Location: South London
Salary: range £37 - £57k depending on experience; with excellent package including family health / dental care; £1.7k pa professional development allowance; generous leave; daily catered lunch; discounted gym membership, bi-monthly company outings etc..
10% bonus expected dependent upon company performance
This fast growing, award winning 9 year old tech company delivers real time, actionable alerts, derived primarily from open sources, making use of ground breaking Artificial Intelligence and machine learning technology. Its clients (including news outlets, financial services, public sector, corporate security and PR / communications professionals) are the first to know about high impact events and critical breaking information.
In 2016 the company was recognised by CNBC as one of the world’s top 50 most disruptive private technology companies.
Who you are
A highly motivated team player excited about taking your passion for information to a growing company in a fast paced, news room atmosphere. You will become an in house expert on the propagation of media across Russia.
The company needs to bolster its Russia team due to a recent promotion, and is prepared to make this hire at a variety of levels from Analyst with little prior training (at c£37k) through increasing levels of experience up to a maximum of c£57k. Conceivably it may make more than one hire.
You must be able to read Russian to a high standard (there is an entry test), plus ideally be able to monitor the gist of Russian language media and press conferences. You do NOT need to be a fluent Russian speaker, though obviously if you are that is welcome.
Culture fit is important – the company still has a start up / ‘can do’ attitude, and flexibility / fleetness of foot / curiosity in the face of unexpected events is essential. It is not a role for the staid. Cross team interaction, work-life balance and the sharing of information and ideas are endemic.
You require a level of military understanding, and probably experience: it doesn’t need to be particularly deep or technical since Clients will do their own analysis, but it must be sufficient for you to recognise the significance of any military related event in a geo-political sense so it can be notified to Clients promptly and with confidence. It is thus highly likely that you will have personal military experience, possibly (though not essential) in an intelligence context.
Role 2 is identical but there is no Russian requirement as the focus will be on other areas of the world. Any languages to the same standard as described above are therefore a distinct plus (particularly Mandarin), though they are not essential.
In both cases candidates with a journalism background may be considered, but only if they have worked for a top wire service: Sky; BBC; Bloomberg; CNN etc.
Responsibilities (as for Role 1 – Role 2 differs only in non-Russia focus)
Subject matter expert on Russian conflict, news and developments.
Use background in journalism / information analysis, Russian studies and Russian language to monitor and analyse quality of data feeds and signals.
Conduct qualitative and technical research to assess new product features and provide feedback to engineering and product teams.
Identify any software issues and elevate to product and engineering teams.
Liaise with Sales and Marketing teams to provide technical assessments as required.
Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s degree desirable but not essential: probably International Relations, Russian studies, War Studies or a closely related field.
Russian to standard described above plus fluency in English.
1 – 5 years covering news in a Russian (Role 1) or other (Role 2) context, or equivalent monitoring experience in the military / government.
Able to monitor and analyse data quickly in both Russian and English.
Demonstrable expertise and passion for technology, social media (specifically Twitter) and following world news / current events.
Technical knowledge of Application Programme Interfaces (APIs) and Data Analytics a plus but not essential.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Self motivated: able to handle multiple competing priorities in a fast paced environment.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team.
You will need to be at your desk daily by 7 am, but will then be ‘off task’ at 3 pm. For at least a couple of days a week you will need to stay beyond that time to deal with normal office admin / attend meetings etc.
News being a 24 / 7 commodity you will need to work one w/e in three, but will receive a day off in lieu on each occasion.
Please apply to firstname.lastname@example.org with CV in Word and short covering letter explaining your fit to the role and earliest availability; deadline Fri 24 May. Early application may be advantageous.