What does a Senior Research Director do?

Research managers lead the execution of research projects by drafting proposals, selecting methods, supervising teams, managing budgets, and presenting findings. A market research firm may employ them, where they hold meetings with clients to discuss project objectives and agree on a budget; or in a university where they initiate specific research projects. Research managers identify potential ideas to pitch to directors of research and innovation, or they may submit a proposal to be approved.

Research managers select appropriate methodologies and techniques for assigned projects, acquire supplies and equipment from vendors, put together an effective team, and ensure completion of the project on time and on budget. They are responsible for planning and supervising research projects, monitoring project progress, supporting team members, implementing new methodologies, and writing reports. When a project has concluded, they present research findings. Research managers need a bachelor's degree in an occupation-specific field and vast research experience.

What responsibilities are common for Senior Research Director jobs?
  • Ensure research programs are transparent, accountable, and scientifically sound.
  • Supervise and participate in the integration, design and development of new reporting software.
  • Serve as a liaison with internal and external operations teams.
  • Work toward team goals and participate actively and supportively in team decisions.
  • Provide protection and care for the money and valuables of each resident.
  • Mentor and provide best practices with more junior members of the research team.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with research leaders and organizations in the field.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of appropriate physical plant regulations.
  • Conduct client presentations, workshops and data discussions to ensure project success.
  • Responsible for the accuracy, thoroughness, quality, and timeliness of projects.
  • Ensure hands-on QC throughout the entire project process, including financial management, so that projects/accounts are profitable.
  • Work with project teams to integrate change management activities into overall project plans.
  • Ability to design studies, write questionnaires and plan/ create insightful and actionable reports.
  • Develop, evaluate, recommend, and implement procedures for performance improvement and QC.
  • Understand the appropriate use of advanced analytics, various sampling approaches and weighting.
  • Liaison with external research partners including media, consulting firms, and academia.
What are the typical qualifications for Senior Research Director jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, computer science, information systems, or information technology or equivalent experience.
  • Prior experience in a consulting position.
  • Demonstrated experience with SPSS, cloud, machine learning, and R language software and systems.
  • Experience with writing protocols and frameworks.
  • A leader who also turns to creative thinking during decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated sound work ethic and attention to details.
  • Demonstrated experience with math assessment and statistics.
EducationBachelor's Degree
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3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Senior Research Director make?

$143,814 /yr
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Senior Research Director Career Path

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When working as a Senior Research Director, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Analytical Thinking, Microsoft Office Suite, Relationship-building, AdvancED EXCEL, and Consulting Experience.

The most similar professions to Senior Research Director are:
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Fellow
  • Researcher
  • Research Scholar

The most common qualifications to become a Senior Research Director include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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