Careers

Fast Track is always on the lookout for talented, ambitious people, particularly if they are interested in working and living in Oxford, for an entrepreneurial company and founder. Fast Track employs 29 staff at its offices in Oxford and eight freelance researchers from a cross-section of backgrounds, including finance, law and journalism. Some have worked for the company for over 10 years, and over one third are Oxford graduates.

Current vacancies

We have the following opportunities

Director/head of research - £65,000 to £95,000

Oxford-based Fast Track is looking for a company analyst and research manager, with at least five years’ relevant experience. Joining as a senior member of our small management team, you will be a first-rate researcher, people manager and leader. This is a new role due to our increased research and expansion plans.

Roles & responsibilities

  • Take responsibility for the quality of Fast Track’s research output, leading and developing our team of 14 in-house and eight freelance researchers; and be responsible for driving Fast Track’s learning culture of continuous operational improvement
  • Oversee the research for our seven annual league tables published with The Sunday Times featuring the UK’s top-performing private companies, ranging from the fastest-growing to the biggest
  • Manage the team to ensure they conduct accurate financial analysis of multi-sector, private-company accounts (no complex financial modeling required) and effective telephone and face-to-face interviews with founders and entrepreneurs; and be responsible for providing our sponsors and media partner with factual briefings
  • Help manage and service our blue-chip sponsors, and support our business development activities

The ideal candidate will be a graduate with at least five years’ company research, project and team management experience, and accountancy training or qualification.

Click here for a two-page job spec and details of how to apply.

Senior analyst & research project manager - £50,000 to £65,000

Oxford-based Fast Track is looking for an ambitious company analyst interested in becoming our lead researcher and managing the research and publication of one or more of our annual league tables featuring the UK’s top private companies from a cross-section of industries, including TMT, and published with The Sunday Times.

Joining as a senior member of our 14-strong research team, you will be a hands-on, practical researcher, and be able to help drive the continuous improvement of our private-company research, through leading by example and help trouble shoot.

Role

Lead, manage and help conduct the research and publication of one or more of our seven annual league tables published with The Sunday Times featuring the UK’s top-performing private companies, ranging from the fastest-growing to the biggest

  • Conduct relatively straightforward but consistently accurate financial analysis of multi-sector private-company accounts (no complex financial modeling required) and conduct telephone and face-to-face interviews with founders and entrepreneurs; and conduct bespoke research
  • Present this information in a compelling way to our sponsors and media partner, and to support our business development activities
  • Work closely with our events team to help engage league table companies and directors during the research process, as part of our alumni network

The ideal candidate will be a graduate with at least three years’ relevant company research and project management experience, and ideally accountancy training or qualification.

Click here for a two-page job spec and detail of how to apply.

Business development manager - £45,000 to £65,000

Fast Track, based in Oxford, is looking for an ambitious and driven individual to work closely supporting our senior directors, and personally identifying and securing new blue-chip sponsors.
The candidate will have minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience in consultative B2B selling, and preferably an interest in the UK’s top-performing private companies and/or some knowledge of the needs of their service providers.

  • Conduct targeted prospecting and business development research into relevant potential sponsors, to secure meetings with suitable high-value new sponsors; and work with our social media manager to maximise business development opportunities
  • Prepare for, participate in, and follow-up from business development sales meetings with senior decision makers with tailored sponsorship proposals
  • Develop relationships with leading entrepreneurs on our seven league tables, which are published in The Sunday Times, and with our alumni network of entrepreneurs built up over the last 20 years, in order to receive valuable feedback and gain valuable introductions to potential sponsors
  • Support our senior directors with account handling our blue-chip sponsors, ranging from Virgin (for all 20 yrs) and HSBC, PwC, UBS, (14+ yrs) to BMW, Linklaters and BGF (3+ yrs)

We are looking for someone with initiative, drive and a demonstrable track record of helping to manage the BD lead generation process and, importantly, of personally winning new business; as well as experience in writing persuasive pitches and tailoring proposals to potential sponsors needs.

There is scope for promotion based on performance, and an increase in remuneration based on commission for successful BD sponsorship sales. Commission is payable on a sliding scale of up to 5% of the value of the first contract depending on the level of contribution to the sale.

Click here for two page job spec and details of how to apply.