Strategic Analytics Jr Associate
Chicago, IL 
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Job Description

At IRI, we deliver growth to clients based on big data-our predictive analytics and forward-thinking insights help CPG, OTC, health care, retailers, and media companies remain relentlessly relevant, capture marketing share, connect with consumers, and deliver market-leading growth. The convergence of our proprietary, on-demand cloud-based technology and our client-focused colleagues leads to a seismic shift in drivers of success in all industries.

For IRI colleagues, we focus on the moments that matter. From meaningful work and impact to continuous improvement we challenge ourselves to grow both professionally and personally. You'll feel a true sense of connection and purpose in your work and will craft the direction of your career in a highly personalized way. No matter the department you join, you'll find yourself constantly growing and developing the skills of the future to deliver client growth. We believe in the undeniable strength that diverse people, culture, thought and skill bring to our business, our clients, our people and our communities. We are committed to nurturing a dynamic culture that embraces and celebrates openness, collaboration, creativity, equity, inclusivity and growth for all.

What will I be doing?

The Associate is an integral member of the Growth Consulting practice of the Strategic Analytics team at IRI. Your primary role is to drive strategic growth consulting projects with top-tier Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Retail and Private Equity clients.

In this role, your focus will be to address the client's strategic business questions, develop tangible recommendations, and communicate implications to key stakeholders and leadership groups at IRI's key clients.

On a day-to-day basis, you will work closely with the Partners within the Growth Consulting team, and across the broader Strategic Analytics team, to develop strategic frameworks to address the client business questions, manage the project timeline/execution of the analysis by providing guidance to junior reports, and synthesize insights to develop recommendations for the clients.

Other Responsibilities/ Skills:

  • Interact with clients at multiple levels, build strong collaborative partnerships with key client stakeholders, and drive successful project delivery
  • Ability to apply a hypothesis driven problem-solving approach by leveraging knowledge of broader market trends, the client's business situation, and best practices learnings related to the strategic business issue
  • Lead analysts and provide direction in executing qualitative and quantitative research analyses to address key business questions as per the project timeline
  • Develop comfort in leveraging IRI's proprietary data (Point-of Sale scanner data, consumer panel, etc.), secondary research (industry reports, annual reports, etc.) and primary consumer research techniques (surveys, industry expert interviews etc.)
  • Create client presentations with key strategic findings and recommendations
  • Present to key client stakeholders and participate in discussions to drive adoption of recommendations within the client organization
  • Perform at a level of autonomy by taking on project management roles and client management responsibilities
  • Seek out and apply new learning opportunities to enhance institutional knowledge of the Strategic Analytics team
  • Demonstrate strong desire to develop business development skills to advance in career to being a Partner in the Growth Consulting practice at IRI

Key Qualifications:

  • Consulting experience and/ or strong CPG & Retail industry expertise
  • Strong problem-solving and project management skills
  • Strong verbal & written communication skills
  • Ability to work well in teams and with clients
  • Ability to balance and prioritize multiple competing tasks
  • Experience in guiding and mentoring analysts in teams
  • An MBA from a top-tier business school is a plus, but not required

About Us

As one of the original innovators in Big Data, IRI integrates the world's largest set of otherwise disconnected purchase, media, social, causal and loyalty data to help CPG, retail, over-the-counter health care and media companies grow their businesses. We combine this data with predictive analytics to uncover new consumer insights and integrate them on the most technologically-advanced, cloud-based visualization platform. Learn more about us here and on YouTube.

Our Benefits

We offer a comprehensive benefit package (health, paid time off, 401(k), etc.) with additional unconventional offerings such as volunteer time off, flexible work arrangements, back-up child care, etc., along with the unrivaled benefit of working with our people - the best in the business.

Our Culture

We're thrilled we get to work on the most interesting business challenges facing the CPG and retail industries. We regularly uncover new "aha moments!" by closely collaborating with our colleagues and developing competencies centered around the following values: Collaboration, Personal development, Executional excellence, Client growth, Innovation and Creativity.

IRI is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available here: DOL Poster.

IRI is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.



Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Master's Degree
Required Experience
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