DeBeers: STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT INTERN (Johannesburg)

STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT INTERN

Business Unit / Group Function: Strategy and Innovation Discipline: Strategy & Business Development Location: Open Location Reference Id: REF4723E Experience / Work Type: Internship / Intern / Other trainee Closing Date: 26 November, 2020


Overview

Company Description: Your opportunity for a brilliant career We’re the world’s leading diamond company, powered by thousands of people around the world, with a mission to support local communities, protect our natural environment and shape a brighter future. Come and join us as a Strategy Development Intern on a 6 month appointment where you’ll support the Strategy Development team across several key and dynamic areas:

  • In-depth analysis of key consumer markets (macro and socio-economic trends, luxury trends, diamond jewellery trends, consumer behaviours, retail landscape, competitors analysis, new business models, etc.) to derive strategic recommendations for De Beers Group brands with regards to “Where to Play” and “How to Win”

  • Development of automated on-demand dashboards to track strategic assumptions (brands performance, competitors’ performance, market evolution)

  • Development of content for Insight Portal focusing on, but not limited to, competitor profiling


About the team The De Beers Group Strategy Development function reports to the EVP, Strategy & Innovation and is responsible for identifying and making value maximising strategic recommendations for the De Beers Group, supported by an integrated intelligence and analytical capability


Job Description: In this varied and challenging role, you will possess the following key competencies and attributes

  • Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving: applies analytical thinking to solve complex business problems and issues. Ability to draw conclusions from fact-based analyses, come up with creative solutions and actionable strategic recommendations. Willingness to go beyond the obvious answers. Ability to perform root cause analysis and surface key assumptions.

  • Modelling: strong data analysis and modelling skills. Proficient with Excel and PowerBI. Ability to organise and manage complex market data and information sets. Good understanding of financial statements.

  • Information Presentation and Communication: ability to clearly communicate, in writing and orally, key points of analysis convincingly, succinctly and credibly. Proficient with Powerpoint. Strong inter-personal and communication skills at all levels, with peers, managers and senior executives. Able to work across cultural boundaries and interact with internal and external resources and projects on a global scale

  • Planning and Organisation: sets clearly defined goals for self with a view to deliver on goals on time. Self-starter, flexible, "can do" attitude. Willing to take on a high degree of responsibility and accountability.

  • Quality/Results Driven: checks own work and constantly seeks to improve quality of analytical work and deliver analyses to a high standard. Attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to deliver work of highest standard in deadline-driven environment.

  • Curious about global macro and socio-economic trends, consumer trends, innovation and new business models in the consumer & retail space (including digital). Strong intellectual curiosity.








Qualifications:

  • Working towards a Masters Degree in Finance, Marketing or Business school

  • At least 2 years professional experience in marketing, consulting, or corporate strategy

  • Experience within a consumer-goods/ luxury company preferred

  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills


Additional information: With headquarters in London and mines in four countries – Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa, and established in 1888, our expertise ranges from exploration and diamond recovery, to rough diamond sales and diamond jewellery retail. We market our polished diamonds through two brands, Forevermark and De Beers Jewellers, while our Element Six operation is the world leader in the design, development and production of synthetic diamond materials for industrial and electronic applications. We’ve opened research and development centres around the world in our mission to evolve the diamond industry for the better, and we take our environmental responsibility seriously. We work to minimise the impact of our operations, investing heavily to find a balance between economic growth and long-term sustainability.

What we offer We’re the world’s leading diamond company – a unique luxury business that thrives on the creativity, passion and knowledge of our people. To push our company forwards, we always need to think differently. We welcome diverse perspectives, people who spark fresh thinking and aren't afraid to challenge assumptions. In return, we provide you with the space and support to grow and achieve your ambitions.

Safety Safety first is a way of life for us.  We are unconditional about the safety, health and well-being of our colleagues, at work and at home, and about that of the communities where we work. We aim to lead the industry by investing in innovation to protect people, who are at the heart of our business. Our high performing teams take accountability for their own and others' actions, work collaboratively, and always show care and respect.

Inclusion and Diversity We are committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse workplace where we value and respect every colleague for who they are and provide equality of opportunity so that everyone can fulfil their potential.

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