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Position: Associate

Candidate Qualifications

Smarty Pants only hires leaders or leaders in training. This position is for the latter–a strong up-and-comer with drive, academic pedigree, and research curiosity.

This is an entry-level position, but candidates must have a desire and aptitude to support research, synthesize learnings, and (co-)create powerful deliverables that bring insights to life.

More specifically, candidates for this position must:

• Hold a minimum of a bachelors degree 
• Have a basic understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods
• Have experience conducting digital “desk research” and navigating secondary sources  
• Be meticulous, organized and able to juggle multiple tasks
• Demonstrate self-discipline, a good work ethic, passion, commitment/drive
• Be a great communicator – in-person, by phone and via email and webcam
• Have good people/business intuition
• Be able to effectively work remotely, but at a New York City tempo
• Be “plugged in” to pop culture, brands, trends, social media and current events
• Be tech and software savvy – particularly in Word, PPT, Excel, Outlook, G-Suite
• Demonstrate an eagerness and openness to mentorship while becoming more research proficient and learning the Smarty Pants way

Smarty Pants also prefers candidates with:

• An advanced degree in a relevant field
• Academic and/or extracurricular honors, awards, leadership
• Professional experience with Fortune 500 clients
• Category experience in media, food/beverage, CPG, toy/game, apparel, retail, etc.  
• Experience in the youth and family space
• Creative capabilities (videos, infographics, consumer “stories,” etc.)

Daily Responsibilities

The associate role is typically characterized by:

• Project support (≈ 60%)
o Creating project timelines and helping ensure projects stay on-schedule
o Writing first drafts of recruitment screeners, research activities and topline reports
o Contacting vendors to secure bids
o Attending in-person research
o Entering, synthesizing, checking data
• Deliverables support (≈ 30%)
o Working within the Smarty Pants PPT template to create visually engaging reports
o Creating presentation slides from an outline
o Creating charts and other creative visuals
o Compiling videos, pictures, and research artifacts
o Turning those assets into client-ready offerings
• Organizational support (≈ 10%)

More Details

This is a full-time salaried position with generous benefits. Salary is commensurate with the level and experience of the candidate.

Candidate location is not important, as the employee will work remotely. East coast hours are 9-5pm; west coast hours are 7-3pm. Smarty Pants is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

About Smarty Pants

Smarty Pants is a full-service market research and strategic consulting firm dedicated to helping the world’s best product developers and marketers understand and connect with babies, kids, tweens, teens, young adults, parents and grandparents. In short, we are lifestage experts, business consultants and research practitioners.  

Since 2004 Smarty Pants has excelled at gathering game-changing consumer insights and helping our clients translate those insights into smarter products, programs and communications. We now work with and employ only the best and brightest, as is evidenced in our client roster and our team bios.    

As a full-service partner to our clients we:

• Serve as strategic consultants–educating and guiding them on youth and family trends, marketing strategies, best practices, etc.
• Design rigorous research programs to meet their unique informational needs
• Execute those initiatives with our own industry-leading qualitative and quantitative research professionals
• Carefully aggregate and analyze findings, layering on our collective wisdom
• Create visually-compelling deliverables that energize and inspire
• Help our clients apply the learning to their business challenges

We are a virtual organization that collaborates and functions as a cohesive, tech-connected team. But don’t worry: we regularly get face time with peers at company meetings and while traveling to research and/or clients’ offices.

Working remotely allows us to hire the nation’s best talent and to do what our clients demand–travel, think, write and create. We are lean and highly efficient. We work hard, love what we do for a living, and have strong relationships with the ones we do it alongside. We are a happy, loyal team dedicated to creating happy, loyal clients.  

As our company continues to grow, we need bright minds to help us tackle the day-to-day business of fielding great research for our clients and bringing consumer insights to life. We’re looking for a “doer” with leader potential to join our team.

Next Steps

Serious, qualified applicants should send cover note, resume and work samples/portfolio to Meredith Franck at

Phone and in-person interviews will be a part of the candidate review process, as will written skill assessment and a video submission. Lead candidates will also be assigned at least one project-specific challenge to assess research prowess and efficiency.