Account Director – Policy Thought Leadership

Cicero Group is looking to recruit an Account Director with financial services public policy experience and knowledge to support our rapidly expanding thought leadership and campaigns team. The selected candidate will join a creative and motivated group of research, public policy, communications and marketing professionals working across a wide range of projects and clients in the financial services sector.

Main responsibilities:

  • Maintaining oversight of client accounts and relationships and provide an expert consultative voice with regards to campaign strategy, interpreting research findings, writing reports and creating other campaign content.
  • Working closely with other members of the team the successful candidate will ensure timely delivery of high-quality deliverables across several client projects. Building and delivering end-to-end projects overseeing a project management team.
  • Using primary and secondary data to form a strong and distinctive narrative to help drive a wide range of integrated public policy, communications and marketing campaigns. 
  • Providing a consistently excellent consultative voice on all client presentations, demonstrating wider industry knowledge and experience in Financial Services policy and able to effectively handle client questions and challenges where raised.
  • Supporting the new business function by developing strong client relationships, supporting in new client meetings, delivering high-quality end-to-end proposals and play a vital role, when required, in client pitches.
  • It is important that the candidate can bring a strong working knowledge of public policy and financial services to help create high quality written content across a range of tones and contexts to support research, communications and marketing projects. 

Requirements:

  • 5 years’ experience in a research, public affairs, marketing or communications industry
  • 5 years’ experience within the financial services sector – demonstrating a complex understanding of the regulatory and business environment within which firms in that space operate
  • Strong client facing experience and strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ideally experience of using research to deliver marketing, communications or lobbying activity
  • Very proficient with Word, Excel and PowerPoint – and demonstrates a high degree of creativity, care and attention to detail in all outputs

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Informed – is able to understand client priorities and apply and contextualise that knowledge to the wider industry. Able to use research to create an original campaign narrative that is relevant for the aims and objectives of the business.  
  • Personable – fits into a team environment with ease and has the confidence to contribute to the team across all aspects of the role. The candidate will possess very strong consultancy skills with the ability to manage client relationships. 
  • A team player – understands their role in supporting the campaigns team and takes ownership of their responsibilities. Able to take direction from senior colleagues and implement it across the wider team.
  • Self-motivated and proactive – able to play a key supporting role in the generation of new business both through new and existing contacts
  • An effective manager – able to take ownership both of client relationships and their team internally in order to deliver consistently high-quality outputs and client experience
  • Meticulous – shows a keen eye for detail and holds high-standards across all deliverables.

Benefits:

  • Competitive Salary and benefits including; Employer pension contribution, private medical insurance, life assurance, Individual CPD training budget, Flexible benefits programme including; dental insurance, annual health assessment, technology loans, cycle scheme, tastecard, shopping discounts
  • Employee volunteering days
  • Free weekly Friday drinks at 4.30pm
  • Free fruit in the office
  • Fundraising and pro bono opportunities
  • On-site yoga classes
  • Staff Annual party
  • Social events

Please ensure you attach a CV to your application, which should be sent to Parisa Namazi.

Get in Touch

Parisa Namazi

Director of Talent

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