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Research Manager

Job Location: Shenzhen

Regional Description: China

Job Number: 00691163


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 Accenture Research


Accenture Research uncovers trends and shapes data-driven insights through Thought Leadership and Research for Accenture and its clients. Accenture Research combines a deep understanding of Accenture’s clients’ industries with leading-edge research techniques to discover the most pressing issues facing organizations today.


Our growing team of 300 researchers and analysts develops thought-provoking research -- supported by proprietary data and partnerships with leading organizations that guides our innovations and allows us to transform theories and fresh ideas into real-world solutions for our clients.


Our team uses innovative business research techniques such as economic value modeling, analytics, crowd sourcing, expert networks, surveys, data visualization, and open research with Tier 1 academic and business partners. 


Accenture Research powers hundreds of points of views published by Accenture every year, answers thousands of thought provoking questions from clients around the world, drives the insights that guides Accenture’s business strategy and handles Accenture’s exclusive network of data and sources covering all industries, countries, market trends and digital technologies. The team is part of Accenture’s Strategy Office.


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Shenzhen Innovation Hub


Accenture will open in April 2019 its Innovation Hub in Shenzhen, a state-of-the-art facility that will become a destination for Accenture people and clients to ideate, rapidly prototype and launch digital solutions. The Innovation Hub in Shenzhen’s High-Tech Park provides clients hands-on access to digital and emerging technologies that have the power to transform business. Clients now have access to all six elements of the Accenture Innovation Architecture – Accenture Research, Accenture Ventures, Accenture Labs, Accenture Studios, Accenture Innovation Centers and Accenture Delivery Centers.



About the Role


We are now seeking a research professional who can lead and grow our research capability located at the Shenzhen Innovation Hub. Specifically,


  1. Bring the best of Accenture Research into the work of The Shenzhen Innovation Hub. And bring the best thinking and opportunities from The Shenzhen Innovation Hub into the research team.
  2. Partner with The Shenzhen Innovation Hub to understand the pipeline of research needs; ensure that the right resources from the research team are focused on the right projects and in the right way; manage the pipeline, taking responsibility for resolving any resourcing issues, ensuring quality and seamless communications throughout.
  3. Constantly innovate, create and invent new ways to enhance what we bring to The Shenzhen Innovation Hub and to apply the newest, most exciting advances in research to our work there.
  4. Contribute to The Shenzhen Innovation Hub’s success and growth as part of the broader team.
  5. Scope, design and execute research projects working with others from across Accenture Research, with the Shenzhen Innovation Hub and with clients.
  6. Be an ambassador and advocate for research at the Shenzhen Innovation Hub and externally.

You will bring deep subject matter expertise in either a relevant industry (communications/technology etc) or business sector (analytics, AI, VR/AR, mobility etc) and be responsible for creating research in your sector as part of the broader global research team.



        A passion for technology/digital and how it is changing our world

        Brings the most exciting and relevant new research methods and technologies into the team

        Has an entrepreneurial approach


        Recognized as research expert in your field

        Publishes regularly through Accenture’s publication channels

        Has a strong internal and growing external network



        Able to build partnerships, forge links across teams and boundaries

        Research focused on Accenture business (“so what?”) with major impact

        Credible in presenting work and discussing issues with clients

        Credible in presenting work externally


        Shapes & manages complex research programs of work and manages related budget

        Partners with leadership-level stakeholders in business

        Credible with leadership and clients, both at global level in very different geographies and cultural contexts



        Foster an inclusive, diverse, innovative culture

        Collaborative working style

        Coach and mentor junior researchers on projects


Your Skills

We are looking for someone who has a comprehensive skill set:


“Hard” skills:

·       Track record in research with broad experience in applying the main research techniques, including: familiarity with key data sources, strategic frameworks, financial analysis and use of data science in strategic research.

·       An understanding of the role of digital and technology in disrupting industries and businesses

·       Strong analytical skills and a proven ability to make sense out of data

·       Solid experience in the presentation of research deliverables to high level executives


“Soft” skills:

·       Intellectual curiosity

·       Exceptional people management and relationship-building skills

·       Entrepreneurial attitude

·       Strong communications skills (focus on actionable intelligence)



Additional Information


Reports to:   Accenture Research Greater China Lead

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or higher

Work Experience:

  • Experienced Manager or similar
  • 6+ years research experience
  • Global / large corporation or institution, research think tank or research startup

Location: Shenzhen Innovation Hub, Shenzhen, China

Preferred start date:   As soon as possible

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