Problem Solver Needed

Problem Solver Needed

We are again looking to grow our London team with someone who has substantial professional experience across a range of industries and with management experience.

The right person will have conceived, developed and delivered ground breaking business, cultural or charitable ideas either for themselves or for clients (like started and run a club night, or set up a charity or a business – that kind of thing)

Sound like you? Then read on…

What is B+A ?

B+A is the fastest, most creative management consultancy in the world. We work with brilliant clients (like Nike, Punchdrunk, Clinique, the Barbican Centre, VSCO, the LA Phil and Nando’s) to solve complicated problems in very short spaces of time. Our work unlocks change, growth and innovation that puts our clients on the front foot.

What do we do ?

_We design and run global research, innovation and strategy programmes.

_We design and equip the most progressive organisational cultures.

_We position and re-position global brands.

_We facilitate the most difficult conversations.

_We answer the questions nobody else can.

How do we do this ?

We answer 3 simple but fundamental questions that our clients often ask themselves :

1. What is going on around us?

What in the world around us, or that of our customers should we know and understand ?

2. Where should we go next?

Based on what we know about the world around us where should we go in the future ?

3. How can we get the best from our people?

Based on where we want to go next, how do we create the right dynamic for our people to do their best work to fulfil our ambitions ?

Our Why

We believe that the most powerful enterprises of the 21st century will combine what charitable, cultural and for-profit businesses do at their best. Our work combines learning from all these three worlds to create more legitimate, authentic, sustainable businesses.  We believe our work is in fact fostering the next generation of problem solvers – who can solve the challenges the world today faces. That’s exciting.

Our How

We work very quickly and very collaboratively. For instance, to solve our clients challenges, we are increasingly being called upon to write books with them in very short spaces of time. We’ve written 12 books now, in 5 days, 24 hours and 1 hour. We’ve found that collaborative book writing is an incredibly powerful way of not only solving problems, but also fostering wider ownership of strategic direction. We believe this method has huge potential. You can find out more about the first book we wrote here : http://blog.bandaequals.com/our-first-book-written-in-five-days-is-out-now and also a video about our book writing process on the homepage of our website at bandaequals.com.

Our Where

Our home is London, but we are currently building a team in Portland, Oregon and have a small presence in Shanghai too. So we work all over the world, on a regular basis.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for somebody to join our team of problem solvers. Aside from all the apparently contradictory clichés that everyone asks for – like being a self-starter who’s a good team player – we’re most interested in people who have a diverse and unusual set of skills or experiences, with a track record of achievement, leadership and learning across at least two of the three worlds we work in: e.g. a management consultant who’s worked in TV, or a journalist who’s been a teacher, or a choreographer who’s now a coach. You get the idea.

We are looking for applicants who have substantial professional experience (approximately 7-10 years) across a range of industries and with management experience.

And…

Be able to demonstrate a strong ability to synthesise information, simplify it and turn it into compelling stories (written, on video, audio or graphically) in a short space of time.

And…

Have a proven track record of facilitation of creative processes like workshops, problem solving or ideation sessions.

Finally,

Although not a pre-requisite we are very interested in people who have designed and delivered qualitative and quantitative research projects either for yourself or on behalf of a client.

What will the role entail?

The person that joins our team will be responsible for managing and leading senior client relationships in partnership with other team members and contributing to the growth and vibrancy of both our business and our culture. Specifically this person will find themselves :

Scoping, designing and running global research projects.

Delivering on brand and business strategy briefs.

Working closely with clients to evolve their organisational culture.

Facilitating workshops of anywhere between 3-30 people.

Initiating and delivering internal projects that enhance the culture of B+A or improve how we do things.

The role will span a range of clients (that will change on a regular basis) and a range of project types – so you won’t find yourself doing the same thing over and over.  It’s highly likely that one day you might be writing a book, the next developing a business plan, the following facilitating a workshop. In amongst travelling to gather consumer insight from a multitude of markets.

You will travel, but not all the time and you will do the occasional late night, but we take pride in working sensible hours that enable you to pursue diverse interests that keep you sane and interesting.

Finally, this person will take an active role in developing the skills and talents of less experienced team members. Whilst B+A does not have a rigid hierarchy (so you may find yourself supporting on projects as well as leading) we do look to those with more experience to guide and develop those with less.

How do we treat our people?

At B+A we judge ourselves by the quality of finished work, not the hours spent at our desks. We don’t have job titles or a set hierarchy, each project has a lead that could be any one of our (currently) thirteen strong team, so there’s ample opportunity for you to learn from anyone in the team doing challenging, interesting, meaningful work. We’ll endeavour to be flexible to your circumstances, whilst allowing you to play your full part learning from and contributing to our developing culture. We offer a pension above statutory obligation, a generous holiday entitlement, private medical insurance and annual profit share scheme.

There are a few things to bear in mind if you are thinking of applying:

We are building a company of entrepreneurial people. So you need to be a pro-active self starter who sees and can exploit an opportunity within a valued, structured organisation.

We value honesty and provocation – but only if it’s constructive, so if you’re addicted to “disruption”, we’re probably not for you. We are looking for people who want to step out of the daily consultancy model and truly challenge their clients, but in an appropriate, respectful helpful way.

We don’t have a specific output. So if you’ve built a career on making ads, putting on events or writing brilliant press releases and want to keep doing that, then we won’t be able to satisfy your urges.

You will travel. Whilst we don’t believe in living on an aeroplane, we do believe in the value of face to face conversations. We work hard to plan travel around personal commitments and lives so everybody can strike a good balance, but do expect to be out on the open road at least 25% of the time.

That said, we are changing and growing. So the organisation you join might look very different in 6 months. You must be comfortable in situations of change, and willing to contribute to it.

We don’t know any ‘know it-alls’. Because no-one know’s it all. If you know it all, we probably aren’t the right place for you.

But that doesn’t mean you know nothing – we’re a consultancy that makes things. So you can probably not only think your way out of a paper bag, but once out, make the paper bag into something useful, or beautiful or both.

Applications

If what you’ve read excites you then get in touch, and tell us why you’d like to work at B+A. In any way you like, that best represents you, and either email us at: [email protected] or send us something in the post.