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Research and Development Manager

HITT Contracting Inc.

This is a Full-time position in Falls Church, VA posted February 1, 2021.

Research & Development Manager

The Research & Development Manager is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the research initiative at HITT. The ideal candidate will build and lead research that distinguishes HITT and drives a competitive advantage in the marketplace. The Manager will have primary responsibility for leading a collaborative effort to collect, analyze, and translate research into meaningful reporting. Additionally, the Manager will lead Research & Development projects which span the departments focus areas of materials, methods, technology, and performance.

Internally, the Research & Development Manager is the primary source, advisor, and collaborator of research for both leadership and team members, acting as a strategic advisor to the C-suite and cultivating the tools and tactics required to deliver exceptional reporting. They are in charge of leading internal teams, maintaining internal client relationships and spearheading new initiatives.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in research and development in the Architecture Engineering and Construction industry and a strong understanding of the market. Keys to this position are strong collaboration and management skills, writing skills, relationship management, critical thinking and superb public speaking skills. The ideal candidate is skilled in both internal and external customer service and is comfortable acting as the research liaison to executive leadership. The Manager demonstrates a strong ability to lead teams in analyzing data and translate complicated concepts in common terms for the benefit of our team members. They are highly organized, self-motivated, and able to analyze and make recommendations that impact the bottom line.

The Manager reports to the head of Research & Development, working closely with the Strategic Planning Committee, providing research and recommendations to aid them in executing the future vision of the organization.


  • Research, analyze, and author market reports to include analysis of global and U.S. markets and the impact on commercial real estate and construction industries.
  • Lead a collaborative effort to develop, edit and organize Board reporting including corporate key performance indicators and market reports.
  • Maintain intimate and extensive knowledge of the macro and micro factors affecting the marketplace and proactively position research to leverage this knowledge for the business.
  • Lead research and development projects within the focus areas of materials, methods, technology and performance. This includes the development and documentation of program frameworks, developing implementation plans, and providing recommendations on market viability and the go-to market strategy.
  • Research external market drivers to understand the overall health of the economy. Provide analysis to inform the corporate strategy and utilize findings for thoughtful and deliberate entry into new geographic markets, project types, and work types.
  • Maintain industry knowledge by proactively managing data sources, local business periodicals, tracking current real estate trends, and participating in professional organizations.
  • Lead the development of strategic business plans and associated metrics for emerging sectors/ and support the teams with plan implementation.
  • Develop and execute initiative level projects as identified by Strategic Planning Committee and act as a strategic advisor to the C-Suite
  • Drive thought leadership by development of original and impactful content including articles, reports, presentations, and white papers to display expertise of market knowledge.
  • Collaborate with marketing/communications team leaders to create compelling reports, and presentations that leverage our knowledge to benefit our Clients.
  • Make regular presentations of the commercial real estate market’s performance and outlook to executive leadership and at relevant Client events.
  • Act as national corporate liaison for overall research efforts with the goal of becoming a high-visibility leader within the commercial real estate market.
  • Develop research tools such as calendars and workflows to increase productivity and effectiveness.
  • Act as brand ambassador for the firm, representing HITT in industry and professional organizations and events.


  • Education and Training: Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) from four-year college or university.
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in Architecture/Engineering/Construction, Real Estate, or Finance.
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret data. Self-starter, proactive, strategic thinking and the ability to align research with the business.
  • Proven experience in leading teams to drive change with an organization
  • Excellent writing, communication and public speaking skills are required.
  • Proven experience developing and implementing process, creating efficiencies, and providing metrics to prove ROI.
  • Strong knowledge of financial terms and ability to conduct analyses.
  • Strict attention to detail and ability to manage complex projects across a variety of functions
  • Ability to prioritize while working in a fast-paced environment and handling multiple projects with changing priorities along with macro and micro economic research

HITT Contracting Inc. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, supporting employment of qualified minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

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