Robert Bugai from the NJ Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists
shares the following job opportunity at K@ Intelligence from New York.
Analyst – Investigations Group
K2 Intelligence LLC | New York, NY
K2 Intelligence (“K2”) is an investigative and risk analytics consulting firm founded in 2009 by Jeremy M. Kroll and Jules B. Kroll, whose former business, Kroll, Inc., was the first true business intelligence company. We conduct investigative, analytic, and advisory assignments worldwide and employ a wide range of traditional fact-finding techniques, often enhanced by a unique suite of proprietary technologies.
K2’s investigations practice uncovers and analyzes critical information that enables our clients to make informed decisions; maximize opportunities; reduce risks; and protect their integrity, personnel, and assets. Our team includes individuals with a broad range of backgrounds including former federal and state prosecutors, law enforcement and intelligence officials, journalists, technology experts, corporate attorneys, management and economic consultants, and finance professionals.
Analysts are vital to our work and gather the building blocks for every investigation. This involves researching and analyzing information about individuals and companies, and addressing bespoke client questions and problems. Analysts identify, collect, and evaluate information from human and public record sources, contextualize the findings, and highlight areas of concern.
Outstanding research and analytical skills are essential, as are exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Research is typically conducted in the context of high stakes, time-sensitive situations, including investigations into fraud, corruption, money laundering, employee misconduct, and intellectual property theft; transactional due diligence; proxy contests; asset searches; litigation support; and vetting candidates for executive or directorship positions. Assignments are both domestic and international in scope.
Essential Job Functions:
- Conduct detailed investigative research on individuals, corporate entities, and issues from a wide range of open sources including: media reports; criminal, civil, and bankruptcy proceedings; SEC and other regulatory filings; business registrations; and real property records.
- Utilize online and subscription databases to collect relevant public records. Examples include property databases with underlying deed and mortgage documents, financial databases with underlying FINRA and SEC records, and litigation databases with underlying dockets and case files.
- Identify and analyze specialized industry, regulatory, and governmental information resources pertinent to the specific project at hand. Examples include campaign finance data for projects involving political influence, drilling records for projects in the energy sector, or liquor licenses for projects involving beverage distributors.
- Conduct research to identify potential human sources, witnesses, and experts, and then perform phone and in-person interviews of those individuals, with guidance from senior personnel.
- Manage and coordinate subcontractors to conduct on-site research at public record repositories, including budget and deadline negotiations.
- Assess whether information developed through research:
Pertains to the correct targets rather than to different but similarly-named targets (“false positives”);
Is comprehensive and from up-to-date, accurate, credible, and objective sources; and,
Is consistent with other findings by seeking corroboration.
- Independently produce high-quality and detailed reports that analyze large amounts of information from all available sources in a clear, concise, objective, and organized manner.
- Conduct verbal briefings for project managers and/or clients.
- Manage multiple projects of a diverse nature.
- Manage project budgets and accrued costs.
- Maintain accurate, detailed, and organized records.
- Contribute to the practice by identifying and developing new resources and tools to improve research and analytical methods.
- Contribute to business development efforts by providing project managers with basic research on potential projects and clients, participating in project planning discussions and client meetings, representing the practice at external events, and identifying potential new clients.
- Other duties as required.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Journalism, business, international affairs, political science, or other liberal arts degree preferred, but candidates from other backgrounds will be considered.
- At least three (3) years of professional experience, preferably in journalism, intelligence, investigations, or litigation consulting. Previous roles must demonstrate excellence in conducting complex, qualitative, and analytical research with minimal supervision.
- Experience interacting with corporate, legal, and/or government clients is strongly preferred.
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, specifically World, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
- Proficiency in public record, investigative, and financial research resources is preferred but not required. Examples include LexisNexis; Westlaw; Bloomberg; Factiva; TLO; Accurint; EDGAR/SEC records; and government-administered civil litigation, criminal record, property, and corporate registration databases.
- Proficiency in conducting advanced Internet-based research, including familiarity with social media, domain registration records, IP tracing, and deep web searches is preferred but not required.
- Proficiency in data analytics tools is preferred but not required. Examples include Palantir, Paxata, and Tableau.
Essential Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Exceptional attention to detail, thoroughness, objectivity, and precision as reflected in research and reporting.
- Excellent analytical skills to identify, retrieve, organize, and analyze high volumes of information from a wide variety of sources.
- Well-versed in commercial, financial, government, legal, and current affairs topics.
- Ability to draft accurate, concise summaries of complex financial transactions, regulatory proceedings, and civil litigation, working from original documents.
- Ability to contextualize and analyze complex and potentially unfamiliar topics.
- Ability to think resourcefully, creatively solve problems, and adapt to ambiguity.
- Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and in a deadline-driven environment.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision, both independently and as part of a group.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with people at all organizational levels, internally and externally.
- Experience conducting investigative interviews.
- Ability to travel, if needed, for certain client engagements.
- Willingness to adjust schedule to complete time-sensitive projects within deadlines and occasionally respond to urgent requests.
- Written and spoken fluency in additional languages preferred, but not required.
How to Apply:
If your qualifications, experience, and aspirations match our requirements, please email a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The file name of your resume and cover letter should indicate your name. Please specify the position for which you are applying in the subject of your email.
This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work typically performed by employees in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for this position; other duties outside of normal responsibilities may be required as necessary to meet the needs of the organization.
Exceptionally well-qualified and experienced professionals may be considered for more senior levels within the practice.
K2 Intelligence is an equal opportunity employer.