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Interview of the week : Market Research Project Manager

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This week our featured job is for a market research project manager. Elika has been working in the industry for a number of years and now features specifically within the Online arena.

Why is your role is important to the business?

Project management is the defining factor of an organization’s success. Every company has to carefully plan to accomplish predetermined goals and objectives. There’s never one-size-fits-all plan that can be blindly followed. It is the difference in planning and execution of project management that yields the desired results.

How long have you been doing what you have been doing?

I’ve been a Project Manager for the past 3 years but have been working in Market research industry for the past 5 years.

How did you get into this: what did you do before?

I started as a telephone interviewer while I was studying at university.

What was the interview process like to get this position, or how did you start your career in this sector?

While working as a telephone interviewer I was promoted to a team leader after a year I was moved up to senior Team leader position and finally project management.

What tips would you give someone who was interviewing in your company?

Be prepared to answer any question!

What do you do on a daily basis?

  • Project set up- Review project proposal, set the project up in the system and inform internal teams and outsourcing
  • kick off calls- Go through the questionnaires and quotas with the client.
  • Mark up the questionnaire- adding programming instructions
  • Send final questionnaire to programming
  • Script/link checking
  • Sampling/Monitor fieldwork
  • Data processing and checking

What aspects of your role do you enjoy the most?

The ability to work independently (trust from employers). It’s great to work with people that care about their company and doing a good job.

 

What are the challenges faced in your  role?

  • Managing deadlines and sometimes unrealistic deadlines
  • Vague, Ever-changing Requirements from clients
  • Project Scope changes

 

What 3 adjectives would you use to describe the type of person/ skills needed in your job?

  1. Excellent Communicator
  2. Good Organizer
  3. Problem Solver

What do you most value about your employer?

Good management; open communication and feedback (positive & negative); and the organization offering career support and development.

What three adjectives would you use to describe the culture of your current employer.

  1. Customer-focused
  2. High accountability standards
  3. Strong trust relationships

Do you have any career regrets and if so what would they be?

No regrets so far!

What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt in your career so far

There’s always room for improvement

Who has been your biggest influence on your career to date?

My Mentor

What are your predictions on how your role will evolve in the next 5 years?

My role could be come a team leader or manager, or I could move into more of a research, analytical role.

What do you do in your spare time, when you aren’t working?

I really enjoy swimming