Sr Research Scientist

Has considerable relevant experience and operates independently. Typically lead projects of moderate size and/or complexity, will be increasingly involved in business development efforts, and taking greater responsibility for managing client/sponsor relations. Operate as a more experienced researcher at CNA HQ or in the field.
1 Independently develop and apply creative and innovative analytic solutions to complex problems. Begin to play a lead role in the mentoring and training of new staff individually or as a member of a project team.
2 Apply established credentials as an expert in a specific field/research area. Apply deep, specific institutional knowledge & expertise of primary clients/sponsors to lead training & mentoring of new staff, to support on-going work, and to lead development and shaping of work for multiple existing clients/sponsors. Develop expanding knowledge of other clients/sponsors.
3 Identify above core, above ceiling, and other opportunities and assist in developing new business with existing clients/sponsors. Assume responsibility for managing relationships with existing clients/sponsors and develop relationships with potential clients/sponsors to help develop future business. Occasionally take the lead on developing competitive proposal ideas and managing proposal development.
4 Take the lead in engaging with clients/sponsors and related parties. Engage in some independent interaction at the more senior levels of client organizations. Effectively represent CNA as an organization.
5 Shape/influence how our sponsors/clients think about issues. Play a supporting role in enhancing CNA's reputation as an organization. Periodically deliver change. Play a key and active role in supporting efforts to enhance CNA's reputation via publishing and outreach activities.
6 Communicate complex, technical analytic results in a clear and concise fashion to sponsors/clients. Tailor analytic products, both briefings and reports, to suit particular audiences, and effectively adapt to unexpected situations when communicating results of analysis. Effectively communicate with & engage colleagues at all levels of the organization.
7 Work independently under general supervision from division management. Lead and manage multiple projects of low to medium size and/or complexity simultaneously or larger, more complex projects. Responsible for follow-through with sponsors and synthesizing results of projects in a broader context.
8 Manage the needs of projects and project staff. Exercise leadership in decision-making in the areas of budget planning and tracking, staffing, and delegating effectively. Serve as a role model/mentor for less experienced staff, particularly in helping them develop their own leadership skills. Proactively seek out opportunities to support corporate initiatives and to make CNA a better place to work.
9 Perform other duties as assigned.
Job Requirements:
1 Education: Minimum Master?s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience, PhD preferred.
2 Experience: Typical minimum requirements 10+ years of experience in research and analysis.
3 Skills: Demonstrated ability to apply advanced principles, theories, and concepts to solve uniquely complex problems; Demonstrated ability to conceptualize and develop solutions, to formulate problem statements conducive to application of analytical methods, and to develop analysis methods and approaches; Ability to work in an structured environment; Demonstrated innovative and analytical thinking; Ability to use thoughtful attention to manage projects, project staff, contracts, funds, and resources; ability to manage execution of a portfolio of projects in support of multiple clients; Demonstrated ability to supervise program and project operations by developing procedures, planning and directing all aspects of the effort, and monitoring and reporting progress; Demonstrated ability to interact, communicate, and advise at senior levels in both client organizations and the parent corporation; Excellent communications skills, both oral and written; experience in packaging analytic results in report format as well as in development and presentation of oral briefings.
4 Other: Ability to obtain and maintain an Active Secret Security Clearance.
Requisition ID: CER0447.35 78e1c842f1044779a37a4d2ac54eba58

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