Principal, North America, EIU Policy and Thought Leadership

Job Locations United States-NY-New York | United States-DC-Washington


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The Economist Policy + Thought Leadership specializes in evidence-based research programs that build awareness and influence markets and policy on the biggest issues facing our world. Our solutions empower clients to shape discourse on key issues with influencer's across public and private spheres. Uniquely, we combine the depth of a think tank with the reach of a global media company. Our clients include leading companies, governments and non-profits.

Based in New York or Washington, D.C., the Principal will work with the team to grow our business in the Americas. This is a key client-facing role, with team management responsibilities, in an entrepreneurial, high-growth, global division. The ideal candidate will bring credibility in their area of expertise, intellectual ambition, a commercial appetite, and a collaborative mind-set.



How you will contribute:


Project execution

  • Conceptualize client solutions and develop innovative methodologies and research techniques appropriate to ensure client goals are met
  • Acts as senior project leader for multiple client engagements simultaneously
  • Responsible for final results, quality of the project, communicating key insights, and overall client satisfaction
  • Effectively manage project team members, including performance management

Business development

  • Serve as a senior client lead for key regional accounts, using expertise and influence to deepen relationships and renew and grow these accounts
  • Actively support business development activities through the generation of compelling proposals for new business development
  • Represent the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) at key regional fora, client presentations, expert panels, and other external engagements
  • Oversee regional consultant-driven business development opportunities, actively guiding, shaping and helping to execute the consultant-led business development strategy 

Capacity building

  • Provide intellectual leadership to the Americas team across a range of issue areas and methodologies
  • Coach, train and mentor other team members in matters of career and personal development.
  • Develop methods and approaches for research/services that will help to scale up the Policy and Thought Leadership business and to ensure consistent quality of output.


  • Manage regional team members, including planning, directing and overseeing the day-to-day activities; and overseeing project resourcing and professional development;
  • Support the Regional Head in developing the strategy for the business
  • Support the Regional Head in running the operational side of the business, including team resourcing and managing finances and profitability

Experience, skills and professional attributes

Ideal skills and attributes include:

  • Education to degree level, master’s degree preferred
  • Expert knowledge of research methodologies and strong experience in consulting/project management
  • Considerable experience conducting research programs in key issue areas, for example globalization, trade and finance; climate, resources and sustainability; technology and society; and workforce, education and demographics
  • Client-facing experience with corporate executives and/or policymakers
  • Excellent presentation and moderation/chairing skills
  • Excellent stakeholder-management skills
  • Keen interest and ability in actively growing the Thought Leadership + Policy business through business development activities
  • Experience successfully fund-raising or generating new business in the public or private sectors
  • Strong knowledge of client organizations in the Americas region, including among governments, international institutions, corporations and foundations
  • Ability to regularly communicate goals, expectations and objectives (including on strategy)
  • Experience in planning and monitoring revenue and profitability, and effectively managing staff resources


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