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Mastercard

Research Director

Arlington, VA

Our Purpose

We work to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. We cultivate a culture of inclusion for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences enable us to be a better team - one that makes better decisions, drives innovation and delivers better business results.

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Title and Summary

Research Director

All About Us
The Data & Services team is a key differentiator for Mastercard, providing the cutting-edge services that help our customers grow. Focused on thinking big and scaling fast around the globe, this agile team is responsible for end-to-end solutions for a diverse global customer base. We combine traditional management consulting with our rich data assets and in-house technology to provide our clients with powerful strategic insights and recommendations. Centered on data-driven technologies and innovation, these services include consulting, loyalty and marketing programs, test-and-learn business experimentation, and data-driven information and risk management services. While specializing in the payments industry, Mastercard Data & Services also works closely with major retailers, airlines, and other enterprises, leveraging data and insights garnered from within and beyond its network.
All About the Role

Advisors Research Center is a new capability designed to respond to fast evolving customer needs for high-quality research support, with the important mission of value realization in developing insights and recommendations. This capability augment Advisors traditional areas of strength.
Advisors Research Center is a global research-oriented competency that applies proven, accredited research and domain experience to partner with any client worldwide to help them drive measurable value by:
• Delivering new research products and strategies to market smoothly and efficiently
• Successfully leveraging research assets and delivering the most challenging research output that's impactful for clients
• Provide key insights based on secondary research and/or analyzing the data available
Our vision is to establish Advisors Research Center in multiple locations worldwide and in this context, you will provide global mentorship and thought leadership on startup, processes, good practices, content, expertise, etc.

You will lead the startup of Advisors Research Center in the Bogota Advisors Hub, based in Bogota. During the startup phase you will support the promotion and marketing of research services to our principal clients

As a Research Director (Senior Managing Consultant- level), you will be the key research lead for multiple projects , providing efficient and effective coordination of a complex range of activities by clearly defining project team and stakeholder roles and responsibilities that are aligned with the delivery of the expected benefits.

You will work closely with product managers, project managers and other clients to define the scope, objectives and deliverables for a particular research commission.

All About You
• Applying topic knowledge and industry expertise in a commercial context
• With deep understanding of a topic's business model and Mastercard's assets, you will deliver sophisticated individual research analysis in cross topics
• You will act as a strategic global business driver at the topic level, with ability to do more sophisticated research analysis & story lining, you can act independently in a sophisticated case research deliverable
• You will act as a bridge between the ARC team and Advisors global Subject Matter Experts Coaching and developing team members to build an efficient, high motivated, highly effective team
• You will drive effective learning and development for global ARC colleagues in topic knowledge and research effectiveness
• Acting as thought partner and strategic thinker supporting our Product and Sales teams in their go to market activities
• With the ability to think strategically on deepening content expertise and impact as well as innovating tools and streamlining processes, you will be seen as role model in expert research globally
• Develops strategic relationships for "Seat at the table" thought partnership with senior knowledge team members and topic partners

All About Your Education & Skills
• Master's degree desirable; strong preference to research (e.g. economics, engineering, sciences)
• Many years relevant working experience in cross topics
• Expertise in secondary research sources e.g. Euromonitor, Data monitor etc.
• Fluent in English required; other languages desirable
• Exposure specifically in payments and / or retail banking or merchants preferred
• Advanced Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills required; knowledge of Project Management tools preferred

This role is not eligible for Mastercard's work authorization sponsorship. As such, candidates must be eligible to work in the United States, now as well as in the future, without employer sponsorship.

Our Purpose
We work to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. We cultivate a culture of inclusion for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences enable us to be a better team - one that makes better decisions, drives innovation and delivers better business results.

Mastercard is an inclusive equal opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disabled or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. In the US or Canada, if you require accommodations or assistance to complete the online application process or during the recruitment process, please contact reasonable_accommodation@mastercard.com and identify the type of accommodation or assistance you are requesting. Do not include any medical or health information in this email. The Reasonable Accommodations team will respond to your email promptly.

Corporate Security Responsibility

All activities involving access to Mastercard assets, information, and networks comes with an inherent risk to the organization and, therefore, it is expected that every person working for, or on behalf of, Mastercard is responsible for information security and must:

  • Abide by Mastercard's security policies and practices;
  • Ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the information being accessed;
  • Report any suspected information security violation or breach, and
  • Complete all periodic mandatory security trainings in accordance with Mastercard's guidelines.
In line with Mastercard's total compensation philosophy and assuming that the job will be performed in the US, the successful candidate will be offered a competitive base salary based on location, experience and other qualifications for the role and may be eligible for an annual bonus or commissions depending on the role. Mastercard benefits for full time (and certain part time) employees generally include: insurance (including medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, disability, life insurance), flexible spending account and health savings account, paid leaves (including 16 weeks new parent leave, up to 20 paid days bereavement leave), 10 annual paid sick days, 10 or more annual paid vacation days based on level, 5 personal days, 10 annual paid U.S. observed holidays, 401k with a best-in-class company match, deferred compensation for eligible roles, fitness reimbursement or on-site fitness facilities, eligibility for tuition reimbursement, gender-inclusive benefits and many more.

Client-provided location(s): Arlington County, Arlington, VA, USA
Job ID: Mastercard-22331_R-217489
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA
    • FSA With Employer Contribution
    • HSA
    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • Fitness Subsidies
    • On-Site Gym
    • Pet Insurance
    • Mental Health Benefits
    • Virtual Fitness Classes
    • Health Reimbursement Account
  • Parental Benefits

    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
    • On-site/Nearby Childcare
    • Adoption Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
    • Happy Hours
    • Snacks
    • Company Outings
    • On-Site Cafeteria
    • Holiday Events
    • Some Meals Provided
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Leave of Absence
    • Volunteer Time Off
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Performance Bonus
    • Relocation Assistance
    • Financial Counseling
    • Stock Purchase Program
  • Professional Development

    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Internship Program
    • Work Visa Sponsorship
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Associate or Rotational Training Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program