International Business Development Director - Market Research

VVA - Valdani Vicari & Associati

International Business Development Director - Market Research

VVA - Valdani Vicari & Associati

Brussels, Belgium

Who we are:

VVA is a fast-growing public policy consultancy providing evidence-based policy, economic and legal advice to the European institutions, national governments, and private sector clients.

We are a truly European company, based in Brussels and Milan, with a team of 100+ professionals from different national, academic and professional backgrounds: including market researchers, lawyers, economists, political scientists and consultants.

Our work is guided by our mission (‘Making Europe work for you’) and our core values (Trust, Entrepreneurship, Cooperation, and Quality). We support the “European Project” progress by helping our clients to:

  • Gather evidence to identify main needs, challenges, drivers and impacts;
  • Design public policy responses;
  • Provide expert solutions and implement them;
  • Coordinate the interaction with key stakeholders.

In Milan, we have a team of experienced market researchers whom we work with regularly in our EU studies, including on focus groups (online and on-site), surveys (CATI, CAWI, in person), mystery shopping exercises and other data collection and analysis activities.

In Brussels, we have a high-profile, expanding project portfolio including legal research, evaluations and impact assessments, economic and market studies, expert advice and implementation. We work regularly with DG GROW, MOVE, JUST, CHAFEA, COMP, ENVI, EMPL, ENER, REFORM, the GSA and the European Parliament. We also run projects for many other agencies and institutions within the EU and for national administrations across EU Member States.

What we look for:

Our success is due to our excellent consultants and researchers and we are now looking to strengthen our team further with an International Business Development Director - Market Research focused on the development of our EU based international market research practice.

The International BD Director will be responsible for at least the following three areas:

  1. Developing and managing all market research work in EU calls for tender/proposal carried out by our Brussels based public policy team;
  2. Developing VVA’s presence in additional EU tenders/calls that are focused on market research activities of qualitative and/or quantitative nature;
  3. Develop our market research business at a European/Global level outside EU calls for tender/proposal (e.g. international organisations, national administrations, private sector).

To do this, the International Business Development Director will:

  • work closely with the partners of our existing market research practice in Milan to define our international value proposition in the field of market research;
  • support the company in the development and management of international market research projects, in cooperation with the team of qualitative and quantitative researchers in Milan and Brussels;
  • Contribute to the delivery of all aspects of our market research projects including:
    • Designing and implementing project level data search and collection strategies (desk research and statistical data, surveys, interviews, case studies, focus groups, …);
    • Independent drafting of reports and proposals;
    • Relations with client, partner and stakeholders;
    • Leading projects and coordinating staff including briefing, reviewing and coaching; and
    • Meeting project deadlines and ensuring high quality contributions.

What we need:

  • Proven experience (10+ years) in an international market research role, part of which directing a team of researchers and/or leading a business account/practice;
  • Fluent (written & spoken) English and Italian;
  • Great analytical skills and ability to make the results of the analysis relevant to clients;
  • Experience with designing, leading and implementing stakeholder consultation and engagement strategies;
  • Strong managerial and organisational skills especially in the context of collaborative team work;
  • Brilliant communication and conflict resolution skills in a multi-national context;
  • Strong self-motivation and independence;
  • Preferred:
    • An MSc in statistics, economics, or a related field;
    • A demonstrated interest in EU public policy.

What we offer:

Excellent opportunities for professional development with high levels of autonomy and room for growth;

  • a competitive remuneration package; and
  • a very dynamic and exciting work environment.

The position is based in Brussels with regular travel to Milan. Only pre-selected participants will be contacted and invited for interviews. Interviews will be held by phone, in Brussels and/or in Milan in January and February.

If you are interested in this position, please provide your CV and a 1-page cover letter outlining why you are suited for the job.

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