Business Research Group is an international market research and consultancy company specialising in the construction material industry. BRG is expanding scope of a business and planning to conduct research in the Central Asia and Caucasus.
We are looking to recruit a new analyst who can support our team.
Salary depends on qualification - GEL 2000-3000 pm.
Good knowledge of Russian and English, ability to write reports is mandatory.
Please send Cover letter along with CV in English.
A. POSITION OVERVIEW:
Analysts are of fundamental importance to the production of our database programme, and the key source of insight for all our projects and reports. They are also at the forefront of second-line client management and need to be aware that they represent BRG during every research interaction.
The key responsibility of our analysts is to collect, analyse and report on relevant industry data and developments for the markets they cover, working with their project team to achieve their goals in a timely, organised and efficient manner whilst adhering to all project-related procedures. In the course of the first year they are expected to develop a thorough knowledge of the sectors and countries allocated to them, and to become able to answer most questions (both from clients and internal) related to their data and qualitative insights. Analysts should communicate well in both written and verbal form, in a manner that is complete, clear and concise.
BRG wants to encourage a culture of progressive learning and constructive feedback, and we are devoted to encouraging and supporting each other’s continual professional growth. Analysts should therefore learn to actively participate and to convey information and feedback to supervisors, peers and external contacts in a professional and constructive way. They should show a hunger for learning and improving their abilities, by listening and interacting with their peers, and be open minded to suggestions from senior members of the team. They should also be proactive in “grabbing” more responsibility in the course of their employment.
• Primary research through high-level interviews with industry experts to obtain first-hand, relevant, insightful and up-to-date market information as required for each project
o Methodology: after an initial induction and with the ongoing support of a PM if needed, analysts are expected to develop their own best-practice approach to getting the information needed. This requires initiative, flexibility, communication and people skills, creativity, and for some, courage. At first equipped with an interview guideline, the objective for the analysts is to eventually learn how to conduct unstructured interviews focusing on the essential and specific rather than general insights. Analysts always need to comply with the UK MRS Code of Conduct, equivalent local guidelines, and any specific client contact guidelines
o Networking: this is achieved by identifying and establishing contacts with industry experts, cultivating and developing the BRG industry research network. These networks are tapped into in order to gather insights through interviews via telephone, or face-to-face at conferences, trade fairs or personal meetings. Professionalism and “investigative curiosity” are key
o Business trips: after an initial induction and with ongoing support, analysts should become able to effectively organise research trips in order to visits contacts and attend trade fairs
o Documentation: all interviews and meeting minutes need to be documented promptly and completely and saved in our Enterprise database. Potential sales leads need to be passed on to the sales team.
• Secondary intelligence gathering including the collection and analysis of supporting statistics and information (e.g. macro-economic indicators, construction statistics, press releases, legislation, etc)
o Analyst have successfully completed a degree-level education and should therefore already have a good ability to find market and industry relevant information through desk-based research (in our case mostly online). They are resourceful in screening all available sources and can use the correct information after having evaluated the credibility of sources
o They will always quote sources when needed, and never plagiarise content.
• Analysis of data to a high level of accuracy
o Data creation and interpretation: analysts can translate their findings from interviews and secondary sources into quantitative insights (data) and have a good ability to understand, explain and predict market developments. Consistency with the historical time series always needs to be assured and this will be verified through checks by the database team. The task requires numerical skills, attention to detail, analytical thinking and a high level of accuracy and diligence
o Excel: knowledge of Excel on beginner to advanced level is essential, and additional training can be provided in-house
o Data checks: it is the analyst’s responsibility to ensure a high level of data integrity through applying reality checks. The key objective is to achieve a low occurrence of errors during the checks conducted by the database team and the QC process.
• Production of coherent, well-written and accurately formatted final deliverables to the client based on all qualitative findings and data.
o Data entry: analysts need to ensure that all data it is entered into the database correctly, completely and consistently with historical time series. If data is entered by the database support team, a final check should be conducted by the analysts to guarantee the accuracy of the data. Of particular importance is to ensure that sales figures from matrices provided by clients are entered correctly because this is a key aspect of the BRG service. Corrections resulting from of checks by the database team need to be followed up with utmost diligence and care
o Text writing: analysts are to write report text which is concise, relevant, insightful and non-repetitive with an acceptable level of English. This must be completed in a timely manner in accordance with deliverable deadlines
o Editing: depending on the project, they are expected to deliver Excel templates, Enterprise reports and PowerPoint presentations which comply with the established report writing guidelines in terms of format (bullet points, colour schemes, capitalisation, etc.). During the first year of employment they should learn how to independently correct the format of Enterprise tables. When working in Excel, tables should be formatted in a clear and well-structured way
o Filing: working files (checks, ad hoc tables, templates, etc) need to be saved in the correct folder, be clearly named, and easy to find for the PM. Every analyst is responsible for the tidiness of their own folders.
o QC of own work: the analysts need to ensure that final work result is complete, accurate and in an acceptable format when handed over to QC.
• Additional Responsibilities
o Continuous learning and improvement: analysts should develop an advanced level of knowledge on their own markets, products, and methods necessary to perform the job including Enterprise database competence. An ability to understand various technology-related topics is essential
o Internal policies and procedures: they need to gain an understanding of BRG’s policies and procedures, and keep up to date about new projects, processes and the offering of BRG
o Participation: analysts are expected to attend all team events, internal training sessions and project meetings, and to arrive to those on time
o Communication: they are required to maintain consistent, concise and regular communication with the project manager and team members (including those across multiple time zones if needed). They need to communicate effectively with a wide variety of industry experts including Managing Directors, Product, Sales or Marketing Managers, Business Development and Strategic Planning Executives
o Consultancy: as and when needed, and dependent on their individual skill sets, analysts can be involved in consultancy work
o Team work: analysts are expected to work well together with other analysts, and proactively look to exchange views and compare findings with each other.
C. SCOPE OF ACCOUNTABILITY
• Read-and-write access to Enterprise database
• Read-and-write access to the company server
• Research and communicate project areas to team and Project Manager
• Direct contact with potential clients, and second-line contacts at existing client companies
• Compliance with UK MRS Code of Conduct, equivalent local guidelines, and any internal client contact guidelines.
D. SOURCES OF SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE IN MEETING CHALLENGES:
• The project managers and the direct supervisor will offer strategic direction and planning/timing details around projects and deliverables
• The operations manager will offer strategic direction and guidance for training needs in the department
• The research director will provide reinforcement of company policies and procedures, and employee performance expectations and management.
E. PRIOR EXPERIENCE AND SPECIALISED OR TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE
• Business/economics related degree
• Strong numerical and analytical skills / ability to understand and interpret data
• Ability to assimilate new subjects quickly
• Fluency in the language for the country in research focus
• Commitment, self-motivation, and inquiring mind and a genuine interest in economic developments and market dynamics
• Strong collaboration skills
• MS Office Skills (Intermediate level)
• Ability to write interviews and reports in professional English
• Time management & capacity - processes strong organisational skills and can prioritise workload efficiently and effectively, balancing various deadlines and multiple projects.
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