Job Vacancy – Content and Presentations Analyst
Each year, Liebreich Associates Chairman and CEO, Michael Liebreich gives around 40 presentations. These range from board-level briefings, via keynotes at 200 to 500-person industry or policy events, all the way up to big set-piece openers at conferences like the 2000-delegate Energy Disruptors in Calgary.
Each presentation requires the preparation of one of Michael’s signature slide decks, which combine images and data-based charts into a powerful visual narrative for his audiences. The role of the Content and Presentation Analyst is to work very closely with Michael, helping him to push his thinking on the key topics in the global clean energy and transport transformation, and produce the graphic materials he needs in order to deliver his insights.
Role and Responsibilities
The Content and Presentations Analyst will be responsible for the following:
- Updating existing chart decks: Many of the charts Michael uses are variants on ones he designed years ago, in some cases in the early years of New Energy Finance (now Bloomberg NEF). As new figures are released by data providers on a monthly, quarterly or annual schedule, subsets of these charts – which we refer to as Topic Decks – need to be updated in a very timely and accurate way. In some cases, this will require updating existing calculations or models. This is an absolutely essential part of the role and will quickly give the new analyst an unparalleled grasp of the main statistics in use in the world of energy, transportation and climate finance.
- New research and analysis: Each quarter Michael writes one new, major piece for BloombergNEF, like this one on pathways to deep decarbonisation, as well as one or two other articles. Michael’s goal in each of article is to provide new and original insights, occasionally challenging long-held industry assumptions. This work throws out a regular stream of challenging questions for the Content and Presentations Analyst, requiring lateral thought and creative sourcing of data, and often results in the production of new charts for Michael’s presentations. Working on this new analysis is an extremely interesting and fun part of this role.
- Liaising with third parties: Many of Michael’s slides are based on original Liebreich Associates analysis; however, one of Michael’s key roles is to interpret, combine and communicate analysis undertaken by other leading analysts. A significant part of the Content and Presentation Analyst’s role lies in liaising with outside organisations, clarifying assumptions they may have made, obtaining underlying data for chart production and securing permission for use of materials, as well as reaching out to them to answer any audience questions that may arise. In the case of BloombergNEF, this will require learning to use the BloombergNEF Desktop and Bloomberg Terminal, as well as getting to know a number of analysts.
- Preparing presentation drafts: The Content and Presentation Analyst will listen in to each preparation conference call between Michael and his clients, and then discuss the presentation storyline with him after the call. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating the first draft of any presentation required, pulling in slides from the relevant Topic Decks, and setting up the correct metadata (client, location, date, etc). A standard Powerpoint template is used for all presentations, which must be maintained at all times unless otherwise stated by Michael or our clients.
- Writing Support: Until now Michael has tended to work alone when writing articles, with the help of long-standing BloombergNEF Chief Editor for his BloombergNEF pieces. However, we are turning away far more writing opportunities than we take on; in an ideal world, the Content and Presentations Analyst would have the time and skills to help increase Michael’s written output by producing first drafts, proof-reading, etc. In any case, the analyst will support pieces and articles written with research and analysis, as described above.
- Meetings and travel: This role will require some travel. It is very important for the Content and Presentations Analyst to meet and network with delegates of conferences, discuss the topics with others and, on occasion, meet the clients to whom Michael will be presenting. There will also be plenty of opportunities for the analyst to participate in their own right in events on topics of particular interest – either in technical areas like financial modelling or energy forecasting, or in specific sectors of the energy, transportation or financial industries.
Qualifications and experience
We expect the successful candidate to offer the following qualifications and experience:
- Integrity and work-rate: These are non-negotiable. Integrity must encompass personal and intellectual integrity. Work-rate matters because, while there may be weeks when nothing happens, there will also be weeks when months’ worth of work has to be delivered without complaint and with immaculate accuracy. We are very committed to respecting holidays and days off, however occasional planned weekend work may be required. The Content and Presentations Analyst must be readily reachable in the run-up to presentations to make corrections or clarify questions.
- Exceptional Quantitative Skills: The job requires complete fluency with numerical analysis and a strong attention to detail. The Content and Presentations Analyst is expected to identify Michael’s mistakes, not the other way round. The successful candidate will be highly comfortable with spreadsheet modelling and creating visuals based on data and may have experience in more advanced modelling or statistical analysis environments.
- Qualifications: The successful applicant will almost certainly have a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM subject, and probably a Masters degree in either physical science, environment, business or economics. Michael has in the past found it easier to teach finance to scientists than to teach science to economists.
- Languages: Native-level English is a must to do the job. Beyond that, although there is no formal language requirement, fluency in one or more foreign languages would be a benefit. Following policy debates in countries with different political cultures, and being able to read their raw statistics and reports, is a great help in grasping nuances of the energy and transportation transition. German would be particularly helpful, as are French and Spanish, and of course Chinese, Japanese or Portuguese. If you have a STEM degree and speak all of the above, you can be the boss and Michael will happily work for you.
- Previous Work Experience: In an ideal world, you will have two or more years’ experience in an analytically rigorous environment like a consulting company or bank, or equivalent in blue-chip internships. Anything less than two years’ experience and you may find it hard getting up to speed quickly. Things move very fast and we don’t have time for anyone to learn the basics of producing accurate high-profile output under pressure. Having said that, however, we will always prefer a candidate who is less experienced but smarter, over a candidate that is more experienced but slower or less clear in their thinking.
- Motivation: The successful applicant must be a self-starter and able to work solo. This is not a role for someone who needs hourly or even daily guidance. Michael travels about 120 days a year, so while weekly calls will take place, there may be extended periods when face to face meetings are not possible. You will, at times, interact with Michael’s Executive Assistant, Jo Jagger and our Ventures Associate, Piotr Pajda. Please consider this carefully before applying.
Salary, location, terms, etc
- Salary: The role will carry a competitive salary – comparable to an analyst role at reputable energy or environmental consultancy – plus annual holiday entitlement, annual bonus and statutory contributions to a company pension scheme. To save everyone time, it is worth pointing out that it is unlikely a candidate with an MBA would find the salary attractive.
- Training: We do not provide any formal training as part of the role – you will be learning a huge amount from working alongside Michael on the most pressing energy, transport and finance issues of the day. However, we will consider requests for any training courses that you think might benefit you, however peripherally, in fulfilling the job requirements.
- Inclusion: We are 100% committed to being an equal opportunity employer. The only thing that matters is your character, your ability to excel at the job, and your willingness to learn from doing it.
- Term: The expectation is that the role would be for a fixed term of two years, including a three-month probationary period, and with a rolling 1-month notice period either way. After two years, unless Liebreich Associates has expanded into a broader range of services, giving rise to new learning opportunities, you should want to move on to a different working environment in order to broaden your skills.
- Location. The role will be mostly based in London, with a mixture of remote working and (in 2020) working from a new office space in West London. You will not be expected to be in the office every day, but should be able to easily get to West London 1-2 times per week.
- Visa status: You must have the legal right to work in the UK. Please do not apply if you do not already hold an appropriate visa. This is a non-negotiable term.
Process and timing
The recruitment process will be managed, as follows:
- Please send a resume and short cover note detailing your reason for applying and what you feel, makes you a suitable candidate for the role (no more than 300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of December 2019.
- Piotr Pajda, Venture Associate at Liebreich Associates, will assess and undertake an initial screening. Please note – with our apologies – that only candidates that reach this stage will be given personal feedback.
- Michael will conduct final interviews and, following his selection of the successful candidate, we will require two professional references and one personal reference.
- We expect to appoint the new analyst by year-end, to assume the role as early as possible in 2020. The current analyst will be available to help get the successful candidate up to speed, provide coaching and answer questions.