Reporting directly to the Head of Crisis Prevention, the Associate Director, Political Risk and Security Analysis will be responsible for the oversight, production and development of all political, security, kidnap, ransom and extortion analysis products and services across S-RM’s global offices.
This will include the day-to-day management of our global analytical capability, the development of this capability to support an ever-changing client base, and providing oversight of all Analytical work. Additional responsibilities will include the selection and training of new Analytical staff, client relationship management and business development responsibilities.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
The role requires a developed level of knowledge of political and security risk analysis and the ability to convert analysis into actionable commercial advice and guidance.
Strong communication skills are vital along with experience in personnel and client management, persuading and influencing others, and confidence when briefing leadership teams.
Responsibilities will include:
- Line management
- The Associate Director will be responsible for the direct line management of one Senior Associate (SSA) within the Analysis function. The Associate Director will have guiding assistance from the Head of Crisis Prevention and the Director of the Cape Town office, in this regard.
- Coaching and mentoring of team members
- The Associate Director will be responsible for ensuring all members of the function have the support they need to carry out all work to the best of their abilities.
- They will be responsible for reviewing, developing and implementing Analysis training programme.
- Integration of the function within the wider Crisis Prevention team and Crisis Management BU.
- The Associate Director will be responsible for ensuring further integration of the Cape Town and CI based elements of the Analysis Function with the rest of the business unit. This will entail developing new working practices, training schedules and management delegation as well as encouraging cross BU experience sharing, communication and collaboration.
- Workflow management and resourcing
- The Associate Director will have oversight of all output, delegating work throughout the function.
- They will have primary responsibility to ensure that work is delivered efficiently, to a high quality, and in a way that answers the client question.
- They will be answerable to the Head of Crisis Prevention for ensuring that the function is appropriately resourced and trained to deliver tasks, specifically with regards to the integration of the multi-disciplined CI staff over FY19/20.
- They will liaise directly with CI senior staff to ensure CI multi-disciplinary staff remain available to support CM tasks as required.
- Delivery and case management
- The Associate Director will lead on and deliver complex consulting and will have responsibility of case managing various projects.
- The Associate Director will have responsibility for the quality assurance, client management and sales of all Analysis products and services associated with the AXA KRE and WTPV information services contracts (including the GSI). Responsibility for content, day to day task management and client liaison will be delegated to the Associate (AXA) located in Cape Town.
- They will maintain a comprehensive understanding of global security and political risk issues and their commercial implications.
- The Associate Director will be responsible for implementing and managing the function’s budget and responsible for monthly reporting on revenue and profit targets together with the Head of Crisis Prevention. This will include the management of financial spreadsheets, the pricing of Analysis work and the oversight of profitability.
- They will be responsible for ensuring multi-disciplinary CI staff costs are correctly accounted for each month, providing Finance with the necessary information to recharge CM as required.
- The Associate Director will have primary responsibility for the continual development of all CM Analysis products in support of the Business Unit’s Crisis Prevention, Preparation and Response Services as well as contribution to improved working practices across all products and services delivered by the team.
Business Development and Sales:
- The Associate Director will be required to:
- Scope and prepare client proposals for new business.
- Develop new and existing Analysis business opportunities in collaboration with CM management, S-RM Sales team and wider business units.
- Support other S-RM business units with client RFI’s and proposals.
Qualifications & Experience
The key qualifications and experience required to perform this role successfully are:
- Degree level education or equivalent;
- Excellent command of the English language;
- Excellent written and editorial skills;
- Excellent project and personnel management skills;
- Eight years plus experience in political and security risk analysis or similar;
- Two years plus experience in a middle to senior management position;
- Experience working or operating abroad (outside of the UK);
- Experience carrying out a client facing, service delivery role in a commercial environment.
Key Personal Skills & Attributes
The jobholder will need to have the following key personal skills and attributes to perform successfully in this role:
- Excellent planning and organisational skills;
- Excellent attention to detail;
- A proven ability to work unsupervised;
- Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines;
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
- A proactive approach and a willingness to work outside the job specification when required;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.
This role is based in our London office. The successful candidate must have permission to work in the United Kingdom by the start of their employment.