Brunswick is a strategic advisory firm focused on critical issues. Our purpose is to help the great value-creating organizations of the world play a more successful role in society.
We advise on critical issues at the center of business, politics and society, and help our clients – the leaders of large, complex organizations – understand and navigate these interconnected worlds.
Brunswick is one firm globally, operating as a single profit center. This allows us to respond seamlessly and effectively to clients’ needs wherever they are in the world.
Founded in London in 1987, Brunswick’s global partnership has grown organically to 27 offices in 18 countries. We began as a M&A and financial communications firm and, over time, expanded our capabilities to provide expert advice to our clients on a range of business critical issues. We invested in new offices, sector teams and practice groups including investor engagement; shareholder activism; governance; regulatory and public affairs, including geopolitical; crisis; litigation; social issues including climate change and diversity, equity and inclusion; cybersecurity, data and privacy; employee engagement; digital communications; opinion research and analysis, and; creative services.
Our CEO is Neal Wolin, based in Washington, D.C. Our Chairman is Sir Alan Parker, based in London.
Maintaining and strengthening a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace are pillars of Brunswick’s culture and key to our future success. Valuing and supporting every colleague as an individual while helping them reach their full potential is critical to attracting and developing our greatest strength – our people. By embracing our differences and diverse perspectives we create richer experiences within our firm and enhance the quality of the ideas and advice that we deliver to our clients.
In the U.S., we have offices in Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. In Brazil, we have an office in Sao Paulo. We advise clients on, among other things, domestic and cross border M&A, IPOs, activism, capital markets and investor relations, public and regulatory affairs, geopolitical issues, litigation, crisis, cyber, employee engagement, digital, opinion research and on broader reputation campaigns.
Colleagues in the U.S. are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and consist of in-depth industry and sector experts from banking, law, accounting, politics, government, journalism and the media, consulting and elsewhere. Our U.S. CEO is Nik Deogun.
For more information on Brunswick, including our offices and client offers, please visit our website: www.brunswickgroup.com
Director, Business & Society
Brunswick is seeking senior talented individuals with experience in and a passion for how purpose, social value creation, and ESG are transforming the future of business to join the Brunswick’s Business and Society team.
Stakeholder demand for businesses to act responsibly and lead on social value has exponentially grown over the past few years. Now, more than ever, it is no longer an option for businesses to ignore engaging on social issues core to their future business success. At Brunswick, we recognize that corporate resilience today requires creating social value alongside financial value, credibly. Our Business and Society team advises the world’s leading companies on how to address these critical societal issues core to business resilience and meet the ever-increasing social value expectations of stakeholders.
Brunswick’s unique position as a critical issues firm working at the intersection of financial, social, and regulatory/political issues allows us to help our clients stay ahead of change, deliver meaningful impact, and build resilience, to play their role in the world more successfully.
What you will do:
The Director is an integral leadership role in our global Business and Society practice group, with a primary focus on client engagement in the United States. This role requires a driven and innovative professional with 10-15 years of experience to work alongside the Business and Society Partners to continue to increase the development and growth of the practice. The Director will lead efforts that will increase and scale solutions to the most pressing social issues we are facing today and will face tomorrow.
The Director will drive client engagement and execution, developing and maintaining trusted and valued close relationships with clients, across a variety of industries at the c-suite level. The Director will also mentor and help develop junior level team members, innovate to consistently improve our work with clients and our practice, and provide critical thinking on societal challenges. Ultimately, the Director will contribute to the overall performance and impact of the Business and Society practice and the firm.
The Director plays a key leadership role across the development of our practice, people, clients and business.
Specifically, the Director will:
- Lead internal teams on the delivery of client engagements. Which includes leading the client engagement team on research, benchmarking, internal and external activities, issue analysis, social value business case development, business leadership strategy, external partnerships and communications, organizational design and implementation support
- Deliver strategic advice to c-suite clients, drawing on expertise on the intersection of social value and financial value and depth of professional advisory experience
- Create new opportunities to drive impact with clients; anticipate client needs and deliver superior results by leveraging their capabilities to build high performing teams
- Apply knowledge of disruptive trends and competitor activity to drive continuous improvement in client engagements
- Innovate and drive the development of new approaches, methods and tools to optimize the client experience and strengthen value creation
- Build trusted relationships across a diverse network of clients and potential clients
- Empower and coach team members to stretch their capabilities and ensure they have access to the right resources to deliver results
- Deliver high-quality and impactful client-ready, board and executive-level materials including business cases and social value leadership strategies, assessments and benchmarking, research insights and conclusions, partnership and communications strategies, and ongoing program performance monitoring and evaluation. etc.
- Lead meetings and workshops with clients
- Develop and maintain strong, trusted and high touch relationships with client
- Engage and collaborate with colleagues across the firm at all levels to bring different expertise, thinking and perspectives to client work and the Business and Society practice offer
- Source new business opportunities - apply knowledge and experience to lead well-run pitch teams and pitch preparation
- Exhibit strategic thinking and strong analytical skills, evaluating different ideas, points of view, and out of the box thinking
- Write thoughtful, well-structured content including thought leadership associated with critical issues around the practice; considering style and tone of communications for different audience targets
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Undergraduate degree in business or a related discipline with a focus on sustainability, ESG, social value or a related field
- Issue area expertise in one or more of the following preferred: circular economy, climate change goal target setting and/or implementation, sustainable finance, ESG due diligence, labor and workforce topics, diversity, equity and inclusion change management, supply chain operations, and / or ESG governance
- 10-15+ years of relevant work experience preferably in a consulting firm or related corporate function, with multiple years at the Director level
- Experience working with and briefing company c-suite and executive leadership
- Experience with ESG standards and frameworks
- Proven track record of leading business development efforts and practice development and growth
- Proven track record driving innovation, developing new methods and tools, and developing thought leadership
- Experience leading by example through trust amongst colleagues, ability to work smarter, not harder, and deliver highest quality to clients during all engagements
- Experience managing and mentoring teams particularly in a remote environment
- Strong enthusiasm for learning and curiosity, creative problem solving, and the ability to think strategically and critically
- Strong work ethic and attention to detail; client service-orientation
- Ability to lead and operate in fast pace, high-performance, client service environment with high emotional intelligence, empathetic leadership, and a terrific sense of humor
Compensation & Benefits
The applicant who is selected for this position will be eligible for the following compensation and benefits:
In New York City, the range of base compensation will be: $220,000 - $250,000.
If an offer is extended to an applicant in New York City, the applicant will be paid in line with this range and based on the applicant’s experience and qualifications. This range applies only to the New York City position, and salaries in other offices and regions will vary based on an applicant’s experience and qualifications, as well as the competitive landscape.
Bonus Eligibility: Annual discretionary bonus contingent upon individual performance and the overall performance of the Firm.
Benefits: Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance. Disability insurance. Employee assistance program. Flexible spending account. Health savings account. Life insurance. Paid Time Off: Vacation and sick leave, as well as paid Bank Holidays. Firm-sponsored 401K Plan with 3% safe harbor contribution of base and bonus – immediate vesting.
Other: Career training and development opportunities and employee discounts.