Kae - Associate Consultant

KAE provides some of the largest retail financial services institutions globally (e.g. retail banks, payment card networks and payment service providers, FinTech companies) with innovative, evidence-led insight. For this purpose, we have a well-established and dedicated team focused on tracking and anticipating key trends for our global clients. Using our commercial mind-set and creativity, we turn data into ready-to-use knowledge that informs, or transforms our client’s marketing strategy.

We are looking for ambitious and commercially aware multi-lingual Associate Consultants with established desk and primary research skills, ideally with experience of the Financial Services sector. You will have experience in a research or consulting environment on the agency side, conducting primary and secondary research and creating insightful client recommendations. At consultant level, you will have experience of managing small projects and making client presentations.

Key elements of the role

  • Use own initiative to proactively seek and develop understanding of the financial services industry through different data collection methods and interpret findings. Training will be provided to kick-start the process
  • Provide insight into markets and competitors through the research of published industry analysis sources and the in-depth, semi-structured interviewing of senior executives, industry experts, suppliers and competitors and build a network of contacts to engage with
  • Identify and persuade busy and often reluctant executives to share information – you must be personable and confident
  • Adapting a range of approaches such as analysing scarce business intelligence to seize opportunities for our clients
  • Analyse and interpret qualitative information and numerical data through cross-checking to build strong and evidence-based recommendations and implications for our client
  • Synthesise findings to prepare well-written, insightful and robust research reports using tools such as PowerPoint, Word and Excel
  • At Consultant level, managing small research projects or small parts of more complex projects

What we are looking for

  • A 1st or 2:1 class degree and strong academics are essential. We are interested in both arts and science graduates, but a business degree will be an advantage
  • Language skills most useful are Spanish, French, Chinese, Portuguese, German, and Russian.
  • Experience in primary research (in particular in-depth interviews) from a market research or consultancy environment
  • A good grasp of modern business and marketing language
  • An excellent communicator with an engaging telephone manner and experience conducting interviews for research or commercial purposes
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a team player, is self-motivated and driven to deliver
  • A demonstrable interest in financial services
  • Ability to work in a demanding environment and to efficiently manage their own time
  • Experience in creating compelling PowerPoint presentations and delivering them confidently
  • Great attention to detail in their work, including precise and professional written English
  • Working closely with a fast-paced but highly collaborative team, the Associate Consultant must be driven but also diplomatic and able to work independently when required


What we offer

  • A dynamic work environment within a diverse and passionate team
  • A high level of responsibility and ownership of your work from early on
  • Exposure to all stages of a project and client-facing opportunities
  • Challenging work with blue-chip financial services clients globally
  • Internal and external training on a range of professional skills courses
  • A platform to contribute your own ideas from day one and progress quickly based on performance
  • A mentor to guide you through work life at KAE and help you grow
  • A bonus, dependent on company and individual performance
  • A matched contribution pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • Private medical and travel insurance
  • A cycle to work scheme