Senior Economist

Office of Rail and Road

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London £52,760 - £63,290

Regional £48,837 - £59,419

Location: Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London, Manchester or York

Deadline: 17th February 2019

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About us

An independent regulator, the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) protects the interests of users of the transport network, and creates improvements in safety, value and performance. The expertise of our economists is central to this work. They tackle a wide range of economic and policy issues, both to drive efficiencies in today’s national rail services and to shape the network of tomorrow. This means collaborating with colleagues in finance, competition, legal, engineering and operations, as well as wide range of stakeholders including the Department for Transport and Transport Scotland, Network Rail, train operators, local government and passenger and freight groups.

The role

As an economist at the ORR you will influence the economic regulation of Britain’s national rail network. Specialising in the design of price mechanisms, the use of choice modelling, or the econometric analysis of infrastructure efficiencies, you will also make a significant contribution to the wider development of regulatory frameworks.

This is a leadership role with significant analytical input to the cost, quality and efficiency of rail services and infrastructure. In particular, you will play an important role in the design and reform of individual track access charges and incentive mechanisms. You can also expect to commission and oversee consultancy projects, present analysis and recommendations to a wide range of stakeholders, and contribute to team development though line management.

About you

You’re likely to have a graduate or postgraduate qualification in economics or a related discipline, along with proven analytical and quantitative skills. Experience of applied economics and policy work in an infrastructure, regulatory or government context is important. The ability to plan and manage projects is also vital. Highly numerate, you’ll be a strategic thinker and an exceptional communicator, able to write and present clearly and persuasively.

Benefits

As a Civil Service employee, you’ll be entitled to a large range of benefits, including:

  • Regular performance and development reviews
  • 25 days of annual leave on entry, increasing to 30 days after 5 years
  • One further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday
  • Flexible working patterns including part- time or time-term working
  • Generous paid maternity and paternity leave
  • Interest-free season ticket and bicycle loans
  • Competitive contributory pension scheme

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