Economist, Consulting - London

Oxford Economics was founded in 1981 as a commercial venture with Oxford University’s business college to provide economic forecasting and modelling to UK companies and financial institutions expanding abroad. Since then, we have become one of the world’s foremost independent global advisory firms, providing reports, forecasts and analytical tools on more than 200 countries, 250 industrial sectors, and 7,000 cities and regions. Our best-in-class global economic and industry models and analytical tools give us an unparalleled ability to forecast external market trends and assess their economic, social and business impact. 

Headquartered in Oxford, England, with regional centres in London, New York, and Singapore, Oxford Economics has offices across the globe in Belfast, Boston, Cape Town, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Paris, Philadelphia, Sydney, Tokyo, and Toronto. We employ 400 full-time staff, including more than 250 professional economists, industry experts, and business editors—one of the largest teams of economists and thought leadership specialists. Our global team is highly skilled in a full range of research techniques and thought leadership capabilities, from econometric modelling, scenario framing and economic impact analysis to market surveys, case studies and expert panels. 

The role

We are looking to hire an Economist to join the consulting directorate of Oxford EconomicsThe consulting team is primarily based in OE’s London office and consists of around 25 economists—we also have smaller sub-teams operating in New York and SingaporeThe team tackles a wide range of questions raised by our clients, from quantifying the economic impact of some of the world’s largest airlines and evaluating the effect of restricting competition in the 5G market, to valuing the social contribution of housing and debt-relief charitiesFurther examples of our work are available here. 

Economists in the consulting team typically work on two or three research projects at a time. Consulting projects usually run for between two and six months, and culminate in a report or presentation to a client. At any one time there are around 30 projects in progress across the directorate. Economists are expected to contribute in a wide variety of ways to different aspects of an engagement, reporting to an Associate Director or Lead Economist in undertaking modelling and data analysis, drafting reports to a high standard and explaining analysis to clientsSome specific types of analysis undertaken by our Economists include developing models based on input-output tables or quantifying economic impacts using a range of other quantitative tools such as SROI and cost-benefit analysis.  

The role offers an excellent opportunity to work with our diverse range of clients based all over the world and in all sectors. As well as strong quantitative analysis skills, our Economists excel in written and verbal communication, allowing them to explain complex concepts in a clear and accessible way. Economists also have the opportunity to work with senior colleagues in the production of research proposals for potential clients. 

  • Take the lead on aspects of project work, undertaking robust and rigorous economic analysis in the delivery of consultancy projects; 
  • Apply quantitative analytical techniques to large datasets using software such as Excel; 
  • Communicate with clients and potential clients effectively, responding promptly and positively to their enquiries; 
  • Work with senior colleagues to develop research proposals, project reports and presentations; 
  • Be able to plan and structure one’s own project work, ensuring sufficient time for quality assurance from senior colleagues; and 
  • Take the initiative in suggesting ways to strengthen the quality of our analysis. 
  • Experience of quantitative economic analysis and a variety of data; 
  • Evidence of successful quantitative project work and report-writing (such as a Masters dissertation); 
  • Familiarity with Excel and the manipulation of large datasets; 
  • Evidence of being creative in using economicto answer practical questions; 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, including the ability to explain economic concepts and quantitative results, as well as their implications, to non-specialists; and 
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to going the extra mile to produce rigorous, accurate work, within the constraints of the time and resources available. 
  • A post-graduate degree in economics or a closely-related quantitative discipline; 
  • Experience with quantitative analysis software such as Eviews, Stata or R; 
  • Familiarity with analytical techniques such as IO modelling, cost-benefit analysis, econometrics or forecasting. 
How to Apply

To apply for the role, please submit a CV, example of past work, and covering letter, detailing how you meet the person specification and where you have relevant experience of elements and attributes of the role. The closing date for applications is 0900, Monday 28 September 2020. 



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