Sr. Economist, US Economic Impact Consulting

New York

Oxford Economics is seeking a Senior Economist to join an innovative economics consulting team. This team tackles a wide range of questions raised by our clients, from quantifying the economic, environmental, and social impact of major companies and industries, to evaluating the effect of regional and national workforce shortages and challenges for sectors across states.

The team you will join is innovative, and is therefore looking for someone who will bring fresh ideas, drive, and economic and technical skill to push the boundaries of the role. Valuable contributions may come in the form of economic expertise, programming ability, or a combination of both. Familiarity with multiple US government databases (e.g. Census ACS and CPS, BLS QCEW, and so on) is highly desirable.

This role will be in the US Economic Impact consulting team. Consulting projects usually run for between two and 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 Global consulting directorate, which currently comprises approximately 35 staff.

About the Senior Economist Role

Senior Economists in the consulting team typically work on two or three research projects at a time, and are expected to contribute in a wide variety of ways, from statistical modelling and data analysis, to drafting reports, to explaining results clearly and concisely.

With greater experience, Senior Economists will manage consultancy projects, design analytical frameworks, and lead interactions with clients. Some specific types of analysis undertaken by our economists include developing models based on input-output tables or econometric analysis, and quantifying economic impacts using such tools as social return on investment (SROI) and cost-benefit analysis (CBA). Candidates with technical experience analyzing large datasets or practical experience of consultancy work may have an advantage.

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.

Opportunities for cross-team collaboration

Cross team collaboration is encouraged. A Senior Economist, in addition to working with the Economic Impact team in New York, may work with colleagues in the Economic Impact, Macroeconomic, Industries, and Cities and Regions teams in London, New York, Singapore, and Dubai, as well as Oxford and Belfast. While not regularly scheduled or required as part of the role, periodic opportunities to travel for work may arise.

Person Specification

Senior Economists are expected to have at least four years of prior experience working as a professional economist with demonstrated abilities in managing increasingly complex research tasks. The successful candidate will be rigorous, adaptable and creative in seeking solutions to difficult economic questions, and should also have the following attributes.

The successful candidate will:

  • Undertake robust and rigorous economic analysis to deliver consultancy projects;
  • Take the lead on aspects of project work, with scope to progress to managing projects;
  • Apply quantitative analytical techniques to large datasets using software such as Excel, Python, R, VBA, PowerBI, Stata, or Eviews;
  • Communicate with clients and potential clients, responding promptly and positively to their enquiries, with progression to handling existing and potential client relationships more fully;
  • Work with senior colleagues to develop research proposals, project reports and presentations, with progression to leading on the development of new proposals;
  • Plan and structure one’s own project work, ensuring sufficient time for quality assurance from senior colleagues; and
  • Take the initiative and implement ways to strengthen our modelling tools and analytical capabilities; with progression to proactively developing new business opportunities.

Essential skills

  • Four years of prior experience working as a professional economist;
  • Experience of quantitative economic analysis and dealing with a variety of data;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Desirable skills

  • A post-graduate degree in economics or a closely related quantitative discipline;
  • Familiarity with analytical techniques such as Input-Output (IO) modelling, cost-benefit analysis, or econometrics;
  • Programming ability in Python, R, VBA, SQL, PowerBI, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Stata, or Eviews;
  • Expertise or experience of analyzing large datasets using pivot tables or SQL databases; and
  • Experience of client-facing work and a track record of successful quantitative project analysis.
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 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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