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  • Economist/Senior Economist - EMEA Macro Consulting United Kingdom
  • Oxford Economics in United Kingdom, , United Kingdom
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  • 4 days ago

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About the Economist/Senior Economist role

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.

Oxford Economics is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by governmental or local laws.

About Oxford Economics

Oxford Economics was founded in 1981 as a commercial venture with Oxford University’s business college to provide economic forecasting and modelling to UK companies and financial institutions expanding abroad. Since then, we have become one of the world’s foremost independent global advisory firms, providing reports, forecasts and analytical tools on more than 200 countries, 250 industrial sectors, and 7,000 cities and regions. Our best-of-class global economic and industry models and analytical tools give us an unparalleled ability to forecast external market trends and assess their economic, social and business impact.

Headquartered in Oxford, England, with regional centres in London, New York, and Singapore, Oxford Economics has offices across the globe in Belfast, Boston, Cape Town, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Paris, Philadelphia, Sydney, Tokyo, and Toronto. We employ 500 full-time staff, including more than 300 professional economists, industry experts and business editors—one of the largest teams of macroeconomists and thought leadership specialists. Our global team is highly skilled in a full range of research techniques and thought leadership capabilities, from econometric modelling, scenario framing, and economic impact analysis to market surveys, case studies, expert panels, and web analytics.

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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