Economist (Sustainability Focus)


London
Application deadline: 06/06/2022
About The Consulting Team

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 companies and evaluating the effect of transitioning to a carbon neutral economy on various economics sectors, to valuing the social contribution of third sector organisations

Economists in the consulting team typically work on several research projects at a time which usually run for up to 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 research, modelling and data analysis, drafting reports to a high standard and interpreting 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 social return on investment (SROI) and cost-benefit analysis (CBA).

About the Economist (Sustainability Focus) role

The role offers an excellent opportunity to work on evolving environmental challenges and developing solutions with our diverse range of clients based all over the world and in all sectors. As a member of the sustainability team within Oxford Economics broader consultancy, you will have access to—and we would expect you to develop—expertise on economic and environmental impact, climate change, social value and other aspects of sustainability. The field is rapidly evolving and of critical importance both on a global scale and increasingly to our private sector clients. This requires the ability to constantly innovate and react to an emerging market to help clients understand and improve their environmental performance and societal impact.

Key Responsibilities:
  • 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, innovative methodologies, 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 at least two to three years of professional experience as an economist. Ideally, the successful candidate will have some exposure to applying economic analysis to environmental and social challenges. The successful candidate will be rigorous, adaptable and creative in seeking solutions to difficult economic questions; enthusiasm for using economics to improve the economic-social-environmental dynamic is a must. Applicants should also have the following attributes.

Essential:

  • Strong aptitude for quantitative economic analysis using a variety of data sources and formats;
  • Evidence of successful project work and report-writing;
  • Familiarity with Excel and the formatting and analysis of large datasets;
  • Evidence of being creative in using economics to answer practical questions, and thinking beyond standard application of economics to address environmental and social challenges;
  • 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 which meets or exceeds client expectations and creates positive impact.

Desirable:

  • A post-graduate degree in economics or a closely-related quantitative discipline;
  • Experience with quantitative analysis software such as Eviews, Stata, Python or R;
  • Familiarity with analytical techniques such as IO modelling, cost-benefit analysis, econometrics or forecasting; and,
  • Academic or professional experience working on applied environmental and social issues.
How to Apply

To apply for the role, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you meet the person specification and where you have relevant experience of elements and attributes of the role. 

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.

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 200 countries, 280 industrial sectors and over 7,000 cities. 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. We employ over 450 full-time people, 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 2200 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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