Business Development Associate


Oxford Risk is looking for a team member who is passionate about cultivating B2B relationships, developing new leads, and emphasising the needs of the customer in marketing and product development. You should be outgoing and confident in phone and face to face communication, and previous sales experience would be an advantage.

Who are we?

We provide creative solutions that help businesses understand how their customers feel about risk, and how those feelings affect behaviour. We are a leading provider of risk profilers to the financial services sector, working with retail banks, fund and portfolio providers, online investment platforms, IFA networks, and adviser platform providers. Our product has been used over 100,000 times to help identify suitable investment strategies for every kind of investor.

Oxford Risk is a spinout company of the University of Oxford, and we work closely with world-leading academics and practitioners to develop our portfolio of products and services. Our company is small but rapidly growing, and you will be one of several new hires planned for this year. Our academic credentials and reputation for rigour allow us to explore all sorts of risk-related opportunities. For example, we conduct highly specialised behavioural research for both the public and private sectors, including projects on healthcare, security, and insurance.

What is the role?

As the Business Development Associate, you will support us in acquiring new business, delivering risk profiling products, and maintaining relationships with existing clients—financial advisers, wealth managers, and online ‘robo-advice’ service providers. You will help us to capitalise on previous success by broadening our product range, and widening our reach into new markets around the world.

Your job will involve:

  • Generating client leads, processing and responding to enquiries, and maintaining our CRM system
  • Collaborating with the Product and Research teams to tailor our products and deliver the best service for each client
  • Engaging and supporting our users, both independently and with colleagues
  • Developing a keen understanding of our customers’ evolving business needs, and supporting the on-going development of our product portfolio
  • Working with management and the Operations team to refine our company strategy for business growth and product improvement

Who are you?

You are dynamic, capable and a self-starter, and you will probably take leadership of sales and/or delivery within the first 3 years. You probably have a background in finance or economics, and you might already have knowledge of:

  • Sales, product management and customer relations
  • Behavioural finance
  • Portfolio optimisation, asset allocation and fund management
  • Customer risk profiling, consumer behaviour, psychology and decision science

To get the most out of this job, you should have:

  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, and be happy setting and working to demanding deadlines
  • An outgoing nature, and be dedicated to customer support and passionate about user experience
  • Great communication skills in face-to-face meetings, over the phone, and via email

At Oxford Risk, you'll enjoy collaborating with people from fields as diverse as finance, psychology, history, and physics. You might apply for this job straight out of university, or you might have already been working in a relevant field for several years. In any case, you love to learn and you are intellectual flexible; whatever you don't know, you're confident you can learn on the job.

You can expect a salary around £30k, and possibly more for an extraordinary applicant. You will also receive benefits including generous pension contributions and an agreed incentive package.

Applications are due on 15 August 2017. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to jobs@oxfordrisk.com. For more information about the role, please email jobs@oxfordrisk.com or call us on 01865 292052.