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Research Senior Analyst

Job Location: Shanghai

Regional Description: China

Job Number: 00699472


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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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About the Role


We are opening a new position for a Research Senior Analyst. This role is based in Shanghai and will report to a research manager.


You will join a small inter-disciplinary global team of corporate strategists and researchers responsible for shaping the cross-industry narrative that underpins the next phase of growth for Accenture. Our work focuses on how disruptive innovation is re-shaping the business environment, and the innovation strategies that companies will need to adopt in response. Our research is data-driven, and leverages new statistical techniques and machine learning to develop ground-breaking insights. Our work is overseen by Accenture’s Chief Strategy Officer, and is published in leading journals, including Harvard Business Review, MIT-Sloan Management Review, and The European Business Review, to name a few.


You will carry out primary and secondary research activities in support of our portfolio of research and thought leadership initiatives. You will help drive our end-to-end research process, including idea-generation, thematic concept development, expert interviews, analytical examination and co-authoring of published reports. You will communicate our research findings and insights to internal clients (senior leadership) and external clients (via our Consulting workforce), and will be expected to build and maintain relationships with external thought leaders at meeting and industry events.


Successful research is not a back-office activity; it requires people who not only have strong research skills but who also have a client-focused mentality and an outgoing and confident personal style. Successful researchers build deep relationships with their peers and senior executives in the practice and work as a team, sometimes responding to requests and sometimes proposing (and selling) research ideas.




Your Skills

We are looking for someone who has the following core skill sets:


l  Research skills: able to take an issue and turn it into a researchable question; able to scope the research effort and cost it accurately; able to use most (but not necessarily all) research techniques such as secondary database searching, company analysis, market analysis, strategic analysis frameworks, interview-based research and financial analysis. Researchers must also be detail-oriented and follow quality assurance procedures.

l  Analytical ability: we want researchers who can draw out the implications of the research they do and tell a compelling, business-focused story about the data that is relevant to Accenture’s business and clients.  We are looking for insight, not just information.

l  Teaming and communication skills: our team will be very much a virtual one and you will need to have excellent verbal and written communication skills and an ability to work with colleagues from different cultures and in different locations across the world. Experience of work on the telephone or in a remote team would be highly advantageous. You must be able to work in PowerPoint and create well-structured, clearly written presentations with graphs and charts where necessary.

l  Ability to quickly establish credibility: many of our customers are senior-level leaders within the company and it is vital that we are able to establish both our expertise and our professionalism. Researchers should be polished and confident, without being arrogant, and able to clearly and concisely articulate a point of view.  Researchers should be able to present their research findings to customers, and defend their insights. Should have the ability to work independently and with limited supervision on a day to day basis



Additional Information


Reports to:   Accenture Research Products Research Greater China Lead

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or higher

Work Experience: 

  • 2+ years business research experience, preferably in a consulting environment, equity brokerage, third party research organization, Products industry or demonstrated equivalent skill.
  • Understanding of business and economics issues at large.
  • Awareness in specific industry segments, with a preference to one of following industry (CG&S/Retail/Automotive/Transportation/Travel & Services…)
  • Working experience in a team of research professionals.

Physical Requirements:  Shanghai

Preferred start date:  As soon as possible

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