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Posted February 10, 2023

Advantage Group International is seeking an entry-level, Japanese-speaking Associate Program Manager to manage the support activities necessary for successfully executing quality benchmarking studies.

What Matters To Us:

Thirty years ago, in Toronto, Canada, Founder Ron Pirie championed the belief that businesses work better together when they commit to actively listening and responding to each other’s feedback.

From humble beginnings and a staunch and universal belief that stronger collaboration leads to better business results in any market and any industry, our relationship benchmarking capabilities have become the gold standard for measuring business-to-business engagement in over 40 countries.

Who We’re Seeking to Join Our Team:

The successful candidate ideally holds 1+ years of experience in an administrative, project management or market research role to manage the support activities necessary for successfully executing quality benchmarking studies.

The ideal candidate will be data savvy, with a keen eye for detail.

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for all support activities necessary for executing the customer benchmarking program(s) to include coordination of questionnaires, development of data/report specifications, data verification, report production and overall project coordination.

This position may require communications with the Program Manager (Toronto-based programs) or Country Manager & Field Manager (programs outside Canada) to ensure all aspects of the assigned programs are completed in accordance with project timelines while assuring the integrity and quality of the data.

This role is a contract position from March 15 – December 31, 2023 with high potential to transition to full-time permanent as of January 1, 2024.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Customer Questionnaires – at the beginning of each program cycle, work closely with the Program Manager to check any changes to the data requirements of questionnaire as determined by the Client Services Manager/ Country Manager; develop, update and maintain the category/competitor database; prepare questionnaires and direct mail-out; maintain database of questionnaires sent and returned; and follow-up with Program Manager in the case of unreturned questionnaires.

2. Specifications Development – work closely with the Program Manager to develop all report and data processing specifications taking into consideration any changes to the questionnaire, sponsor requirements, customer categories, etc. for this program cycle. Also develop report formats and data processing templates in advance of receipt of completed questionnaires.

3. Data Verification – receive and process all completed questionnaires to include performing all data verification procedures and work closely with Program Manager to prepare cut-off guidelines and tabulation weighting factors.

4. Project Coordination – effectively manage timelines, coordinate with outside suppliers (interviewers, translation, data processing) and coordinate aspects of report production, online and in Access, Excel, PowerPoint & PDF.

5. Other – provide back-up support by completing duties as required to meet the needs of the organization

Key Position Requirements:

(C = critical; I = important; N = nice to have)

Education & Experience:

1. Post-secondary education, information services/market research/business administration preferred (C)

2. 1+ years project coordination, market research or data management experience (I)

3. Experience working in the market research industry (N)

Knowledge & Skills (competencies):

4. Advanced skill level in Word, Excel & Power-point. Knowledge of Advanced Excel functions and formulas such as Pivot tables, V-look ups, macros etc. is necessary (C)

5. Fluency (written & oral) in English (C) and Japanese language skills considered a strong asset

6. Strong verbal & written communication skills (internal and external contacts) (C)

7. Time Management Skills (I)

8. Attention to Detail (C)

9. Organizational skills (C)

10. Analytical skills (I)

11. Comfortable with data/numbers (C)

Career Path:

  • Progression within the department is through the levels of Program Manager I – II – III, to Regional Program Management
  • With experience and career development, for those with strong sales/account management aspirations, a possibility of moving from the Program Coordinator position to Client Services.
  • With second language capabilities, employees may have the opportunity to work on programs outside of North America.

Why Should You Work for Us?

The Advantage Group offers an excellent work-life balance, including the following:

  • Stable company, with an established client-base and a continual steady growth.
  • Flex culture: remote working, flexible hours, flex vacation
  • Intelligent and passionate team members.
  • Unique business problem, a new challenge around every corner.
  • Competitive salary package including health benefits and Group RRSP.
  • Generous leave policy and winter holiday office closure.