Associate Director

In a nutshell

We are looking for an experienced, strategically and commercially minded Associate Director (AD) to work with us on government and corporate affairs-focussed research projects for a range of interesting and high-profile public and private sector clients. If you are a Research Manager, an AD or equivalent (e.g., Account Manager, Consultant or Senior Consultant) with an established track record of delivering client work to the highest standard, and you have a strong interest in current affairs and social/political/economic trends, then we would like to hear from you.

Your skills & experience

You have been a mixed-methodology professional for at least five years, or a Research Manager or equivalent, and are ready to step into an AD role. You have a broad range of interests, are curious about how the business world works and follow the current affairs and political trends that influence it. You demonstrate outstanding storytelling, written and verbal skills, can be trusted to manage projects independently, and have excellent attention to detail. You have experience of leading (smaller) client relationships and are confident in a client facing role. You have a solid track record of successful new business development from existing and new clients. You can creatively apply research to business challenges and use your initiative to grow, develop and learn. You have experience of managing less experienced team members.

The role

You will lead the day to day management of projects focussed on issues relating to government and corporate affairs and will analyse data (qualitative and quantitative) to help advise our clients at a strategic level. These projects may focus on public opinion, stakeholder opinion (e.g. MPs, national journalists, leaders of influential third sector organisations etc.), demographic analysis, or other forms of data. You will play a key role in writing up, visualising, and presenting findings.

You will spend most of your time using research to find answers to our clients’ questions or solve their problems, such as ‘how can I understand and respond to wider political / social / commercial trends?’, ‘how can I best achieve a policy objective?’, ‘how can I achieve a specific business/commercial objective’? or ‘how can I run an effective public campaign?’.

You will lead in designing and conducting these projects, thinking creatively to determine the best approach for addressing client challenges and then managing colleagues and suppliers (where relevant) to produce final reports, presentations and recommendations for the client. Often you will work with more senior directors and principals but you will also be expected to lead projects without close supervision. You will likely be managing less experienced team members. You will also have an interest in the other specialisms that Yonder offers from brand strategy to advanced data analytics and design.

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