Associate Director, Economic and Sustainability Consulting - London

Associate Director Role

We are looking to hire an Associate Director to join the consulting directorate of Oxford Economics. The team tackles a wide range of questions raised by our clients, from quantifying the economic, environmental and social impact of major companies and industries, evaluating the effect of COVID-19 on industries throughout the EU, to estimating the value created by cultural institutions.

The role will provide the post-holder with scope to play a part in shaping and driving Oxford Economics’ growing sustainability practice. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the continuous development of Oxford Economics’ sustainability assessment models and instigate additional areas of economic, social and environmental impact analysis.

The Associate Director will act as line manager for around five team members, and will typically have responsibility for overseeing around six 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, which currently comprises approximately 30 staff.

Associate Directors lead on all aspects of a client engagement for larger projects, from designing the methodology and writing a proposal, through to project management, leading the analysis, and communicating the results to the customer. Project teams typically also include one or two senior economists and, when necessary, specialist econometric modellers. Other projects may be led by a Lead or Senior Economist, and where this is the case the Associate Director provides support to the project manager, and quality assurance of analysis and outputs.

This role will be based within the Economic Impact consulting team. The post-holder will report to the Director of Economic Impact Consulting.

Job Description

Key elements of the role include the following:

  • Project managing and overseeing a number of research studies;
  • Ensuring robust and rigorous economic analysis in the delivery of consultancy projects;
  • Applying and assuring quantitative analytical techniques as applied to large datasets;
  • Leading the continued development of Oxford Economics’ economic, social and environmental impact models;
  • Contributing to Oxford Economics’ wider climate change practice, including assisting the forecasting teams with integrating mitigation strategies into Oxford’s Global Economic Model;
  • Handling clients and potential clients effectively and developing Oxford Economics’ relationship with them;
  • Leading the production of research proposals, project reports and presentations;
  • Line management of around five team members, to ensure resources are allocated efficiently and to support professional development;
  • Planning and structuring projects, and coordinating input from a range of team members, ensuring sufficient time for quality assurance; and
  • Being entrepreneurial and proactive in the identification and pursuit of new business opportunities.
Person Specification

This exciting role would suit someone with at least eight years’ experience as a professional economist. The successful candidate will be rigorous, adaptable and creative in seeking solutions to difficult economic questions. Associate Directors should also have the following attributes.

  • Experience of project management and line management;
  • Extensive experience of client-facing work and the ability to develop commercial relationships with potential clients;
  • Substantial experience of economic analysis;
  • Substantial experience of social and environmental impact assessments;
  • A track-record of successfully developing and executing research projects for a range of clients;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Evidence of being proactive and creative in using economics to answer (external, internal or policymaker) clients’ questions;
  • Very strong written and verbal communication, including the ability to explain economic concepts and quantitative results, as well as their implications, to non-specialists; and
  • Excellent 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;
  • Experience with quantitative analysis software such as Eviews, R, Stata;
  • Familiarity with analytical techniques such as IO modelling, cost-benefit analysis and econometrics.
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 9 July 2021.

Oxford Economics is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

About Oxford Economics

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-of-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 macroeconomists 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, expert panels, and web analytics.

Oxford Economics is a key adviser to corporate, financial and government decision-makers and thought leaders. Our worldwide client base now comprises over 2,000 international organisations, including leading multinational companies and financial institutions; key government bodies and trade associations; and top universities, consultancies, and think tanks.

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