This is a B+A Job Ad. Problem Solver 16.

This is a B+A Job Ad. Problem Solver 16.


B+A is looking for a new team member who can solve business problems, who’ll be based in our London studio.

As you may know, we opened our doors in London in February 2014. We are now a team of 15 across London, Portland Oregon and Shanghai. We have a core team of problem solvers, alongside an editorial story telling function and an in-development digital research platform. We’re looking for one more to join us in London.

Like the people at B+A, our work is necessarily diverse. One day our focus is exploring 20 year strategic visions with Nike, the next it’s digging into consumer behaviour in Shanghai, the following it’s improving the dynamic amongst a high performing leadership team. Whilst next week you might find us writing a book in an hour, recording a podcast on future trends or hosting an acoustic gig in a beautiful Soho chapel.

Our work unlocks change, growth and innovation that future proofs our clients businesses.

Specifically this means :

_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.

We are really proud to say that our brilliant team do brilliant work. And a lot of it.

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.

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 18 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. Book writing is an illustration of how we work, and what B and A stand for – Bespoke (unique to the client needs) and Accelerated (fast).

Who are we looking for?
We are looking to grow our team with a new strategic problem solver who has extensive (10+ years) professional experience across a range of industries.

The right person will have led and managed teams to the highest standards, working with or as part of global teams on challenging long term strategic problems whilst at the same time initiating their own projects and ideas too. The right person will know and understand how to execute and use global consumer research, how to use creative methods and tools to facilitate difficult workshops and conversations with senior stakeholders and know how to take strategic leaps that push organisations forward into the future – with the credibility to dare them to do so. At the same time the right person will have an extensive network of potential partners and clients and the ability to secure new projects with the most senior clients.

In addition, 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 proven 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.

This person will be a critical leader in the future of our company, based in London but with the ability to travel up to 40% of the time. Daily life will be anything and everything between building last client relationships, leading complex high profile projects, coaching the team to learn and grow and contributing to the culture and future direction of the business.

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) 15 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 an 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 entrepreneurs. 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.

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.

And lastly, 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, stimulated and able to enjoy your whole life.

Specific Duties of the Role.
Lead our most high profile client projects and set standards for delivery. (50% of time).

1. Build critical client relationships and lead team members in executing work of the highest standard.
2. Identify work with Ben, Andrew and Elliot Stein (Problem Solver – Partnerships) to secure new client relationships and projects.
3. Extend existing client relationships into multiple projects by delivering great work.

Coach and nurture the team to improve their skills and ability. (20% of time).

1. Play an active developmental role for the team around you to improve their problem solving and strategic skills.
2. Introduce new tools and techniques to the team and continually foster a culture of learning and discovery.

Contribute to building an exciting and challenging culture. (10% of time).

1. Stimulate the overall team with new ideas, provocations and points of view.
2. Encourage discovery amongst the team.
3. Continually trial and test new ideas and approaches.
4. Hold team members to account for delivery to the very highest standard.

Provoke and challenge Ben and Andrew in the overall growth of the business. (10% of time).
1. Act as a sounding board for Ben and Andrew in the future development of B+A.

2. Help Ben and Andrew to identify new opportunities for growth and evolution of the business.

Recruit and nature talent. (10% of time)
1. Support Ben, Andrew and Alex McCorkindale (Problem Solver – People & Projects) in identifying and recruiting future talent across the business.

If what you’ve read excites you then you can read more at . If you’re still keen after that 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] with the title Problem Solver 16 or send us something in the post, addressed to Tamika @ B+A. Second Floor, Victoria House, 1 Leonard Circus, London, EC2A 4DQ.