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A Job Vacancy in Beijing, China

posted Feb 28, 2012, 8:00 PM by Yongli Wang
Position Specification
Knowledge Analyst

Russell Reynolds Associates
An overview of Russell Reynolds Associates
Founded in 1969, Russell Reynolds Associates is a global top leadership consulting firm that delivers leadership solutions to exceptional leaders. Based in 40 wholly owned offices, our consultants work in more than 40 practice areas to provide specialized industry and functional expertise to clients in major markets around the world.
Russell Reynolds Associates is a privately held global partnership who employs a "one firm," trust-based approach to client service. We find the best business leaders for organizations of all types and sizes, in all markets - leaders who recognize that it is people who make the difference. For more information go to Russell Reynolds Associates’ website: www.russellreynolds.com
An overview of the role
  • Sector Knowledge Analysts execute knowledge-management and insight-generation activities in support of two core objectives:  (1) business development (with an emphasis on both new-market entry and increasing market share in core segments) and (2) driving speed and quality of search execution. 
  • In support of these objectives, Sector Knowledge Analysts are responsible for two core streams of activities.  First, supporting a rigorous approach to managing knowledge, with an emphasis on ensuring that market-facing teams are able to quickly find (and use) information/tools/data that prove essential for meeting their objectives.  Second, generating insight (in the form of thought-leadership deliverables) that garners market attention, conveys compelling points of view, and enriches the content of market-facing advisory work.
  • Working within a single Sector, Sector Knowledge Analysts will partner with Sector Knowledge Managers and Sector Leaders around the world to support the fulfilment of sector knowledge agendas.  To execute against these agendas, they will partner directly with Sector Leadership, researchers, and search consultants. 
  • Sector Knowledge Analysts will report on a dual-line to a Sector Knowledge Manager and to a member of the leadership team of the sector which he/she supports.
  • Of note, the firm has recently created a dedicated Knowledge Management group, which is being launched as a key lever in continuing to differentiate the firm through knowledge-driven search and assessment.  Sector Knowledge Analysts will play a key role in fully establishing and embedding this group within the firm (while simultaneously executing against the demands of their day-to-day responsibilities).  Correspondingly, the role requires energetic self-starters with a demonstrated ability to drive results in demanding, entrepreneurial environments.
Responsibilities will include:
  • Managing Knowledge and Generating Insight to Drive Business Development and Support Go-to-Market Strategies
  • Managing Knowledge and Insight to Accelerate and Drive Quality in Project Execution
Candidate Profile
  • Bachelor’s degree from a highly-respected institution.
  • Outstanding record of academic achievement.
Required Skills
  • Outstanding problem solver; highly analytical; superior logical reasoning capabilities; excellent qualitative analysis skills; comfort with (and willingness to develop) quantitative analysis skills.
  • Ability to quickly filter and synthesize large volumes of information, identifying key points and providing relevant insights to senior leaders.
  • Excellent writing skills and presentation-development capabilities; demonstrated ability to produce succinct, relevant documentation; demonstrated ability to conceptualize and execute insight-rich reports.
  • Outstanding oral communication skills; ability to state points clearly and concisely.
  • Excellent project- and time-management skills.
  • Highly effective in working as a member of a team.
  • Highly proficient in Excel and PowerPoint; familiarity with statistical software packages a plus.
Personal Qualities
  • Clear fit with (and champion of) firm culture and values.
  • Substantial intellectual horsepower; notable intellectual curiosity; innovative.
  • Demonstrates above average levels of skepticism.  Willing and able challenge the status quo.
  • Maturity, gravitas and presence.
  • Drive, tenacity and resilience, with a clear desire to excel; clear orientation around results; unwavering attention to detail.
  • Self starter with high tolerance for ambiguity.
Beijing, China
Karen Cheng