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Head of Research - MENA

Job Title: Head of Research - MENA
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Abu Dhabi
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum tax free + excellent package + benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q91747
Contact Name: Quest Seach Selection
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Job Published: February 06, 2013 11:34

Job Description

This global, full-service market research agency, which provides thorough market intelligence/information for a wealth of clients in a variety of industries, requires a Head of Research for the MENA region. You will be responsible for continuing the growth of the MENA business, developing an already strong team, and building deep, consultative relationships with clients (both internal and external). You will contribute to the global management team and be responsible for implementing global strategy in the region, as well as acting as advocate for the region at a worldwide level. Already well-established in the UAE, the next phase of growth will include developing business in the KSA and Qatar while continuing the agency's success in the UAE. You will also contribute to wider communications group business and educate communications professionals on the value of research techniques; advising on their appropriate use in client engagements. Person Specification: * 10+ years in client services or an agency * Significant experience in using primary research to inform and measure communications activities * Good knowledge of secondary research techniques, in particular traditional and social media analysis * Strong interest in and knowledge of the Middle East, especially GCC countries * Confident and effective communicator regardless of audience size or level * Demonstrable track record of growing clients and teams * Cross-cultural people and client management experience * Previous P&L responsibility * Confident but sensitive negotiator * Willingness to travel * Significant professional experience in developed markets with additional experience in developing markets being a plus * Must be self-motivated and action-oriented Required Skills: * Excellent familiarity with quantitative and qualitative research * Good understanding of the communications and PR business * Ability to lead team and clients, often with minimal direction * Proficient user of Microsoft Office, including advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills * Expertise with data analysis software (e.g. SPSS) an advantage * Proven track record in converting leads to recurring business * Fluent written and spoken English Remuneration: * Performance related bonus scheme * Private health insurance * Annual return flight to home country We request that candidates send their CV as a Microsoft Word document where possible. Quest Search and Selection is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.