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Research Director, Comcast Executive Search
at Comcast
Philadelphia, PA

Research Director, Comcast Executive Search
at Comcast
Philadelphia, PA

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Comcast brings together the best in media and technology. We drive innovation to create the world's best entertainment and online experiences. As a Fortune 50 leader, we set the pace in a variety of innovative and fascinating businesses and create career opportunities across a wide range of locations and disciplines. We are at the forefront of change and move at an amazing pace, thanks to our remarkable people, who bring cutting-edge products and services to life for millions of customers every day. If you share in our passion for teamwork, our vision to revolutionize industries and our goal to lead the future in media and technology, we want you to fast-forward your career at Comcast.

Research Director, Comcast Executive Search


The Research Director will join our internal Executive Search practice. We are modeled similarly to an executive search firm, with a team of client facing Directors collaborating with our Research and Operations teams to deliver exceptional talent at the VP and above level. The Research Director is responsible for designing and leading the Research function for the practice. This person will determine the best strategies to support our efforts in VP+ hiring, pipelining and research. He/She will work closely with leaders both within CES and across the company on a daily basis to develop innovative strategies to provide real-time insight and information on individuals, companies and markets with an emphasis on high impact business decisions. His/her team focuses on gathering, synthesizing, and presenting information from a variety of sources to our partners and clients to support their executive talent strategies.


Key Aspects of the Role

- Lead a team of five Analysts and Associates.
- Work closely with leaders within Executive Search and our clients to understand how Research can contribute to current and future business strategies.
- Promote research engagements as a CES service, and identify opportunities to leverage research in advance of hiring needs.
- Develop strategies for individual searches as well as research projects, to include company target lists, market briefs, organizational mapping, name generation, candidate profiles, etc. 
- Act as consultant to leadership, providing expertise on market trends and research best practices to influence proactive, creative approaches to talent identification and expand reach beyond traditional talent pools.  
- Manage project scoping, staffing and accountabilities for searches and other projects. 
- Ensure strong knowledge management through ongoing capture of information on industry/company developments, executive leadership trends and key talent. Proactively inform partners on relevant talent intelligence and trends.
- Partner across the Executive Search and Talent Management team to leverage data in telling a story that influences decision-making.
- Systematically identify and “map” potential candidates and sources within target companies through database, internal network and external resources (databases, etc.). 
- Champion diversity. Proactively build pipelines of diverse talent for critical roles.
- Coach and develop Research team members around business/industry knowledge, effective search execution, and creation of impactful, client-ready deliverables. 
- Create an environment of strong teamwork in a highly matrixed department and company.
- Partner with CES Operations, Talent Intelligence and Enterprise Business Intelligence on reporting needs around team effectiveness and impact. 
- Work closely with Operations Director on governance of Thrive Talent Relationship Management tool.
- Impact and influence positively throughout the organization. Be a resource throughout the company and provide support to team members; helping when needed while adding value to the team and partners.

- Consistent exercise of independent judgment and discretion in matters
of significance.
- Regular, consistent and punctual attendance. Must be able to work
nights and weekends, variable schedule(s) as necessary.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Required Skills/Attributes

- Demonstrated ability to coach, train and hold others accountable in a productive, partnering manner to deliver exceptional work 
- Ability to influence at the leadership level, deal with divergent opinions and competing priorities 
- Excellent listening, written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work in a demanding, deadline-driven environment with a focus on delivering results  
- Commitment to and an understanding of the sense of urgency associated with the search process
- Capacity to effectively manage and prioritize projects and tasks while adapting to changing priorities with flexibility and creativity
- High level of attention to detail and accuracy
- Comfort dealing with ambiguity, and proactively working to clarify
- Ability to work in a highly matrixed environment
- Ability to work independently and as an effective and productive part of a team


Required Experience

- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required
- Minimum 10 years’ experience in search or related field. Prior experience at the executive level required
- Previous experience leading a team
- Expert knowledge of how to build search strategies for industry leading talent
- Experience with Talent/Customer Relationship Management systems and research tools

Employees at all levels are expect to:
- Understand our Operating Principles; make them the guidelines for how
you do your job
- Own the customer experience-think and act in ways that put our
customers first, give them seamless digital options at every touchpoint,
and make them promoters of our products and services
- Know your stuff-be enthusiastic learners, users and advocates of our
game-changing technology, products and services, especially our digital
tools and experiences
- Win as a team-make big things happen by working together and being
open to new ideas
- Be an active part of the Net Promoter System-a way of working that
brings more employee and customer feedback into the company-by joining
huddles, making call backs and helping us elevate opportunities to do
better for our customers
- Drive results and growth
- Respect and promote inclusion and diversity
- Do what's right for each other, our customers, investors and our

Job Specification:
- Bachelors Degree or Equivalent
- Generally requires 10+ years related experience

Comcast is an EOE/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT employer

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