The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is a dynamic national trade association representing the supermarket industry. We are seeking a Director, Research to manage the evolution, development and implementation of an enhanced FMI research model that focuses resources from a primary research approach to a co-branded partnership and outsourced research model. The Director will lead FMI research initiatives on key industry issues and topics that are strategic and operational in nature by analyzing and disseminating data as well as industry insights to FMI members, associate members, industry stakeholders and the general public by managing FMI’s research strategy through various projects, programs and studies.
Working in concert with the Vice President, Communications & Community/Consumer Affairs, the Senior Director, Information Service & Research, industry consultants as well as other FMI staff, the Director will define and implement a strategic plan for research to ensure FMI is providing cutting edge, forward thinking, relevant and actionable research to meet the needs of the membership, the association and the industry.
More specifically, the Director will develop recommendations on how to best manage and operate the department to ensure value and revenue are generated; provide oversight, coordination, and project management of the Food & Beverage Committee of the FMI Industry Collaboration Council (ICC); seek opportunities to expand FMI’s research capabilities; lead and manage the development and management of FMI Speaks and Trends surveys by identifying partners who can execute the research on behalf of FMI; manage co-branded FMI research projects; lead and manage the FMI Member Needs Assessment Study by creating a questionnaire, analyzing results and creating reports; assess and identify research topics of relevance to membership and initiate studies, reports and projects and identify and implement continuous improvement in the analysis and presentation of research data to streamline and enhance the quality of information provided to members. Other duties include: tracking and recording survey results; budget management and data cleaning, tabulation, analysis and reporting; and identification of emerging issues for the food retail industry.