Associate Project Manager

An Associate Project Manager is an integral part of the project management cadre at Grail Research. He/she is responsible for project, client and team management across multiple projects/proposals/client engagements. He/she also assumes a leadership role in internal organization initiatives such as knowledge and talent management.


Account and Project Management:

  • Expertise and experience in managing strategic business research and consulting projects, across industry verticals and/or geographies.
  • Ability to independently engage with clients, and manage projects and teams, with senior management cover limited to strategic intervention.
  • End-to-end execution of complex projects, including:
  •  Analytical planning, leveraging client email/call notes.
  •  Work planning: realistic, in view of project requirements and team skill level; sharing proactive updates with internal and client stake holders; reprioritizing efforts if required.
  •  Research methodology: strong with core methodologies (secondary; primary qualitative; primary quantitative); good learning curve at new/innovative ones (social media listening; implicit research; etc.)
  • Quality and Productivity: at a deliverable/output, individual and team level.
  • Insights: Crisp yet comprehensive insight decks, keeping in mind the audience/consumers.
  • Support to BD efforts via client proposals and thought leadership white papers.
  • Management of project margins, via effective and efficient utilization of internal (team members, databases, etc.) and external (vendors, syndicated reports, etc.) resources.

Client Management

  • Accurately understand the client’s business imperatives and research objectives.
  • Manage client expectations in terms of depth and breadth of research, format and granularity of output, and key milestones across the project timeline. o Handle all client communication independently, including:
  • Conversing on project insights/implications and thinking on-the-feet (on client questions, including tricky ones)
  • Questioning/critiquing client hypotheses, brainstorming on potential outcomes, sharing Grail POV
  • Ideating with client via workshop delivery (if applicable)

People Management

  • Manage (simultaneously) 1-3 project teams, with a span of 5-7 execution resources, across varying levels of project complexity.
  • Share objective and constructive (written/verbal, periodic/on-the-fly) feedback with team members, with suggestions on improvement areas/next steps.
  • Provide effective and efficient coaching and mentorship on core and soft skills, for tagged team members as well as assigned professional development advisees.
  • Offer, and enable, step-up opportunities to individuals to help them progress to the next level.

Other Initiatives

  • Take a leadership role in organization improvement initiatives and activities such as knowledge management.
  • Design, and conduct, skill-based internal training sessions, as part of the new hire induction program as well as periodic L&D activities.
  • Help the organization scale-up via active participation in recruitment drives (off/on-campus).
Associate Project Manager
  • Graduate/Post Graduate with 5-7 years of relevant research/advisory/consulting experience.
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