Senior Associate - Financial Services (UK)

Global Counsel is seeking a Senior Associate to support its financial services practice. The successful candidate will work for a range of UK and international companies across banking, payments, fintech, asset management and insurance. The role offers exposure to a wide range of high-profile policy and political issues, including the future regulatory framework, fintech and payments policy, economic crime and cyber security, consumer affairs, capital markets, sustainable finance and retail banking.

Who we are looking for

  • We seek individuals who love to learn about policy and the political drivers of policymaking, delving into the detail and building their own network of experts they can call on for insight.

  • Curiosity and intellectual energy are vital to this role. You will be adept at handling complexity and ambiguity, able to grasp new issues, scan the horizon for threats and opportunities and form coherent and well-argued advice.

  • If you are confident about writing persuasive and engaging briefings for senior decision makers at the highest levels of politics and business, you could be the right fit for us. We also value people who work well with data, who can turn a complex spreadsheet into a visual that aids understanding.

  • We are looking for someone who already has knowledge and expertise in providing strategic and evidence-based advice on financial services, payments or fintech policy. You should have at least 3-5 years of experience from a background in, government, international institutions, trade body, consultancy or in-house policy team.

Role and responsibilities

  • Supporting clients to assess the risks and opportunities of evolving financial services and fintech policy and regulation and analyse public and political expectations.

  • Supporting the development and implementation of advocacy and thought-leadership campaigns on financial services and fintech issues for clients, in particular on the future of payments.

  • Building and maintaining relationships with clients and a wider network of businesses and policymakers at senior levels.

  • Supporting business development by identifying potential clients, contributing to pitches and campaigns.

  • Leading the development of financial services events as part of the team's broader marketing campaigns and efforts to contribute to policy debate and discussion.

  • Produce written content and analysis in the form of policy papers, blogs and reports.

  • Act as an active ambassador for Global Counsel at relevant industry and policy events, and invest in developing the skills, expertise and reputation of yourself and others.

Skills and profile

  • Knowledge and expertise of the policymaking architecture and processes for UK financial regulation.

  • Rigorous and entrepreneurial research skills.

  • Clear, objective and engaging written communication, including on sensitive and technical subjects.

  • Project management experience and evidence of having delivered professional work to tight deadlines.

  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills in English.

  • A motivated self-starter who works well independently and as part of a team.

  • Presentation skills, both in person and over digital software like Zoom and MS Teams.

  • Self-awareness and a strong commitment to professional and personal development.

What's in it for you?

  • Hands-on training and development in a fast-growing strategic consultancy.

  • A competitive London-based salary with 20 days' holiday allowance, plus bank holidays and Christmas office closures.

  • A full package of benefits including pension, health and dental insurance, as well as company social activities.

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview by zoom or at GC's offices in Marylebone, depending on pandemic restrictions.
  • This is a full-time, permanent role based in London.

How to apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter, outlining your suitability for the role, for consideration by 14 May 2021 through the webform below.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online or telephone interview and to complete a written exercise followed by a second round, ideally in-person in our London office, should pandemic circumstances allow. We expect the successful candidate to start as soon as possible.


Senior Associate - Financial Services (UK)
3-5 years
14 May 2021
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