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Director Staffing and Development

Director Staffing and Development

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United States-MA-Cambridge

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The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is a leading provider of business intelligence and consulting services. Our growing consumer practice serves global consumer-facing companies in strategy, analytics and intelligence, with a strong focus on data-driven and quantitative analysis.


Canback (, a subsidiary of The Economist Intelligence Unit, is the world’s leading management consulting firm leveraging predictive analytics. We have established a truly unique position as the world’s most analytically rigorous firm. This allows us to make recommendations based on facts instead of conceptual frameworks and partner wisdom. 


Staffing and development is a key role at our firm and given that the value of a consultancy lies within its human capital, the skillfull management, allocation, and development of this capital is vital and requires a nuanced approach drawing on both economic efficiency and empathic considerations. 


Currently we are seeking a Director of Staffing and Development to be based at our Cambridge office in Kendall Square. In this capacity you will oversee resource management as well as employee development and performance. 


This position offers competitive benefits, and an opportunity to both support the team in Cambridge and work with our offices located all over the world. We are a quickly growing company and every day brings new challenges, varying from routine responsibilities to complex long-term initiatives. You will have a chance to actively participate in various aspects of the business and gain human resources and staff development experience in a friendly, highly-rewarding environment.



How you will Contribute:  

  • Allocation of resources to consulting engagements
  • Understanding the working style and development areas for each consultant
  • Balancing the various priorities, concerns, and needs of managers and resources
  • Management of employee development and performance programs, including: Overseeing performance review process and coordinating career development initiatives
  • Liaise with parent company on HR issues including benefits, paid time off, onboarding/offboarding, and consultant relocations

Experience, skills and professional attributes

The ideal skills for this role are: 

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Previous experience in a relevant role
  • Superior interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to work independently and take ownership of outlined responsibilities
  • Ability to handle confidential information responsibly
  • Experience in a fast-paced, intellectually intense environment
  • Understanding of management consulting is highly preferred