Associate Director

Company Description

M3 is the global leader in digital solutions in healthcare. We work with a range of sectors including healthcare, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and charities; services provided to these sectors include market research, medical education programs, promotional programs, clinical development, job recruitment and clinic appointment services. M3 has grown by more than 20% year-on-year for the past 15 years, achieving over 1 billion dollars in revenue annually.

Founded in 2000, with start-up investment capital from Sony, M3’s mission is to make use of the internet to increase, as much as possible, the number of people who can live longer and healthier lives, and to reduce, as much as possible, the amount of unnecessary medical costs. Key achievements of M3 Inc. include:

  • Named in Fortune’s 2020 ‘Future 50’ list, ahead of Facebook and Amazon
  • Ranked in Forbes’ 2020 Global 2000 list of the world’s largest public companies
  • M3 is the only company incorporated after the year 2000 to be included in the Nikkei 225 Index
  • Listed in Forbes’ ‘Asia’s 200 Best Over a Billion’ in 2019
  • In 2020 M3 founded the ‘M3: Stop COVID-19 Fund’ and pledged one billion yen to support COVID-19 related initiatives

M3’s legacy lies in the power of trusted physician platforms. Around the world, M3 organizations leverage these highly engaged digital communities to deliver medical education, job placement, and market research, to improve global patient outcomes. 

M3 Global Research, part of M3 Inc., provides the most comprehensive and highest quality market research recruitment and support services available to the industry with relationships reaching respondents in more than 70 countries worldwide.

M3 Global Research maintains ISO 26362 and ISO 27001 certifications with the highest quality data collection and project management capabilities that cover the spectrum of quantitative and qualitative techniques utilized today. M3 services incorporate all of the most advanced statistical and attitudinal methodologies allowing clients to provide world-class offerings and support services to their end-client customers throughout multiple industry sectors.

Job Description

The mission of the Associate Director is to manage and oversee a Client service Team. The individual will be a leader for his/her team by directly coaching and mentoring the staff, building relationships with M3 clients, and working with the team on ensuring projects complete on time and within budget. The Associate Director  will also assist with updating processes and internal systems to ensure the team is working efficiently and collaboratively. This is the ideal role for someone who has management experience in market research, specifically focused on online healthcare research.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Including, but not limited to the following:

  • Manage, mentor, appraise and develop team members, monitoring team KPI’s and workload distribution.
  • Responsible for providing guidance and mentoring members of the operations team.
  • Responsible for managing project escalations to ensure the project is completed on time and within budget. This will require the candidate to partner with internal stakeholders to address issues and improve performance on research projects.
  • Working closely with senior management to adapt, develop and initiate processes, procedures, and system enhancements.
  • Investigating and managing project escalations. The Associate Director will be responsible for ensuring the project is completed on time and to the satisfaction of the client.
  • Monitoring productivity and quality of data collection of their team’s projects.
  • Overseeing the billing process of the team, and ensuring projects end with expected profitability.
  • Support the development and implementation of best practices and policies for client service
  • Execute client service improvement plans on allocated accounts, ensuring collaboration with sales and other members of the team, and providing a consistent and solution-oriented approach across each touch point of the client journey
  • Overseeing the training of any new team members, as well as the training needs of current employees.
  • Responsible for approving annual leave, expense reports, and quarterly reviews of their direct reports.


Education and Training Required:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience preferred.

Minimum Experience: 

  • 5+ years of experience in Market Research
  • 3+ years of project management experience
  • Experience in healthcare focused Market Research preferred
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience managing employees preferred
  • Experience with complex market research projects which could include programming, intricate sampling, international, translations, patients, or patient referrals (preferred)

Knowledge, Skill, Ability:

  • Be a self-motivated individual with exceptional time management, organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Able to work well meet deadlines and under pressure.
  • Have exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Have strong Microsoft Office skills including Excel, Outlook, and Word.
  • Have well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Have the ability to work autonomously and in a team environment to successfully meet departmental objectives.

Additional Information


  • 25 days annual leave
  • Participation in an annual bonus scheme linked to the profitability of the business
  • Pension 4%/4% employee/employer contributions of qualifying earnings
  • Company’s medical cash plan. As part of the cash plan you have access to subsidised gym membership and a staff discount scheme
  • Cycle scheme