Research Director, Enabling Technologies: Networking and Communications Infrastructure

IDC - San Mateo, CA3.8


Requisition Number 2019-1516
Functional Area Research
Location US-CA-San Mateo
# of Openings 1


IDC is the most respected global technology market research firm operating in over 110 countries worldwide. Our collaborative, innovative and entrepreneurial culture is the perfect place for you to discover your future.

IDC's Enabling Technologies research team seeks a Research Director to cover semiconductors and other enabling technologies within communications and networking infrastructure.

Data, voice, and video traffic over an IP-based infrastructure are having a profound impact on networking and telecommunication. Tracking the companies playing a role in these markets and communicating this outlook and vision to IDC clients will be the primary responsibility in this position.


The position will be responsible for gathering and analyzing qualitative and quantitative information to create seminconductor market research studies that provide strategic insights and advice to our clients. The Research Director's responsibilities include:
Market sizing
Market share reporting
Vendor analysis
Tracking semiconductor and other technology trends
Pricing analysis, and supply/demand analysis

Other responsibilities include working with IDC analysts around the world to shape our research in networking and telecommunication markets, maintain publication deadlines, and performing custom consulting. The analyst will be responsible for responding to inquiries and developing relationships within the industry including top executives and marketing managers within semiconductor, OEM, and service provider accounts along with buy-side and sell-side financial analysts and the press.


Strong knowledge of data center and edge infrastructure networking and communications system architectures used by OEMs, cloud service providers, and communications service providers.
Strong understanding of semi conductors and other technologies supporting major architectural shifts, including advanced interconnects, 5G, NFV, SDN, intelligent NICs, AI, network disaggregation, and network virtualization.
Coverage of major networking and communications semiconductor vendors and their products, including communications processors, ethernet controllers, ethernet switches, FPGAs, and optical.
Familiarity with the strategies of the technology supply chain, including systems integrators, engineering service providers, OEMs, ODMs, and infrastructure software vendors that are driving vendor products and road maps.
Knowledge of industrial automation system markets a significant plus.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Strong presentation skills suitable for client events, conferences and small meetings.
Strong vendor and market modeling skills using Microsoft Excel (including pivot tables).
A Bachelor's degree is required. A minimum of seven years of pertinent industry experience is desired. This position involves some travel for industry events and customer projects.

About IDC: International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,100 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company.

IDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, handicap, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, ancestry, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or other categories protected by law.