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Economic Research Assistant

Posted: 11 Jun 2020 Closes: 17 Aug 2020
Belfast Competitive
Permanent & Full-time JR005062

About Us

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

We have offices in more than 35 cities, including London, New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, Manila, Sofia, San Francisco and Tokyo. This role is based in our Belfast office. Join us and find an inclusive and fast-paced environment with unique opportunities to support every step of your career. 

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Role Overview

fDi Intelligence is a specialist division of the Financial Times Ltd, established to provide industry leading insights into globalisation with a portfolio of world class products and services that assist both companies and economic development organisations to make informed decisions regarding foreign direct investment (FDI).

fDi Benchmark is a unique online database and location assessment tool which assess the attractiveness of countries and cities worldwide for specific sectors and investment projects. It provides instant access to the latest high quality, comparable data and powerful business case making tools. 

The Economic Research Assistant will work as part of the fDi Intelligence team conducting in-depth research on economic factors; identifying and collecting key economic data and recording the information into the fDi Benchmark database.

The Economic Research Assistant position will help you to develop key skills and expertise related to the globalisation of business. Our career development plan offers the potential to develop your career as an investment analyst, and there are opportunities to work in other parts of the Financial Times as your career develops.

What you will be responsible for

  • Input and update new and existing data into the fDi Benchmark database

  • Ensure database is maintained in an accurate and consistent state

  • Research available sources in order to identify key determinants of investment

  • Assist in the development of information sources

  • Conduct ad-hoc research and production tasks

  • Provide data support for the Sales team.

Experience/skills you need to be successful in this role 


  • 2:1 or higher degree with an economic or statistical related element 

  • Excellent research and analytical skills 

  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office, in particular Excel 

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills 

  • Ability to work on own initiative 

  • Highly organised with an ability to plan and prioritise 

  • Adaptable team player with a positive attitude. 

Desirable, but not essential

  • Strong working knowledge of main European or world language(s) 

  • Sound understanding of economic globalisation and cross border investment 

  • Previous experience in a similar role - online environment, database management, desk-based research 

  • Analytical & report writing skills. 

What’s in it for you? FT Benefits

Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working, medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages and subsidised gym memberships. Full details of our benefits can be found here.

Further Information

The FT are committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accomodated. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help.

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