Senior Researcher, Innovation Insights

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The Innovation Insights team is a critical group within User Centered Design (UCD) at Bose.  We focus on the fuzzy front end of innovation, inspiring new products and experiences through a deep understanding of human needs, attitudes, and behaviors.  We are looking for a senior researcher to join our team and help drive continued innovation at Bose.

This individual will manage research programs exploring a variety of new opportunity spaces for Bose (most will be 3-5 years out).  The techniques used will be heavily qualitative, but the individual will also need familiarity with quantitative research and syndicated data.

We are looking for a high-energy individual who works equally well with research colleagues, designers, engineers, product managers, and executives.   The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience conducting research that guides front-end innovation in a business environment.

Responsibilities

  • Design, conduct and synthesize research to identify new product and experience opportunities for Bose.  This will include developing a deep understanding of consumer needs, attitudes, and behaviors.
  • Work closely with business, technology, and design experts to understand business and technical concerns, constraints and opportunities.
  • Conduct research using a wide range of qualitative and ethnographic techniques, including in-depth interviews, in-situ observation, small group discussions, and online journaling.
  • Lead all phases of a research project independently — including assessing needs, designing research, conducting research, developing insights, and creating reports and presentations
  • Leverage proven frameworks for analyzing this research and developing actionable recommendations. 
  • Facilitate workshops, ideation sessions, and design sprints to help translate insights about human needs into product or experience ideas.
  • Help drive a culture of human-centered design across the entire organization.
  • Help drive a culture of learning and continuous improvement by seeking out new techniques, methodologies, and frameworks, and by following blogs, publications, and thought leaders in the space.
  • Mentor, guide, and train junior researchers.

Requirements & Experience

  • 8+ years of experience as a user researcher or consumer researcher.  Client-side, consumer products experience is highly desired.  Consumer-electronics experience is particularly beneficial.
  • Specific experience with research at the fuzzy front-end of product development – uncovering unmet needs, developing personas, identifying friction points, and working with rough concepts rather than fleshed-out products.
  • Strategic, big-picture perspective.
  • Experience with a wide variety of qualitative research techniques including in-depth interviews, in-situ observation, small group discussions, and online journaling.
  • History of experimenting with new techniques, frameworks, tools at every opportunity to constantly push forward your command of the discipline.
  • Champion of design thinking and design research.
  • Natural curiosity about trends, cultural phenomena, and human behavior.
  • Ability and experience acting as a thought leader with business partners (re-framing questions, identifying opportunities, prioritizing).
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, or HCI/Human Factors. Master’s degree highly desired.  Some background in quantitative methods, or experience collaborating with quantitative researchers, is desirable as well.
  • Occasional travel (10-25%).

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