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Metals and Mining Analyst − Battery Materials

About the role

Be the Spark in Battery Metals; Shape the Future of Energy

Dive into the electrifying energy future with SFA (Oxford)'s dynamic Battery Metals team! A great opportunity has emerged for a pioneering and determined individual, ready to become a titan in their field and shape tomorrow's transport and energy storage landscape. SFA is a world-leading consultancy specialising in critical commodities required for clean technologies for tomorrow. Electric cars are becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly in Europe and China. The raw materials required for the batteries that power them are a challenge to supply, perhaps because of the location, form, or just the ability of the supply to react to rapidly changing demand. Our team thrives on working for players in the industry, at times bolting onto their teams to research and answer difficult questions, whether in strategy, investment decision-making, due diligence or forecasting.

Position overview

Ignite your career at SFA (Oxford). Would you like to decode the secrets of battery metals such as Nickel, Cobalt and Lithium? Do you dream of making a significant contribution to the greener and cleaner future of energy? Our team is in urgent need of specialists with a focus on nickel, cobalt and ESG.

This opportunity will encourage you to become a leader in your field. Ideal candidates will be driven professionals with a foundation in geology, metallurgy, or mining engineering.

You'll dive deep into the fascinating ebb and flow of the battery metal supply chain, delivering insightful reporting on the latest developments, potential risks, and emerging opportunities. Your daily dose of action will include constructing and updating Excel-based databases to encapsulate crucial costs and production data from company financial reports.

Beyond databases, your mission will include conducting comprehensive research, crafting precise summaries supported by rigorous analysis, and creating compelling research documents – perhaps adorned with captivating graphics via Illustrator.

This role is not for the faint-hearted. It's a client-facing position that promises a rapid learning trajectory in a market that evolves at the speed of light. So, if you're ready to ride the wave of one of the most electrifying industries, apply now! Together with SFA, be ready to revolutionise the future of transportation and energy storage!

Required and desirable skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in geology, engineering, economics, business, or related fields. 

  • Master's degree in geology, engineering, economics, business, or related fields.

  • Demonstrated interest in the supply chain of battery metals. 

  • Familiarity with geological aspects of nickel and cobalt, extraction and metallurgical processes.

  • Experience in consulting, research, or advisory services in commodities.
  • Thorough research and data analytics skills to demonstrate quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills, with proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, and other relevant tools.

  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with clients and stakeholders, and graphically present analysis.

  • Ability to keep up with a rapidly changing market.

  • Meet client deadlines, work well with others and work independently.

  • Fluent in English, and knowledge of other languages.

  • Knowledge of Python.

Examples of the types of consulting projects undertaken

  • Evaluating risks to commodity supply by mines, companies and countries.

  • Strategic appraisals of junior and major mine projects worldwide.

  • Consulting to a range of industry players.

  • Peer-group analysis and strategic benchmarking.

  • Supply-chain risks on behalf of automotive end-users.

  • Presenting developments in the sector to fund managers, end-users and mining companies.

Skills required

  • Bachelor’s Degree at grade 2:1 or above in geology or mining or metallurgy or similar.

  • MSc in a mining/mining finance/mining geology-related discipline a major advantage.

  • Attention to detail and accuracy are essential.

  • Client facing and confident presenting own analysis.

  • The candidate should have excellent MS Office skills, particularly Excel.

  • Previous experience with cost studies and company financials/accounting is an advantage.

  • Excellent writing skills are essential.

  • The ability to graphically represent analysis is key.

  • Adobe Illustrator/InDesign would be nice to have, but training will be given.

  • On many occasions, the ability to adapt to meet client deadlines.

  • The ability to work well with others and work independently.

  • Fluent in English.

How can we help you?

SFA (Oxford) provides bespoke, independent intelligence on the strategic metal markets, specifically tailored to your needs. To find out more about what we can offer you, please contact us.

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