Director of Economics

Ofcom

London, UK

Edinburgh, UK

£119,170 - £161,230

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Team Overview

Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications sectors. We regulate the TV and radio sectors, fixed line and mobile telecoms, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate, with the aim of furthering the interests of UK citizens and consumers.

The Economics Group provides the economic analysis that underpins everything Ofcom does to improve communications services for people and businesses.

Purpose of the Role

We are seeking to appoint a Director of Economics within Ofcom’s Economic Group. The Economics Group provides the economic analysis that underpins everything Ofcom does to improve communications services for people and businesses. As part of the Economics Group, you will help ensure our policies have a sound economic foundation and deliver a real, long term impact in what is an increasingly important and dynamic sector for consumers and companies. You will work collaboratively with other economists, as well as lawyers, technical experts, accountants and policy specialists. You will have the opportunity to work across all the communication markets we regulate and further develop your economic expertise through working on a wide range of challenging issues. You will play a pivotal role in shaping the economic analysis supporting our work across economic regulation, competition policy and consumer issues. Working with the Group Director of the Economics Group and other Economic Directors in the team, you will also play an important role in the leadership of the professional economists in the Economics Group.

Requirements of the Role

  • Take a leadership role on challenging and high priority projects and cases, ensuring that the economic foundations of our decisions are robust and evidenced and be ready to defend analysis when challenged in an adversarial setting
  • Ensure that Ofcom is aware of new economic thinking being considered elsewhere (academia, other regulators and competition authorities, government, think tanks) and where appropriate, influencing for the inclusion of the latest economic thinking
  • Get the best out of your team, coaching and mentoring people directly on projects, and ensuring that they are capable of working in a way that fits with the culture and values of the organisation
  • Communicate convincingly and with authority internally and externally both orally and in writing
  • Be responsive to the changing needs of projects, consistent with our organisational priorities
  • Build rapport at all levels of seniority and foster effective working relationships within multi-disciplinary teams

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • Recognised expertise in competition and regulatory economics in an adversarial setting: You will be a recognised expert in competition and regulatory economics, with a good understanding of spectrum and auction design, experience of economic modelling, an interest in data analytics and AI and an aptitude for quickly developing your knowledge of other areas of economics when required (for example, financial economics, behavioural economics).
  • Leadership skills and experience: You must be able to demonstrate your ability to lead and motivate the professional community of Ofcom’s economists. You might have gained this through a leadership role on individual projects, or through line management responsibility for a specialist team of economists.
  • Collaboration and communication: You will be expected to communicate convincingly and with authority to a variety of stakeholders, internal and external. Ofcom values collaboration and empowerment, so a willingness to listen to others is important to get the best out of the team and to foster effective working relationships within multi-disciplinary teams. Excellent drafting is vital, as is the ability to review the written work of others, often to tight deadlines.
  • Quality and delivery: An important part of the role is the ability to oversee a range of economic issues, ensuring timely delivery whilst maintaining quality. You will need to demonstrate an ability to anticipate issues early, prioritise effectively and handle the tensions that inevitably arise in any complex programme.
  • Appreciation of and desire to promote Ofcom's values of excellence, agility, empowerment and collaboration

Qualifications

At a minimum, a degree in economics and/or a post-graduate qualification (MSc or a PhD)

Competences

PLANNING, PROJECT & PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT:

  • Takes responsibility for set up, direction and delivery to time, quality and cost of strategically significant projects, programmes, or objectives
  • Prioritises resource allocation across a range of projects/programmes, recognising wider resource pressures across Ofcom
  • Maintains oversight across the breadth of Ofcom’s work, identifying synergies between diverse programmes and steers and supports projects and programmes through all stages in the governance process

RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT (INTERNAL & EXTERNAL):

  • Represents Ofcom externally, building Ofcom’s reputation with external stakeholders
  • Promotes a culture of working across boundaries to encourage innovation and to optimise our outcomes and builds relationships across Ofcom working to resolve different perspectives to enable the Board to make informed decisions
  • Build future capability by supporting, developing, and mentoring colleagues to realise their potential in the work they do at Ofcom

COMMUNICATION (WRITTEN & ORAL):

  • Provides overall direction and sets the structure for written materials on complex projects
  • Has the gravitas to represent Ofcom externally at a senior level on all issues
  • Presents with impact and leads discussion at senior levels

PROBLEM SOLVING & ANALYSIS:

  • Handles highly complex issues, exercising clear and incisive judgement, ensuring the right questions are being asked and the right analysis carried out
  • Determines the intended and unintended implications of decisions, anticipating external factors which may demand a change in approach and proposed solutions
  • Identifies solutions that will work in practice, showing innovative thinking, considered risk taking and pragmatism

KNOWLEDGE & EXPERTISE:

  • Demonstrates a depth of knowledge in own specialism
  • Is perceived as an expert in own field by external peer group
  • Demonstrates understanding of the wider context in which the competition and regulatory framework exists

Further Information

To apply please submit an up to date CV and cover letter explaining your suitability for the role by the Closing Date of 8th May 2019. You can do so by following the instructions above at “Apply for this job online."

All Ofcom staff enjoy generous benefits including private medical care, a private pension and 25 days’ leave (with the option of purchasing up to 10 additional days) see: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/jobs/benefits.

Ofcom offers flexible working arrangements to help manage work and personal commitments. We have family friendly policies that actively seek to support our colleagues and enable our teams to work in the most effective way. We welcome applications from candidates who would like to work part-time or flexibly, so please tell us what your preferred working arrangements are.

Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications sectors. We regulate the TV and radio sectors, fixed line and mobile telecoms, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate, with the aim of furthering the interests of UK citizens and consumers.

The Economics Group provides the economic analysis that underpins everything Ofcom does to improve communications services for people and businesses.


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