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fDi Intelligence is a specialist division of the Financial Times Ltd, established to provide industry-leading insights into globalisation with a portfolio of world-class products and services that assist both companies and economic development organisations to make informed decisions regarding foreign direct investment (FDI).

fDi Markets is the market-leading crossborder inward investment database and investor tracking tool, used by governments and corporations globally. It is the exclusive source of FDI project data for the UNCTAD World Investment Report and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The Research Assistant will work as part of the fDi Intelligence team conducting in-depth research on specific regions of the world, identifying companies with FDI projects and recording the information into the fDi Markets database. www.fdimarkets.com

Responsible To: Production Manager


Main Duties and Responsibilities

· Research available sources in order to identify inward investment projects

· Conduct further web-based research to gain additional project information

· Input of inward investment projects and update missing information on previous projects to fDi Markets database

· Assist in the development of information sources

· Identify trends in and affecting FDI globally in order to compile an internal Trend Tracker used by divisional publication, FDI Magazine

· Research and update FDI projects - relocations and closures, downsizing, expansion projects and colocations

· Identify potential investment leads

· Conduct ad-hoc research and production tasks

· Provide data support for the sales team according to geographical appointment


Qualification and Experience


· A-Level or higher in a business, economics or data related subject

· Excellent research and analytical skills

· Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

· Strong interpersonal and communication skills

· Ability to work on own initiative

· Highly organised with an ability to plan and prioritise

· Adaptable team player with a positive attitude


· 2:1 or above in a degree with a business / economic / research-related element

Knowledge of other main European or world language/s would be a strong advantage

· Sound understanding of economic globalisation and cross border investment

· Previous experience in a similar role - online environment, database management, desk-based research

· Analytical & report writing skills

Career Opportunities

The opportunity to develop a career within the Financial Times. The job position will help you to develop key skills and expertise related to the globalisation of business. Our career development plan offers the potential to develop your career as an investment analyst, and there are opportunities to work in other parts of the Financial Times as your career develops.

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