Economist

Invest Northern Ireland

Belfast, UK

to £40,473 PLUS benefits

Ref: DE/19

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About Invest Northern Ireland

As the regional business development agency, the role of Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) is to grow the local economy. We do this by supporting new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland.

A non-departmental public body, we are part of the Department for the Economy, and we provide strong government support for business by effectively delivering the Government’s economic development strategies.

Invest NI offers the Northern Ireland business community a single organisation providing high-quality services, programmes, support and expert advice.

We principally support those businesses that can make the greatest contribution to growing our economy. These are businesses that have ability to grow and drive productivity in the economy and are keen to export their goods and services outside Northern Ireland.

This is an exciting time for Invest NI. The organisation is in the second year of successfully delivering against the ambitious objectives set out in our Business Strategy (2017-2021).Our strategy provides a clear route aligned with the Northern Ireland draft Programme for Government and the associated Industrial Strategy - Economy 2030 to help deliver a strong, competitive, regionally balanced economy where we have more people working in better jobs.

For more information about Invest NI please go to the Invest NI web site, www.investni.com

About the role

Based in Belfast, you will be joining an organisation that champions the growth of innovation and exports to build a local economy that competes globally. There will be significant opportunities to develop and grow your career in an environment which encourages collaboration, ingenuity and diversity. We offer a competitive total reward package, attracting a salary rising to £40,473 PLUS benefits including flexible working.

The Economics Team works across Invest NI providing high quality advice and analysis in order to enhance the effectiveness and value for money of the organisation’s interventions. The team works extensively with Invest NI’s Executive Leadership Team and Board to inform decision making and enhance the understanding of economic issues and challenges.

As an Economist, you will work flexibly across a number of projects and act as a trusted advisor to a range of internal and external stakeholders. The current work programme of the Economics Team is dynamic and varied. A new strategic approach to programme evaluation is now in place with the first assignment due to progress shortly. Work is ongoing in relation to the implications of the UK exit from the EU for the NI economy as well as on productivity, sub-regional growth and other key economic issues. You will be joining a highly experienced team in this diverse role, and play a key role within the Strategy Group and the wider organisation.

Key Skills and Experience Required

  • You will be a qualified economist with at least a 2nd class Honours degree or post graduate qualification in economics or in a subject where the study of economics is a major component.

You will have:

  • Recent experience of carrying out and/or quality assuring economic impact and value for money assessments as part of an appraisal, review or evaluation project.
  • Effective analytical and interpretation skills for the purpose of contributing to organisational strategies, policies or programmes.
  • Experience of creating, developing and maintaining trust in senior internal and external customer focused relationships and influencing outcomes through the use of excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Experience of effectively leading and managing multiple projects/initiatives simultaneously ensuring that tight deadlines and customer requirements are met.

How to apply

Full details of the post and the selection criteria are set out in the application pack which will be available from Friday 8th February 2019 via:

Online: www.investni.com/careers

Email: monitoringofficer@investni.com

Telephone: (028) 9069 8321 quoting the job reference

Application packs are available in alternative formats on request. If required, Invest NI’s Text Relay Number is: 18001 028 9069 8321.

The closing date for receipt of applications is:

Friday 22nd February 2019 at 12.00 noon (GMT).

Invest NI is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community. At this time, it particularly welcomes applications from people with disabilities and from minority ethnic groups.


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