Director/Associate Director, Private Markets and Financial Sponsors

Control Risks

Control Risks supports private equity and credit, infrastructure and real assets, real estate, sovereign wealth, and development and multilateral funds, with a range of services. These services include transaction-specific diligence, which can encompass financial crime, reputation and performance, ESG factors, and cyber risks associated with an investment target and its management; sector- or country-specific political and policy considerations; and broader risk management services to our client’s portfolio companies and assets.

This role is responsible for leading our engagement with private markets investors in the UK. The title will depend on the successful candidate’s experience. The position’s core responsibilities are:

  • Identifying and acquiring new clients.
  • Managing relationships and engagements with existing clients.
  • Developing and innovating our services to meet our clients’ requirements and changing market conditions.
  • Leading our engagement with industry associations and other professional advisors to improve the awareness of our brand and services amongst these buyers.

The successful candidate would join an established business intelligence and due diligence team, with over 50 team members in 10 cities across the EMEA region. The team is growing due to the diversification of our client base by both the type or organisation and their geographical location. This role will play a leading role in our growth in the UK.

Client management and business development

  • Develop our relationships with industry associations and professional advisors, and evaluate the best events and networks to engage, to raise awareness of our brand and services among private market investors.
  • Identify and acquire new points of contact with new and existing clients, and manage these relationships to best meet our client’s requirements for both transaction and portfolio company support.
  • Develop and maintain a profile in the industry as an expert in your field.
  • Foster an inclusive, collaborative environment between practice areas, offices and regions.
  • Ensure that pricing, margins and value are understood in the team to ensure we capture lower and higher margin opportunities.

Case and project work

  • Ensure proposals focus on our clients’ requirements and our ability to meet them, and that our proposals stay ahead of the market by incorporating clients’ feedback and service innovation.
  • Lead more complicated engagements for private markets investors, drawing in Control Risks’ expertise from different practices as required.
  • Develop and manage a source and subcontractor network to support the growth of the practice.

Working culture

  • Foster an inclusive, collaborative environment between practice areas, offices and regions.
  • Ensure that pricing, margins and value are understood in the team to ensure we capture lower and higher margin opportunities.


Knowledge and experience

  • Scoping and delivering complex and repeat engagements for one or more of the following teams within different private markets investors: investment, legal and compliance, and ESG or impact teams.
  • Sustaining trusted advisor relationships with senior-decision makers within these types of clients.
  • Identifying and growing new client relationships, and growing a practice area around this.
  • Innovating services and successfully taking these to clients.
  • Demonstrating in-depth knowledge and understanding of economic, political and regulatory trends affecting private markets funds and their risk considerations.

Qualifications and specialist skills

  • Professional experience in private markets, investment banking, or corporate or white collar law.
  • Excellent communication, listening and negotiation skills in English (and preferably one other European language).
  • Advanced analytical and report writing skills in English (and preferably one other European language).
  • Methodical approach and strong project management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple commitments under time pressure.
  • Demonstrable commercial acumen when planning and pricing projects.


All employees are expected to display behaviours reflective of our company values: Integrity and Ethics, Collaboration and Teamwork, Commitment to People and Professionalism and Excellence.

For internal candidates only: Career Framework level C; closing date 24 September 2021.


  • Control Risks offers a competitively positioned compensation and benefits package that is transparent and summarised in the full job offer.
  • We operate a discretionary global bonus scheme that incentivises, and rewards individuals based on company and individual performance.
  • Control Risks supports hybrid working arrangements, wherever possible, that emphasise the value of in-person time together – in the office and with our clients – while continuing to support flexible and remote working.
  • As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join us and are fully committed to equal treatment, free from discrimination, of all candidates throughout our recruitment process.

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