Job Opportunity - Director of Strategy, Maternity Cover

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead thinkBeyond Talent’s new Strategy arm, driving forward the new business offering through strategic leadership, proactive business development, communications and service delivery. This is a chance to shape the trajectory of our agency’s work in this space and to work with high-profile personalities in both the UK and US, enabling them to make a positive and sustainable difference to society while adding direction and purpose to their personal brand. Working with colleagues based in London and New York, you would be joining a dedicated and entrepreneurial team of experts across talent management, sport for social change, strategy, sponsorship and events, activation and communications. The role has three elements:

  1. Leadership – responsibility for overall strategic direction, commercial plan and business development for thinkBeyond Talent’s new Strategy offering

  2. Strategy – creation of social change strategies for talent, their agents and advisors

  3. Delivery – execution and delivery of these social change strategies and approaches for talent


Roles & Responsibilities


  • Shape the direction of the thinkBeyond Talent Strategy commercial offering in the UK and US; identifying target markets and developing products and messaging, working closely with the MD, CEO and Director of Strategy at sister agency thinkBeyond
  • Lead on the positioning, thought-leadership and communication of the agency’s Strategy services and act as face of the brand - networking, panels, talks, blogs & article creation
  • Lead on sales and business development to source talent as Strategy clients, including identifying, developing and securing relationships with individual talent, their agents and advisors as well as athlete educators within clubs, leagues and player associations
  • Identify future thinkBeyond Talent Strategy growth opportunities and work streams
  • Manage the thinkBeyond Talent Strategy budget, forecasting and monthly income reports
  • Represent the department within the wider group, and contribute to senior leadership meetings


  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with thinkBeyond Talent Strategy clients as their main contact
  • Lead on ideation and creation of strategic projects for thinkBeyond Talent Strategy clients, working with thinkBeyond’s MD and Director of Strategy to brainstorm and design bespoke cause related narratives and strategies


  • Lead and project manage delivery of designed strategies for clients, acting as their main contact within the business and working with thinkBeyond’s MD, Director of Strategy, Senior Communications and Campaigns Manager and Head of Operations as required
  • Identify and manage stakeholders and partners, implement bespoke communications and campaign strategies, oversee creation and delivery of events, monitor and evaluate activity


Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities


  • Strong experience of developing a new commercial offering and positioning it into the market
  • Excellent track record of business development and sales
  • An understanding of sponsorship and communications
  • Excellent client management, project management and stakeholder management skills
  • Experience within the sport for social change and/or athlete care/education sectors
  • Experience of interacting with and working with talent
  • An outgoing, hard-working and self-motivated team-player
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills, with the ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task and work efficiently on projects running concurrently
  • Impeccable attention to detail in project management and communication
  • Calm and focused under pressure with the ability to problem solve
  • Ability to work independently and problem solve, and adaptable to different roles as required
  • Proficient in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Eligibility to work in the UK


  • Experience of talent management or athlete management industry
  • Familiarity with both UK and US sport industries and player/athlete trends
  • Ability to design and facilitate cause focused workshop sessions with talent


About thinkBeyond Talent


thinkBeyond Talent is an established talent management and strategy agency driven by a belief in social purpose. We work with athletes who care about their place in the world to create narratives, position, and develop commercial opportunities, delivering long term and rewarding careers that blend good business with positive social change. As an agency we have two distinct offerings:

  • thinkBeyond Talent Management - we represent talent as their agent, providing narrative creation, positioning and commercial development, enabling talent to make social impact the driving force of their long-term commercial success.
  • thinkBeyond Talent Strategy - we provide clear direction, strategy and implementation around sport for social change for non-managed talent, their agents and advisors, helping to ignite impactful social change that delivers on personal goals

thinkBeyond Talent sits within Benchmark, a group of companies that invest and create purpose-driven business. Benchmark companies also include thinkBeyond, Beyond Sport, Sport Industry Group, Square Mile Relay and NSE.

thinkBeyond Talent works closely with thinkBeyond and Beyond Sport. thinkBeyond are the global experts in providing consultancy and strategy delivery to brands, sports teams, leagues, federations and governments who want to do good business and have a positive impact on society. Beyond Sport are the global force for sustainable social change through sport, instilling energy, insight and impact in communities around the world. Beyond Sport delivers events and builds networks educating the world on sport’s role in society, promoting and advocating for key social issues, and celebrating and funding projects using sport to achieve positive outcomes around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

What it’s like to work for us

At thinkBeyond Talent, we believe that sports personalities have an amazing platform and opportunity to trigger positive social change, while also benefitting their own brand building and narrative. thinkBeyond Talent aims to harness that belief every day – making a difference while also driving business value to all of our clients.

To achieve this ambitious mission, we’re constantly growing, innovating, creating and delivering. And while we have offices on two continents (NYC and London) we are a team that is close-knit, caring and dedicated – both to our work and to supporting each other. We are privileged to work with inspirational individuals and to help them use their platform to change society for the better while developing careers that are fulfilling and sustainable.  We want people to work with us who find this environment exciting and meaningful. Who see opportunities everywhere. Who always think we can do better. And who have fresh and new perspectives on how we can change lives for the better.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Your CV and a cover letter explaining how you meet the job description
  • Applications should be emailed to [email protected] and must be received no later than 23rd April, 2019

Other News