Job Vacancy - Oxford Economics - Economist (Consulting)

About the Economist role

We are looking to hire an Economist to join the consulting directorate of Oxford Economics. The 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 Singapore. The 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 charities. Further 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 clients. Some 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.

 Job Description

Key elements of the role include the following:

  • 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.

 

Person Specification

This exciting role would suit someone with between two and seven years of experience as a professional economist. The successful candidate will be rigorous, adaptable and creative in seeking solutions to difficult economic questions. Economists should also have the following attributes.

Essential:

  • 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 economics to 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.

Desirable:

  • 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.

Applications should be addressed to Stephanie Marnell at smarnell@oxfordeconomics.com. The closing date for applications is 0900, Friday June 11.

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 is a leading economic consultancy firm. Founded in 1981 as a commercial venture with Oxford University’s business college, we have since become one of the world’s foremost economic consulting firms. The company is engaged in two main areas of activity. One is our highly respected global macroeconomic and industry forecasting services. The other is our bespoke consultancy service, answering specific economic questions with rigorous analysis on behalf of a diverse range of international clients.

Headquartered in Oxford, with regional centres in London, New York, and Singapore, we employ over 130 full-time people, including more than 90 professional economists, industry experts and business editors. Our worldwide client base now comprises over 850 organisations across the globe, including leading multinational companies and financial institutions; key government bodies and trade associations; and top universities, consultancies, and think tanks.

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