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Director

The team

  • Philanthropy and Disputes is a dedicated practice within Portland that supports a range of international clients
  • Our clients include some of the world’s biggest foundations and high profile philanthropists; multinational investors with operations in growth markets; and organisations and individuals involved in high profile litigation and disputes
  • Our multinational team of consultants has worked at the highest levels of media, politics, finance and campaigning

The role

Director in Portland’s Philanthropy and Disputes practice

  • In this senior role, reporting to the Partners, you will lead on providing high level counsel to clients; driving the growth of the practice; and supporting the management and development of the team
  • The role is based in our London office with the opportunity for regular international travel

Key responsibilities

  • Providing senior counsel to clients
  • Design and strong oversight of high impact, global strategic communications campaigns
  • Principle lead on major client accounts
  • Leading account teams, line managing senior members of the practice
  • People management and recruitment
  • Day-to-day commercial performance – revenue, servicing, capacity planning. Building up commercial capability across the practice.
  • Managing projects
  • Driving organic growth of accounts
  • Developing strategies for business development including leading proposal and pitch processes
  • Networking and thought leadership to raise the profile of Portland
  • Integration across the Portland offer and network of offices
  • Helping drive a high performance culture
  • Working as part of a cohesive senior management group

Attributes needed

  • This role requires an individual with a strong background in communications, who thrives on managing complex issues and projects. You will be commercially driven and ambitious to help us to develop a talented team in a fast-growing consultancy.
  • Industry experience is essential, ideally at a leading communications consultancy or in a senior in-house role
  • Demonstrable expertise in developing and implementing insight-led communication campaigns
  • Expertise in providing counsel to senior clients
  • Experience managing major projects and bringing teams together to achieve objectives
  • Commercial expertise including planning, budgeting and financial management
  • Excellent problem solving capabilities with a strong point of view on the industry. A strong mix of media, digital and political/policy capabilities is required
  • Demonstrable success in developing strategies for business development and directing processes
  • Proven ability to grow business organically
  • Managing teams and developing a high performance culture, leading by example

Due to the high volume of applications we receive it is unfortunately not possible to respond directly to all applicants, only to those whose candidacy is being pursued. In addition, the length of the recruitment process varies based on the vacancy needs. Traditionally, the process takes approximately 2-4 weeks. Therefore, your patience is greatly appreciated.

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