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Accenture Research NA Associate Editor

Job Location: MA - Boston, NY - New York

Regional Description: Northeast

Job Number: 00664785


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People in the Corporate Function career track contribute to the running of Accenture as a high- performance business through specialization within a specific functional area, and grow into internally focused roles by deepening their skills and/or developing new skills within an internal functional area..


Job Description:
Accenture Research uncovers trends and shapes data-driven insights through thought leadership and research for Accenture and its clients. We combine a deep understanding of our clients’ business with leading-edge research techniques to discover the most pressing issues facing organizations today.
Our team of 250+ researchers and analysts develops thought-provoking research—supported by proprietary data and partnerships with leading organizations—that guides 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, crowdsourcing, 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 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.
We work in four main areas:
  • Developing points of view: Accenture creates original, cutting-edge points of view to use with clients, the media and in conferences. Many of our projects are published and quoted in the media.
  • Working directly with clients: we work alongside our colleagues from the practice to provide research to clients.
  • Supporting Accenture’s growth: our researchers advise the leaders of our business on the opportunities for growth, on differentiating Accenture in the market and about our positioning relative to our competitors.
  • New business opportunities: helping Accenture understand markets and companies and identifying ways in which we can help clients become high-performance businesses and governments.
Accenture Research sits at the front end of Accenture’s innovation architecture. In that position, we have an expanded need to develop and disseminate new research-backed ideas that will support Accenture’s strategic agenda and differentiate us in the market. The senior developmental editor will be a critical addition to our team and our ability to meet this need.
Key Responsibilities:
The Associate Editor will work with Accenture Research’s Editorial Director to:
  • Work collaboratively with senior team members across the entire global group
  • Shape ideas, end-to-end, that align with Accenture’s strategic messages and themes
  • Write and edit of a wide variety of materials, including articles for leading business journals
  • Provide secondary editing on manuscripts developed by senior editors
  • Contribute to new and developing internal and external showcases of our thinking
  • Collaborate with senior Marketing leaders to understand and help achieve marketing priorities
  • Coach team members at all levels on the development of publication-ready thought leadership
  • Help manage a complex publication pipeline that spans Accenture businesses, industries, and geographies
In addition, the person in this role must:
  • Work across all time zones
  • Work effectively with fluent but non-native English speakers
  • Build and maintain strong partner relationships throughout the business
  • Be adept at working in a complex stakeholder environment
  • Maintain a consistent level of high quality across all written work
What to Expect from Us
Accenture Research is growing both numerically and in importance to the company. This new role allows you to get in on the ground floor of opportunity as we become the go-to source of innovative thinking within Accenture and take on the biggest questions that our business leaders and clients are asking.
In the first two months, we will lead you through an on-boarding process that will help get you launched and allow you to quickly contribute in many key areas. Accenture is committed to the success of its people and puts significant resources to this end in the form of training, career counseling, and opportunities for career growth. In short order, you can expect to benefit from all these forms of career development. You will also be working immediately with senior leaders in Accenture Research, in marketing and, either directly or indirectly, with top executives and their strategic priorities throughout the business.

 Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 5 years’ work experience as business journalist or editor

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • M.A., or equivalent
  • Strong knowledge of challenges facing companies at the intersection of technology and business strategy
  • Basic knowledge of the history of seminal business thinking
  • Knowledge of the business-publishing landscape
  • Basic knowledge of key competitors and their thought leadership channels
  • Basic knowledge of critical research techniques and their strengths and limits
  • Superior writing and thinking skills…the ability to “see what’s missing” …to persuade others…to put yourself in the reader’s place…to push for differentiated ideas…to skip the buzzwords but understand business at a sophisticated level…to factor in many contributing voices…to line edit with sensitivity and rewrite and reshape with confidence…to interpret quantitative and qualitative research findings…to collaborate but also to lead the way…to communicate effectively with management on our challenges and our successes
  • Expertise with Word required; expertise with Excel and PowerPoint useful
  • Demonstrated ability to write for C-suite audience
  • Editorial experience in consulting firm useful
  • Editorial experience in leading management journal(s) useful

Professional Skill Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in highly collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated ability to write and edit for tier-one business publications
  • Strong knowledge of critical business and technology management issues
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a global organization
  • Demonstrated ability to manage in a complex stakeholder environment
  • Knowledge of and facility with social media
  • Ability to coach others on thought leadership development
  • Demonstrated leadership in professional setting; either military or civilian
  • Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration in a professional setting; either military or civilian
Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with Accenture. 
Candidates who are currently employed by a client of Accenture or an affiliated Accenture business may not be eligible for consideration.
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