Senior Economist

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The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

Flexible Location

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Flexible Location with occasional travel to Liverpool or Coventry Office


It’s not every day that you can say that the work you do helps to impact society, the Right Way, but that is just one of the unique benefits of securing a role within the MTC, where we are proud to be a Times 100 Best Company.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Economist within Strategic Development

We are flexible on your location, with occasional travel to our Liverpool offices, within the Liverpool Science Park, or to our Coventry headquarters.

Reporting to the Director of Economic & Social Development, you will help develop value frameworks and business cases, and to build relationships with both local and central government economists so that those business cases “speak the right language” for proper assessment. You will lead on providing economic input into the development of strategic business cases with associated value frameworks. This will include ensuring our business cases are robust and follow the normal methodologies in the UK public sector including adopting the HMT Green Book principles, using the five case business case approach, and assessing them from the perspective of the four capitals model.

You will work to establish trust and confidence between the MTC and funding stakeholders, so that effective means of demonstrating value can be identified and developed together. You will work to build and maintain relationships and engage regularly with government economists at all levels. It will be important to develop technical credibility with these stakeholders in order to demonstrate the impact of the MTC and Catapult centres more generally.

The impact of MTC’s work is realised externally in other organisations and can often be removed in timescale from the original activity. You will work with the wider business community to build a multi-faceted evidence base to show the MTC’s impact and show causal pathways of the impact of MTC’s business, based on activity data and customer information.

You will have a strong background in economics ideally at either Masters or PhD level. You will have good analytical, writing and presentation skills. You will also need to demonstrate the ability to learn about and understand the work of Centre, its interactions with a diverse customer base, and communicate this effectively to build relationships with contacts and the analytical community in the public sector.

For this position we are especially keen to hear from economists with experience of working on or assessing UK central government business cases.

Our benefits package includes a competitive base salary as well as 25 days annual leave + public holidays. In addition, there is an Employee Assistance Programme, ability to buy and sell holidays, cycle to work scheme, employee discounts and a fantastic pension scheme. The post is also eligible to take part in the fully flexible working week trial, your working week will be from Monday to Thursday and your annual leave entitlement will be adjusted to 20 days per annum.

About The MTC

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) was established in 2010 as an independent Research & Technology Organisation (RTO) with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry – often referred to as ‘the valley of death’.

It represents one of the largest public sector investments in UK manufacturing and, after four years of planning and a 16 month build, the facility opened at Ansty Park in Coventry at the end of 2011.

In December 2011, there were 16 industrial members, 44 staff and just a few key pieces of equipment in the ‘workshop’.

Over the following seven years the MTC’s rapid growth has seen the expansion of our campus with the construction of three more facilities, including the opening of the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre and the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing.

Our role has also increased to cover not only R&D but also Training, Advanced Manufacturing Management and Factory Design.

We now have over 700 talented employees working with us.

During this time we have helped hundreds of companies across a range of industries and over 100 of them have become members of the MTC.


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