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Specialist, Project Delivery

Company: NPD
Location: Greensboro
Posted on: September 14, 2019

Job Description:

Learn and work on meaningful initiatives with some of the best and brightest in the market research industry. The NPD Group provides the world's most successful brands with leading market research, combining consumer and retail point-of-sale data with analytic solutions to interpret today's market trends while anticipating tomorrow's. In addition, we offer a career filled with innovation and growth to the forward-thinking problem solvers who join our team. Position Overview The Specialist, Project Delivery assists with project management and team delivery efforts for NPD Analytic Solutions, working with internal, partner, and client teams to find ways to ensure our core, revenue-driving products are delivered in a timely, accurate, and efficient manner. This role contributes to growth by increasing quality and timeliness of delivery, while reducing the effort required to produce successful client outcomes, leading to retained or expanded sales among existing clients, and facilitating incremental sales from new clients. Key Responsibilities This is a client-visible role in NPD's Analytic Solutions group. The Specialist will begin by managing 2 core products within the Solutions portfolio, and may evolve over time to manage other delivery efforts. Core functions will include project prioritization, resource allocation, managing delivery timelines, connecting internal partners, ensuring delivery standards, and (eventually) overall process improvement. The primary objective is to ensure seamless delivery of large, syndicated, multi-functional forecasting-based services. Secondary objectives will focus on supporting the analytical components of the project. Primary responsibilities: Manage and maintain project plans & tasks schedules for core product area(s) and other projects (as needed) Lead project discussions that are effective and efficient, making sure that project teams stay on track and are solution and deadline oriented. Track project stages and timelines, resource availability, and scheduling across Solutions team and with internal clients Ensure on-time delivery of tasks/project output through pro-active communication with all teams and stakeholders Escalate risks to scope, time and or resources negatively impacting the project Ensure project meetings provide action items and next steps in a clear and concise manner with proper materials and documentation Manage meeting schedules, attendee lists, and follow-up across multiple teams Administer client access to and usage reports for client databases Manage internal and external vendors to ensure assets are to specification, on-time, and accurate Perform data validation checks across multiple data sources Develop production schedules balancing client needs and internal stakeholders Balance priorities and assignments between work that is most urgent versus most important Work with our teams to understand client needs, current process, and challenges for the existing process on a going basis Help to create tools, processes, and culture that enables our teams to deliver consistently complete and error-free work Secondary responsibilities: Learn/support modeling and surveying efforts Assist in creation of insights, analysis, and reports for client delivery Participate in recruiting and training efforts for our team Required Skills: Curiosity and willingness to learn Interest in helping others succeed, teamwork Desire to develop analytic skills Demonstrated ability to solve problems Collaborative work style Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) Ability to manage multiple concurrent priorities effectively Strong written and verbal communication skills Highly organized, task and detail oriented 2-4 years of experience in a related field (analytics, market research, project management, etc.) Bachelor's degree required, preferably in a related field of study Preferred Skills: Familiarity with and/or a POV on project management software Experience working with large, structured data sets Familiarity with basic concepts of marketing; understanding of our core analytic product areas (pricing, test/control, forecasting, segmentation) Experience writing programs or scripts in some language, preferably SAS The NPD Group, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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