Head – Research

POSITION SPECIFICATION

Position

Head – Research

Company

Reserve Bank Innovation Hub (RBIH)

Location

Bengaluru

Reporting

Chief Executive Officer

Number of Positions

1

COMPANY BACKGROUND

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) set up the Innovation Hub (Termed: RBIH), to promote innovation across the financial sector. The Hub will leverage technology and help create an environment that would facilitate and foster innovation.

RBIH will collaborate with financial sector institutions, the technology industry, and academic institutions to coordinate efforts for the exchange of ideas and the development of prototypes related to financial innovation.

The Hub will help develop internal infrastructure to promote FinTech research and facilitate engagement with innovators and start-ups.

BACKGROUND OF THE ROLE

We are looking for an experienced and visionary Head of Research to lead research division with an experience of 15-20 years in BFSI sector. As the Head of Research, your role will involve identifying and delivering actionable insights that can drive strategic decisions and business growth.

JOB DUTIES

1. Market Analysis:

a) Market Size and Growth: Analyze the current market size, historical growth rates, and future projections. Identify high-growth segments within the BFSI sector.
b) Market Trends: Identify and analyze emerging trends in the BFSI industry, such as digital banking, fintech innovations, blockchain technology, and changing customer preferences.
c) Competitive Landscape: Conduct thorough competitor analysis, benchmarking against key players in the industry. Identify their strengths, weaknesses, strategies, and market positioning.

2. Consumer Insights:

a) Customer Behavior and Preferences: Understand and track changes in customer behavior, preferences, and expectations. Identify factors driving customer satisfaction and loyalty.
b)Customer Journey Mapping: Analyze the customer journey to identify pain points and opportunities for enhancing customer experience.

3. Product and Service Innovation:

a) New Product Development: Identify gaps in the market and opportunities for new product or service offerings. Provide insights into customer needs and preferences that can inform product development.
b) Product Performance: Analyze the performance of existing products and services. Identify areas for improvement and opportunities for cross-selling or upselling.

4. Technological Advancements:

a) Technology Trends: Stay abreast of technological advancements and innovations in the BFSI sector. Assess their potential impact and opportunities for adoption.
b) Digital Transformation: Provide insights and recommendations for digital transformation initiatives. Identify areas where technology can improve efficiency, customer experience, and competitive advantage.

5. Strategic Recommendations:

a) Growth Opportunities: Identify and evaluate new market opportunities, potential partnerships, and acquisition targets. Provide strategic recommendations for business expansion.
b) Performance Metrics: Develop and track key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the success of research initiatives and their impact on business outcomes.

To ensure research insights are actionable and effectively integrated into business strategies:

 

  • Regular Reporting: Establish a schedule for regular reporting and presentations to senior leadership and key stakeholders.
  • Collaborative Workshops: Organize workshops and brainstorming sessions with cross- functional teams to discuss research findings and co-create strategic action plans.
  • Feedback Loop: Create a feedback loop with business units to ensure continuous improvement and alignment of research activities with business needs.
  • Executive Summaries: Provide concise executive summaries of key research findings, highlighting actionable insights and recommended actions.

Expected Outcomes:

By focusing on these actionable research points, the Head of Research will enable the company to:

 

  • Make informed strategic decisions based on robust data and insights.
  • Stay ahead of market trends and capitalize on emerging opportunities.
  • Enhance customer satisfaction and loyalty through targeted product and service offerings.
  • Mitigate risks and navigate regulatory changes effectively.
  • Drive innovation and maintain a competitive edge in the BFSI sector.
  • These actionable research points should guide the research strategy and ensure that the insights generated are both practical and impactful for the organization.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Proven experience of 15-20 years in research roles within the BFSI sector.
  • Deep understanding of the BFSI industry, including market trends, regulatory environment, and competitive landscape.
  • Strong analytical, quantitative, and qualitative research skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams and senior executives.
  • Proficiency in research tools, data analysis software, and emerging technologies
  • Strategic thinker with a forward-looking perspective.
  • Innovative and open to new ideas and methodologies.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) in Finance, Economics, Business Administration or related field.

Term

The appointment will be on a contract basis with an initial term of 3 years, extendable based on need and performance.

Location

Bengaluru, India (Remote working is not available).

Last date for applications

Candidates are advised to apply latest by June 10th, 2024 by sending email to shwetaoswal@rbihub.in