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Vacancy : Director, Global Narratives and Thought Leadership
Company Location : London EC4R
About this role
BlackRock and iShares operate the largest, most dynamic ETF business in the world. We’re uniquely positioned to provide distinctive points of view to clients, policymakers, journalists, and non-professional investors everywhere.
We’re looking for energetic people with a knack for telling stories about the future of our major businesses—especially on topics that intersect with fixed income, indexing, and sustainability. Our team sits in iShares marketing and product, and partners closely with corporate communications and many other teams across BlackRock to drive foundational narratives. Our whitepapers and related activations help unify internal stakeholders and drive commercial priorities. We spend a lot of time thinking about how snappy language, probing data, and killer charts work together to support our efforts.
We create category-building narratives and content directed at global audiences. The director will have a multi-faceted role that blends marketing, messaging, writing/editing, project management, and content production. Ideal candidates will take pride in communicating complex market ideas in memorable ways and possess a doggedness that matches their intellectual curiosity.
You’ll join an all-hands-on-deck team that’s adept at working across teams to get projects done on deadline. The role involves writing and editing, mining market data, checking and citing facts, and designing data visualizations. The right person will also help work with corporate communications and compliance partners to ensure consistency and quality. It’s a fast-paced job with the potential to work on high-visibility, high-impact projects with senior executives and investors.
Collaborate with partners in product, marketing, and corporate communications to build commercial narratives that work across regions and client types.
Generate story ideas and identify new thought leadership opportunities.
Ensure content consistency and accuracy of messaging across product segment and client channels.
Find news hooks that underscore the utility of iShares ETFs and indexing for achieving financial well-being.
Help create content that is strategic, engaging, and aligns with the iShares brand voice while expressing a point of view.
Draft and revise short- and long-form copy—from articles and messaging briefs to papers and web copy.
Articulate with sweep and scope how iShares ETFs sit at the nexus of market and investment trends.
Adhere to and advocate for editorial stylistic consistency.
Expertise in writing short-form, fast-moving content under tight deadlines.
Generate, collect, standardize, facts and graphics related to key businesses that can be amplified with consistency both internally and externally.
Synthesize and contextualize internal and third-party research with an eye on bringing out salient facts.
Keep tabs on relevant work from competitors and academics.
Production and distribution:
Find ways to get more eyeballs on our content.
Help ensure the creation of sleek, on-brand publications.
Work with internal and external design teams, as well as compliance partners on deadline.
Cultivate internal relationships to streamline design, compliance, and publication processes.
Seek out ways to level-up distribution and distribution strategy to ensure more.
10+ years experience communicating about financial markets and/or investing at an asset manager, broker-dealer, news outlet, or similar.
Understanding of financial market trends, indexing, and ETFs.
Experience successfully working and delivering quality content on deadline.
Keen interest in sustainability, climate, and ESG investing.
Strong attention to detail, highly collaborative, adaptable; not above any task required to meet deadlines.
Eye for adhering to editorial style and design principles.
Experience with using Bloomberg, FactSet, S&P Capital IQ, Morningstar Direct, or a related service is encouraged.
Ability to keep tabs on relevant academic and Wall Street research related to a wide range of topics and issues.
Experience with data visualization in storytelling.
Adept at influencing without explicit authority and working effectively across numerous teams in a large organization.
CFA certification is a major plus, Series 7 (or desire to complete) preferred.
To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.
At BlackRock, we are all connected by one mission: to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Our clients, and the people they serve, are saving for retirement, paying for their children’s educations, buying homes and starting businesses. Their investments also help to strengthen the global economy: support businesses small and large; finance infrastructure projects that connect and power cities; and facilitate innovations that drive progress.
This mission would not be possible without our smartest investment – the one we make in our employees. It’s why we’re dedicated to creating an environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, valued and supported with networks, benefits and development opportunities to help them thrive.
BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.
BlackRock will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance law.
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