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 25 staff at its offices in Oxford and seven 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

Senior analyst & deputy/head of research - £45,000 to £75,000

Oxford-based Fast Track is looking for an experienced company analyst & research manager who is keen to develop their management and account handling skills in a senior role in a small entrepreneurial company.

This is a new, much expanded role, replacing our deputy head, who is a qualified accountant and leaving after six years to go travelling. Opportunity to be rapidly promoted to head of research if you have the requisite people management and financial research skills – it does not require knowledge of complex financial modelling.

The role

  • Project manage and help conduct research on one or more of our seven annual league tables published in The Sunday Times to tight deadlines with meticulous attention to detail
  • Identify, research and analyse companies’ financials; and interview entrepreneurs either on the phone or at company visits, helping engage them as part of our alumni network and secure attendance at our invitation-only events
  • Co-manage a 21-strong team of researchers, and be responsible for driving our learning culture of continuous operational improvement
  • Help manage and service one or more of our blue-chip sponsors, which include Grant Thornton, HSBC, DHL Express and Virgin Media Business; and provide research support for new business development
  • Help out at our networking events, and with the development of our nascent social media

The ideal candidate will be a graduate with at least five years’ relevant company research, data intelligence and project management experience; likely gained from working at private equity or investment banking firms, business consultancies, accountancies, law firms, data research firms or executive search firms.

For two page job spec and details of how to apply click here.

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

Oxford-based Fast Track is looking for an ambitious person with at least five years’ relevant experience to work closely alongside our senior directors in this newly created permanent role. You will be either an experienced BD exec or an exceptional EA looking for a change of career, and be keen to work and live in Oxford.

The role

Business development – initially for half of your time, developing into full-time after nine months:

  • Assist with important BD research to help secure meetings with suitable high-value potential sponsors, including writing and creating tailored sponsorship proposals and presentations
  • Prepare for, participate in, and follow-up from BD meetings, networking events and awards dinners, predominantly in London

Initial nine month EA cover (from October):

  • Support our exacting founder & CEO in all aspects of working life, quickly learning how the business operates in order to develop an intuitive ability to anticipate what is required to support the account handling of our most important blue-chip sponsors, ranging from Virgin (for all 20 years) and HSBC (14 year) to Linklaters and Business Growth Fund (4 years)
  • Help our founder manage his relationships and meetings with leading entrepreneurs, ranging from the founders of growth companies such as Fever-Tree, Pret A Manger and The White Company to the largest companies such as Virgin, JCB and Dyson

We are looking for someone with an interest in private companies and demonstrable experience in business development and senior account handling, who is able to offer long-term commitment to a full-time role in Oxford. There is lots of opportunity for promotion based on performance, and an increase in remuneration based on successful BD/sponsorship sales support.

For two page job spec & details on how to apply click here.

Social media manager - £35,000 to £45,000

Oxford-based Fast Track is seeking a self-motivated and professional individual to significantly revamp our nascent B2B social media activity.

In this newly created role, you will work closely with our senior management team in order to refine our strategy, reporting to our director of research and editorial. You will also be supported by our research and events teams in order to produce relevant regular content.

The successful candidate will be responsible for refining our social media objectives; and managing and rapidly increasing digital engagement with our 14,500-strong alumni community of Britain’s top-performing private companies and entrepreneurs, as well as with our all-important blue-chip sponsors and potential sponsors.

The role

  • Manage: take ownership of our company Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, including Fast Track’s founder & CEO’s; and drive quality audience growth and engagement on these platforms
  • Research: plan and implement a social media activity plan that aligns with the objectives of our business; and draws on industry best practice
  • Educate: be the social media knowledge hub in the business and help educate the wider team on creating appropriate content and best practice

The ideal candidate will be a graduate with at least three years of relevant B2B digital communications experience. You will also have a strong interest in privately-owned business and entrepreneurs, and use social media in a business context; whilst understanding its limitations and relevance to a B2B company.

For two page job spec and details of how to apply click here.