The Associate role pivots around all of the business unit’s service offerings with the opportunity to specialise in particular geographies or in specific disciplines of risk management.
The Associate will be required to range effectively through project work that will include global threat analysis, risk assessments, security consultancy (for both corporate and private clients) and crisis management planning.
The successful candidate will be expected to manage projects, client accounts and write authoritative reports autonomously from the start and may be given line management responsibilities very early on in their career. They will be able to work effectively both individually and as part of a delivery team, as well as able to quickly grasp client requirements and shape multi-disciplinary solutions to suit.
The role requires exceptional interpersonal skills, the ability to self-manage and apply academic and theoretical rigour to real-life commercial services. At S-RM, Associates are client-facing and are regularly called upon to brief C-Suite audiences on a broad spectrum of themes. These could include global or regional political developments, industry-specific risk analyses, security management planning and crisis preparation training. Confidence working with and presenting to organisations’ senior leadership teams is therefore essential.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Project Management
- Support senior members of the security and resilience team with the day to day management and delivery of projects to clients;
- Be the operational point of contact for clients;
- Manage the delivery of visit support tasks globally;
- Select, review, deploy and manage subcontractors and suppliers;
- Ensure internal project management tools and mechanisms are accurate and up to date;
- Analysis and reporting
- Maintain a comprehensive understanding of global security issues and their commercial implications, in order to be able to offer advice to clients at any time;
- Provide considered, focused and timely intelligence to clients, often at short notice;
- Be capable of delivering deep subject matter expertise in at least one geographical region of the world (preferably supported by proficiency in a foreign language).
- Case manage and quality control reports by junior analysts as required;
- Produce desktop risk assessments and security reviews;
- Manage intelligence sources and feeds;
- Carry out on-the-ground risk assessments, security reviews and audits in line with S-RM’s security risk assessment methodology;
- Be prepared to travel overseas to deliver consultancy projects directly to clients;
- Prepare detailed reports and briefings;
- Deliver report findings to clients;
- Design project security policies and plans;
- Actively monitor the market to identify new business leads and prepare tenders for new work; and
- Play an active role in business development and sales campaigns.
The role will be based in our London office, but will likely involve regular travel. Extended periods of time abroad on project work may also be required.
SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
The 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 presentational skills and demonstrable ability to brief at a high level;
- A solid understanding of private sector security standards and procedures;
- Experience working or operating outside the UK;
- Demonstrable experience working in commercial security, risk management or business resilience disciplines;
- Armed Forces, intelligence or law enforcement backgrounds are considered beneficial;
- For applicants with no such background: a minimum of four years’ comparable commercial experience is considered essential;
- Experience in or demonstrable ability to manage, mentor and develop people.
The individual will need to have the following key personal skills and attributes to perform successfully in this role:
- Excellent planning, organisational skills and 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.
The successful candidate must have permission to work in the United Kingdom by the start of their employment.