Senior Associate

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 23

Position description

Ankura’s Geopolitical practice accelerates change and value creation for Fortune 500 and private equity-backed growth businesses. Working across industries, we deliver geopolitical intelligence across many dimensions – political, economic, social, technology, legal and environmental. We bring proprietary methodologies to digest and distill geopolitical information into the context of your business issues and deliver executable insights and results. Our team has a proven track record of identifying, mapping, and mitigating risks that give companies the competitive edge they seek.

Role Overview
Ankura Geopolitical Senior Associates are hands-on leaders of small projects and key contributors to large or complex project teams, with regular guidance from their Managing Director, as well as more experienced consultant engagement leaders and mentors. They typically have 4-7 years of relevant business and project experience, or a combination of experience and post-graduate education. The Senior Associate is exposed to a broad range of opportunities and assumes more challenging projects and work tasks as their experience grows. This role requires experience in Asian studies, with some expertise in Asian geography, politics, socioeconomics, culture and regional relationships (trade alliances, security partnerships, and diplomatic relations).

  • Conducts relevant research, analysis, and synthesizes findings into compelling conclusions and recommendations
  • Develops high-quality deliverables that leverage qualitative, quantitative, and visual elements
  • Leads workstreams and participates in large or complex projects
  • Effectively executes and manages assigned scope using leading practice and/or “right-sized” methods, tools, and approaches
  • Proactively identifies and resolves issues critical to the overall project success
  • Creates and maintains key documentation throughout the project, including project plans, status reports issue/risk logs, decision history, business process diagrams, communication plans and deliverables, etc.
  • Conducts interviews and participates in work sessions to analyze current and design future business processes
  • Manages conflicts and escalates critical issues to the project lead or business sponsor
  • Facilitates effective communication to ensure all relevant team members and stakeholders are well informed
  • Flexibly contributes in various project roles, as necessary, with project sponsor approval


Key Characteristics: The ideal candidate is: 

  • Able to communicate clearly and concisely in verbal, written, and presentation communications
  • Vocal and demonstrates excellent active listening skills
  • High level of organization and ability to prioritize tasks
  • Detail orientation, but with the ability to visualize and communicate the “big picture”
  • Adaptive to different working environments
  • Flexibility to wear multiple “hats” on a project
  • Team-oriented with a desire to understand and leverage multiple points of view
  • Ability to develop relationships with client team members at all levels and across organizations
  • Willing to admit mistakes, learn from them, and ask for help
  • Analytical; enjoys research and problem-solving
  • Ability to informally influence others in a positive way
  • Growth minded with a strong desire to improve and continuously learn
  • Action-oriented with a professional demeanor and behavior
  • Joy in helping our teams, our firm, our clients, and our communities to be their best
  • Travel (by air and car) as required depending on engagement mix. Although typically more travel is required at the beginning of the engagement and then becomes intermittent throughout the engagement lifecycle, some projects require 100% travel. A consultant should be prepared to travel 100% of the time if required for a project.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in political science, economics, international relations, economics or related field, with a focus or experience in Asian studies
  • Graduate degree in business, technical or analytical concentration a plus
  • 4-7 years of relevant business experience
  • Experience participating in business projects
  • Able to read basic Mandarin
  • Project management and consulting experience a plus
  • Experience or education in information systems a plus
  • Advanced proficiency with MS Office tools, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio, with demonstrated ability to efficiently produce crisp, professional documents

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