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IIAR Discussion Group: negotiating with Gartner

Gartner IIAR logosTime to renew your Gartner subscription?

Our members have indicated a few interesting plays by the industry analysis market leader, almost two years after its takeover of CEB. including a continued drive to multi-year contracts and aggressive drive to sell their $150k executives offerings, effectively mirroring the EXP strategy for vendors. Those offerings causing much confusion with users in vendor organisations are Gartner for General Managers, Gartner for Sales Leaders, Gartner for Marketing Leaders, etc.

Following our latest discussion group on the subject, the IIAR is conducting a discussion group for members to exchange the issues they face when being sold bundled products. This will enable members to discuss ways to get the best value without disclosing individual price. IIAR will then present these findings to Gartner for their feedback and help Gartner sales teams improve client satisfaction. Continue Reading →

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[JOB POST] Research Lead, Services Research, IDC / London, Frankfurt or Copenhagen

IDC Europe is looking for a Research Lead to build out its services research. The successful candidate will report to the management of IDC European Enterprise Research Group.

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries.

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[JOB POST] Senior Research Analyst, Personal Computing Devices, IDC / London, UK

IDC’s Personal Computing Devices research group in Europe is looking for a Senior research analyst to support the expansion of its research and business.

This is a highly visible position that requires the candidate to develop cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative research for IDC’s exceptionally diverse base of clients that includes hardware and software vendors and providers of IT services. A successful candidate will be a subject-matter expert on personal computers (notebooks, desktops, workstations and gaming computers), and related technologies, and will have a strong knowledge of distribution and commercial channels. The focus of the role is to develop ongoing syndicated research and custom research for specific projects, as well as be a key quantitative contributor to the IDC Personal Computing Devices Tracker Program.

IDC’s PCD research helps IT Vendors and end users understand the impact of personal devices and emerging technologies on their business plans and execution. These emerging technologies include Cognitive Computing, Robotics, Mobile Systems, Advanced Security, among other leading-edge technologies. We are looking for innovative thinkers to take a dynamic role within the team, promoting and supporting industry-specific IT market research.  Candidates should bring extensive knowledge especially in the analysis of the value and trends of IT investment across industry sectors and among small and medium-sized companies.  The candidate will work with industry leaders to identify and analyze strategic business issues and key use cases for a wide range of technology solutions.

The role is based in London, and will involve some travel, predominantly in Europe but occasionally to other regions.

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[JOB POST] Media & Analyst Relations Specialist, Accenture / London, UK

Join Accenture and help transform leading organisations and communities around the world. The sheer scale of our capabilities and client engagements and the way we collaborate, operate and deliver value provides an unparalleled opportunity to grow and advance.
Join Corporate Functions and you will become part of a diverse team which offers the essential expertise that enables all of our employees to deliver high performance to our clients. Our Corporate Functions professionals work in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Marketing and Communications, CIO, Information Security, and Geographic Services.
Whether you work directly with clients or manage important internal initiatives and efforts, you’ll find amazing opportunities to make a measurable difference.
Join a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. With approximately 425,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. The sheer scale of Accenture’s capabilities and client engagements—and the unique way we innovate, collaborate, operate and deliver value—provides an unparalleled opportunity to grow and advance your career.
Marketing & Communications
Our Marketing & Communications team builds Accenture’s brand, protects its reputation, generates awareness of the company’s capabilities and services, and plays an integral in supporting sales growth. Our teams are involved in a range of activities from advertising, media relations, PR, sponsorships, social media, internal communications to brand management and thought leadership initiatives.
Media and Analyst Relations
The Media and Analyst Relations team protects and builds Accenture’s reputation in the marketplace and raises awareness of its client projects and its views on key industry issues by communicating key messages via targeted media outlets. Working closely with out PR agency, this involves liaising with media to develop relationships and place stories, writing press releases, media pitches and articles, as well as reacting to news events. Additionally, the team is responsible for issues management and media monitoring.
Job Summary:
This experienced Media and Analyst Relations Specialist will be responsible for driving media and analyst relations for Accenture. The includes development and promotion of “Big Push” campaigns in the media to help prepare the landscape for lead generation and sales. The candidate is expected to work competently with both the UK and global corporate media and analyst relations teams. He/she will report to a UK Media Manager. The candidate is expected to possess excellent writing skills, have a good knowledge of business and financial services media and will be able to offer sound professional media advice. The will involve some industry analyst relations and management of a PR agency. One of the key areas of the business that this will support is our Financial Services industry group. Spanning banking, insurance and capital markets, this group is the largest sector within Accenture UK.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Proactively drive media coverage in the UK.
  • Deliver and execute local media plans to publicise work of Accenture in target media.
  • Provide timely responses to media and analyst requests. Liaise with and support colleagues in UK and globally to provide answers.
  • Offer professional media advice to UK and global media colleagues and internally to stakeholders.
  • Manage and develop professional working relationships with key journalists and clients.
  • Provide media coaching and training for our spokespeople where necessary.
  • Work closely and manage relevant relationships with our PR agencies.
Relationships:
Reports to: UK Media and Analyst Relations Manager
Supervises: PR Agency
External Relationships: Media, Analysts, Clients, Third Party Vendors, Suppliers

 

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Understanding of Accenture’s area of business and overall business strategy.
  • Understanding of and ability to execute strategic PR and communications techniques.
  • Good understanding of/ relationships with UK financial services media.
  • Professional adviser to colleagues.
  • Understanding and ability to apply message development skills.
  • Global perspective and understanding of business marketplace.
  • Project management skills.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills.
  • Ability to develop and apply creative, workable solutions to project-related issues.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
What’s in it for you?
All of our Corporate Functions professionals receive comprehensive training covering business acumen, technical and professional skills development. We offer a variety of formal and informal training programs at every level to help you acquire and build specialised skills faster. Learning takes place both on the job and through formal training conducted online, in the classroom, or in collaboration with others. The sheer variety of work we do, and the experience it offers, provide an unbeatable platform from which to build a career.
On top of this, we have an extensive benefits package which includes 30 days’ vacation per year, gym subsidies, private medical insurance and 3 extra days leave per year for charitable work of your choice!
What are the next steps?
If this sounds like the ideal role, career and company for you, click below to apply.
If relocation is required in applying to this position, the appointment to the role would be considered an employee driven transfer meaning that the employee will be personally responsible for covering all relocation costs and any costs associated with dependents.
About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.
Accenture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Closing Date for Applications 25/11/2018
To apply for this role click here
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[JOB POST] Industry Analyst Relations Senior Manager, Communications, Sage / Massachusetts or New York

Sage is a global company with a local heart. The market leader for cloud-based accounting, financials, enterprise management, people, and payroll software, we empower the world’s business heroes—from single-person startups to large enterprises. Our people are passionate and positive. We inspire our colleagues to serve business builders everywhere and champion their success. As a FTSE 100 company with 14,000 colleagues across 24 countries, we do business the right way, while giving back to our local communities through the Sage Foundation. Be Sage, build on. Continue Reading →

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[JOB POST] Senior Account Supervisor, Analyst Relations, Edelman / Seattle or Portland, US

Edelman has an opening, in the Seattle or Portland office, for a seasoned Analyst Relations (AR) practitioner within the PNW technology practice. We are seeking a Senior Account Supervisor to join our growing team of talented and collaborative communications professionals who provide a diverse client base with expert counsel in analyst relations, communications & event planning, content development, and media and influencer engagement.

 

The Senior Account Supervisor role will have a deep understanding of the AR landscape and the ability to leverage AR strategies to support PR and digital team counterparts. As a Senior Account Supervisor on the AR team, you will also have the opportunity to help drive new business and marketing efforts, as well as lend support to team across practice areas, which makes interest and comfort in driving PR programs as well as AR efforts highly desired.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Build and execute strategic AR programs to increase analyst awareness of client strategy, product portfolio and executive team
  • Drive coordination with stakeholders and PR/social team members for integrated execution of client initiatives
  • Help lead new business initiatives for the AR team, uncovering prospects and managing the RPF process
  • As needed, help lead and drive PR programs for clients as our PNW technology practice continues its rapid growth path
  • Oversee financial and operational performance of multiple accounts simultaneously, ensuring quality work, deadline and budget adherence, and that plan creation and execution map to goals
  • Counsel clients and troubleshoot client and internal issues, providing strategic counsel in partnership with senior managers (VP, SVP)
  • Work seamlessly with external agency partners (e.g., advertising agency, promotions agency) as part of integrated marketing team
  • Act as local client-facing representative of larger AR team, attending planning meetings, client events and updates as necessary
  • Demonstrate writing excellence when crafting internal and client materials and correspondence
  • Use relationships with analyst influencers and internal business partners to meet client needs
  • Supervise staff in multiple offices by mentoring, motivating, coaching, consistently providing feedback, holding them accountable and conducting their reviews
  • Introduce clients to new capabilities, initiate new business process and display strong presentation skills during client pitches
  • Commit to continuous learning and improvement of leadership skills; set and pursue stretch goals
  • Demonstrate behaviors consistent with Edelman’s values (Quality, Integrity, Respect, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Mutual Benefits) and Code of Ethics and Business Conduct

  

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[JOB POSTING] Global Analyst Relations Manager, London

Hot job of the dayRole & Responsibilities

  • Sitting within the Global Communications team, this new Global Analyst Relations position will provide a key link between the organisation and the industry-leading analyst communities.
  • You will engage and develop further business opportunities and create, develop and maintain vibrant conversations with the industry analyst communities.
  • You will quickly develop a deep understanding of the organisation’s unique technology, key messaging, vision, purpose and mission.
  • Working collaboratively with the Communication and Product Management teams, you will ideate, implement and drive the strategy for a global analyst relations program and help produce analyst input and advice regarding competitors, market trends and new technologies.
  • Drive coverage and understanding of the organisation’s vision, strategy, competitive differentiation and market leadership.
  • Work with product marketing to understand the technology, development roadmap, perform competitive analysis, and build a compelling story to share with the analyst community.
  • Respond quickly to analyst requests, manage all responses which may require creating deliverables and coordinating between various internal departments.
  • Quarterly analyst newsletters and bi-weekly internal AR reports.
  • Analyse relevant analyst research, summarize, and distribute for internal stakeholders.
  • Track and report on all analyst interactions, social conversations, and coverage.
  • Work with analyst firms to complete research reports and whitepapers (such as MQ and Wave reports).
  • Engage with the organisation’s product management and communications teams to ensure engaging and up to date messaging.
  • Establish processes for ongoing communication and education of industry analysts
  • Facilitating a regular cadence of analyst briefings and interviews.
  • Provide recommendations and supporting proof-points for analyst research and subscription services.
  • Proactively engage and deepen relationships with our analysts and market influencers.
  • Responding to analyst inquiries, monitoring briefings, ensuring that deliverables are provided and suggesting research topics.
  • Support the corporate communications team in other PR-related programs and activities.
  • Securing analyst quotes for press release, marketing materials and sales collateral.
  • Create a target, global analyst house and analyst list.
  • Develop and monitor a global analyst report calendar for engagement.
  • Preparing analyst briefing tours, presentations, and documents.

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Around Giorgio Nebuloni from IDC in 10 questions

We have had the pleasure for Giorgio taking time out of his busy schedule to take part in our infamous 10 questions. Giorgio is a research director for IDC’s  European Infrastructure and Cloud research and leads the team of analysts responsible for tracking the cloud infrastructure, server, storage and converged systems markets in Western Europe.

What are your coverage areas?

My main focus area is European infrastructure, a broad spectrum of things ranging from Multicloud management software to service provider datacenters. I’m also increasingly involved in this year’s research sprints (we call them Launchpads) around emerging technologies (Quantum, Edge, Blockchain…) driven by brilliant analysts across multiple IDC teams.

What are your opinions of the IT Analysis Marketplace and where do you see it going?

Analysing the analysts! Three trends I see: the traditional need for ad-personam advisory to IT buyers is not only steady but increasing. With technology topics becoming ever more complex (see the interdependencies of Multicloud, or political nature of Blockchain use cases or AI’s ethical dilemmas), leaders need fact-and face-based opinions more than ever. The second is the changing nature of data. Data are the wheels of any self-respecting research vehicle. In the 3rd Platform era, generating data differently, from new sources and manipulating it better and faster than ever before is crucial. The third is the growing connection between branding, marketing and analyst house services – i.e. the analyst company becoming a digital agency.

What’s your typical day like?

The day starts at breakfast or in the bus, swiping through emails. After that it’s a lot of “Can you guys hear me alright?”, pulling out the toothpaste at security LHR T2 and providing feedback on reports and deliverables. The fun part are workshops or improvised whiteboard meetings with customers, and the unpredictable, sometimes heated conversations with IT buyers at our events. Also enjoyable are the rare isolation days (often in summer heat) with a piece of paper and pen, drawing the research agenda for the next months.

Now, c’mon, tell me an AR horror story?

Not a horror – but a thriller story. I’ve once attended an analyst event linked to a broader customer conference where the facilities were just not fit (or not booked properly). The poor AR person spent two days leading a bunch of analysts (distracted fellas in general) across ultra-crowded, immense halls from one meeting room to another, holding a tourist guide sign and a megaphone. In rare cases did the analysts arrive on time. In some cases they never made it to the meeting room. I think a couple of analysts are still roaming in that conference center (haven’t seen them since). In another case I flew into Vegas on the promise of an analyst track with executives – except there was no such thing, only technical sessions. Learnt my lesson on asking for agendas then!

What is your research methodology?

The ideas stem from anecdotal discussions with “Pathfinder” IT buyers and other IDC analysts. The proof points from primary research in form of small to large surveys. The hard data on market numbers from vendor conversations and guidance process.

Any favourite AR professional you’d like to mention? Any why?

Most of AR folks I know are great and enable easy access to vendor executives. I’ve worked closely and for a long time with Jos Baltes (HPE) who is not only hyper-responsive but also great to get a beer with. Most recently Caroline Dennington (NetApp) adds the British humour (!) – Antonella Crimi (Equinix) and Anna Carzana (AMD) the Italian flair. I’m missing several I know – impossible to mention all!

Tell us about one good AR practice you’ve experienced or one good AR event you’ve attended.

I’ve recently attended a one-day analyst-only event where keynotes were kept to less than 1 hour and most of the day was spent on one-to-ones, with some breaks in between. I thought it was great – even if I ended up talking myself dry. A good AR practice is booking events in the calendar well in advance – even if analysts themselves are sloppy RSVPers!

What are your offerings and key deliverables? 

Within my team, we deliver on a subscription program with report, surveys and customer enquiries; release multiple Tracker datasets on a quarterly basis and work on challenging custom project advising vendors and buyers on infrastructure-related decisions. A recent one I liked was advisory work for a custom chipset manufacturer to identify and position their Edge Computing and Gateway strategy.

Any hobbies or favourite restaurant / food that you’d like to share?

With a mixed Asian-Italian family we are way too fussy about food. For the Londoners – L’oro di Napoli in South Ealing. For the Frankfurters – Sushi Boy in Eschersheimer Tor; Lam Freres in Bahnhofsviertel.

What is your biggest challenges for the upcoming 6 months? And for the next 30 mn?

Selecting what NOT to do or cover is the tough one for the next 6 months. With Innovation Accelerators kicking off it’s like the candy shop, but one can’t do everything properly! Next 30 minutes getting home on time for dinner!

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[JOB POST] Head of Analyst Relations, B2B Agency/ London, UK

Our client is a well established B2B technology PR agency with a difference.  They offer an in house Analyst Relations function.  They provide specialist analyst relations support to several existing clients. They are looking to grow the Analyst Relations footprint across the business, but also position the agency as a standalone AR function that could appeal to technology companies purely interested in AR. They are now looking for an ambitious and entrepreneurial candidate to build on our existing capabilities and client portfolio to ultimately create an independent Analyst Relations stream that is the envy of the technology industry. Continue Reading →

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[JOB POST] Interim Market Intelligence Manager, London, UK

CB Resourcing logo- IIAR websiteInnovation, innovation!  Non profit organisation requires an Interim Market Intelligence Manager to lead the Market Intelligence Team and build the organisation’s understanding  of markets, technologies and innovations and how these will and can be disrupted in the future.  You will develop strategies for bringing key players together to kickstart the creation of a new industry of innovation.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide excellent front line management to the members of the Market Intelligence team.
  • Support the organisation’s New Market Opportunities Programme, leading on the identification of future markets and strategy development for realisation of these markets.
  • Support the organisation’s strategy development, including identification of future priorities in the advanced urban services sector.
  • Lead on deliverables for commercial and research projects.
  • Own and deliver the internal market scanning processes and the horizon scanning programme.
  • Support and represent the thought leadership activities as one of the organisation’s lead experts for the state of the industry.
  • Build, lead and manage the Market Intelligence Team in delivery of market analysis, research and strategy for projects across the organisation.
  • Support business development, project planning and resource management for external opportunities related to Market Intelligence.
  • Drive team productivity and quality of the team’s deliverables, including quality control.

To be considered for this role you will need the following skills and experience:

  • BA required; preference for advanced degrees and for background in social sciences, engineering or natural sciences.
  • Previous demonstrable experience managing high performing teams towards successful delivery of projects.
  • Demonstrable experience in developing credible market intelligence for decisions making and for national dissemination.
  • Experience in market analysis within public services, infrastructure or technology-related sectors.
  • Experience in digital or innovation strategy and roadmap development in a multi stakeholder environment.
  • Experience working in an innovation environment and comfort working under ambiguous or fast-changing project parameters.
  • Demonstrable skills in communication and stakeholder management.
  • Collaborative working style and comfort working in teams.
  • You can also be considered for the permanent role

CB Resourcing operates as both an employment agency and an employment business. Applicants will need to be able to provide us with proof of their eligibility to work in the UK on request.

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[JOB POSTING] Research Lead, Infrastructure, IDC – UK / Germany

Overview

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For more than 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and Event Company.

About the position

IDC Europe is looking for a Research Lead to build out its European infrastructure research. The successful candidate will report to the management of IDC European Infrastructure group. The role is located either at our London office or office in Germany: Frankfurt / Munich.

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[JOB POSTING] Director, Corporate Communications, Hootsuite / Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Who you are…

You are an experienced and strategic communications professional with a passion for driving things forward and building something bigger than yourself. You thrive in a fast-paced, ever changing environment and have a knack for thinking quick and strategically. Driving results keeps you motivated, and you are known for championing breakthrough ideas and initiatives.

As the Director of Corporate Communications, you will lead a team responsible for the strategy and execution of a compelling communications program that supports Hootsuite’s aggressive business objectives. Working closely with the Vice President of Brand and Communications, you’ll bring Hootsuite’s brand to life among media, analysts, investors, customers and partners to inspire them to action.

You have 15+ years of corporate communications, global media and analyst relations experience with particular emphasis on US-and Canadian-based contacts, investor communications, executive and internal communications experience in software, SaaS and/or social at both private and public companies. You bring 8+ years of communications leadership experience, with 5+ years agency experience. Additionally, you bring 8+ years experience in technology analyst relations with a proven track record of creating a regular cadence of open dialogue that positively influences analysts’ perceptions and research rankings of company strategy, product, platform and performance. Continue Reading →

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[JOB POSTING] Manager of Media & Analyst Relations / London, UK

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The Manager of Media & Analyst Relations, International, serves as a communications consultant for the international markets with the insurance division of LexisNexis Risk Solutions.

This is a highly visible role designed for someone who loves public relations and working with senior leaders and collaborative teams to build awareness for our business. On a daily basis, you will liaise with marketing colleagues and PR firms across the UK, India and Brazil to coordinate product launches, announcements and other PR thought leadership campaigns promoting our technology, expertise and people. In some instances, you may be executing an existing PR strategy, and in other instances, you will be developing the PR strategy from scratch and securing buy-in across a global matrixed organisation. You will also liaise with our social media experts on social conversations and timing for integrated marketing campaigns.

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[JOB POSTING] Analyst Relations Manager / Dimension Data, London, UK

dimension dataLooking for the next step in your career? Enjoy a challenge?  Do you have an ambition for innovation? Want to make a difference?

If you join our growing global team, you’ll be working for an industry leader with offices across five continents, in over 47 countries and more than 28 000 employees.  You will work with some of the leading world brands across the Fortune 100 and  Fortune 500 companies – who are all relying on Dimension Data to help them use the power of technology to achieve their ambition in this digital era.You’ll be part of a team who’s passionate about making a difference to the way technology shapes how we live and work – whether it’s protecting the rhino, connecting the G20 Summit, or revolutionising cycling, giving you the opportunity to do great things. Continue Reading →

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Recruiting for the IIAR Board – Come and Join us!

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Looking to raise your profile in the AR world? / Want to help shape the IIAR worldwide? / Want to be a part of a globally recognised organisation?

The IIAR is looking for new Board members to stand at this year’s election.

To be an IIAR Board member is  a great way of raising your profile in the industry and giving you a little something extra to put on your CV or Resume.

What’s more, if you’ve ever felt you could do things better, or would like to see some changes within the IIAR, then now’s your chance. Take this opportunity to get involved in decision-making and put your great ideas into practice! Continue Reading →

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[JOB POSTING] Head of Analyst Relations (AR) / BAE Systems, London or Guildford, UK

The Applied Intelligence division of BAE Systems delivers solutions which protect and enhance the connected world. Everything we do creates a safer future. We want to solve problems for our customers and by bringing together great minds, we can work together to make the world a safer place. Continue Reading →

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[JOB POSTING] Analyst Relations (AR) Specialist, BAE Systems / London or Guildford, UK

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[JOB POST] Director of Analyst Relations, Enterprise Software / ABB Inc. Boulder, Colorado, US

 

Are you ready to work with a purpose? At ABB, you can be sure you’re helping to create a better world and deliver solutions that touch the lives of millions. With a heritage spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization. Through its innovations driving progress for utilities, industry, transportation and infrastructure, ABB is helping to create a safer, greener, more productive and more collaborative world. ABB operates in more than 100 countries and employs around 135,000 people.

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