Data Scientist, Economic Impact Consulting


UK
Application deadline: 29/07/2022
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.

About the role

We are looking to hire a Data Scientist to join our Economic Impact Consulting Team at Oxford Economics. The consulting team consists of around 55 economists – primarily based in London but with teams operating in New York, Berlin and Singapore. The group 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.

As a Data Scientist, you will build algorithms and design experiments to merge, manage, interrogate, and extract data to supply tailored reports to colleagues, customers, or the wider organisation. The Data Scientist will work closely with a specialist team of econometricians who provide technical expertise in support of work that takes place across the consulting division. The individual will report to a Head of Data Science Consulting whose responsibilities include managing initiatives to improve the general, efficiency, breadth and quality of consulting work and to gather novel datasets.

Person Specification

We are seeking a candidate at the beginning of their professional career with up to three years’ professional experience in data science. The successful candidate will be rigorous, adaptable and creative in seeking solutions to difficult economic questions and should also have the following attributes.

Essential
  • A postgraduate degree in Statistics, Econometrics, Mathematics, Computer Science or another quantitative field.
  • Experience using statistical computer languages (R, Python, SLQ, etc.) to manipulate data and draw insights from large data sets.
  • Experience working with and creating data architectures.
  • Knowledge of a variety of machine learning techniques (clustering, decision tree learning, artificial neural networks, etc.) and their real-world advantages/drawbacks.
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques and concepts (regression, properties of distributions, statistical tests and proper usage, etc.) and experience with applications.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • A drive to learn and master new technologies and techniques.
Desirable
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills for coordinating across teams.
  • Coding knowledge and experience with several languages: C, C++, Java, JavaScript, etc.
  • Experience using web services: Redshift, S3, Spark, DigitalOcean, etc.
  • Experience with distributed data/computing tools: Map/Reduce, Hadoop, Hive, Spark, Gurobi, MySQL, etc.
  • Experience visualizing/presenting data for stakeholders using: Periscope, Business Objects, D3, ggplot, Tableau etc.

Location: Oxford Economics’ London office at 4 Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 3JA.

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 July 29 2022.

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 governmental or local laws.

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