Senior Economist – Cities Consulting


Oxford Economics is a leading global provider of economic forecasts, research, and consulting solutions. We are seeking a Senior Economist to join our Cities Team, focusing on local and regional economic development, socio-economic analysis, and forecasting. The position is based in our London office.

Our Cities Team works with clients across the public and private sector to help them understand city and regional economies, identify key drivers of growth and likely future outcomes. We use our insight, forecasts, and models to quantify the impact of different plans, policies, and interventions on local economies. We draw our analysis together to produce compelling, accessible reports and to develop appropriate strategy and actionable plans. Increasingly our work is focused on the future of cities and regions in the context of climate change and technological change. With decades of experience, commitment to methodological rigour, and independence, our findings are trusted by stakeholders across government and, business, and media.

We are looking for candidates with an economics background and several years’ experience of delivering consultancy work, including project management, preferably for clients across the public and private sectors in the UK. Whilst most projects tend to be UK focused, we undertake projects globally and anticipate this part of our business to grow.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast-growing company at the forefront of the industry. We offer a rewarding work environment with room for growth, highly competitive salary package (including bonus plan), and an excellent benefits package.

Key Responsibilities

In this role, you will contribute towards the successful delivery of client projects covering a wide range of topics across different geographical areas. This includes:

  • Leading and contributing to project work, managing projects from inception to completion, and addressing challenges along the way;
  • Working with senior colleagues to develop research proposals, innovative methodologies, and structuring projects to meet client requirements, with progression to leading on the development of new proposals;
  • Communicating with clients and potential clients effectively, responding promptly and positively to their enquiries, and building on existing and new client relationships; and
  • Balancing priorities across multiple projects and responsibilities, with the potential for progression to line management responsibilities.
Candidate Requirement

The successful candidate should have a genuine interest in local and regional economic development and around 5 years’ relevant experience. Skills and qualifications relevant to this role include:

  • A strong academic background in economics or a related discipline;
  • Proven project management experience;
  • Knowledge and experience of local economic policy and strategy development is desirable;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts and quantitative results to non-specialists;
  • Experience drafting reports, briefings and presentations for a range of technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills; and
  • Strong Excel skills are essential.
Our team

Our Cities Team, consisting of around 40 economists, help our clients understand the structure of city and regional economies, how they will develop in the future, and the implications for their business and strategy. Economic consultancy is a key aspect of our work. The team’s client base is global, and includes firms in the real estate sector, financial services, B2C companies, think tanks, and the government/public sector organisations. Recent examples of the work produced by the wider cities team is available to view on our Resource Hub.

How to apply

To apply for the role, please submit a CV here on LinkedIn and email a covering letter to [email protected], detailing how you meet the person specification and where you have relevant experience of elements and attributes of the role.

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 500 full-time staff, including more than 300 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Oxford Economics family.

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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