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Research Director - Logistics

Remote, USA | The Gartner Group

  • Industry:
    Market Research
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Purchasing / Supply Chain / Logistics
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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Produce provoking, innovative, thought-leading, fact-based research that is impactful for our clients

Develop broad coverage in logistics and support for the CSCO/VP/Director/Head role and senior direct reports responsible for logistics operations management and strategy design geared at advancing the maturing and capabilities of the organization and supplier ecosystem

Drive new and topical research on logistics strategy, maturity, talent, organization design, network design, cost and risk management to name a few for all industries including but not limited to CPG, Life Sciences, Apparel and Footwear, High tech, Industrial, Chemical and Retail 

Responsible for conducting research and writing in-depth reports and shorter notes/blogs/posts that demonstrate a mastery of best practices and strategies to guide user decision-making in logistics strategy and execution. Proficiency in developing visual aids through graphics and converting written content to presentation materials is an important attribute for this role

Conduct ongoing interaction with clients and prospects in senior logistics roles including on site and virtual advisory sessions, facilitated strategy development on-site and virtual workshops and formal presentations

Prepare and deliver high-value presentations and other materials at Gartner, industry and professional association conferences, and client briefings.Collaborate across research groups to ensure presentations and messages comprehensively represent best practices

Support the Gartner sales team in driving new business through proof of capability discussions.

Lead the research process by identifying critical questions facing Gartner clients and crafting appropriate research methods using primary and secondary resources to address them. Provide in-depth analysis based on extensive client input and personal experience

Drive client demand for your personal analysis and presentations.Develop a personal brand that showcases your area of expertise

Provide high quality and timely research peer review. Provide mentorship and support team members

Lead or participate in research community meetings to discuss research issues and collaborate effectively with peers to develop thought leading future orientated research and advice

Develop credibility as an industry leader to represent Gartner research methodology and strategies

What you’ll need to perform this job successfully

The individual must be able to perform essential duties in a strategic, analytical and articulate manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required

Located in the US – preferably Central or East Coast due to client density in this region.Candidates should have a good understanding of the end-to-end value chain incorporating Plan, Source, Make, Deliver and Service with specific operational experience at a senior level in logistics operations management.Candidates with an operations background in third party logistics services will also be considered

A minimum of 10 or more years of experience in Supply Chain, with demonstrated broad expertise in logistics operations

Deep understanding of the end-to-end supply chain, and ability to link best practices, business strategies, goals & metrics to client’s business strategies

Ability to interact at all levels of an organization on logistics, supply chain and business issues

Ability to represent and defend analysis in client interactions

Excellent writing and presentation skills. Written work must be concise and persuasive

Strong communication and interpersonal skill

Demonstrate excellent analytical skills; applying conceptual models, recognizing patterns and drawing and defending conclusions. Strong business and financial acumen as well as analytical skills are required for this position

The candidate must be a strategic and critical thinker, able to efficiently multitask, and to deliver high quality actionable advice on time through a variety of media. The candidate must demonstrate a self-motivated work ethic but also be collaborative within geographically diverse team environment

Experience with the best practices and issues facing end users (“clients”).Demonstrate a curiosity for new ideas and best practices in supply chain and logistics operations

Articulate and succinct communication skills; ability to explain complex ideas effectively and presenting to large groups in workshops and conferences desired

Strong project planning and management skills with a strong team-working ethos

Exceptional influencing and leadership skills

International travel required – approximately 20% (will evolve post COVID as we re-balance on-site V’s remote client engagement)

Bachelor’s degree. MBA preferred

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