Lead Economist


Oxford Economics has currently a team of two economists and four business development staff in its Toronto office and we are now seeking to expand our presence in Canada. Oxford Economics has an established service producing forecasts for Canadian provinces and metropolitan areas, as well as a strong track record in Canadian macroeconomic and sectoral analysis. To build on this success, we have recently launched the Canadian Provincial and Territorial Model (CPTM). The CPTM is a detailed bottom-up sectoral model of each of Canada’s provinces and territories and we believe this presents an opportunity for Oxford Economics to rapidly become the leading economic consultancy in Canada. We are seeking an individual with the experience of utilising a model such as the CPTM for forecasting, policy advice, and risk analysis in the public or private sector, as well as extensive knowledge of the national and provincial/territory economic and policy landscape to help support the growth of Oxford Economics in Canada. 

The position of Lead Economist is in the Macroeconomic Consulting division at Oxford Economics, based in Toronto, reporting to the Head of Macro Consulting in the Americas. The successful candidate will help support the continued development of Oxford Economics’ business in Canada, including building the subscription based around the Canadian Provincial and Territorial Model, briefing clients on economic developments in the Canadian provinces and territories, and taking a lead role in developing our consultancy business in Canada. 

Key Responsibilities
  • Taking a lead role Oxford Economics’ project teams on a wide range of consulting engagements in Canada. This will include preparing proposals, managing project execution, and handling client relations through the project, etc. 
  • A key role in producing Oxford Economics’ Canadian provincial and territory forecasts and analysis, including managing and maintaining the Canadian Provincial and Territorial Model, communicating analysis of the Canadian provinces and territories in quarterly forecast reports, Research Briefings and presenting the economic outlook at conferences and meetings. This role entails regular collaboration with Oxford Economics’ cities & regions, industry and macro teams. 
  • Working with the Canada business development team to build the consulting and subscription business. This entails participating sales meetings, advising and guiding prospects on the most appropriate solutions, accompanying sales team on sales trips, doing client presentations and calls, etc.  
  • Taking a lead role with key Oxford Economics consultancy accounts in the Canada. This will involve both leading new projects and seeking to grow the business relationship by meeting regularly with the clients, identifying ways we can work more closely with them, etc.  
  • Developing and leading a team of economists working on consulting in Canada as the team expands with the planned growth in the business. Team management will include both advertising for and hiring staff, ensuring they are appropriately trained, and managing their consulting work on projects.  
  • Integrating with the global consultancy teams to ensure that projects are appropriately resourced. This will involve coordinating with the other consulting groups to ensure that both sufficient resources are available for Canadian consulting projects and that the appropriate experts are included in the project team. 
Person Specification

The role would suit someone who is rigorous, creative and entrepreneurial, with a strong track record in undertaking model-based analysis for Canada and/or its Provinces. Attributes of the successful candidate will include the following: 

  • Post-graduate degree in economics, with solid understanding of econometrics. 
  • Several years of experience analysing the Canadian economy and, desirably, working in a consultancy environment. 
  • Previous extensive experience in using applied macroeconomics and input-output models for forecasting and/or scenario and policy analysis. 
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with both colleagues and clients; and 
  • Solid written and verbal communication including the ability to explain results and their implications to non-specialists. 
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 federal, state, or local laws.

About BIS Oxford Economics

Following the acquisition of BIS Shrapnel by Oxford Economics in 2017 a new entity was formed called BIS Oxford Economics which forms part of the Oxford Economics Group. The Oxford Economics Group 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, 100 industrial sectors and over 4,000 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, Singapore and Sydney, Oxford Economics has 24 offices across the globe. We employ over 350 full-time people, 50 within Australia and 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 1500 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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