A dynamic and growing research consultancy is looking for a bright, flexible and committed person who can apply economics, statistics and policy research skills to address problems in public policy. We offer challenging and stimulating analytical tasks, a high degree of responsibility and client exposure from day one.
What you might do
From day one, you will contribute to a diverse range of assignments by undertaking quantitative and qualitative research and analysis. We would expect you to quickly pick up a project and work on it for about six months. You’ll usually be part of a multi-disciplinary team.
A typical issue you would tackle may involve engaging with a client, reviewing and discussing analytical options, preparing and delivering analysis and reporting your results. We would expect you to initially work under close supervision to ensure you receive the necessary support and we will also provide the relevant training. We use a sophisticated quantitative analytical approach, including data linking and propensity score matching where you will need to communicate your work clearly. You may also use qualitative techniques, including literature review and interviewing individuals involved in a policy.
What you need to have
We are looking for highly numerate people with excellent strategic thinking, business analysis, problem solving and interpersonal skills. You will have a passion for the practical applications of economics to solve problems and for evidence-based decision making. The successful candidate will need to think strategically, interacting with senior clients to communicate technical concepts in a compelling and accessible way. You should be familiar with business case methodologies and using economic models.
Our standard entry requirement is at least a 2:1 degree from a reputable institution ideally with a focus on economics or a related discipline. We would welcome a postgraduate degree in statistics, economics or another quantitative public policy. We would like you to demonstrate:
- A passion for the practical application of economics to solve problems.
- Public policy analysis skills: Proven ability to apply analytical approaches to real world problems. Ideally this would involve practical application of quantitative methods, such as regression analysis and data preparation techniques.
- Collaboration and partnering: The ability to work in a team and to encourage the best out of others.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills: the ability to write in a form suitable for different audiences and to communicate orally with enthusiasm and clarity as well as good oral communication skills for client deliveries.
- Delivering at pace: Working effectively so that deadlines are met but pressures are appropriately managed across a range of tasks and projects.
- Good research skills: Able to critically synthesise across literature and analysis results.
- Excellent IT and analytical skills: In addition to office software, ideally use of statistical/econometric packages (Stata/R/SPSS)
- Experience with HM Treasury’s ‘Green Book’ and business case standards is highly desirable.
- An understanding of datasets and methodologies to quantify the social and economic benefits of government intervention would be highly beneficial.
We base our full-time package on comparable positions, and we are anticipating hiring a recent graduate. We would be happy to discuss remuneration if that does not apply to your professional background.
Currently, that means £27k per annum and more if you have a postgraduate degree. We offer a pension, and you will have 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) with a six-month probation period. We would also expect to recognise how important you are to our business over the years and will reward your contribution with an increasing salary as you take on more responsibility.
How to apply
Please send us a CV and cover-letter about how you demonstrate the competencies set out in the selection criteria by 9am, 25 May 2021. You should also include the names and contact details of two referees, who we will only approach if you are asked for an interview. If you are invited for an interview, we will ask for some written work, which would provide evidence of your analytical skills. Interviews will take place in June online.
International applications are welcome, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits. Candidates should have full legal entitlements to live and work in the UK. You will be asked to demonstrate this, and be rejected if you do not have these rights.
All applications and enquiries should be to firstname.lastname@example.org.