Position Description

Strategy and Planning Research Analyst or Senior Research Analyst
Work Locations Boston
Job Posting Category Strategy
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About Ropes & Gray

Ropes & Gray LLP is a preeminent global law firm focused on providing the highest-quality advice on our clients’ critical legal and business issues. Our global team of 2,500 talented professionals regularly helps clients meet high-stakes challenges, solve complex problems and achieve key goals.  These colleagues work together across a global office network that includes offices in Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

We are a contemporary firm that can bring more than 150 years of legal and institutional history to bear on the challenges clients face in today’s 24/7 global business environment. Our collaborative approach gives our clients—which include many of the world’s most respected companies and institutions—ready access to leading corporate, litigation, transactional and regulatory lawyers whose knowledge and experience span industries and geographies.

With an international presence, we focus on a number of key industries, including private equity; asset management; life sciences and health care; investment banking; technology, media and telecommunications; and consumer and retail.  Our clients include global industry leaders, financial institutions, investment firms, private equity firms, hospitals and health care organizations, educational institutions, and individuals.

We have consistently been recognized for our leading practices in many areas, including private equity, M&A, finance, asset management, real estate, tax, antitrust, life sciences, health care, intellectual property, litigation & enforcement, privacy & cybersecurity, and business restructuring.

Ropes & Gray is an equal opportunity employer.

About the Strategy and Planning team

The Strategy and Planning team at Ropes & Gray plays an essential role in directly supporting the firm’s leadership on a broad range of strategic initiatives essential to Ropes & Gray’s practices, offices, and support staff functions.  The team is comprised of approximately 10 individuals who collaborate on projects and hail from a variety of backgrounds that include management consulting, finance, and law.  The team leverages its depth and breadth of problem solving, market research, business analysis, writing, and quantitative analysis skills to help the firm’s leaders address strategic challenges and capture new growth opportunities.  In doing so, team members are afforded exciting professional development opportunities by working on a wide range of strategic projects, which may include, for example, developing geography-based strategies for Ropes & Gray’s existing 11 offices or a potentially new office, assisting practices by analyzing performance along a set of complex metrics, or working with practice leaders to identify new differentiated service offerings that address evolving client needs.


The Strategy and Planning Research Analyst or Senior Research Analyst will be involved in supporting a variety of initiatives focused on addressing the firm’s core strategic imperatives across its legal practices, offices, and support staff functions.  Topics will vary depending on priorities but may include research and analysis in support of developing strategic plans for specific practices or new lines of business; firmwide strategic initiatives; geographic strategies for existing or new offices; and evaluation of target client segments.  The work will mostly be project-based and will involve multi-tasking, working closely with other team members, and, in some cases, collaborating with partners and support staff leaders.  Under the direction of the Strategy and Planning Director, Manager or Project Leader, the Strategy and Planning Research Analyst or Senior Research Analyst will support initiatives from scoping and initial data gathering, through analysis, final deliverable creation, and possibly, implementation.  Final deliverables often include extensive qualitative analysis in the form of written research reports, white papers, or memos that include numerous supporting qualitative and quantitative exhibits and analyses. 

Individuals who find success in this role are those who are energized by solving ambiguous challenges through in-depth research and analysis and who are able to balance multiple priorities and deadlines.


  • Project management and work planning:

    • With direction, develop detailed hypotheses and questions to be explored and outline the approach to address each one

    • For assigned tasks, utilize sound time management skills to balance multiple workstreams and to consistently meet deadlines

    • Ensure the highest level of accuracy, organization, documentation, communication, and follow-through on all workstreams under his/her responsibility

  • Research, data gathering, and analysis:

    • Collect qualitative and quantitative business, market, and competitor data from both internal and external sources

    • Independently synthesize and analyze qualitative and quantitative data in a structured way to find patterns, with an emerging ability to draw implications

  • Emerging decision support:

    • Present findings through professional, compelling, and logical deliverables most often by creating supporting qualitative and quantitative exhibits or by writing discrete sections of detailed written reports

    • Work closely with Strategy and Planning teammates in an iterative manner to create and finalize polished, “client-ready” deliverables

    • With direction, provide input into the development of potential actionable options for decision makers


This is a demanding position, but one that is both personally and professionally rewarding for the right candidate.  The ideal candidate will have a high degree of determination, maturity, and attention to detail with the emerging ability to interact with professionals at all levels within the firm. 


  • Undergraduate degree required

  • Minimum three years of relevant experience, ideally in a law firm, consulting, or other professional services environment.Title will be dependent upon extent of relevant experience

  • Aptitude for complex research and analytical work and demonstrated strengths in problem solving and logical thinking

  • Patience with change and the ability to adapt to shifting priorities, demands, and timelines

  • Ability to work in a self-directed manner for extended periods and take ownership of assigned tasks to produce accurate, well-documented work products with strict attention to detail

  • Team-oriented and willing to receive and provide constructive feedback as part of an iterative process

  • Capable of multi-tasking under time-sensitive conditions and where multiple projects are inflight concurrently

  • Strong communication skills including written, verbal, and listening

  • Strict attention to confidentiality

  • Naturally collaborative, able to build relationships, and contribute to a positive environment

  • Advanced Excel, PowerPoint, and Word skills are required

  • Willing to work beyond traditional business hours when necessary


  • Please include a cover letter and transcript with your application

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