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About Teneo

Teneo advises private and public sector leaders, enabling them to achieve goals faster and at lower cost by earning trust, navigating disruption, and removing barriers. We are built to help drive success in a world no longer defined by boundaries and disciplines. Working with the world’s leading companies and organizations, Teneo provides strategic counsel across their full range of key objectives and issues, with a focus on five main services offerings, including Strategy and communications; Management Consulting; Financial Advisory; Risk Advisory; and People Advisory.

Teneo employs more than 1,600 people around the world, 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.

The Role

Teneo is looking for a talented and driven Senior Vice President with a passion for strategic communications to join our Strategy and Communications team in the Middle East. Teneo’s Strategy and communications service offering provides all aspects of integrated communications counsel to business and government leaders and CEOs. This role is part of a thriving team advising high-profile clients on how to create effective narratives, manage reputation, engage with key audiences and tell proactive stories which support clients’ strategic objectives.

We’re interested in meeting candidates with wide-ranging perspectives, and we’re open to hearing from you whether you currently work agency side or in-house.

It’s key for us that you can cut across sectors and switch seamlessly between all our disciplines, from reactive issues management to proactive storytelling. And we’d love it if, like us, you’re intellectually curious, creative, collaborative, and eager to learn.

As a Senior Vice President you’ll be a primary contact for clients, responsible for providing the highest quality of service to our clients and playing a pivotal role in driving forward activity across multiple account teams, delivering regular insight and analysis, and supporting clients’ reputational and strategic objectives. Senior Vice Presidents manage and coach our Senior Associates and Vice Presidents and work into and learn from our Managing Directors.

Working at Teneo in the Middle East

Teneo works with some of the world’s biggest public sector and corporate entities across a wide range of sectors and issues, including energy, tech, FMCG, financial services and government offices. Our clients include a significant number of the FTSE 100 and Fortune 100, as well as other global public and private corporations and government entities. We’re an ambitious, global consultancy which allows candidates unmatched opportunities to develop and work with inspiring, motivated people.

Although this role is to primarily support our publicly listed corporate clients with financial communications and investor relations, we actively encourage our people to grow and develop their advisory skills across all our disciplines, including financial and M&A, digital, creative campaigning and corporate communications, change and employee engagement, leadership coaching, sustainability, strategy and research, issues and crisis management, and restructuring and management consultancy, to solve complex business issues for our clients.

Key Responsibilities

 As a Senior Vice President with the Strategy and Communications team at Teneo, your role will include:

  1. Providing investor and capital markets expertise – Guide clients in their engagement with buy and sell-side stakeholders, relevant stock exchange(s) and institutional, retail and governmental shareholders. 
  1. Leading communications strategy development and deployment – leverages research, insights and discussions with client to lead the creation of communications strategies, leveraging Teneo’s resources, offerings and expertise across business segments. 
  1. Overseeing strategy development and deployment – oversee the development and implementation of the investor relations and financial communication strategy, for institutional and retail investors. Will include leading the development of earnings announcements, investor presentations, Q&As, media talking points and risk analysis and mitigations. 
  1. Account management – lead on account delivery, managing a team of experts to deliver high quality client servicing and acting as the main point person with the client. Actively coach and mentor junior team members. 
  1. Client management – build and maintain strong relationships with the client, seeking growth opportunities where possible. Proactively manage the client and work to take advantage of opportunities/ resolve issues as needed. 
  1. Supporting new business development - actively build a network of new client/ prospect relationships, working on new business opportunities including leading proposals and participating in client pitch meetings. Demonstrates commercial acumen in costing and managing the delivery or projects. Develops understanding and fluency across Teneo’s service offerings. 
  1. Supporting wider team management – taking responsibility for Talent Managing junior colleagues, supporting their performance reviews and career growth within the firm. Supporting the smooth running of client servicing operations.

Furthermore, you will be expected to:

  • Build strong relationships, fostering long-term partnerships and seeking organic growth opportunities through new business proposal development;
  • Create advisory notes for client leadership, addressing media narratives, financial markets insights, geopolitical risks, and reputational issues, while monitoring media coverage for clients and competitors;
  • Provide support and insight to your client teams, proactively highlighting opportunities, and potential areas of concern;
  • Build a strong network of effective relationships internally and externally;
  • Proactively seek formal and informal learning and development opportunities to support your professional growth and contribute to the sharing of learnings across the wider team; and
  • Actively coach and mentor Senior Associates and Vice Presidents on your account teams. Lead, manage and motivate more junior colleagues.

Skills and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in communications, journalism, political science, law, public policy, international relations, business, finance, accounting, or a related field
  • 7-10 years of experience in a strategy, communications or finance/investor relations role – within agency or in-house
  • Outstanding leadership skills, especially in multicultural and interdisciplinary settings
  • Strong understanding of the region – its media and business landscapes
  • Strong understanding of finance, capital markets and/or investor relations
  • Experience offering client senior client counsel across a broad range of corporate reputational or market-related topics
  • Strong ability to grasp clients’ business objectives and relevant wider industry dynamics to enable drafting of compelling narratives and content
  • Experience working with international media, including handling crises and issues
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Analysis and data visualisation skills
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office (PowerPoint and Word)
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Client and team management skills
  • Experience coaching, mentoring and developing more junior colleagues
  • Understanding of digital communications
  • Arabic writing skills an asset (for Arabic speakers)

Characteristics and Attributes

  • Strategic and critical thinker
  • Collaborative and a team player
  • Experienced in managing people
  • Problem solver with a positive attitude
  • Flexible and always willing to try
  • Detail oriented and committed to high quality deliverables
  • Intellectual curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Humble, honest and respectful
  • Resilient and performs well under pressure
  • Comfortable with uncertainty
  • Readiness for frequent travel and stints at clients’ offices

What we can offer 

New joiners are supported by an induction programme, and continuous development is a key focus of life at Teneo - learning and knowledge sharing are at the heart of this. We have an environment and culture that is focused on supporting your development and career progression. We support this with a dedicated Learning Team who provide a range of learning opportunities and personal development support.  

Given our client base you’ll be working on career-defining work that is exciting, rewarding and one where you can make a real impact to high profile projects. 

Teneo works with clients on complex issues and challenges that often require a multidisciplinary approach that leverage our main business segments – Strategy & Communications, Management Consulting, Financial Advisory, People Advisory, and Risks Advisory. You will have opportunities to work alongside our experts in these disciplines to develop and deliver an integrated solution. 

Company Benefits  

As well as this we offer a whole host of benefits and reward including: 

  • Competitive salary 
  • 25 days holiday
  • Discretionary annual bonus
  • Annual salary review
  • End-of-service benefits 
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave (depending on length of service)
  • Private medical insurance (individual and immediate family members)
  • Regular social, cultural and charitable activities
  • Flexible and remote working with office laptop provided
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