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Research Director

As a Research Director, you take responsibility for providing strong and effective leadership to a team of research consultants, working on hybrid projects with an assigned client base. As such, you:

  • manage quality in research to assure that we bring the highest service level to our clients
  • make sure that the best fitting research methodologies and tools are used for any given project
  • monitor, supervise and optimize our deliverables to clients

You also act as a Senior Account Director for the assigned client base and as such contribute to the company turnover and sound profit margins by:

  • creating and winning high level proposals for your clients
  • building and maintaining good relationships with clients
  • developing new business when opportunities arise
  • managing and controlling business hygienics
  • strengthening the Haystack brand internally and externally

We want you in our team if your nature is to connect with people in a genuine way. We are convinced that this, in combination with a passion for brands and research, will make you a true “Needlefinder” (as our employees are called).


What does success look like?

  • Trustworthy relationships with clients
  • An executed business plan with overall revenue/profit achievement
  • A colleague where all Client Team’s resources can count on
  • A respectful Needlefinder who translates Haystack’s added value in a simple and inspiring way.


What do we look for in you?

  • 5+ years’ experience in consultative selling (proven track record with references to be presented upon request)
  • 4+ years’ relevant experience in market research
  • engaging and effective communication skills in English, Dutch and preferably French (including extreme comfort presenting to large groups)
  • a positive open mind and way of working
  • passionate to team up, communicate and take the lead
  • a ‘make it happen’ attitude
  • flexible


Our offer

  • a fresh eyed company where ownership and autonomy are encouraged
  • challenging projects for an international client base seeking added value
  • a dynamic and passionate team of colleagues and experts
  • a customized training plan
  • a comfortable working space in the green suburbs near Leuven
  • a competitive salary on top of a set of extralegal advantages


Please do send your motivation and curriculum to

We look forward to reading your application!