Role: Banking Research Manager
Salary: Up to £70,000 depending on experience + excellent benefits
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About Accenture Research
Accenture Research uncovers trends and shapes data-driven insights through thought leadership and research for Accenture and its clients. We combine a deep understanding of our clients’ business with leading-edge research techniques to discover the most pressing issues facing organizations today.
Our team of 250 researchers and analysts develops thought-provoking research - supported by proprietary data and partnerships with leading organizations - that guides innovations and allows us to transform theories and fresh ideas into real-world solutions for our clients.
Our team uses innovative business research techniques such as economic value modelling, analytics, crowdsourcing, expert networks, surveys, data visualization, and open research with Tier 1 academic and business partners.
Accenture Research powers hundreds of points of views published by Accenture every year and handles Accenture’s exclusive network of data and sources covering all industries, countries, market trends and digital technologies. The team is part of Accenture’s Strategy Office.
We provide data, analysis and insights to Accenture and its clients, working closely with the senior executives in each of the industries, geographies and businesses. We work in four main areas:
New business opportunities: Helping Accenture understand markets and companies and identifying ways in which we can help clients become high-performance businesses and governments. A typical analysis might be an in-depth company diagnostic to look at a company’s financial and strategic health, or an overview of a sector of the market to identify trends or assess the impact of new technologies, regulation, mergers and other landmark events.
Working directly with clients: Around 10% of our research is on client engagements where we work alongside our colleagues from the practice to provide research and industry expertise. Typical work with our clients might be to benchmark a capability or function; to provide best practices in an industry; or project future trends and their likely impact on the business.
Developing points of view: Accenture needs original, cutting-edge points of view to use with clients, the media and in conferences. Accenture Research helps create and write those viewpoints. Many of our projects are published and quoted in the press. Others form the basis for our issue-driven discussions with clients. In all cases the researchers will be expected to contribute research, writing and thought leadership to these projects.
Support to Accenture Growth & Strategy and Practice Enablement: Accenture Research is part of the Growth & Strategy unit which is dedicated to the formulation and implementation of Accenture’s Strategy. Typical work includes analysis of competitors’ moves, market trends and impacts for Accenture. We also develop periodic management reports which provide fresh insights on client performance and the issues clients currently face.
Successful research requires people who not only have strong research skills but who also have a client-focused mentality and an outgoing and confident personal style. Successful researchers build deep relationships with their peers and senior executives in the practice and work as a team, sometimes responding to requests and sometimes proposing (and selling) research ideas.
We have approximately 260 researchers in 23 countries in our global team, working as a virtual team of deep experts. Most specialize in an Industry (such as Financial Services or Consumer Goods) or a Business (such as Strategy or Digital); some bring a particular research skill (such as survey research or financial analysis) and many combine two or more areas of expertise. On any given project, we will bring together researchers with the best combination of industry, geographic and technical skills to provide the relevant expertise for the task.
About the Role
This opening is for the role of a Banking Research Manager (retail rather than Investment) and the successful candidate will focus on developing research projects to support the needs of Accenture’s UK & Ireland Banking business and its clients. The role requires a significant amount of proactivity and creativity, bringing new ideas for research projects to the attention of key stakeholders in the Banking practice, as well as helping to define and deliver the Banking research agenda for 2018 and beyond.
This position sits within our global team of 50 Financial Services (FS) researchers worldwide (of which 5 are based in London). The successful candidate will work closely with the Global FS Research Lead and the local FS Research Lead to establish the strategy and priorities for the research agenda, drive thought leadership projects, support client engagements, and conduct primary research and business/market development activities.
While it is assumed that the researcher will focus on their area of expertise (i.e. Banking), there may be occasions when they will work on projects beyond this core industry that could require other capabilities.
We are looking for someone with
Strong leadership, stakeholder- and people-management capabilities.
Exceptional industry knowledge and research skills relating to the (Retail) Banking industry and the latest global and UK trends affecting it.
The successful candidate will direct the scoping, delivery and quality control of individual research projects, personally conducting research as required. The role combines an understanding of content sources, primary/secondary research techniques and subject matter with knowledge of Accenture and the marketplace, to ensure the team’s delivery of high-value research outputs (i.e. highly synthesized findings derived from existing information and data sources plus our own insights).
A proven track record of (FS or Banking) research projects related to technology, innovation and/or regulation would be a definite advantage.
What to Expect
Your first weeks will be spent getting to know the organization. Building an effective working relationship with other FS researchers and senior stakeholders in the Banking practice is critical, so your early days will involve many meetings and lots of networking.
At the same time, you’ll be getting to know the other (i.e. non-FS) researchers in the London team and establishing a relationship with them. As you become more familiar with Accenture you can expect to start work on one or more projects. There is no typical day or project at Accenture Research, but you might start by working on an analysis of one of our current/potential clients, developing a point of view on an industry trend or piece of regulation, or looking at how new technologies are impacting the industry.
Over time you will find that a varied project workload and pipeline develop, and that you may be working on several projects (or different durations and scopes) at any given time. Your success in developing and managing such projects will depend on having good working relationships with the other researchers worldwide.
You will be part of a team of FS industry researchers in the London office, but you will also connect with the global team, mainly on a virtual basis through calls and videoconferences. Every few years, members of the team get together for a global meeting and have the chance to spend some time face-to-face with international colleagues.
In terms of career development, there will be tremendous scope to expand and build on this role.
A dynamic, proactive researcher will find many opportunities to learn and grow at Accenture. Promotion opportunities are not based on time in the role, but on the business need (demand) and the readiness of an individual.
Accenture Research is genuinely a great place to work. There will be times when you work long and hard, but we put life/work balance very high on our agenda. In addition, as part of a global team, we seek to maintain flexibility in our work style. This is a unique opportunity to work for a highly skilled, respected and growing global research team; the kind of team found in only a few consultancies worldwide.