The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™
The politics of resources redefined™

Help shape the agenda on global resources, sustainability and political risk

Position: Analyst

  • Are you interested in political risk, sustainability & tackling climate change?
  • Are you entrepreneurial and analytical, and do you take pride in the quality of your work?
  • We are seeking a high-calibre analyst to join our dynamic, globally-influential company

Background: Critical Resource is a leading advisory firm specialising in sustainability issues and political risk, advising major companies and engaging with international stakeholders at the most senior levels. We have two main goals: to provide authoritative, independent analysis on these issues and to support boards and c-suite executives to manage them in a strategic, far-sighted and responsible way. Our team brings together experience working for The Economist, the UN, McKinsey, the OECD, Chatham House and a number of major resource firms. Our Senior Advisory Panel features world-leading experts in sustainability and global affairs, including Rachel Kyte (UN Special Representative for Sustainable Energy), Sir Paul Collier (leading development economist at Oxford University), and Bill Emmott (former editor-in-chief of The Economist), alongside chairmen of major resource companies. See for more detail.

The opportunity: 1-2 high-calibre Analyst(s) are required to work as part of Critical Resource’s London-based core team. The successful candidate(s) will have the opportunity to contribute and gain experience across a broad range of our work. Depending on the requirements, this may include tasks such as:

  • Supporting the team on client assignments, including research into socio-political issues around resource projects as well as on broader global issues; contributing to analyses for client reports; preparing notes following conversations with regional or issue experts; and supporting project managers in successful delivery of the client projects.
  • Enhancing Critical Resource’s profile and thought leadership, including arranging and managing events, such as panel talks, drinks events and private dinners; coordinating our monthly email Briefing, including securing high-profile interviewees and administrating its distribution; managing and updating content for our website; securing speaking slots for Critical Resource at industry conferences and events; supporting business development; and supporting the expansion and coordination of our global advisory network.
  • Contributing to our work on corporate strategy around climate change, including by supporting clients on climate resilience and leadership; undertaking analysis of the strategic implications of tougher climate policies; and helping to drive and undertake business development for Critical Resource’s climate change initiative.

The successful candidate will also be expected to undertake a set of essential administrative tasks, e.g. helping to maintain our internal client database, scheduling calls and meetings, updating our website and other tasks.

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to gain practical experience in the sustainability / political risk field. Much of the work will be challenging and intellectually engaging, often with tight deadlines, and involve research on a globally important set of issues, with some potential opportunities for international travel. We offer a working environment which is driven by our social purpose, values initiative and excellence, and is highly supportive of employees’ professional development.

The role would suit applicants with 1-2 years of work experience or recent graduates.

Location: Central London (nearest tube – Farringdon)

Time & availability required: Initial 12-month, full-time contract with a three-month probationary period, starting as soon as possible. Potential for extension of contract beyond initial 12 months.

Salary: Competitive starting salary, plus performance-related bonus.

The ideal candidate will have:

Skills / qualifications:

  • A strong academic record (equivalent of a high 2:1 or 1st, preferably with a master’s degree, from a leading university)
  • Excellent writing ability in English
  • Strong analytical and research skills; ability to quickly grasp and dissect complex issues
  • Strong interest in global business trends, political / international issues, the natural resource industries and the intersection between them
  • Good communication skills
  • Additional language skills (especially French and Spanish) are an advantage
  • Good IT skills, including familiarity with PowerPoint & Word

Personal attributes:

  • Attention to detail and a diligent and thorough work ethic
  • High ethical integrity and commitment to confidentiality
  • Personable character and a good team player
  • Professional approach, reliability and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Entrepreneurial and energetic; persistence and drive, with an appetite for helping to grow the business

Please send both a CV and a maximum one-page cover letter to by Tuesday 23rd July. Early applications are encouraged.

We expect there to be an initial round of telephone interviews w/c 29th July, followed by two rounds of interviews and a written test. The expected start for this role is August or September at the latest.

Please note that you must be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this position.