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If you are seeking an entrepreneurial environment where you have autonomy and ability to grow yourself and a practice in Cincinnati, Ohio, this could be the right next challenge for you. You will be supported by the Managing Partner in a collaborative team environment where you are expected to lead and drive results for clients.

The Valen Group is a strategy consulting firm with diversified practices in growth and innovation. We are seeking an energetic innovation and insights practitioner to lead engagements. We have a growing agile innovation offering using qualitative empathy, behavioral science and design-thinking that we are seeking this individual to further develop and introduce to new clients.

Why The Valen Group? For almost two decades we have partnered with global market leaders such as Nestlé, P&G, Coca-Cola, Adidas, and DuckDuckGo on strategic growth projects that explore major issues and/or opportunities that cut across various categories. We are a growth-focused boutique strategy and innovation consulting firm. Our service commitment is to work on each engagement until our clients are fully satisfied with the outcome. Valen also has a strategic partnerships and brand licensing practice as well as other business-related entrepreneurial ventures in our Valen ecosystem. People like the Valen Group environment because of the entrepreneurial environment for personal growth opportunities, freedom to learn and rewards for successful contributions.

​As an Innovation Strategist you will directly lead engagements, collaborate with team members and drive the results for clients in qualitative work, innovation and marketing messaging/positioning type engagements. Clients will trust you and work with you because of your experience, creative problem-solving capability, demeanor and decisiveness.

We require demonstrable experience and success with known consumer brands. Experience is skewed towards consultant who have the capability to run and execute qualitative insight and all aspects of innovation consulting projects such as learning sessions, ideation or innovation facilitation, trend and market analysis, road mapping and size of prize estimations.

To be a practice leader, you must demonstrate practice building skills and bring existing relationships and contacts into the practice.

Summary of Skills & Experience:
  • 5-10 years experience in Brand Management, Brand Strategy or Innovation Consulting Firm and/or Market Research, experience working for a major consumer brand is a plus
  • Ability to design engagements, structure exercises, facilitate ideation and innovation sessions and conduct/moderate and present findings for agile qualitative
  • Ability to manage, analyze and present custom quantitative, market trend and competitor analysis
Additional Skills & Experience:
  • Expert understanding and ability to coach others in application of insight and innovation methods
  • Understanding of agile/entrepreneurial methods
  • Business and market analysis
  • Innovation, marketing and consumer insight analysis frameworks
  • Global brand responsibility experience a plus
Other Skills & Requirements:
  • Extensive use of MS office suite for presentations and deliverables
  • Design or experience creating visual business insight deliverables
  • Software Technology aptitude: Familiarity with CRM, Online Qualitative Insight Platforms and other software
  • Use of Video in Qualitative Insight and Reporting, sentiment analysis and other use of related technology a plus


For this position, we are seeking a full-time employee, however we are open to project-oriented qualified contractors and experts. Please specify your interest in contracting with submission. Qualified candidates will need a completed file for us to move forward and that will include submission of a resume and cover letter explaining fit with position.

The Valen Group currently offers a competitive compensation, incentives, 401K, profit-sharing, health insurance and training to its employees and believes in the investment in and development of its people.

The Valen Group conducts employment and education verification, background checks, reference checks and other prudent hiring practices to validate candidate information. Should you have any questions about this posting, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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