Research Director, Grid Edge

  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full-time
  • Verisk Business: Wood Mackenzie
  • Department: Research

Company Description

We are looking for a Research Director to lead our Grid Edge research team in at Wood Mackenzie.  Our dedicated grid edge team delivers research and consulting projects based on our deep sectoral knowledge of the electric utility industry and the disruptions underway by the wide proliferation of distributed generation, energy storage, energy management solutions, microgrids, and other customer-sited technologies. Together we work with a range of clients including utilities, technology companies, project developers, investment banks and institutional investors.

Location: New York but Boston or Houston would also be considered.

The Grid Edge team is a crucial and growing part of the Energy Transition practice at Wood Mackenzie.  We provide detailed data, analysis, and insight across global power markets, solar, wind, storage, electric vehicles and emerging technologies.

Job Description

You will lead a team of analysts and subject matter experts that provide comprehensive and thought-provoking research on the grid edge markets worldwide. You will be adept at integrating a wide array of research charting the impact of the deployment of distributed energy resources and evolution of public policy on power markets, distribution infrastructure, and utility business model threats and opportunities. You will also form opinions on corporate strategies, the business environment, M&A deals, market and system economics, and government energy policy.

A key part of your role is to develop relationships with the grid edge community, which runs the gamut from electric utilities and transmission system operators, regulators, technology vendors, developers, national R&D labs, and the financial community. These strong relationships will enable you to gather intelligence that will enrich the quality and timeliness of our research solutions.  You will also become a go-to-expert for clients and media. You will work closely with our sales and consulting colleagues to support evolving client needs. This will involve regularly travel into the region to share and present data and inform views on the grid edge transition underway today and demonstrating how our insight and solutions help clients make better decisions.

You will be able to prioritize what matters to clients and the team, having regular interaction with senior business stakeholders. Your focus will be to champion change, fostering an open, innovative and dynamic team environment. You will ensure that we embrace new technologies and techniques to improve data processes and workflow. You will also work with client management and consulting to generate new research, sales and consulting opportunities.


You are passionate about distributed energy and the disruptions underway to transform today’s electric grid into a more flexible, resilient, digital, decentralized and low-carbon energy infrastructure. You have an analytical, commercial mindset and an eye for detail. You also understand the big picture, which enables you to analyze and form clear, coherent conclusions from a variety of data and information. You thrive in a collaborative, commercial and client-centric environment. 

You have a proven track record of fostering strong working relationships including coaching, influencing and developing others around you. Delivering quality is your key driver and this is embedded in your team, making you credible with colleagues and clients. The way in which you work is productive and driven, striving to be best in class. You often share ideas and find better ways of working.

The people around you recognize your ability to develop others and build an environment in which people thrive and deliver high quality results. The way in which you work enables you to build strong, collaborative internal relationships and can influence within the wider company, at a variety of levels of seniority. You understand that diversity of experience and thought is important and that working across different geographies requires cultural appreciation.

You possess the following core competencies:

  • 8+ years relevant work experience in the electric utility, public policy, or grid edge technology markets
  • Prior experience with energy project economics, financial valuation and commercial modelling
  • Structured thinking, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build and develop relationships with people at all levels in an organization

If you are looking for a role where you can make positive impact on business results, your own team and those around you, apply now.

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What you’ll love about Wood Mackenzie 

For the past 45 years, we have established our reputation as a trusted source of knowledge and forward- looking insight for the world’s most innovative organizations.  Our teams are located around the world and deliver research and consulting projects based on our assessment and valuation of thousands of individual assets, companies and economic indicators such as market supply, demand and price trends. As a result, we can count the world’s key energy institutions and governments among our most loyal clients.

We are committed to supporting our people to grow and thrive. We value different perspectives and aspire to create an inclusive environment that encourages diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. We value everyone’s contribution and support them to reach their full potential while sustaining an organizational culture of health and well-being. There are opportunities to get involved in our Wellness, Diversity and Inclusion, and Community Engagement initiatives. We actively support flexible working and are happy to consider alternative work patterns, taking into account your needs and the needs of the team or division that you are looking to join. 

Hear what our team has to say about working with us:

We are part of a company that has been named as a Best Employer by Forbes Magazine and on the Forbes Most Innovative Companies list three years running. Verisk is one of only 15 out of 500 companies to appear on both lists. We are proud to be a part of the Verisk family of companies!

What you’ll love about Verisk  

Verisk Analytics has an amazing story to tell. In 2017, Forbes magazine named Verisk to its World’s Most Innovative Companies list for the third consecutive year and to its America’s Best Mid-Size Employers list. We also earned the Great Place to Work® Certification for the second consecutive year in recognition of our outstanding workplace culture.

Verisk is a leading data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, natural resources, and financial services. We’ve been delivering data, analytics, and decision support services to our customers for more than 45 years, helping them protect people, property, and financial assets. At Verisk, you’ll be part of an organization that’s committed to serving the long-term interests of our stakeholders, including the communities where we operate.

At Verisk, you can build an exciting career with meaningful work; create a positive and lasting impact on the business; and find the support, coaching, and training you need to advance your career. Our culture of innovation means your ideas on how to improve our business will be heard. As key contributors to our success, our team members enjoy working in a business-casual, collaborative environment that offers state-of-the-art resources, advanced technologies, and an excellent benefits package.

Verisk Analytics is an equal opportunity employer. All members of the Verisk Analytics family of companies are equal opportunity employers. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran's status, age or disability.


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