Economist/Senior Economist, EMEA Macro Consulting

Oxford Economics

Oxford

We are looking to hire an enthusiastic Economist or Senior Economist to join our expanding Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Macro Consulting team, based in OE’s head office in Oxford. The team delivers bespoke macro consultancy and research projects for private and government clients on a variety of macroeconomic themes, drawing heavily on OE’s internal suite of models. Projects typically involve economic forecasting, scenario analysis and custom model development, across topics such as international trade, financial markets and the consumer sector.

Economists/Senior Economists in the EMEA Macro Consulting team typically work on two or three research projects at a time. Consulting projects usually run for between two and six months, and culminate in a report, presentation to a client and/or handover of a model/analytical outputs. Under the supervision of an Associate Director, the successful candidate will be expected to undertake a mix of technical work including modelling and data analysis, production work such as report drafting or preparing presentations, as well as having an active role in client liaison. With greater seniority, the successful candidate will progress to managing consultancy projects, designing analytical frameworks and leading interactions with clients.

The role offers an excellent opportunity to work with our diverse range of clients based in the EMEA region and across multiple sectors, with the opportunity for foreign travel. Good client management skills are therefore important. Working with senior colleagues, the production of research proposals for potential clients on request is also an important element of the job.

Key responsibilities

  • Take the lead on specific aspects of project work, undertaking robust and rigorous economic analysis in the delivery of consultancy projects;
  • Apply quantitative analytical techniques to large datasets using software such as Excel and EViews;
  • Use the Oxford Global Model for forecasting and scenario analysis;
  • Handle clients and potential clients effectively, responding promptly and positively to their enquiries and managing Oxford’s relationship with them;
  • Work with senior colleagues to write research proposals, project reports and presentations;
  • Be able to plan and structure project work and coordinate input from other colleagues, ensuring sufficient time for quality assurance from senior colleagues;
  • Senior economists will manage/mentor junior team members; and
  • Be entrepreneurial in the identification and pursuit of new business opportunities.

Skills and experience

Economists will be expected to have at least two years of prior experience, and Senior Economists at least three years of experience, working as a professional economist in the private or public sector. The successful candidate will be rigorous, adaptable and creative in seeking solutions to difficult economic questions. The successful candidate should also have the following attributes.

Essential:

  • Master’s degree in economics or a closely-related quantitative discipline;
  • Excellent written English and strong communication skills, including the ability to explain economic concepts and quantitative results, as well as their implications, to non-specialists;
  • An intuitive understanding of macroeconomics, and a keen personal interest in global economic issues;
  • Substantial experience of quantitative economic analysis and report-writing;
  • Familiarity with applying quantitative analytical techniques to large datasets using software such as Excel and EViews/Stata;
  • Evidence of being proactive and creative in using economics to answer (external, internal or policymaker) clients’ questions; 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:

  • Previous experience in using applied macroeconomics models for forecasting and/or scenario analysis;
  • Knowledge of international trade and related policy issues;
  • Understanding of the interaction between the economy and the financial/banking sector.

Terms of the position

  • Competitive remuneration package, including performance-related bonus.
  • Private health insurance.
  • Leave: 23 days pa for Economist, 25 days pa for Senior Economist, plus 8 public holidays.

Location: Oxford Economics’ Head Office, 121 St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1HB

How to Apply

To apply for the role, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing whether you are applying for the economist or senior economist role, how you meet the person specification and where you have relevant experience of elements and attributes of the role.

The closing date for applications is 5pm London time, Friday 1st February.

About Oxford Economics

Oxford Economics is a leading economic consultancy firm. Founded in 1981 as a commercial venture with Oxford University’s business college, we have since become one of the world’s foremost economic consulting firms. The company is engaged in two main areas of activity. One is our highly respected global macroeconomic and industry forecasting services. The other is our bespoke consultancy service, answering specific economic questions with rigorous analysis on behalf of a diverse range of international clients.

Headquartered in Oxford, with regional centres in London, New York, and Singapore, we employ over 130 full-time people, including more than 90 professional economists, industry experts and business editors. Our worldwide client base now comprises over 850 organisations across the globe, including leading multinational companies and financial institutions; key government bodies and trade associations; and top universities, consultancies, and think tanks.

About EMEA Macro Consulting

The team tackles a wide range of questions raised by our clients, for both internal business planning purposes and external-facing thought-leadership. From an internal planning perspective, recent examples of our work include an assessment of the implications of a “Trump downside” scenario for one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, the development of a macro econometric model of the Central and Eastern European banking system for a major European bank, and an assessment of exchange rate risk in a major Eastern European economy, on behalf of an asset manager. Our recent external-facing work includes a flagship project on China’s Belt and Road policy initiative, an assessment of the global M&A and IPO landscape, and providing analytical underpinnings to HSBC’s Global Trade Outlook. The team also plays a key role in bespoke macroeconomic model development, helping clients around the world use Oxford’s Global Economic Model in a way tailored to their interests.


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