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Primary Research Supervisor, Research & Intelligence

New York, Iowa
Closing date
Dec 3, 2021

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Research Scientist / Analyst
Full Time
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Ogilvy's Research & Intelligence (R&I) team is seeking a research professional to fill the Research Supervisor role. Our ideal candidate has approximately three to five years of experience with client relations, project management skills, is extremely detail oriented, and committed to high level of quality with the ability to play a primary, independent implementation role in our research work.

The Research Supervisor will have a deep understanding of primary research but will focus on qualitative methodologies (in-person/online focus groups, in-depth interviews, bulletin boards, digital and observational ethnographies, etc.). They will have a basic understanding of quantitative methodologies as well as searching, analyzing, and summarizing secondary research. The Research Supervisor will collaborate with multiple members of the R&I team as well as account and client teams at all levels.


Meet with Ogilvy teams and clients to understand their needs and apply knowledge of qualitative research techniques to design and conduct research studies.

Partner with others in R&I on the following:Develop research plans through understanding, assessing, and documenting stated client business objectives

Schedule sessions

Develop participant screeners

Create discussion guides

Review recruitment grids

Manage vendors and clients

Moderate sessions (e.g., interviews, focus groups, bulletin boards, ethnographies)

Analyze transcripts and quantitative data, if applicable

Implements quality control checks for documents along the research process (e.g., review of documents for accuracy/data checking, grammar, addressing key research questions/objectives, etc.)Develop detailed reports including key insights and strategic recommendations in a clear and compelling manner

Consults with account teams to deploy appropriate research approaches for strategy, creative, content development, and media needs (based on timing, budget and audience specifications)

Effectively communicates implications of business strategy on project decisions

Work with Ogilvy teams and clients across marketing disciplines (e.g., public relations, advertising, etc.) and a wide variety of industries, categories, and topics

Creatively problem-solves and knows when to escalate potential problems

Ability to adapt to changes in study schedule and scope

Acts as key collaborator with junior members of the account, analytics, client, creative, and strategy teams

Aids in the financial management of projects (POs, invoices, etc.)

Monitors critical project hand-offs

Responsible for weekly/monthly project status reports

Ensuring primary deliverable/deadline calendar is up to date

Sets up meetings, includes the correct people and provides accurate agendas and precise, actionable meeting notes


Bachelor's degree or higher in related field (marketing, social sciences like sociology, psychology, anthropology, etc.)

3 to 5 years related experience with established track record including experience working autonomously

Multi-tasker to manage multiple projects at any given time

Strong project management, people management and business development skills

Analytical skills with the ability to distill vast amounts of information into digestible concepts and demonstrate strategic and intelligent thinking

Experience presenting information both verbally and in writing

Solid business writing skills

Experience with PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Excel ideal

Would love it if:

Insatiably curious, a lifelong learner - an unorthodox and creative thinker

Authentically passionate about great work, teamwork and our business

Diplomatic and empathetic

Sense of humor

Relationships with/knowledge of diverse research vendors is an added plus but not necessary

Agency or vendor experience

Experience with online qualitative platforms (e.g., HatchTank, Indeemo, etc.)

Experience with secondary research sources (e.g., Simmons, Euromonitor, Factiva, etc.)
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