Vice President, Research Director - Chicago


The Opportunity:

FleishmanHillard has an immediate opening for a Research Director to join our TRUE Global Intelligence practice. FleishmanHillard’ s TRUE Global Intelligence practice serves as a strategic enabler to the broader organization by harnessing research and data-driven insights to achieve client business objectives. Our work within TRUE Global Intelligence integrates measurement, primary research and secondary research methods with advanced data analytics and strategic consulting.

The Research Director will be primarily responsible for leading analytics projects related to the statistical methods for paid, earned, shared and owned content across a variety of business contexts, including (but not limited to): measuring impact of communications campaigns, assessing competitive landscapes, and providing guidance on branding and reputation management strategies. The Research Director will lead multiple teams in the concurrent execution of analytics projects, distillation of key insights, and in development of corresponding conclusions, implications, recommendations, and strategy presentations.

In this role we are looking for a candidate who is passionate about leading teams to produce impactful insights; thrives in interactions with large global teams and clients; who can integrate statistical methods, programming and data storytelling; and who will thrive in a collaborative, fast-paced work environment.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage and oversee the end-to-end execution of research projects while cultivating strong relationships with clients and cross-functional internal resources.
  • Manage multiple project teams simultaneously; collection relevant data, analyzing data, producing research reports, presenting finding and conclusions to clients, ensuring established processes are followed, and maintaining required documentation to deliver results that meet the highest quality standards
  • Employ a wide range of statistical methodologies to conduct necessary research (e.g., competitive intelligence, sector analysis, customer values, market segmentation, business development, etc.) across multiple channels
  • Model data to show correlation and attribution of activities to outcomes in diverse marketing and communications
  • Provide guidance to teams on QC plans for projects
  • Lead development of narratives for research findings
  • Lead drafting of proposals and statements of work for new opportunities with existing clients
  • Develop pricing for proposed measurement and secondary research projects
  • Engage client stakeholders to understand how measurement will address business needs and ensure client success; lead design of research and measurement programs based on client business requirements
  • Manage budgets for active projects
  • Escalate issues that impact the timeline, budget or data quality in a timely manner.

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum 6-8 years of experience in communications measurement or market research.
  • Coachable, highly motivated, self-starter with the ability to be flexible and precise under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent project management skills; capable of setting priorities, meeting deadlines and managing projects.
  • Able to apply knowledge of multidisciplinary business principles and practices to achieve successful outcomes in cross-functional projects and activities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to interact with all levels using both technical and non-technical verbiage. Great at presenting findings to a diverse audience.
  • Be detail oriented, organized, and thorough and have respect for quality control.
  • Able to build strong working relationships with clients, team members and stakeholders. Previous experience in a client-service capacity is preferred.
  • Hands-on expertise using Factiva, YouGov BrandIndex, Statista, GlobalWebIndex, or other syndicated research platforms required.
  • Hands-on expertise using Trendkite, Spredfast, NewsWhip, Crimson Hexagon, Rival IQ, or other online media/listening platforms required.
  • Strong skills in MS Project, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and MS Word.
  • Comfortable with asking good questions in order to get to the heart of issues quickly and act decisively while seeing the “bigger picture”.
  • Possess strong networking and influencing skills.
  • Proven analytical and deductive reasoning skills; able to translate findings into actionable insights.
  • Be an effective time manager and be able to multi-task across multiple projects and prioritize time.


About FleishmanHillard

FleishmanHillard specializes in public relations, reputation management, public affairs, brand marketing, digital strategy, social engagement and content strategy. We have been named PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year and Best Places to Work; a “Standout Agency” on Advertising Age’s A-List; NAFE’s “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” for six years running; and among our firm’s award-winning work we’ve taken home 5 Lions in the past two years at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. We’re also more motivated by what we can give than what we receive, and in our 70th year we’ve initiated a worldwide service commitment to support social inclusion in the communities in which we work and live. FleishmanHillard is part of Omnicom Public Relations Group, a division of Omnicom Group Inc., and has more than 85 offices in 30 countries, plus affiliates in 43 countries. Visit us at

FleishmanHillard is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. FleishmanHillard does not discriminate in any aspect of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local employment discrimination laws where FleishmanHillard does business.


About Omnicom Public Relations Group

Omnicom Public Relations Group is a global collective of three of the top global public relations agencies worldwide and eight specialist agencies in public affairs, marketing to women, fashion, global health strategy and corporate social responsibility. It encompasses more than 6,000 public relations professionals in more than 330 offices worldwide who provide their expertise to companies, government agencies, NGOs and nonprofits across a wide range of industries. Omnicom Public Relations Group delivers for clients through a relentless focus on talent, continuous pursuit of innovation and a culture steeped in collaboration. Omnicom Public Relations Group is part of the DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. that includes more than 200 companies in a wide range of marketing disciplines including advertising, public relations, healthcare, customer relationship management, events, promotional marketing, branding and research.

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