions with facts.

The NPD Group, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Company Description

The NPD Group provides market information and analytic solutions that drive better decision-making and better results. The world's leading brands rely on us to help them get the right products in the right places for the right people. Practice areas include apparel, appliances, automotive, beauty, consumer electronics, diamonds, e-commerce, entertainment, fashion accessories, food consumption, foodservice, footwear, home, mobile, office supplies, retail, sports, technology, toys, video games, and watches / jewelry. For more information, visit and Follow us on Twitter: @npdgroup.