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Talent Thought Leadership Senior Researcher

Business and Financial Operations


Full Time


San Francisco, California, United States

Organization: Corporate Functions/Growth & Strategy

Location: US negotiable

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Job Description

Thought Leadership Research Principal Director for Talent

We seek an experienced, well-rounded business and thought leadership research leader with a background in Talent & Organization research field, and a passion for rethinking people’s relationship with work and organizational culture.

The individual has knowledge of the key issues related to Talent & Organization, incl. skilling and learning, new employment and workplace models, inclusion & diversity, culture and leadership, HR transformation as well as the impact of emerging technologies on work and people.

Thought Leadership Researchers at the Principal Director level must be able to:

  • Establish themselves as a Subject Matter Expert recognized inside and outside Accenture.

  • Design a research agenda addressing key C-level issues in area of expertise.

  • Define and manage new and complex thought leadership research projects.

  • Shape and build on ideas collaboratively developed in partnership with senior business leaders.

  • Drive innovation through combination of new research tools, techniques, and approaches.

  • Be a talent magnet.



  • Develops thought provoking insights through market analysis and in-depth review of trends, under the leadership of Accenture’s business leaders

  • Proactively introduces innovative ideas to senior leadership and clients

  • Designs and manages research to define and re-shape thinking on major People related issues


  • Recognized internally and externally as an expert in the Talent research field

  • Publishes regularly through Accenture’s publication channels and other channels as well as presents in top tier conferences and workshops.

  • Has a strong internal and growing external network and social media presence

Business impact

  • Ability to operate at the Executive level

  • Research focused on Accenture Business and Accenture’s Clients business (“so what?”) with major and long-lasting impact

  • Credible in presenting work and discussing issues with clients


  • Shapes & manages innovative and complex research programs of work with global scope and manages related budget

  • Credible with leadership and clients, both at global level in very different geographies and cultural contexts


“Hard” skills:

  • Track record in research with broad experience in applying the main research techniques, including talent & organization frameworks, data science/economic modeling, surveys and people related data sources

  • Subject matter expertise across the talent issues of large international companies, including core issues of CHROs

  • An understanding of the role of digital and technology in disrupting talent at large organizations

  • Strong analytical skills and a proven ability to make sense out of data

  • Able to think creatively and drive innovation in research to address complex business questions

  • Able to craft an original, relevant and compelling storyline and business messages for C-suite audiences

  • Solid experience in the presentation of research deliverables to external audience, incl. high level executives

“Soft” skills:

  • Intellectual curiosity

  • Proven ability to manage people and complex multi-country research projects

  • Entrepreneurial attitude

  • Able to lead and drive consensus where there are many stakeholders

  • Strong communications skills and good interpersonal skills in one-to-one and team settings


Basic Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in business, management or social sciences

  • Minimum of 15 years of business experience, ideally within a business facing research department or management / strategy consultancy or equivalent skills/experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A post-graduate degree/qualification, such as PhD is a plus

Professional Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership in professional setting; either military or civilian

  • Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration in a professional setting; either military or civilian

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