Director, Music Research

Nielsen   •  

Stamford, NY

5 - 7 years

Posted 238 days ago

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Director, Music Research - 10958

This is your opportunity to be at the center of the music conversation every day. Nielsen Music is the premier data partner to major record labels, publishers, artist management companies, promoters, radio programmers, performance rights organizations, brands and agencies around the world.

With an expansive suite of products and services, Nielsen Music is uniquely positioned to provide its clients with best in class fan insights and music intelligence, which help them make better and more informed business decisions. Nielsen Music is also the key data source for the Billboard charts, and is widely cited by top tier print, digital and broadcast media as the standard for music industry measurement.

The Research Director for Nielsen Music will be responsible for designing, selling and delivering quantitative and/or qualitative custom research projects across all major stakeholders in the global music industry, including labels, talent management agencies, brand sponsors, and live music companies. Our projects range from understanding all aspects of how music is consumed through to the value of sponsorship and other marketing investments associated with music properties.



  • Design, sell and deliver qualitative and/or quantitative custom research projects across the global music industry
  • Be an expert in each stage of the end-to-end research process supporting the Music vertical in Nielsen Entertainment
  • Contribute to the growth of the Global Revenue for Nielsen Music through delivery of custom research
  • Collaborate effectively with the sales and client service teams to identify client opportunities
  • Be a Thought Leader in Music by providing expertise and input in both internal publications in Nielsen Entertainment and external publications in the industry
  • Provide support for other high value research proposals across Nielsen Entertainment teams when required
  • Train and prepare sales collateral for Nielsen Music sales and client service teams on Nielsen's higher level consumer insight capabilities to enable them to identify opportunities to cross sell these more effectively
  • Identify opportunities for process improvement in the delivery of large scale research projects to enhance quality & delivery speed as well as lowering costs
  • Provide expert support to assessing new research capabilities outside of Nielsen
  • Develop relationships with other research institutions which enhance Nielsen Music's ability to win and deliver projects around the world



  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 5- 9 years of experience in designing, selling and delivering qualitative and/or quantitative custom research projects
  • Strong questionnaire design skills, and the confidence to manage complex research design where there are multiple internal and client stakeholders
  • Deep experience of data visualization, and outstanding ability in explaining complex things in a simple, accessible way - both verbally and visually
  • Strong skills using research analytics tools e.g. SPSS and spreadsheeting/charting tools
  • Client and commercial mindset, with a proven sales track record in relation to the type of projects described above
  • Proven ability to quickly engender confidence in clients, and to evangelize the power of innovative research techniques in helping them grow their businesses
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentation skills
  • Excellent collaboration skills, particularly in relation to working in a matrix organization across virtual teams across multiple time zones
  • Energetic self-starter, who will work with minimal supervision and a great deal of flexibility
  • Ability to prioritize effectively and see multiple projects to a successful conclusion