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Strategy & Research Analyst for Innovation

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Job Description

As a Strategy & Research Analyst for Innovation, your responsibilities will include bringing a strategic vision to life through a process of identifying research trends, conducting consumer research, and writing business cases for the collaborators.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Identify Consumer Needs by providing strategic consumer insight and market research to shape innovation strategy and identify areas of innovation opportunity.
  • Evaluate Innovation Opportunities: Perform detailed end-to-end, data-driven analysis of proposed strategic innovation initiatives, with findings demonstrated to both make go/no-go decisions, as well as to shape product vision.
  • Set Product Vision: Responsible for product vision and appropriate positioning with vital team members across the organization.
  • Gather Requirements: Participate in cross functional work to solicit key requirements relative to innovation opportunities.
  • Stakeholder: Maintain the awareness and ability to articulate the problem statement and product story to a broader audience outside the internal team.
  • Design Partnership: Partner with design to ensure cohesive future state user visions and experiences that are aligned with an understanding of the customer needs.
  • Data & Customer Research: Inform product decisions with both qualitative and quantitative data on behavior and experimentation.
  • Feature Prioritization: Develop and maintain multiple prioritized backlog of user stories for implementation according to business value or return on investment.
  • Proficient writing skills: Must be able to write with efficiency and clear thought process bringing your vision to life
Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, business administration or some computer related degree required
  • 4-5 years of prior experience in research, business strategy, or related skills.
  • Knowledge Preferred: budget management, vendor management, technical market research skills.
  • Good to have demonstrated cross functional work in previous experience along with strong communication skills, time management, project management skills, and an intuition for business.
  • You’ll work with a hardworking team of engineers, designers, data scientists and financial specialists to define product vision, strategy and deliver experiences to enable clients to achieve financial security
  • As a member of the Digital Innovation team, you'll explore problem and opportunity spaces to experiment various hypotheses around new technologies, new products/services, and new ways of working
  • Experimentation Mentality: Partner with Stakeholders, SMEs, and/or end-users to analyze and explore industry and tech trends and apply them to problem or opportunity spaces
  • Define testable hypotheses and design scaled experiments to validate hypotheses to advise strategic recommendations to senior leadership
  • Set Product Vision: Responsible for product vision and appropriate positioning with essential team members across the organization
  • Knowledge Preferred: formal business/data analyst/ data scientist, engineering or testing experience, knowledge of the financial services industry, familiar with BI tools, certification or experience with Product Owner or Scrum Master role
  • Demonstrated previous research experience, influence skills, initial leadership exposure, ability to translate problems into product requirements, and work in ambiguity and solutioning.
  • Solves complex problems; take a new point of view on existing solutions; exercise judgment based on the analysis of multiple sources of information.
  • Client-centered approach to identifying problems and solutions.
Added Benefits
  • Highly competitive compensation, including annual bonus opportunities
  • Medical/Dental/Vision plans, matching 401(k), pension program
  • Tuition reimbursement, commuter plans, and paid time off
  • Extensive Professional Training Opportunities
  • Excellent Work/Life Balance
  • Hackathons/Dedication to Innovation

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