Director | Financial Services, Strategic Communications

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About the Role

The Strategic Communications practice of FTI Consulting is one of the most highly regarded communications consultancies globally. We offer a broad base of disciplines across a variety of specialist sectors including financial services, retail and consumer, digital, natural resources, energy, public affairs, real estate, professional services, people & change, technology media telecoms (TMT) and life sciences.

The 40-strong UK Financial Services team is the largest in the London office, working to build and protect reputational value for an exciting group of UK and international clients in the financial services space, often collaborating with colleagues overseas. This includes banks and investment banks, asset and wealth managers, private banks, private equity firms, venture capital, hedge funds and governments.

We are a fast-paced team which delivers financial calendar and transaction, corporate communications and campaigning support and advice to its clients, and work with colleagues across the business to deliver multi-stakeholder communications, which includes digital, public affairs and ESG. We have a genuine passion for the industry and seek to have a positive influence on both the sector and the society in which we operate in, supporting a number of businesses on a pro bono basis, from charity partners to organisations seeking to address racial inequality in the financial services sector.

We are currently seeking a Director to join our growing team of over 40 professionals in London, with corporate and financial comms experience focused on financial services. An interest in or experience advising insurance companies would be advantageous to help support the team's growing insurance client portfolio, but it is not a prerequisite, and the role will allow the candidate to expand their client portfolio into other FS sectors. The role will support on existing clients as well as new business, with the opportunity to work on global and / or cross discipline briefs through collaborating with other teams and markets.

What You'll Do

Deliver to Clients
  • Own and manage client relationships alongside senior team members; creatively prepare and deliver the client programme
  • Provide strategic advice to a portfolio of clients, manage accounts on a day-to-day basis and develop excellent relationships with clients
  • Developing planning documents across clients which target multiple stakeholder groups, through media (although multi-channel experience is favourable)
  • Supporting on issues management and working with senior colleagues to provide advice and develop required written materials, including around financial calendar milestones
  • Deliver research and thought leadership proposals across B2B and D2C audiences
  • Writing of press releases, commentaries, statements, and Q&A documents
  • Highly proactive approach to sourcing and creating client media opportunities, and ability to leverage strong book of media contacts
  • Ensure client programmes are agreed and project plans are in place
  • Bring a strong understanding of the news flow and media agenda, providing insights for clients to help shape their approach and strategy

Build the Business
  • Seek new business opportunities and working closely with senior team in developing new business proposals
  • Proactively network with media and industry contacts, as well as potential clients

Team Involvement
  • Mentoring and training junior team members
  • Contribute to the team's ambitions and initiatives to promote and improve DIB (Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging) within the firm and externally
  • Support senior management in ensuring team processes are in place and regularly share ideas on ways to evolve these
  • Share industry and media insights across the team, based on journalist and industry contacts as well as thorough reading of the news

How You'll Grow

Alongside opportunities to learn on the job from some of the leading professionals in the industry, FTI Consulting offers extensive internal and external training opportunities, activated through bespoke professional improvement plans developed in collaboration with line managers.

Qualifications & Experience
  • Experience in the Financial Services and related sectors. Insurance experience preferred
  • 5/6 years of previous experience in an in-house corporate communications or PR agency role
  • Strong media relations skills
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Ability to build strong rapport/relationships at all levels within FTI Consulting and client organisations
  • Time management and the ability to prioritise a varied workload and plan ahead
  • Ability to work effectively within a busy team
  • Experience in supporting previous employers to enhance and promote initiatives to support a more diverse or inclusive workforce
  • Takes a pragmatic and 'can do' approach
  • Has established media contacts in the Financial Services sector
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

#LI-RT1 Our Benefits

We offer a competitive benefits and wellbeing programme including private medical insurance, dental insurance, life cover, income protection, flex critical illness cover, 5% employer pension contribution, holiday buy, discounted gym membership, interest free travel loans and much more. FTI regularly runs wellbeing initiatives to promote physical and mental wellbeing throughout the organisation. Regular socials including end of the month drinks, team sports day and summer picnic, client entertainment, team Christmas party and other cultural celebrations.

About FTI Consulting

What makes us unique? With more than 5,000 employees located in offices in every corner of the globe, we are the firm our clients call when their most important issues are at stake. Regardless of what level you are, you will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from top experts in your field on high-profile engagements that impact history. Our culture is collaborative, and we value diversity, recognition, development and making a difference in our communities.

FTI Consulting is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and has been recognized as a Best Firm to Work For by Consulting magazine and one of America's Best Management Consulting Firms by Forbes. For more information, visit and connect with us on Twitter ( @FTIConsulting ), Facebook and LinkedIn .

FTI Consulting is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, protected veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation.


Job information

Firm: FTI Consulting

Location: London