Research Director

Wood Mackenzie

Job Description

Research Director

Houston, TX, USA


Verisk Business: Wood Mackenzie

Company Description

Wood Mackenzie is the global leader in data, analysis and consulting across the energy, chemicals, metals, mining, power and renewables sectors.

Founded in 1973, our success has always been underpinned by the simple principle of providing trusted research and advice that makes a difference to our customers. Today we have over 2,000 customers ranging from the largest global energy companies and financial institutions to governments as well as smaller market specialists.

Our teams are located around the world. This enables us to stay closely connected with customers and the markets and sectors we cover. Collectively this allows us to offer a compelling combination of global commodity analysis with detailed local market knowledge.

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 are committed to creating a workplace that works for you and encourage everyone 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 proud to be a part of the Verisk family of companies! 

At the heart of what we do is help clients manage risk. Verisk (Nasdaq: VRSK) provides data and insights to our customers in insurance, energy and the financial services markets so they can make faster and more informed decisions.   

Our global team uses AI, machine learning, automation, and other emerging technologies to collect and analyze billions of records. We provide advanced decision-support to prevent credit, lending, and cyber risks. In addition, we monitor and advise companies on complex global matters such as climate change, catastrophes, and geopolitical issues.  

But why we do our work is what sets us apart. It stems from a commitment to making the world better, safer and stronger.  

It’s the reason Verisk is part of the UN Global Compact sustainability initiative. It’s why we made a commitment to balancing 100 percent of our carbon emissions. It’s the aim of our “returnship” program for experienced professionals rejoining the workforce after time away. And, it’s what drives our annual Innovation Day, where we identify our next first-to-market innovations to solve our customers’ problems.   

At its core, Verisk uses data to minimize risk and maximize value. But far bigger, is why we do what we do. 

At Verisk you can build an exciting career with meaningful work; create positive and lasting impact on business; and find the support, coaching, and training you need to advance your career. We have received the Great Place to Work® Certification for the fourth consecutive year. We’ve been recognized by Forbes as a World’s Best Employer and a Best Employer for Women, testaments to our culture of engagement and the value we place on an inclusive and diverse workforce. 

Job Description

We are looking for a Research Director /Senior Natural Gas Analyst to lead our Short-Term Gas S&D team in either Houston or Boulder.  Our dedicated oil and gas sector teams are located around the world and deliver research and consulting projects based on our assessment and valuation of thousands of individual assets. Together we work with a range of clients including national and major oil companies, operators, investment banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, and institutional investors. This is a fantastic leadership opportunity to make an impact.

About the role

This position will be responsible for conducting and directing modelling and forecasting of North American natural gas market fundamentals and communicating the results of their and the group’s analysis to clients, prospects, and other market participants. The preferred candidate will have extensive prior exposure to gas and associated commodity markets such as power, oil, and NGLs, with intimate familiarity of NYMEX and/or basis markets; subject matter expertise is a necessity. Candidates should have demonstrated experience creating and/or operating supply demand, and storage models. Preference will be given to those with forecasting credentials.  The ideal candidate will also need to demonstrate comfort with and professionalism in presenting their findings to small and large audiences for the purpose of supporting product sales and establishing the firm’s view of the market.  The ideal candidate would also have at least 2 years in a leadership role.  Accordingly, the position requires travel at roughly 25% of time.  This role will be responsible for developing, maintaining, and operating regional and macro market balances and forecasts to identify market opportunities and communicate those to clients.  This role will require the delegation of work within the team, and it must be able to advise those within the team as to the necessary strategic direction of its point-of-view.  This position can be located in Houston, TX or Boulder, CO. 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Extensive exposure to North American natural gas markets. Preference will be given to candidates with prior exposure to commodities associated with gas markets such as power, oil, NGLs, and LNG.  Subject matter expertise is needed.
  • Intimate familiarity with fundamentals of NYMEX and basis markets.
  • Demonstrated experience creating and/or operating supply, demand, and storage models.
  • Experience with near- and long-term forecasting preferred.
  • Ability to and comfort with presenting in front of small and large groups in order to communicate company views on markets and methodologies.
  • Ability to support sales to prospects and existing clients.
  • ~25% travel


  • 5+ years of experience conducting market analysis and model development in the commodities sphere.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of NYMEX fundamentals and trends.
  • Familiarity with North American basis markets and influences on each.
  • Preference will be given to those with proficiency in SQL and advanced stats packages, such as Python or R.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communications skills


Additional Information

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