Research Specialist

Contract Type:  Open-ended

Lausanne, CH

About IMD


The Institute for Management Development (IMD) is an independent academic institution with Swiss roots and global reach, founded more than 75 years ago by business leaders for business leaders. Since its creation, IMD has been a pioneering force in developing leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society.
Based in Lausanne (Switzerland) and Singapore, IMD has been ranked in the Top 3 of the annual FT’s Executive Education Global Ranking for the last nine consecutive years and in the top five for 17 consecutive years. Our MBA and EMBA programs have repeatedly been singled out among the best in Europe and the world.  
We believe that this consistency at the forefront of our industry is grounded in IMD’s unique approach to creating “Real Learning. Real Impact”. Led by an expert and diverse faculty, we strive to be the trusted learning partner of choice for ambitious individuals and organizations worldwide. Our purpose is “Challenging what is and inspiring what could be, we develop leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society.”


To reinforce our team, we are looking for a

WCC Research Specialist (100%)


The Job's Mission


The IMD World Competitiveness Center (WCC) delivers three World Competitiveness Rankings, namely, the Yearbook, the Digital and the Talent rankings as well as the online dataset of these rankings from 1995 onward. WCC also delivers two additional rankings, the Smart City Index and the Hinrich-IMD Sustainable Trade Index. The Center is also engaged in delivering commissioned high-quality research in the above areas. The research generated in WCC supports related content for IMD programs, as well as its own program offering.
The mission of the position is to support the production and delivery of the WCC rankings, research projects, and activities outlined above, in coordination with the WCC team members.
The WCC Research Specialist works in partnership with the Center’s Director, the Chief Economist & Head of Operations and the team.



Main Responsibilities


•    Data collection and registration for the WCC rankings, as well as answering standard queries and questions from users and providing data updates 
•    Perform statistical or econometrical analysis with the data that serve as the basis for our reports, using standard data and statistical packages such as Excel, PowerPoint, and Stata
•    Liaise with IMD World Competitiveness Center’s network of external data providers
•    Provide support in different competitiveness publications and programs
•    Help the IMD World Competitiveness Center’s team members in various phases of customized projects


Formula to Success



•    Bachelor/Master’s degree in economics, statistics, or equivalent. At least one of the undergraduate or graduate degrees must be focused on economics or related fields


•    Background in economics, macroeconomics, and econometrics
•    Strong research and analytical skills (data gathering, statistical analysis) 
•    At least 2 years of experience working in an international business environment and working with people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds
•    Solid knowledge of Excel (data crunching, formatting, and data sorting), PowerPoint, and Stata or other statistical package 
•    Capacity to produce graphs

Competencies and skills

•    Computer literate (Word, PowerPoint, InDesign), specific online databases, customized research on the internet
•    Proficiency with statistical packages (SPSS, Stata, etc.)
•    Ability to prioritize tasks and to work on different projects simultaneously
•    High sense of personal responsibility and precision
•    Strong team spirit
•    Proactive mindset
•    Flexible during peak periods in order to respect deadlines of publication
•    Superior ability to exercise discretion in dealing with sensitive material and confidential issues
•    Fluent English (written and spoken)


How to apply


If you have the above skills and would like to work in our stimulating environment, please send your complete application file (letter of motivation and resume in English, copies of your work certificates and diplomas). 

If you’re a qualified candidate with a disability (such as dyslexia, sight and/or hearing disabilities, etc) and you need a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for this position, please specify it in your application. 

A valid Swiss work permit or Swiss or EU-25EFTA citizenship is required for this position.