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Dublin, Ireland

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Our Consulting Unit in Dublin includes a team of economists that provides consultancy services to a range of clients in Ireland and across the EU. This consultancy team currently has a vacancy for an Economic Consultant with academic training in and, ideally, experience in economic analysis and research, consultancy public service or industry capacity.

The team provides economic input into transportation and infrastructure projects. It prepares Economic Impact Assessments and Cost-Benefit Analyses, with many projects complying with the Public Spending Code. The team is also involved in the evaluation of public spending programmes and provides economic advice to a variety of government departments and policymakers. The team also provides economic analysis and advice in wider policy issues to private and public sector clients.

Our current portfolio of works comprises a diverse mix of studies. A selection of our recent projects includes:

  • A study on future skills needs for the Zero Carbon Economy, for the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment
  • Research and evaluation advice for the Transport Infrastructure Ireland including development of aspects of their Project Appraisal Guidelines, evaluation of major projects, preparation of business cases and ad hoc advice on issues such as mainstreaming sustainability into transport schemes
  • Economics advisory services for the National Transport Authority of Ireland, including developing the business case for BusConnects and update of the Taxi Cost Index
  • A long-term evaluation project on the introduction of sustainable travel measures in pilot “Smarter Travel Areas” in Ireland
  • An evaluation of the Burren Programme for the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine including the measurement of natural capital improvements due to the Programme
  • Developing Economic Appraisal methods for Irish Water
  • Various cost-benefit analyses – economic and financial appraisals for public sector projects, according to the Public Spending Code for various state entities and county councils
  • Economic analysis on tourism investment for Fáilte Ireland
  • Providing an economic evidence base for submissions to a county development plan

Job Responsibilities:

We are seeking an Associate Director level Economist with the following responsibilities:

  • Technical leadership in carrying out economic consulting projects
  • Managing the relationship between AECOM and clients as assignments are progressed
  • Management of projects in accordance with AECOM project management processes
  • Communicating the results of our work to a range of audiences
  • Identifying opportunities for the AECOM economics team, and converting these into sales
  • Collaboration with colleagues throughout AECOM to develop and realise business growth opportunities.

Minimum Requirements

You will be an economics graduate, preferably with a master's degree, with significant experience working in a similar role in a consulting firm or a relevant public sector organisation or as an independent consultant. You would be joining a team carrying out economic consulting and evaluation across a wide range of wider policy areas but experience and interest in transport would be an advantage. There is a focus on public sector economics, as many of our clients operate under and adhere to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's "Public Spending Code".

We are looking for a person who has a good understanding of responsibilities and workflow, and who can hit the ground running after joining the economics team.

You will have a significant technical role to play in the team, but will not necessarily have to lead in each project. We are looking for excellent technical skills and strong personal initiative.

A good combination of the following skills will be required:

  • Public sector focus, as many of our clients are government and statutory agencies
  • Ability to convey complex economic issues to a diverse range of audiences, in a clear and concise manner
  • Business development relating to new opportunities
  • Strong analytic skills, data management and statistics, economic modelling and econometric capabilities
  • Ability to research local and regional economic issues
  • Ability to advise on the development of dynamic regional and local economies
  • Development of solutions to issues such as infrastructure investment, labour markets, education and skills, deprivation and social inclusion, inward investment and business development
  • Preparation of clear, well-written, reports based on project outcomes.

As an associate director in AECOM, you would be expected to:

  • Demonstrate exceptional competence and achievement over a sustained period in this field
  • Possess technical excellence in this area and understand its contribution to the success of the firm
  • Identify trends, issues and opportunities for an economics consulting
  • Possess full technical control over projects
  • Be accountable for establishing and achieving business goals
  • Source and follow up on business development leads
  • Supervise, train and motivate junior team members, and conduct performance evaluations
  • Recruit team members, in collaboration with your peers.

Preferred Qualifications

Degree/Masters qualification in an economics subject (e.g. economics, finance, mathematics, geography, engineering) from an accredited college or university, or overall equivalent experience.


Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance, and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.


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