Director of Program Management, Research Operations

| Chicago

The Role: Research Operations is searching for a Director of Program Management to oversee multiple priorities in collaboration with senior leaders. The role entails managing projects of varying sizes and complexity within the Research Group. In this role, you will liaise with members of Data, Equity Research, Manager Research, Quant Research, and Editorial, as well as with key stakeholders outside of Research including Products, Technology, Talent & Culture, and Compliance. You will work closely with colleagues across the organization both in the US and globally. Your work will support key initiatives through the integration of innovative Morningstar IP across our external-facing digital platforms for all audiences.

 

An important subset of the role includes supervising Research’s portfolio of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives and acting as the main liaison with Talent & Culture in this area. As such, the role is a key partner to the Head of Research and other Research leaders in supporting global communications, strategic cross-functional projects, DEI initiatives, and employee engagement. The ideal candidate will be passionate about making Research a better organization and a more attractive place to build a career.

 

Responsibilities

  • Define and manage new research projects.

  • Track and report on the status of projects within the Morningstar Project Management Framework.

  • Become familiar with the systems and toolkit that support our analyst teams: QuickBase, Research Publishing System, Direct.

  • Lead the Research group's DEI initiatives and employee engagement initiatives. 

  • Serve as the Research liaison with the corporate Program Director for DEI, Employee Resource Groups, and HR business partners.

  • Work with Research leaders to define and measure DEI and engagement OKRs.

  • Independently scope, plan, execute and support long-term, cross-organizational projects, especially (but not exclusively) around DEI, engagement, talent development, and training. Manage relationships internally and externally; serve as an ambassador for Research to key stakeholders.

 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • 10+ years in business, research, or project management roles.

  • Excellent communication, time management/organization, troubleshooting, and analytical skills.

  • Comfort in dealing with ambiguity, ability to create focus and keep the team focused on business objectives.

  • Familiarity with Morningstar research, data, and products is strongly preferred.

  • Passion for DEI and driving employee engagement. 

  • Outstanding analytical skills, a high degree of intellectual curiosity, comfortable with data and systems and ability to engage with other senior leaders in addressing complex business issues and making data-driven decisions.

  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, written and oral communication skills. 

  • High level of self-motivation with ability to own and drive multiple projects at once.

 

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Location

22 W. Washington , Chicago, IL 60602

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Morningstar Benefits Overview

Morningstar is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible, full-time employees in the United States who work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Our benefits are designed to invest in your -- and your family's well-being, including investments in your health and financial future.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
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Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
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Employee Assistance Program
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401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
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Paid Holidays
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