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International Data Group Research Director, Edge Strategies in Needham, Massachusetts

Research Director, Edge Strategies

IDC's Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group is seeking a Research Director, Edge Strategies to support its research and business development efforts on Edge Strategies.

The Research Director (RD) for Edge Strategies is responsible for developing and socializing IDC’s point of view on Edge (Computing) Strategies with enterprises, IT suppliers and service providers. The individual will develop research on business strategies, the impact of relevant technologies on enterprises. This individual will also work with other worldwide and regional analysts to develop a holistic set of thought leadership and actionable research for IT Buyers and Suppliers. This research includes fielding primary surveys, writing papers, delivering presentations, driving consulting work, and advising technology-based clients on business strategies related to their investment in Edge. The RD is tasked with meeting publication deadlines, inquiry requirements and hitting quarterly and annual financial targets. The RD will also be working within a team of analysts within IDC's infrastructure research practice and coordinating with other IDC technology research analysts around the world.

Come join IDC, the most respected global technology market research firm. We are changing the way the world thinks about the impact of technology on business and society. Our people, data, and analytics create global technology insights that accelerate customer success. IDC was recognized by the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) as the 2020 Analyst Firm of the Year for delivering critical, timely insights in coordinated efforts around the world, during a time when our customers faced unprecedented challenges.

  • Research Leadership: The Research Director serves as IDC’s lead research analyst and evangelist on Edge strategies – both business and technical. The RD drives the vision, strategic development, and internal coordination of analysts and resources covering the fast-evolving Edge technology research market. The RD must be a thought leader, well versed in the language of technology and related business research, and adept at fielding, analyzing, and articulating the results of frequent and precise edge-focused surveys. The RD will also take a leadership role in the development of IDC's Edge focused data products.

  • Relationship Management: The Research Director must cultivate and manage executive-level relationships with customers, prospects, and other key industry players in the Edge technology market. It is also critical to build and maintain collaborative relationships with IDC's analyst community, consultants, marketing and sales professionals.

  • Verbal and Written Communications: The Research Director must be proficient in authoring research documents and presentations, with the latter delivered at conferences and in front of customers and prospects.

  • Business Development and Consulting: The Research Director utilizes technical knowledge and expertise to develop and implement unique research services for clients and drives exclusive Edge-focused content for consulting projects geared toward satisfying the requirements of customers.

  • Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree a plus

  • 10 or more years of previous technology-centric market research experience or in a related industry

  • Advanced skills in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (SPSS a plus)

  • Ability to travel (30-40%)

  • Proven team management experience for both direct and indirect teams

  • Proven project management, and time management capabilities, with an eye toward attention to detail and the ability to communicate data analysis through written reports and presentations

  • A positive, entrepreneurial attitude with the ability to bring vision, creativity, and strategic thinking to the design and management of high-profile research projects while working under pressure and with competing deadlines

About IDC: International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,100 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company.

IDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, handicap, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, ancestry, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or other categories protected by law.

ID: 2021-1911

External Company Name: International Data Group, Inc.

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