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


Background: Critical Resource is a leading advisory firm to resource companies on sustainability issues and political risk. We are currently seeking one to two analysts to work as part of Critical Resource’s core team, gaining experience across a broad range of our work. Key tasks include:

  • Supporting the business development team, including by developing Critical Resource’s leadership and expertise in emerging issue areas; identifying new leads through research on potential clients; building relationships with senior executives to establish us as ‘trusted advisors’; liaising with members of our senior advisory network around the world to identify and cultivate new leads.
  • Supporting the team on client assignments, including research into socio-political issues around resource projects, as well as on broader global issues such as climate change and increased investor attention on Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG); 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.

At least one of the analyst positions will have greater emphasis on business development, specifically in the energy sector. We therefore ask that candidates specify whether this area would be of interest to them in their application, noting any relevant experience or attributes. Please note that no analyst position focuses exclusively on one area (either client work or business development) and that successful candidates will have exposure to all parts of the business.

In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to undertake a set of essential administrative tasks, e.g. helping to maintain our internal client and senior advisor databases, 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. There will also be 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.

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)
  • Excellent writing ability in English
  • Strong analytical and research skills; ability to quickly grasp and dissect complex issues
  • Good communication skills
  • Additional language skills (especially French and Spanish) are an advantage
  • Good IT skills, including familiarity with MS Office

Personal attributes:

  • Strong interest in international politics, the energy and natural resource sectors and sustainability issues
  • A personable, engaging and enthusiastic attitude
  • Entrepreneurial with a keen commercial sense
  • Persistence and drive, with a strong work ethic
  • High ethical integrity and commitment to confidentiality
  • Professional approach and reliability
  • Able to work within teams, and to take the initiative and work independently


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.

Location: Central London (nearest tube – Farringdon)

How to apply: Please send both a CV and a maximum one-page cover letter to by Sunday 5th January 2020. In your cover letter, please include one paragraph explaining how you see sustainable and political pressures facing resource companies evolving in the next few years. Early applications are encouraged.

We expect there to be an initial round of telephone interviews w/c 6th January 2020, followed by a written test and a further round of in-person interviews. The ideal start for this role is January 2020.

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