Associate Director/Category Director, Retail

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Mintel is in search of an experienced Associate Director/Category Director with expertise in the retail industry and proven managerial skills. The qualified individual will contribute to our internationally recognized publications by leading his/her team to create relevant, thoughtful, comprehensive category Reports. Using his/her extensive industry knowledge and critical thinking, this person will develop and enhance the quality of all work produced by a team of Report analysts.


Insight generation and analysis:

  • Oversee a small team of Analysts, ensuring that reports are focused and are produced in a timely manner
  • Ensure team creates insightful, relevant analysis of the retail industry that include consumer, market, retailer and/or manufacturer research and perspective
  • Work with analyst team, internal statisticians, consumer research team and external data providers to develop market data and insightful consumer research
  • Turn consumer research findings, market data and industry knowledge into actionable insights, providing critical thinking, insight and forward looking statements that impact our readers’ business/careers
  • Employ a wide range of research tools, including primary and secondary sources alongside quantitative and qualitative consumer research
  • Consult with Analysts throughout the Reports process to ensure that thinking and data are accurate and relevant to our client-base

Relationship building:

  • Interact with a wide variety of clients ranging from small marketing agencies to multi-national giants
  • Coach team to provide insight clients around key trends and product activity, in-person, via phone and through webinars
  • Build strong relationships with a wide range of colleagues in other areas of the company including Global Analysts, Research Analytics, Sales, Marketing and operations teams.
  • Act as the lead Mintel spokesperson in the retail industry and coach team to serve as lead spokesperson for each category they cover
  • Partner with Product Managers to develop and enhance existing products and services

Experience & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum 5-8 years’ experience in a research, branding or consulting role
  • Minimum 2 years of management experience
  • Expertise with the retail industry, e-commerce experience would be a plus
  • Expertise reading and interpreting consumer research data
  • A talent for seeing the patterns behind data, and understanding what these patterns mean from a business standpoint
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment, in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadline pressures.
  • Exceptional communication skills, written and oral
  • Demonstrated presentation skills for large audiences and individual clients
  • High level of organization and scheduling abilities
  • Ability to quality review reports in-progress, ensuring that data is accurate and insights are relevant to the marketplace
  • Expertise working in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to travel up to 5% of the time
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