Senior Consultant (Economics) – Social Policy Evaluation

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London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Belfast, Cambridge.

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RSM is a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services, globally. We deliver our high quality services across a variety of sectors. Our global network spans more than 120 countries, but our passion is always the same: to help our clients move forward with confidence.

Do you want to help make a difference to society? Do you want to help the policy makers make better decisions by evaluating programmes, undertaking economic analysis, and developing strategies?

RSM’s Economics Consulting Division (ECD) are a 40 strong team with a variety of backgrounds, including as economists, analysts, consultants, and social researchers. We research, evaluate, analyse and make recommendations to help improve the effectiveness of public policy and practice.

Recent projects include:

  • An evaluation of a government funded programme supporting young people at risk of serious violence into employment-related opportunities
  • A mixed methods evaluation of a charity funded programme supporting pregnant women and parents with young children accessing support activities to give their children the best start in life
  • Economic modelling / cost-benefit-analysis of the labour market impact of defining clearer career pathways for cyber security professionals
  • An evaluation of a major transformational programme to help government make best use of its data assets
  • An evaluation of a large-scale government funding package supporting VCSE organisations during the pandemic
  • An evaluation of the impact of a business development bank funding package using econometric techniques such as difference-in-difference modelling and synthetic control

To learn more about what we do, see our website: https://www.rsmuk.com/what-we-...

Overall job purpose

The advertised role would sit within ECD’s Social Policy Team. We are an expanding team and the role presents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to help grow our work. We are considering applicants at Senior Consultant level, with applicants expected to have at least 4 years prior analysis/research, policy or consulting experience.

Sector experience is welcome and could come from a range of areas including:

  • social welfare, poverty, and inequality
  • disability, equality, diversity and inclusion
  • employment, education and skills
  • early years provision
  • justice, immigration and policing

However we are also keen to hear your key areas of interest and expertise in relation to social and economic analysis.
Your role within our team will be to:

Key responsibilities

  • Lead the planning and delivery of key client projects, including conducting and managing economic, econometric and at times qualitative data analysis, reporting and visualisation
  • Support the business in identifying and winning new work opportunities, including helping to write proposals and research methodologies
  • Liaise with clients to support their requirements
  • Mentor and coach junior staff, as required, seeking to support team development
  • Undertake stakeholder interviews, workshops and focus groups
  • Undertake training to support your technical, business and personal skills development

Minimum Qualifications

Key Requirements

  • Strong academic record (minimum 2.1 Honours Degree; post-graduate qualification desirable) in Economics, Statistics, Humanities & Social Sciences, or Research Methods (or similar)
  • Previous analysis / research, policy or consulting experience, ideally with an economic, data, or evaluation focus
  • Strong technical skills, e.g. statistical / econometric (using Excel and Stata, SPSS or R) or cost-benefit (using Green Book techniques). Experience of data visualisation software, e.g. PowerBI, desirable but not essential.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication, including experience of presenting complex ideas clearly and concisely
  • Attention to detail, strong project management skills, and demonstrable experience of the delivery of high-quality outputs
  • Experience of working with clients, ideally public sector, and in a client-focused environment

Currently we have ECD team members based in London, Cambridge, Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Leeds, but we have offices throughout the UK and are willing to consider new appointments based in any of these. Some travel throughout the UK, e.g. to client meetings, is expected.

At RSM you’ll enjoy a fast-tracked business career that recognises your potential and rewards your ambition. We work hard to create an environment where our people can make a difference - to themselves, their career, their teams, and to the success of our firm and clients. We support all our people to work flexibly, to manage their family and other responsibilities alongside their work commitments; we believe this is key to achieving an inspiring and fulfilling working environment.

Flexible Working

At RSM we work hard to create an environment where our people can make a difference - to themselves, their career, their teams, and to the success of our firm and clients. We support all our people to work flexibly, to manage their family and other responsibilities alongside their work commitments; we believe this is key to achieving an inspiring and fulfilling working environment.

Diversity and Inclusion at RSM

At RSM, inclusion and diversity are central to our values. We have an authentic focus on intentional inclusion, enabling our people to feel they can bring their whole self to work and ensuring everyone feels supported, respected and confident to make a valuable contribution. To find out more, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page on our Careers Website.

RSM pays staff members competitively based on their skills and experience.

We hope to consider applications for this position on a rolling basis as and when they come in.


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