Director of Insights, Food and Drink

  • Chicago, IL, United States

Mintel is in search of an experienced Research Director to lead a team of analysts in producing industry-leading content for our food and drink clients. In this role, you will use your extensive industry knowledge and critical thinking skills to develop and enhance the quality of all work produced by the team. 

You should come into this role with at least 8 years of experience in a relevant research, marketing, shopper or consumer insights, branding or consulting role. In addition, as we are looking for an individual that is passionate about guiding and mentoring their team, you should have a minimum of 3 years of people management experience.

This is a Hybrid position based in Chicago. 

What You Will Be Doing: 

  • Managing, coaching and supporting a team of analysts: You will coach team members on key skills, including content themes and subject matter, survey writing and report planning, market size and forecasting, and presentation skills. 
  • Editing and elevating data-driven research: You will review and edit syndicated content and other deliverables. Help your team identify and analyze consumer and industry trends, and provide recommendations that will help our clients make sound business decisions. Ensure accuracy and quality, insight, thought leadership, and timely delivery. 
  • Building strong relationships: You will collaborate with a wide range of colleagues across the company in sales, marketing, data science and product development.

We Are Looking for People Who Are:

  • A Subject Matter Expert: You are passionate about the business of food and drink. You are knowledgeable about consumer behavior, demographic and CPG trends, and are able to predict emerging trends. You have a strong understanding of the role consumer research plays in business decisions, and expertise in designing consumer research studies to address key issues. You are able to translate the findings into actionable insights.
  • A Leader: You are a proven team leader who is looking to continuously push yourself and your team to further develop and enhance existing products and services.
  • Commercially minded: You are dedicated to quality, and ensuring accuracy and efficiency in your work to elevate Mintel as a top consumer insights company.
  • Naturally Curious: You are great at navigating internal and external data, and asking second- and third-level questions to see the patterns behind data to craft expert analysis.
  • Self-Directed: You take initiative to solve problems and uncover opportunities. You have a self-sufficient work ethic, are entrepreneurial in spirit and naturally self-motivated. You welcome the ability to work in a fast paced environment and work autonomously to manage and prioritize multiple projects at once.
  • Great Communicator: You have extremely polished verbal and written communication skills, and can adapt your communication style to internal and external partners. You speak clearly, concisely, and present yourself with confidence. 
  • Data-Focused: You are adept at translating patterns in data to forward-looking, visually engaging, insightful content. You ideally have experience working with syndicated consumer research such as Simmons/MRI and have worked with syndicated sales data such as Circana or Nielsen.
  • A Collaborator: You bring an energy to the table that encourages and develops internal relationships. You seek out opportunities to collaborate with peers in your department and across the organization to ultimately elevate our clients' experience.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Race/Color/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Religion/National Origin/Disability/Vets


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