Senior Economist (Sustainability Focus)

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

We are looking to hire a Senior Economist to join the consulting team of Oxford Economics. The team tackles a wide range of questions raised by our clients, from quantifying the economic, environmental and social impact of major companies and industries, evaluating the effect of COVID-19 on industries throughout the EU, to estimating the value created by cultural institutions.

This role will be on an expanding team with a focus on all aspects of sustainability within the broader Economic Impact consulting team. Consulting projects 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 Economic Impact consulting team, which currently comprises approximately 35 staff.

Senior Economists in the consulting team typically work on several research projects at a time, and are expected to contribute in a wide variety of ways, from contributing to the development of innovative methodologies, to statistical modelling and data analysis, to drafting reports to a high standard and interpreting and explaining results to clients. With greater experience, Senior Economists will progress to managing consultancy projects, designing analytical frameworks and leading interactions with clients. Some specific types of analysis undertaken by our economists include developing models based on input-output tables or econometric analysis, or quantifying economic impacts using such tools as social return on investment (SROI) and cost-benefit analysis (CBA). Candidates with technical or practical experience of consultancy work, especially the application of economics to environmental and sustainability challenges, are preferred.

About the Senior Economist (Sustainability Focus) Role

The role offers an excellent opportunity to work with our diverse range of clients based all over the world and in all sectors. As well as strong quantitative analytical skills, our economists excel in written and verbal communication, allowing them to explain complex concepts in a clear and accessible way. Economists also have the opportunity to work with senior colleagues in ideas generation and the production of new research proposals for potential clients.

As a member of the sustainability team within Oxford Economics 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 improve their environmental performance and societal impact.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Undertaking robust and rigorous economic analysis in the delivery of consultancy projects;
  • Taking the lead on aspects of project work, with progression to managing projects.
  • Applying quantitative analytical techniques to large datasets using software such as Excel or Stata;
  • Communicating with clients and potential clients effectively, responding promptly and positively to their enquiries, with progression to handling existing and potential client relationships more fully;
  • Working with senior colleagues to develop research proposals, innovative methodologies, and project reports and presentations, with progression to leading on the development of new proposals;
  • Being able to plan and structure one’s own project work, ensuring sufficient time for quality assurance from senior colleagues; and
  • Taking the initiative in suggesting ways to strengthen the quality of our analysis; with progression to proactively developing new business opportunities
Person Specification

Senior Economists will be expected to have at least four or five years of prior experience working as a professional economist. Ideally, the successful candidate will have experience 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.


  • Experience of quantitative economic analysis using a variety of data sources and formats;
  • Evidence of successful quantitative project work and report-writing;
  • Strong skills in Excel and the manipulation 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;
  • Some experience applying economic tools and analysis to environmental and social issues; 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.


  • A post-graduate degree in economics or a closely related quantitative discipline;
  • Experience with quantitative analysis software such as R, Stata, Python or Eviews.
  • Familiarity with analytical techniques such as IO modelling, cost-benefit analysis, or econometrics or forecasting;
  • Experience of client-facing work and a track record of successful quantitative project analysis; and,
  • Consulting 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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