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We are seeking a dynamic individual to lead and manage a team of economists with diverse experiences and regulatory backgrounds in our Market Framework Division. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing objective and transparent analysis to justify regulatory measures, developing cost-effectiveness models for interventions, and offering expert economic advice on spectrum auctions, licensing, numbering, and network security matters. They will also play a key role in maintaining relationships with senior management, overseeing market framework developments, and ensuring the professional development of the economists in the unit. This role requires a demonstrated ability to lead and collaborate effectively, as well as a strong understanding of network security principles and economic analysis. If you are ready to take on this challenging and impactful leadership role, we encourage you to apply.

Division:Senior Manager, Economic Analysis

Department:Market... Framework

Location:Dublin City Centre

• All new entrants will join the organisation at the bottom of the pay scale. Pay increases will be awarded annually subject to satisfactory performance and to the terms of any government agreements.

Market Framework Division

Within ComReg, the Market Framework Division is responsible for a number of ComReg’s regulatory functions, including:
• the management of Ireland’s spectrum resource, over which all wireless communications take place. This includes the assignment of radio spectrum and maintaining the integrity of Ireland’s radio spectrum by monitoring, compliance and enforcement activities.
• management of Ireland’s National Numbering Scheme, to conserve this finite national resource, while ensuring that there is always an adequate supply of numbers to support the demands of existing and new service providers.
• evaluating the resilience, security and integrity of electronic communications networks and services including the assessment of the security of electronic communications networks and services, including compliance activities to ensure operators of electronic communications networks and services meet legal obligations with regard to security measures.
• conducting surveillance of relevant radio equipment devices to protect end users and inform them of the risks presented by purchasing non-compliant products. monitor and control the entry of relevant products into the State.

Economics Unit

Within Market Framework, the Economics Unit is responsible for, among other things providing economic support to the regulatory activities across the division. This includes economic assessment relating to all spectrum management activities, numbering, licensing, product safety and network operations and security issues. To fulfil this role, the Unit was established to provide economic support for all relevant projects and an advisory role on all economic matters within the Division. The Economics Unit has a number of functions including:
• Assessing potential policy options for regulatory intervention using economic techniques and analysis.
• Conducting/drafting detailed Regulatory Impact Assessments (“RIAs”) for relevant projects to assess the likely effect of a proposed new regulation or regulatory change.
• Designing market research/survey projects (both quantitative and qualitative) to support relevant consultations and/or provide key insights on the development of the market.
• Supporting the strategic planning process by collecting and analysing data on key trends in the wireless sector, and providing insights from these data sources.
• Managing and delivering various key economic and technical projects and programmes in line with the Divisional work plan, including the drafting relevant Chapters that support any policy recommendations.
• Providing economic advice to the Director and other internal/external stakeholders on existing and emerging matters to support policy and compliance decisions.
• Providing analysis and input on any proposed National or EC legislation impacting Market Framework’s responsibilities.

The Role and Responsibilities

We are looking to recruit a Senior Economics Manager to lead the Market Framework Economics Unit. This role offers the successful candidate the opportunity to build and guide a team of economists and to contribute to the development of ComReg strategy and policies regarding the regulation of electronic communications markets in Ireland.

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate important leadership qualities and has a strong background in economic analysis.

The Senior Economics Manager will be responsible for the following areas and tasks:
• Establish and lead a team of economists, with a variety of different experiences and regulatory backgrounds, structure the team to enable the effective and collaborative delivery of the economic requirements of the Market Framework Division.
• Be responsible for providing analysis that ensures regulatory measures are objectively justified, transparent, non-discriminatory and proportionate, and capable of standing up to scrutiny and challenge, legal or otherwise, from industry stakeholders and interested parties. This would include responsibility for Regulatory Impact Assessments (“RIAs”) which should be drafted to a very high standard.
• Build knowledge and understanding of the principles in network security across the Economics Unit and develop models to assess the cost effectiveness of interventions; undertaking resource and impact analysis where required.
• Provide advice on economic matters relating to spectrum auctions, spectrum fees, licensing, numbering, network security and other relevant matters. In doing so, and where relevant, draft relevant chapters of ComReg Documents in collaboration with the divisional economists.
• Develop and maintain relationships, both formally and informally with senior management across the units and divisions and ComReg in general, in relation to the effective operation of the Economics Unit.
• Leading Market Framework oversight of and involvement in, where appropriate, new developments in economic analysis particularly in relation to numbering, spectrum assignment processes (e.g., auctions) and network security analysis.
• Provide expert economic knowledge on relevant issues to support strategic decisions in the Division, including input and support as necessary to the preparation and implementation of ComReg Strategy Statements.
• Determine and assess the economic requirements of the Division prior to the commencement of the work year. In doing so, the Senior Manager would discuss with other relevant Senior Managers and Mangers to understand their requirements and timelines for delivery.
• Be responsible for the output of the other divisional economists and ensure that all advice, analysis and drafting provided by the unit is completed to a very high standard. This includes ensuring the professional development of all the economists in the Economics unit, including ensuring that appropriate training and analytical tools are made available.

Qualifications and Experience

Essential experience/knowledge
• Post graduate qualification in economics, business, finance, data analytics, or other equivalent qualification
• 7 years post-graduate work experience, including experience in a project leadership role involving the management of economists and multidisciplinary teams
• Proven track record in managing the delivery of complex cross functional projects, in an individual and team capacity
• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to apply new and creative approaches as appropriate
• Strong communications skills with specific ability to express ideas clearly and concisely – verbally and in writing – with a view to engaging and influencing
• Experience leading a team of economists in the delivery of certain goals and engaging at a senior level within an organisation

• Excellent qualitative and quantitative analytical abilities and practical experience in the application of data analysis within a research, regulatory and/or business environment
• Experience of working in a regulatory environment, in a governmental organisation, consultancy or corporate entity, and experience of taking or being subject to regulatory legal challenge
• Experience designing and managing resource allocation processes (e.g. auctions, or other award mechanisms) and determining prices for scarce resources
• Experience in conducting detailed impacts assessments and comparing and contrasting competing policy options
• Familiarity with electronic communications and technology sectors and the national/EU legal framework under which ComReg operates and a knowledge of current and future electronic communications network and service technologies

Core Competencies & Skills for the Role

In addition to your technical qualifications and experience, you will bring professional competencies and skills in the following core areas:
• Strategy and Leadership: articulates future developments and applies this to operational situations. Creates a climate of cooperation and respect, where people strive to achieve common organisational goals and share knowledge. Takes a broad view.
• Analytical and Critical Thinking: objectively analyses and evaluates information, in order to identify patterns between situations that are not obviously related. Develops and clearly articulates solutions to complex problems.
• Communication and Influencing: communicates clearly, confidently and respectfully. While engaging and influencing others to follow a particular course of action. Ensures all relevant parties are appropriately updated and notified.
• Planning and Organising: establishes and monitors priorities, systematically differentiating between urgent, important and unimportant tasks. Plans and manages activities to consistently deliver results. Meets objectives within agreed predetermined time frames and deals with urgent operational situations expeditiously.
• People Skills: Uses interpersonal skills to create engagement and clarity. Manages conflict and implements practical solutions. Recognises the impact of own behaviour and adjusts as required. Actively develops others.
• Decision Making and Judgement; effectively uses evidence to support the decision-making process. Assesses alternative positions while using sound judgement to adapt to specific and challenging requirements of the organisation.

Please note
• We hope that our recruitment process supports applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. We understand that having a diverse workforce contributes to making us stronger as an organisation. We are committed to positively supporting candidates with disabilities.

Please let us know if there are any reasonable accommodations we can make to enable you to take part in the process by creating the environment to give you the best opportunity to show your strengths and competencies. Rest assured that whatever information you disclose will only be used to enable us to provide the necessary support and will never have a bearing on the outcome of the process.
• ComReg assesses all applicants fairly based on the requirements for the role. Due to the high volume of applications we receive for positions, we are unable to provide feedback to candidates who are not shortlisted for interview. If you are short-listed for interview, and are subsequently unsuccessful, you can request verbal feedback from your recruitment contact – if you are represented by an agency.

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