Senior Associate (Director)

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POST DATE 9/1/2016
END DATE 10/15/2016

SymphonyIRI Group Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 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.


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.

Responsibilities of a Corporate Strategy Director

* Occupy a highly visible position supporting company strategic initiatives.

* Effectively work cross functionally across the multiple IRI organizations

* Work with all functions and all levels including the CEO

* Lead one or multiple projects that require quantitative and qualitative analysis, problem framing, overall strategy formulation, and informal advisory on key business issues / initiatives ({(} e.g., industry evolution, white space opportunity sizing, business model portfolio analysis / adjustment, new initiative ideation, competitive landscape, market entry, partnership development, M&A)

* Project manage key strategy work-streams, often times in collaboration with Client Solutions, CSM, Analytics, Consulting, Technology, Operations and Finance teams, representing the Corporate Strategy point-of-view and providing and/or managing analytical support as appropriate.

* Focus on traditional Corporate Strategy work ({(} Corporate, Business Unit and Client Strategy) as well as Corporate Development work ({(} M&A, building partnership, and financial / business planning).

* Support communication of strategic priorities across multiple constituencies

* Deliver recommendations in a persuasive and thoughtful manner

* Build consensus and effectively influence mid and senior-level stakeholders from different parts of the organization and cultivate enduring, trusted relationships with IRI s senior leaders.

Candidate requirements:

Exceptional quantitative analysis skills and experience ({(} advanced Excel and PPT)

Ability to break down problems into components ({(} root cause understanding) and managing projects from beginning to end

Exceptional attention to detail, excellent communication skills ({(} verbal, written, listening).

Ability to balance, prioritize and execute multiple tasks simultaneously.

Understands the value of providing/receiving feedback with teammates.

Ability to work collaboratively with both IRI cross-functional teams and/or clients.

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

Ability to lead/coach junior team members to execute on the different work-streams in each project

Experience understanding financial statements, capable of performing financial calculations and performing financial modeling

Experience leading cross-functional teams and aligning diverse expectations to achieve challenging goals

Embraces a feedback culture; open to provide and receive timely and direct feedback on a regular basis while retaining a positive attitude and demeanor

Ability to perform with high pressure and short timelines.

Approaches work with a sense of fun; setting positive tone

Mature; ability to deal with confidential situations and information

Two or more years of post-MBA/MA or MS ({(} five or more years of experience without and M/MA or MS) Consumer Packaged Goods ({(} CPG) or retail business experience in a top-tier consulting environment or boutique consulting firm

Undergraduate degree from top tier university required. An MBA or advanced degree is a preferred.


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.