Research Manager, Manufacturing Insights

Job Location CZ-Prague
# of Openings


IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, data and marketing services company that activates and engages the most influential technology buyers. You can learn more about IDC by visiting


Expertise in providing insightful, valuable and engaging analysis and insight of the transformational nature of the role of technology in the manufacturing and its impact on people, process and organization. This role will be focused on producing fact based research and frameworks providing insights to the direction of technology change and best practice across the sector. The holder of this role must be able to articulate and influence as a thought leader, working with manufacturing companies and vendors. Experience across IT and operational technology is critical.



You will be reporting to the Research Director EMEA, or a person designated by the aforementioned.


The Manufacturing Insights research team provides strategic fact-based research and insights to manufacturing companies globally across all processing industries. This role will sit within with manufacturing research practice that is based out of the EMEA region. The scope of research will be for manufacturing companies globally, with a particularly focus on extending research activities deeper within Europe. The research activities will include:

  • Engaging with manufacturing companies and IT and technology vendors at a global level and within EMEA across IT and operational technology. Your role will be as an influencer and thought leader to all these parties relating to technology direction and organizational transformation
  • Help to build and expand on the scope and focus of the existing Insights research practice. Priorities will be on driving industry leading insight and driving depth and breadth.
  • Create a position and profile in the market that is credible, respected and depended on by manufacturing companies and technology vendors alike.


Your responsibilities as a Research Manager will include, but are not limited to, the following:


Analysis and Research:

  • Analysis and report writing associated with the research program
  • Primary, independent research inclusive of data gathering, interviewing, data processing, analysis, and report generation
  • Report writing and presentation of findings to IDC clients
  • Consulting/custom research projects regionally
  • Final presentations and wrap-ups with clients
  • Keeping current with industry trends and new research
  • Insuring quality and timeliness of IDC research deliverables
  • Vetting research methodologies and instruments
  • Special reports

 Program Management:

  • Engage in project development with IDC clients, project ownership & oversight
  • Primary, independent research inclusive of data gathering, interviewing, data processing, analysis and report generation
  • Product development via data mining via internal a& external sources
  • Coordination of internal resources on project fulfillment

 Business Development and Client Management:

  • Providing strong support for the Sales Team, locally and regionally, in closing business
  • Working with the Sales Team to develop strategic selling initiatives and account plans


  • Incumbent MUST HAVE technology within manufacturing operational environments
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Experience working with external clients to deliver value as a third party
  • Project management skills preferred
  • Experience working with technology vendors serving the manufacturing sector is advantageous
  • Experience in market research or ICT industry is advantageous



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