Do you get a kick out of getting to the bottom of something?
Global Water Intelligence is looking to hire an inquisitive and resourceful Graduate Research Trainee (Spanish-speaking) to join our team. The successful candidate will be focused mainly on improving the Latin American side of GWI’s project tracking service, which provides up to date information on major water projects around the world for our readers. To do this job well you need charm and persistence, and a sense of quiet satisfaction when you know that you have nailed a piece of information that really matters to our customers.
There will also be an opportunity to try different activities across the content team, including writing research pieces and magazine articles for the Latin American region.
For this role, we are seeking candidates who are fluent in both English and Spanish. It is imperative that the successful candidate can conduct business interviews and build relationships in Spanish, including the ability to understand the different dialects in Latin America.
We otherwise do not expect any relevant experience, but we expect a degree from a good university (Russell Group or equivalent) and we are looking for specific skills (below). We don’t expect them all in one person but if you think you might be good at two or three of them, we would like to hear from you:
- Interviewing people: If we are going to publish original content, we have to be good at drawing ideas and information out of people. That requires confident and intelligent staff who can network their way to talking to the right people and asking the right questions.
- Doggedness and determination: Getting the key information on a project can take ten phone calls, a barrage of emails and an ability to think outside the box. But with persistence and grit, you can uncover the data points which are invaluable to our readers.
- An eye for detail: Contractors and suppliers come to us to hear of every twist and turn in a project’s journey. Scrupulous attention to detail is required to make sure our work is accurate, timely and informative.
- Writing and analysis: Fewer people have time to read these days. It means that if you are going to write, you have to write well. That means being able to organise your thoughts and express them concisely and with lucidity. Don’t be deterred if English is not your first language. We can edit for English.
- Collecting and managing data: We are the main source of data for the international water industry. With that responsibility comes a number of important skills: a nose for the information that will make a difference, and a doggedness in pursuit of it; a dexterity in squeezing spreadsheets until they tell a story; a deep commitment to accuracy; and, an instinctual feeling for the reality that data purports to represent.
- Managing projects: Most of what we do is a team effort, but getting great people to work well together is a skill in itself. We need people who are organised empathetic communicators to bring it all together.
- Seeing the bigger picture: We want to grow our business, and that involves having people at the front line who can see the opportunity to do things better.
Additionally, it is important that you are a quick learner, have an inquisitive mind, are prepared to take ownership of what you do, and be resourceful and flexible in your approach to work.
N.B. GWI employees are enrolled on a company pension plan and receive a holiday allowance of 25 days per year. When travel is once again allowed, there will be opportunities for you to attend relevant training courses and conferences that help you to develop within your role. You will also be able to attend our Global Water Summit, which is held in different cities across the world each year.
Please submit a CV and a covering letter explaining in fewer than 200 words why you are applying for the job and what you think you can contribute to us that would make a real difference. The closing date for applications is 22 July 2022.
We will discard applications which do not come with covering letters. We will then draw up a shortlist of the strongest candidates for the position to whom we will send a skills test. On the basis of this test, we will narrow the field down to applicants for interview.
We encourage you to apply early, as we may close the vacancy if we receive sufficient applications.
Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to offer feedback on applications not carried through to the interview stage