Director (Partner) – Fixed-term Maternity Cover

Practice Area: Strategic Advisory Services

Location: London

Job Title: Director (Partner), Fixed-Term Maternity Cover

Practice Area: Corporate – Strategic Advisory Services

Location: A rural barn conversion just outside Bicester, Oxfordshire and/or our City-based London office.


Instinctif Partners is an award-winning international business communications consultancy, specialists in reputation, influence and engagement. We work with a range of clients from FTSE100 enterprises to SMEs just starting out on their journey. We are 320 employees in 10 offices across the EMEA region, working across six practice areas and a range of sector specialisms.


Strategic Advisory Services:

Never has the future felt so uncertain and change such a constant. Disruption creates the conditions for new opportunities, but only when we can identify and seize them.

We help organisations become more resilient as a key driver of growth by helping them:

  • To identify and understand risk, manage issues and respond in a crisis
  • Develop sustainable strategies and business models;
  • Build connections and engage their stakeholders

By combining deep insight into corporate stakeholder needs with industry benchmarking, we develop tailored internal processes and capabilities, and inform and de-risk communications strategy.

This ensures our clients are well prepared to respond to a business-critical issue, crisis or unforeseen market change, ultimately building long-term resilience.

We do this by:

  • Helping to identify, navigate, and seize control of emerging risks and issues
  • Integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into business strategies and day-to-day activity via our unique Reinventing Responsibility service
  • Building and embedding a risk-aware corporate culture
  • Developing, communicating and helping implement a clear and comprehensive ESG strategy
  • Preparing management teams to manage a crisis
  • Providing 24/7/365 expert senior counsel to guide crisis response
  • Work with leading international experts to support their resilience



Role Overview:

We are looking for a Director to join the Business Resilience team within our Strategic Advisory Services practice to cover maternity leave, with a possibility to continue on a permanent basis.

As Director you will be responsible for driving the Business Resilience team to deliver on its strategy for sustainable growth. This includes supporting day to day management of the Business Resilience team (six people), leading business development activities, building new internal and external partnerships and overseeing a significant portfolio of client accounts.

You will lead on larger client programmes and provide strategic advice to organisations, helping them solve complex business challenges. You will also provide crisis management support to clients across a range of industries such as food and drink, FMCG, industrials and leisure.

The role could be based in Bicester or London, with travel between the two, and may involve some international travel.




  • Lead the Business Resilience team, with support from other Partners in Strategic Advisory Services
  • Share responsibility for achieving Strategic Advisory Services’ overall KPIs and P&L targets
  • Manage and develop the people in the Business Resilience team, including line management of key individuals
  • Raise the profile of the team’s expertise within Instinctif and externally
  • Build new internal and external partnerships
  • Actively seek out new business opportunities
  • Manage the team’s response to new business leads, including proposal development and pitching
  • Provide strategic advice and direction across a portfolio of clients
  • Contribute strategic and creative ideas and develop these into tangible concepts
  • Be on the team rota to be the first point of contact for our 100 + clients who buy our 24/7 crisis support service (approx. one week in every six weeks)
  • Manage interconnected programmes working with other teams such as film/ design/ public policy, Instinctif Partners’ international network and our crisis response network partners
  • Contribute to the delivery of our marketing strategy



Skills & Experience:

  • At least 10 years’ experience helping businesses solve complex resilience problems
  • Strong leadership capabilities and team management skills
  • Hands-on experience in risk and crisis management, from both a strategic and communications stand-point
  • A willingness and confidence to learn the wider range of consultancy services we offer as part of our unique Strategic Advisory Services offer
  • Leadership skills & ability to influence in the boardroom
  • Strong, clear and concise written communication skills
  • Confident and engaging presentation and facilitation skills
  • Strategic thinking – you always see the big picture and consequences of a course of action



Personal Attributes:

  • You will thrive in a fast-paced, varied environment and be good at thinking on your feet
  • Self-motivated, ambitious, driven and engaging
  • Enthusiastic and willing to work outside your comfort zone to learn new skills
  • Empathetic – you see it from multiple perspectives
  • A team-player who encourages feedback and seeks / provides help when appropriate
  • Attention to detail – you understand that this is where processes stand or fall
  • Ability to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • An analytical problem-solver who can quickly and accurately identify and address key issues
  • Excellent time management and you are used to planning projects against a pre-determined time allocation whilst multi-tasking
  • You have a curious mind



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