Head of Microeconomic Consulting

Application deadline: 26/08/2022

Oxford Economics is the world’s foremost independent economic advisory firm. We facilitate intelligent and responsible decision-making through the provision of timely data-driven economic and business insights and solutions our clients trust. Applying innovative research methods and state-of-the-art technologies, we go from global to local, industries to businesses, and theory to practice to position our clients for continuous success in an increasingly complex world.

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Headquartered in Oxford, 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 450 full-time staff, including more than 300 professional economists and industry experts.

About the role

We are looking to hire a Head of Microeconomic Consulting to join the consulting directorate of Oxford Economics. The team tackles a wide range of questions raised by our clients, from evaluating the drivers of scientific productivity, quantifying the implications of restricting competition in the network equipment market for 5G, assessing the impact of an online sales tax and using data from a major retailer to understand trends in regional economies in real-time.

This role will be based within the Economic Impact consulting division. The individual will operate in a cross-cutting fashion providing quality assurance and analytical support on research spanning across the division’s five operational teams which currently encompass around 55 economists. Although across the division there will typically be around 40 to 50 projects operating concurrently, it is expected that the Head of Microeconomics of will primarily devote their attention to supporting a handful of the most methodologically complex and challenging at any one time.

As well as this leading analytical role, the Head of Microeconomic Consulting will contribute to business development through their support of proposal work and the development of new ideas that can be pitched to clients. In this element, there will be an emphasis on potential projects and lines of business that require a creative application of economic analysis or advanced economic and econometric modelling techniques.

The post-holder will report to the Director of Economic Consulting.

Key elements of the role include the following
  • Ensuring robust and rigorous economic analysis in the delivery of consultancy projects;
  • Providing detailed quality assurance to ensure that work across the consulting unit adheres to the company’s reputation for analytical excellence;
  • Applying and assuring quantitative analytical techniques as applied to large datasets;
  • Leading the analytical research of projects which require advanced economic or econometric modelling techniques;
  • Supporting business development through the development of creative solutions to potential clients’ more novel and complex economic questions;
  • Being entrepreneurial and proactive in the identification and pursuit of new business opportunities.
Person Specification

This exciting role would suit someone with at least 10 years of experience as a professional economist. The successful candidate will be rigorous, adaptable, and creative in seeking solutions to difficult economic questions. They should also have the following attributes.

Skills and Capabilities: Essential
  • A post-graduate degree in economics;
  • A deep understanding of economic theory and the ability to apply it to answer policy and commercial questions;
  • A track-record of contributing to and leading high-quality economic research;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • 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.
Skills and Capabilities: Desirable
  • Experience of client-facing work and the ability to develop commercial relationships with potential clients;
  • Specialist knowledge of microeconomic and microeconometric topics including regulatory economics;
  • Specialist knowledge of data science and machine learning (ML) techniques;
  • Experience with quantitative analysis software such as EViews, R, Stata; and
  • Familiarity with analytical techniques such as IO modelling, cost-benefit analysis, and econometrics.

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, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by local government laws.

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