North America / United States / IL / Chicago /

Technology & Engineering

#: 743999728715375 / REF1356H



Job Description


The Director, Research & Development will provide thought leadership and best practice approaches on analytics research and development. The Director will lead and manage a team that will perform research or development functions to create new analytical solutions or improve existing solutions such as Product Assortment Optimization, Retail Price Optimization, B2B Price Optimization, Personalized Marketing, Promo Effectiveness, Marketing Mix Optimization, and Floor Space Optimization. The Director will leverage solid knowledge in statistics, mathematics and econometrics in day-to-day work with his team.


  • Develop advanced statistical and econometric models of pricing, assortment and promotion/marketing. Provide analytical consulting on best practices and approaches.

  • Interpret, document and present/communicate analytical results to multiple business disciplines, providing conclusions and recommendations based on customer-centric data. Be an internal expert in advanced capabilities.

  • Work closely with COE teams in merchandising and marketing to develop methodology and implement analysis and technology that enables more profitable assortment, pricing and marketing/promotion decisions in support of solutions roadmaps.

  • Take analytical objectives and define data requirements. 

  • Identify, develop and make recommendations for process improvements and best practices; own implementation of recommendations required. 

  • Lead the implementation of R&D projects according to Precima priorities. Work closely with R&D team members on projects on existing and new solutions.

  • Work with COE teams to gather requirements on product features.

  • Work closely with Central team members to test new solution releases and train users.

  • Gather feedback from users on existing solutions for ideas on continuous improvement.

  • Ensure that existing solutIons are well-documented and such documentations are up-to-date with each solution release.

  • Trains others in the areas of assortment, pricing and promo/marketing analytics.

  • Leads R&D projects in the areas of assortment, pricing and promo/marketing analytics.

  • Hiring and performance management.


At NielsenIQ, our obsession with understanding consumer behavior through technology is what motivates us.To us, innovation isn’t random, it’s a result of encouraging each other to develop new ideas and technologies and then, challenging ourselves to push even further. Working together across functions, our Director will understand the business needs of a B2B or retailer client as well as the appropriate analytical approach to most analytical problems encountered by these clients.


  • 7 to 10 years of relevant experience in the B2B and retail industries and expert capabilities in statistical and econometric modeling in merchandising and marketing analytics applications.

  • Master Degree in Statistics, Operations Research,Mathematics, Economics, Econometrics, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science – PhD preferred.

  • Advanced knowledge of Hierarchical Bayesian models.

  • Working knowledge of C/C++/C# and SQL.

  • Expert  in developing original statistical and econometric models in pricing, assortment, promo/marketing to support clients in B2B and Retail.

In addition to the above requirements, the following would be desirable:

  • Proficiency in implementing models in using Python or R.