Critical Resource is recruiting – Senior Associate

Shape the agenda on global resources, political risk & corporate responsibility

Candidate sought for senior role in advisory firm providing analysis to the world’s leading natural resource companies on political risk, sustainability and stakeholder issues.


Critical Resource is a fast-growing boutique advisory firm specialising in political risk, sustainability and stakeholder issues facing natural resource investments around the world. Our clients include some of the world’s largest companies. Our proprietary methodology, LicenseSecure™, creates competitive advantage for clients and provides them with a clearer definition – and a highly responsible approach – to these issues. Our small core team brings together experience working for major resource firms, The Economist, McKinsey, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, among other organisations. The senior advisory panel for LicenseSecure comprises Professor Paul Collier, Lord Browne and Bill Emmott. More background is at: Established in 2006, we are now looking to recruit a senior associate in response to client demand and growing global interest in our work.

Role: senior associate

This senior position will involve working closely with Critical Resource’s director, Daniel Litvin. We are looking for someone who, after a period of immersion in our work and learning about our approach, will be able to:

The exact nature of the role will depend on the experience of the successful candidate. The right candidate will have the opportunity to help drive and share in the future success of the business – as well as influence on-the-ground outcomes on a globally-important set of issues. The work will be challenging and engaging, and require both business sense and intellectual rigour.

What we are looking for

This position will suit a candidate with at least 5 years of strong professional experience, possibly much more. The ideal candidate will have past experience in a directly relevant field: e.g., management of socio-political or sustainability issues for resource companies (at operational or group level), or political risk or strategy consulting in this area. However, impressive candidates with 5 years plus experience in less directly-related fields (e.g., think tanks / academia, international development, general strategy consulting, civil service, NGOs, law, journalism) are also encouraged to apply provided they have some experience of the issues in which we specialise and also have a strong appetite and ability to get up to speed rapidly.

In terms of requirements, we are looking for a candidate who is:

Location: Central London. Some international travel will be involved. Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the UK.

Terms: Attractive financial package, comprising base salary and highly attractive bonus linked to personal and company performance. Initially for 1-year contract (renewable). Potential for equity options long term, providing significant incentives.

Start date: As soon as possible provided a suitable candidate can be found.

To apply: Please send a short (max 1 page) cover letter explaining how your skills and experience would fit this role, accompanied by a CV, in confidence to:

Deadline: Applications should be sent as soon as possible and by 25th February 2013 at the latest. We will be reviewing applications as they arrive, and may fill the role before the deadline if the right candidate is found.