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Financial Communications, Associate Director

  • Strategic Communications UK
  • London, England, United Kingdom
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Teneo is looking for an experienced Associate Director (AD) to join our Financial Communications team. Responsible for making a significant contribution to our reputation, profitable growth and client retention, an AD leads client accounts, supports teams to deliver to the highest standards, inspires new thinking, and takes an active role  in retaining and developing our best talent.

ADs manage and coach our Senior Consultants, Consultants and Associate Consultants and work into and learn from our Managing Directors, with the structure of each team varying based on our scope and clients’ needs.

 We are looking for exceptional candidates with varied experience and wide-ranging perspectives, who are intellectually curious, creative and collaborative. They’ll be able to cut across sectors and switch seamlessly between all disciplines, from transactional expertise to reactive issues management to expert media handling.

Financial Communications Consulting at Teneo 

In this team of experts everyone is joined up, hands on and plays an integral role on each client. We span industry sectors, working with the leadership of some of the most recognised publicly listed and private companies globally, helping to shape company narratives and influence how major corporate news flow lands with key capital markets audiences (investors, buy-side, sell-side analysts and financial media) to achieve strategic objectives.

We currently represent 20% of the FTSE 100 and our clients include companies as diverse as ArcelorMittal, Balfour Beatty, Croda, Jaguar Land Rover, Kingfisher, London Stock Exchange, NatWest, Richemont and Tesco. Our work is wide-ranging and includes equity story development, financial calendar communications, executive profiling, IPOs, restructurings and M&A transactions, crisis management, media relations and ESG, stewardship and governance issues.  

In these uncertain times, we help our clients navigate challenges, enabling them to engage constructively and productively with a range of stakeholders and achieve their business objectives.  

With our clients’ corporate reputation at the heart of our offering and a fully integrated approach to servicing client needs, you will also work alongside Teneo colleagues advising on areas such as government relations, crisis and risk management, internal comms, management consulting and restructuring support.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leading large integrated teams to deliver strategies that have impact for our clients
  • Establishing long-term senior client relationships through valued, strategic counsel
  • Actively driving growth with existing clients and via new business lead generation
  • Providing market insight and intelligence through media and industry networking
  • Client servicing, profitability, forecasting and budgeting
  • Proactively contributing to and fostering a knowledge-sharing environment with clients and colleagues
  • Innovating on behalf of clients and the Financial Communications team, challenging the status quo with new thinking, new product development, and new ways of working
  • Encouraging, inspiring and motivating teams through mentoring and coaching

Skills and Experience

  • Around 7-10 years’ experience in corporate reputation management and capital markets advisory with clear media, banking, consultancy or in-house background
  • Proven track record in retaining clients and maintaining C-Suite relationships
  • Effective media and City network and engagement capability
  • Ability to anticipate client needs and shape and deliver strategic advice to senior level clients
  • Excellent communications & effective presenting skills
  • Proven business development experience and ability to cultivate and convert new business leads
  • Well informed and knowledgeable on market trends
  • Seen as a credible ‘voice’ to both client and internal stakeholders alike
  • Collaborative approach, able to foster good working relationships and work well under pressure
  • Strong team leader who creates high-performing and motivated teams
  • Experience supporting others’ career development through mentoring and coaching
  • Excellent time management and the ability to prioritise a varied workload
  • Comfortable taking the lead on driving performance and revenue


  • Competitive salary (depends on experience)
  • 28 days holiday
  • Discretionary bonus
  • Annual salary review
  • Pension (company contribution: 5% of annual salary)
  • Extensive investment in personal development & learning
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave (depending on length of service) and shared parental leave
  • Private medical insurance
  • Group Income protection
  • Life assurance
  • Cycle to work schemes
  • Season ticket loans
  • Regular social, cultural and charitable activities
  • Flexible working with office laptop and smartphone provided

About Teneo London

Teneo advises business leaders, enabling them to achieve goals faster and at lower cost by earning trust, navigating disruption and removing barriers. We are built to help businesses succeed in a world no longer defined by boundaries and disciplines. Working exclusively with the CEOs and senior executives of the world’s leading companies, Teneo provides strategic counsel across their full range of key objectives and issues.

Our clients include a significant number of the FTSE 100 and Fortune 100, as well as other global public and private corporations.

We’re an ambitious, global consultancy which allows candidates unmatched opportunities to develop and work with inspiring, motivated people. Our teams bring together the disciplines of strategic communications, investor relations, restructuring, management consulting, physical & cyber risk, financial advisory, corporate governance advisory, ESG,  DE&I, political & policy risk, and talent advisory, to solve for the most complex business challenges and opportunities. We aim to make companies and institutions stronger and more valuable. We are capable of advising at the most senior levels across the world’s leading businesses and organisations and we’re proud to work with some of the strongest brands in the world.

Across the globe, Teneo employs more than 1,200 people, offering global reach from a light infrastructure, built out of regional hubs.

Our culture is critical to our success. We have a flat management structure with an open and supportive office atmosphere. To support progression and learning, we foster a supportive environment with a focus on mental health and wellbeing as well as adopting an inclusive environment that allows all employees to flourish.  We recognise that diversity is essential for our business and encourage applicants from all backgrounds.

At Teneo, we have fully embraced hybrid working and redefined the way we work such that it facilitates collaboration, optimises productivity and promotes the health and wellbeing of our people. We are adopting a 60:40 principle of office:remote working across our UK business which offers the flexibility to ensure that our people are empowered to find the right rhythm for themselves, our teams and our clients. We are also happy to discuss other forms of flexible working so please let us know if this is something you would like to discuss.

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