We are seeking a senior analyst to join the sub-Saharan Africa (‘SSA’) corporate intelligence team, where you will be researching and writing primarily desktop-based investigative due diligence reports on companies and individuals for compliance due diligence and pre-transactional purposes.

Your work will include investigating reputational risks, including but not limited to: bribery, corruption, political exposure, governance, human rights, and environmental issues.

 

WHO WE ARE

S-RM is a global intelligence and cyber security consultancy. Founded in 2005, we have 250+ practitioners across seven international offices, serving clients across all regions and major sectors.

We are headquartered in London with offices in Cape Town, Hong Kong, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Utrecht and Washington DC. Our teams speak 30+ languages, with backgrounds in intelligence, government, finance, journalism, military and academia.

We partner with leading organisations, supporting them at all levels, from CEOs and their boards through to front-line teams. We support our clients by providing intelligence that informs critical decision-making and strategies, from investments and partnerships through to disputes; by making organisations more resilient to cyber security threats; and by responding to cyber-attacks and organisational crises. Client focus is at the heart of what we do. Our advice is direct, honest and objective, and we deliver actionable results by bringing together the best talent and creating teams designed to address unique problems and complex challenges.

THE ROLE

As a Senior analyst you will be independently researching and writing primarily desktop-based compliance and pre-transactional intelligence reports on companies and individuals for due diligence and investigatory purposes.

The role will also include working on human intelligence reports, engaging with our on-the-ground networks across the continent:

  • Managing subcontractors with whom S-RM engages, and conducting source calls on human intelligence-led cases;
  • Providing subject matter expertise on the corporate, political, and regulatory risk environment in the sub-Saharan Africa (‘SSA’) region;
  • Assisting senior managers with day-to-day ad-hoc tasking, outside of writing your own reports;
  • Conducting research, primarily in English, on corporate and political issues; and,
  • Presenting to managers, the wider team, and clients.

The role will be based in our Cape Town office, however flexible working arrangements are available

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

The qualifications and experience required to perform this role successfully are:

  • As a minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Relevant degrees may include but are not limited to: economics, international relations, law, finance, political science, or similar; or equivalent work experience;
  • A high working proficiency in English. Additional languages such as Portuguese, French, or other SSA-relevant regional dialects are desirable, but not a requirement;
  • Proven research, writing, and investigative skills;
  • Several years’ experience working in in a relevant commercial environment is highly desirable. Relevant commercial experience may include (but is not limited to) work within the corporate intelligence sector, law, finance, investigative journalism, energy, mining, and similar ancillary industries.

Candidates will need to have the following key personal skills and attributes to perform successfully in this role:

  • A keen eye for investigation and a drive to acquire knowledge;
  • As a minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Relevant degrees may include but are not limited to: economics, international relations, law, finance, political science, or similar; or equivalent work experience;
  • A clear interest in SSA regional business and political affairs;
  • A basic understanding of financial and commercial concepts, and corporate structures;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, honesty and reliability;
  • An ability to thrive under pressure, manage time effectively, and work to tight deadlines.
  • A proven ability to work unsupervised and operate with a degree of autonomy;
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications;
  • Excellent attention to detail; and,
  • A proactive mindset and a willingness to work outside the job specification when required

The successful candidate must have permission to work in South Africa by the start of their employment.

OUR BENEFITS

We offer thoughtful, balanced rewards and support to help our people do their best work and live their lives outside it, including:

  • Market leading maternity and paternity benefits including:
    • Maternity leave: 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks half pay
    • Paternity leave: 6 weeks of full pay
    • Fertility treatment leave
  • 23 holiday days per year + bank holidays, which increases with service to a maximum of 30 days;
  • Medical aid with Discovery Health for employee, partner, and children up to the cost of the Classic Saver plan
  • 6% matching pension contribution;
  • 4 x annual salary life insurance;
  • Disability cover – 75% of annual salary
  • Gap Cover policy – allowing you to bridge the gap between your medical bills and your medical aid cover.
  • Seasonal flu vaccination
  • Eye tests and glasses reimbursement up to certain cost on an annual basis
  • EAP for your mental wellbeing, including counselling sessions available to you and your family;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Extensive training available, including through LinkedIn Learning with access to more than 13,000 different courses
  • Financial education – free 1-21 consultations and mortgage clinics;
  • Free access to the world-famous mindfulness app Headspace;
  • A formalised recognition programme;

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply for this role, please email your CV and cover letter to recruitment@s-rminform.com. The application process will include:

  1. A preliminary call which will be a chance for you to find out more about S-RM and the role.
  2. A research and writing task. This will assess your analytical and writing skills and give you a better sense of the work we do.
  3. One interview discussing the research task and your technical skills.
  4. One interview discussing your previous experience, broader competencies, and suitability for the role.

S-RM nurtures a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion and we are dedicated to developing a workforce that displays a variety of talents, experiences and perspectives.

Applications for this role close on Monday 25th July.