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EMEA Director, EIU Consulting, Public Policy, Economics and Politics

EMEA Director, EIU Consulting, Public Policy, Economics and Politics

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United Kingdom-London

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The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is a leading provider of country, industry and public policy analysis. As the research and consulting arm of The Economist Group, we deliver information that helps organizations to understand major developments in business affairs, governmental policy and development economics. 


At EIU Public Policy, we help our clients navigate the toughest policy challenges. We specialise in evidence-based insights that create impact for leading companies, governments and non-profits. Uniquely, we combine the depth of a think tank with the breadth of a global media company.


The Public Policy practice is recruiting for a Regional Director in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA) to lead an internationally-focused and diverse team of consultants. The successful candidate will be focused on building the profile of the practice, developing consulting opportunities and overseeing the delivery of high-quality and impactful projects.


In the role you would be expected to:

  • Manage a team of regional consultants, including planning, directing and overseeing the day-to-day activities of team members
  • Actively support and oversee regional business development activities through the generation of compelling research programs and proposals for new business development as well as consultant-driven opportunities
  • Oversee regional consultant-driven business development opportunities, actively guiding, shaping and helping to execute the consultant-led business development strategy
  • Ensure that the consulting work delivered by the regional consultants meets the quality standards, branding rules and editorial guidelines set by the Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Serve as a senior client contact for key regional accounts – use influence and position to renew and grow these accounts, deepening the relationships with these clients; build and maintain relationships with key clients to ensure business is renewed and expanded
  • Develop project revenue milestones, tracking progress and communicating information to Global Directors
  • Be responsible for regional resource (staff) assignments for both business development and project delivery, ensuring appropriate staffing that is organized and tracked through our project management software

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have:

  • Education to degree level, master’s degree preferred
  • Strong management experience and proven ability to motivate and lead a team
  • Excellent stakeholder-management skills
  • Strong consulting and project management experience
  • Expert knowledge of research methodologies
  • Client-facing experience with policymakers and/or corporate executives
  • Experience in planning and monitoring revenue
  • Experience in effectively managing staff resources
  • Presentation and moderation/chairing skills helpful
  • Interest in building a public profile as a public policy expert 

To succeed in the role you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Drive to set and reach ambitious goals
  • A good understanding of public policy issues; knowledge of advocacy and/or public sector strategy development is a plus
  • Keen interest and ability in actively growing the PPEP business through business development activities, including consultant-driven business development
  • A strong desire to provide excellent client service
  • Ability to regularly communicate goals, expectations and objectives (including on strategy)