Senior Researcher for Innovation and Digital Transformation

New York, NY
New York, NY
Full Time

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Position Summary:

The Senior Researcher for Innovation and Digital Transformation is responsible for The Conference Board innovation-related research projects. As a member of the Economy, Strategy, Finance (ESF) Center he/she is the primarily serving the Innovation and Digital Transformation Institute.

Incumbent is an integral part of the Institute team. He/she works with the Center/Institute leadership and research team to develop project plans for projects in those areas, conducts research and oversees their implementation. He/she utilizes strong statistical, economic and writing skills in providing analysis and written text for publications of the Board. Engagement with executives from TCB member companies through presentations, briefings and webcasts is an important component of the position. The senior innovation researcher also provides information services to The Conference Board's staff and engaged with the media on relevant topics.

Reporting Relationships:

Reports to the Director of Economic Research, and works closely with the leaders of the Institute, the ESF Center in the US, Europe and Asia and other researchers in the ESF Center.

Principal Direct Activities:

  • Responsible for The Conference Board’s innovation & digital transformation related research.
  • Works with the leaders of the Institute to serve TCB members by supporting the planning and leading the execution of the research plan.
  • Further develop the research relationship with senior fellows and the institute advisory board.
  • Acts as one of the main spokespersons on and presenter of topics related to innovation and digital transformation, including interacting executives from members companies, councils, media and others.
  • Makes presentations on other Conference Board research topics, adjacent to innovation and digital transformation, as requested.
  • Keeps abreast of subject specialty, research methodologies, technical enhancements, and other information dissemination techniques.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues at The Conference Board globally, business executives, and academic researchers across the full scope of research responsibilities from designing data collection instruments in collaborative workgroup to shaping and growing the global breadth and scope of research in specified field/topic area.
  • Successfully executes and/or manages multiple research projects with tight deadlines to completion. 
  • Shows leadership through providing guidance and assistance to TCB colleagues in the resolution of research problems, and interacting collaboratively with business executives and academic researchers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications and Requirements:

A PhD or MA in Management Science, Economics or another specialization in social sciences. A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in an applied research environment, with a demonstrable relationship to the topics of innovation and/or digital transformation. Experience with business-oriented or market insights related research, and practitioner or industry experience are preferred characteristics for the job profile. A combination of quantitative and qualitative empirical research skills is a requirement. Quantitative research skills include experience working with large datasets and surveys and knowledge of software/statistical packages, such as STATA, SAS, R and E-Views, etc.. Qualitative research skills include the ability to capture current practices during the interview process and translate them into cases or narratives that provide guidance for future actions. Execution of one or two preassigned cases, or presentation of previous work along those lines, may be part of the hiring process.  

In addition to analytical skills, incumbent should have demonstrated communication, writing and presentation skills.  Incumbent must have experience with working in a team environment, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines. Experience with project and people management is desirable.