Data Scientist (Public Policy)

Organisation
Frontier Economics
Locations

London / Hybrid

Application Deadline

Frontier Economics is an economics consultancy that tackles the big questions facing governments, businesses and society. We help our clients to analyse and understand their markets and to formulate strategies based on sound economics. The methods and models we use are often complex, but our advice is always succinct, clear and honest.

We are recruiting a Consultant to join our Public Policy practice. Our Public Policy practice works widely across the UK public sector, covering issues ranging from education and skills, to health and social care, industrial strategy, climate, trade and digital policies. We also work for private companies where they are engaging with government on these or other topics; and occasionally for governments elsewhere in Europe. A wider overview of our work can be found here.

We are looking for a talented team player, with specialised skills and valuable expertise, who has a desire to advance their career path. Below we set out the general responsibilities and skills that we look for in our consulting staff. These are important but we are looking to add new skills to our team rather than enlarge the team with a similar set of skills. In particular, we would like to build on Frontier’s growing work in data science and develop such work for the public sector. We are looking for someone with the energy and enthusiasm to drive forward and champion the use of innovative analytical techniques within the public policy practice.

We are particularly looking for candidates who can demonstrate experience of using and developing data science tools and techniques in the context of delivering work for governments and who have experience working with large data sets that are often used to examine policy issues (eg large labour market, healthcare, educational, business data sets). The successful candidate will ideally have experiencing of creating, developing and analysing datasets using natural language processing or web scraping techniques and linking and analysing existing secondary datasets using data science tools. A knowledge of Python would be an advantage. As a Consultant your wider responsibilities will include:

  • Accurately delivering work that has been scoped jointly with others using a range of techniques.
  • Engaging professionally with clients; actively listening and understanding their perspective and needs.
  • Identifying how the relevant economic framework, as set out jointly with project managers, will address the case in hand.
  • Delivering high quality technical work by applying best practice.
  • Identifying key results from analysis (that will prove or disprove key hypotheses).
  • Adapting written work to the target audience in terms of style and level of information.
  • Supporting peers in preparing well structured, clear, client deliverables.

Although this role will predominantly focus on Public Policy related projects, we strongly encourage all of our consultants to work across Frontier’s different practice areas – that is, to be ‘fungible’. Fungibility benefits both individuals and the firm as a whole, and we believe it is core to maintaining our values and our culture.

In addition to stimulating and thought-provoking project work, we offer numerous benefits to support you inside and outside of work. All employees have access to numerous Learning & Development opportunities including ongoing Career Development Reviews with the support of an allocated Mentor.

We understand the importance of work/life balance and offer flexible working arrangements. Our hybrid working model means we expect most people to combine coming into the office with working remotely, either from home or elsewhere. We are encouraging a 60:40 split either way, with a full-time colleague typically being in the office 2-3 days a week. How you split your time will depend on the meetings in your diary, projects you may be working on, the time of the role etc - we want you to be able to embrace the flexibility while thinking about what works best for The Company, Your clients and You. In addition we provide 28 days annual leave with the option to purchase an additional 10.

Frontier is entirely owned by its employees. As Shareholders, we encourage everyone to put forward their views. Not only do we influence how the company is run but we choose to distribute as much of our profits as is prudently possible through bonuses. In addition we offer a highly rewarding salary.

If you would like to become part of our team, we are interested in meeting candidates who can demonstrate:

  • Analysis & Problem solving skills: economists who can accurately deliver work often using a range of techniques, and be involved in scoping that work with support from others,.
  • Communication skills: Consultants who can communicate successfully and professionally to clients and colleagues.
  • Work Management skills: Organised individuals who understand their own and colleagues’ roles on projects.
  • Client relationship skills: An awareness of how to work professionally with clients in a range of situations.
  • Contribution to Frontier values: A genuine interest in identifying and developing opportunities to make Frontier a better place to work.

We expect the successful candidate to have the ability to apply a range of analytical tools to policy and business issues. As noted above, we are seeking to add data science expertise to our team. Therefore you should have at least a relevant degree with a main focus in a highly analytical/quantitative discipline. You will also be able to communicate complex analysis in non-technical language, and to build effective working relationships with clients and colleagues.

If you would like to apply, you will need to submit an online application via our Careers page. We are currently anticipating that the successful candidate would work out of our London office but will consider people based within reach of any of our offices. Should you have any questions or would like any additional information please email Tara McCallum – recruitment@frontier-economics.com. We are looking forward to receiving your application.

Frontier Economics is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, age, or any other status protected by law. We are determined that everyone has an equal chance to join us and progress their career with Frontier. We care about creating an inclusive atmosphere and are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in all its forms.


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