Job: Consultant at Control Risks

Job: Consultant at Control Risks

Category: Crisis and Security Consulting


This is a high-profile role that requires commercial and technical gravitas and the credibility to deliver complex, multi-disciplined risk consulting and operational delivery projects. The essential qualifications for this role are laid out below.
This role will deliver, project manage and oversee security risk consulting engagements and operations projects across West Africa. The focus of the role will be on delivering and managing complex clients consulting tasks from scoping through project initiation, delivery and conclusion. It will also help drive growth of the other Control Risks services in the region.Consulting and operational delivery
The Consultant will be expected to deliver security and risks consulting tasks, with the particular emphasis on application of security management techniques in an African context.
Across West Africa the consultant will provide the delivery of:

Corporate security and resilience consulting tasks
Operational security consulting tasks
Operational delivery task including short term embedded roles
Conduct quality assurance checks on other embedded consultants or other ongoing projects
Conduct executive protection assignments as required
Provide operational security support to other consultants delivering tasks in medium/high risk locations
Service multiple consultancy assignments concurrently utilising regional resources
Act as Engagement Manager and deliver on assignments
Support the development of innovative products and services that address client need, and that help maintain the Company at the forefront of the sector

Business Development:

Support delivery of competitive business strategies and well-crafted business plans designed to expand the Company’s standing with its Client
Consistently develop the Company’s positioning with its clients to enhance business development and secure higher fee-earning engagements
Pro-actively seek opportunity to develop projects and business
Increase business generated from clients across the practice region
Ensure that revenue targets are met and/or exceeded

Task Delivery:

Delivery of tasks for clients on time, on budget, to the highest standards
The role will involve travel to client sites and Control Risks offices (particularly in West Africa)
The incumbent may also be required to undertake crisis management related activities and wider crisis and security consulting tasks as directed


Educated to Degree level or professional qualification in a relevant discipline
Demonstrable depth and breadth of understanding of security risk management, business resilience, and the dynamics of a consultancy practice within the sector
Proven and demonstrable track record of successful security risk and resilience consultancy projects, preferably within Africa, and coupled with an understanding of the requirements for delivering services in a hostile environment
Extensive and demonstrable experience of operating within a commercial consulting environment
Proven experience of successfully driving teams to reach the strategic and operational goals
Commercially astute when planning and pricing project in terms of time, resource and outcomes
Proven experience of effectively managing a consulting team to perform highly and meet / exceed given targets
Relevant role of having successfully built effective and strong client relationships, being the preferred partner of choice.
Project management skills within a commercial/consulting environment
Strong commercial focus (financial management skills, legal and contractual skills) and leadership
Good client (both internal & external) management and consulting skills
Effective decision making & judgment
Assertiveness and drive with strong influencing skills
People leadership skills, including the ability to inspire and drive the performance of a team of security and risk professionals
Strong interpersonal skills building trust & rapport
Excellent communication skills written & oral (informal and presentation to board level)


Post Graduate qualification in a related area, extensive experience in commercial management within the sector
Second language (French or Arabic preferable)

Solutions focused:

Analyses situations and looks at broader picture, looks beyond own team and department to take a global view on issues where appropriate
Innovates to create and deliver value to meet the needs of the organisation, its market and clients
Make decisions which drive high performance and meet client needs
Balances risks with decision making, being prepared to mitigate risk
Acts decisively and makes tough decisions even when under pressure
Leads by example sets and generates commitment to goals, managing team to meet / exceed targets

One Firm:

Understands and translates key drivers and capabilities for business and team performance

Commercial Acumen:

Ensures sound commercial awareness applied to all solutions, harnessing margin improvement
Encourages a commercial approach and understanding in our teams

Personal Effectiveness:

Sets and communicates clear direction for team to deliver work in line with global / departmental goals and objectives.


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.

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