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Chief Research Officer (CRO)

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London, United Kingdom

Would you like to be part of a global intelligence company that’s disrupting the procurement industry? We inspire, connect and accelerate transformation for procurement functions at the world’s top companies.

Procurement Leaders™ is a multi-award-winning business intelligence platform and network organisation specialising in procurement, sourcing and supply chain management arenas. With 700 companies and over 27,000 members in our growing network, we are proud to partner with procurement executives from the world’s leading brands such as Coca-Cola, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, MasterCard, Nestle, and Shell.

 

Strategic procurement is critical to organisational success in today’s competitive market. We focus on providing a niche intelligence platform with in-depth research and insight, tools and advisory services plus our expert network. These services enable members to accelerate transformation, not just by delivering savings faster, but by unlocking opportunities to drive increased revenue and ever-greater value.

 

Overview

 

The CRO will be focused on driving PL to deliver a growth target of 20% over the next 3 years, by taking full responsibility for devising and executing our product and research strategy (Vision, Goals and Initiatives) in line with our vision for our customers’ success, our mission to accelerate transformational change for the world’s top companies.

Execution will include driving all product related activities including product innovation and conception, design and development through to production, release management, project management and product management. The CRO will have 5-6 direct reports.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Spearhead the development, communication, and implementation of effective product growth strategies and quality improvement initiatives
  • Deeply understand our customers’ challenges and our market; own the company-level product vision that keeps us at the forefront of the market
  • Engage with internal stakeholders, customers and the wider market to gather data and insights for our product strategy
  • Develop a product roadmap that communicates direction, goals, plans and progress to internal and external stakeholders
  • Lead the global cross-functional integration of the product development process
  • Ensure competitive advantage is delivered through the effective leadership of product initiation and development, cultivating a culture that stimulates innovation and product excellence
  • Establish effective cross-functional relationships within the business to develop
    a comprehensive tailored solution approach to all customer product needs
  • Introduce new services to facilitate collaboration with vendors and suppliers
  • Provide technical representation for the company with clients, investors, and business partners
  • Champion PL product strategy/products internally and with clients
  • Support commercial teams by providing product knowledge and expertise as required
  • Develop and operate the Research budget

Skills, Experience and Attributes

  • 10+ years’ experience in a Research leadership role, including prior management experience ideally from SaaS or subscription background, startup experience preferred
  • Exceptional communication; able to build and nurture strong stakeholder relationships
  • Entrepreneurial approach; strong customer orientation
  • Strategic thinking, financial literacy and decision-making
  • Ability and willingness to jump between the strategic and the tactical
  • Able to rally and educate the company around Research vision
  • Finger on the pulse with technology evolution, data best practices, market changes, and customer priorities
  • Ability to connect key teams and individuals in business for success.
  • Embodies Procurement Leaders values
SectorCareers Recruitment Sector Profile
Job TypePerm
RecruiterProcurement Leaders
Job ID679992