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Head of Base Metals Demand & Markets Pittsburgh, United States

Posted 27 April 2022

We are looking for a talented, highly motivated individual to take on the role Head of Base Metals - Demand and Markets in our North America team. This key position requires a person with strong leadership and client facing skills; commercial aptitude; and an in-depth understanding of commodity markets. The job involves leading a team of Analysts to produce accurate consistent estimates and forecasts of global demand, market balances, stocks and prices. The role is customer focussed and requires the person to promote CRU's analysis externally. It will also require a person with the ability to improve and develop the team's analytical tools, work processes, and models. 

We are looking for an individual that has a good understanding of the Base Metals industry, with the ability to quickly grasp the key aspects and drivers of demand, markets, and prices, whilst being able to construct a compelling narrative and have the confidence to express and defend one’s position clearly. Having a strong quantitative background and being a creative thinker, based on a robust approach to data management and modelling will be highly beneficial in this role, as will the desire and experience of managing and developing a team of direct reports.

Reporting into the Director of Base Metals, the individual will have 5 key focus areas as the Head of Base Metals – Demand and Markets:

Management and Leadership – leading and developing a team of 6 analyst based in our global offices, organising the team’s work and programme of customer interaction, webinars and conferences

Knowledge, Data Analysis and Creating Narratives – developing a robust understanding of base metal markets, particularly copper, in terms of structure, key historical developments, expected future trends and major players

Customer Deliverables – editing one service and contributing to several others, compiling clear, engaging and high quality reports as well as timely insights covering demand and market-related themes, prices and other relevant topics

Marketing and Commercial Requirements - be the external lead for the Team, initiating customer discussions, giving presentations, and marketing the team’s output, working closely with CRU’s Sales and Marketing teams, to support renewals and the generation of new business. It is essential you are able to take a leading role in customer meetings, webinars, and conferences alongside subject editors as well as secure and deliver keynote presentations at international conferences

Methodologies and Product Development - partner with the Research Director and Director of Base Metals to agree and implement short- and long-term improvements to our methodologies, systems, and models

We are open to receiving applications for candidates based in the USA particularly if you are based in either Pittsburgh, however we are unable to provide visa sponsorship so you will need to have the right to work in the location you are applying.

About you – What skills and experience are we looking for?

Leadership skills: The ability to coach, inspire, influence, and develop team members

Project management: The expertise to lead projects effectively, demonstrating strong communication, problem-solving and time management skills

Team working: Someone who can take the initiative but also perform successfully as part of a team.

Commercial awareness: Strong appreciation of the commercial aspects of the role. Always seeking ways to maximise revenue/profit whilst generating the best value for clients

Client & Market Interaction: Confidence in communicating with senior market leaders. Someone who will quickly gain the respect and trust of the clients

Performance driven: The ability to demonstrate, on a consistent basis, that you can meet team objectives, targets, and deadlines

Analytical skills: The ability to critically analyse “soft” and “hard” data. A person that can quickly identify key trends to generate perceptive conclusions and unique insight

Communication skills: Complete fluency (written and spoken) in English

Candidates should be degree educated (Undergraduate and Masters) – The undergraduate degree (first or 2:1), should be from a top British university, or equivalent level qualification from a leading university outside of the UK.

IT Skills: Expert knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

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