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Public Sector Economist - Manager

Posted: 8 Jun 2021 Closes: 9 Jul 2021
London Competitive
Permanent & Full-time PwC_205897WD

PwC's Economics team is looking to recruit an experienced public sector economist at Manager grade to join the firm's expanding economics practice.

Who we are and what we do

As one of the UK's leading economics consultancies, and part of PwC's global network of economists, we work alongside a wide range of clients, using economic insights to inform strategic choices, guide the development of policy and assess the impact of major investments. In the boardroom, in front of regulators and with policy makers, we develop big, distinctive ideas and important insights that are grounded in robust economic analysis.

We take pride in both the breadth of our expertise and our diversity, with our Economics team comprising people from 12 different countries, speaking 22 languages.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for candidates with significant professional experience (4-6 years minimum), most likely gained working as an economist in the Government Economic Service, but potentially gained working with an economics consultancy or international organisation or in a research background.

The successful candidates will need to have substantial practical experience of applying Green Book guidance on significant policy or investment projects. In particular, you will need to be able to demonstrate extensive knowledge and experience of leading and delivering successful projects across the policy cycle.

The ideal candidates will also be able to demonstrate an ability, with appropriate support, to source business opportunities and play a significant role in the expansion of PwC's public sector economics offerings.

Whilst the successful candidates will work across a range of sectors, we would be especially interested in candidates with experience in one or more of the following sectors: energy; transport; housing and other local public infrastructure.

We envision the role to be based in our London office, but we are also open to discussions with regards to being based in one of our regional offices. We have also launched new flexible working arrangements for our staff which envisages a flexible hybrid working model with time spread across our offices, client sites and home working.

  • Providing expert advice (and guiding a team to provide it) on a wide range of public sector economics projects.
  • Working in multi-disciplinary teams and clearly communicating an economics perspective on relevant topics.
  • Managing junior staff on projects, between 2-6 staff at any one time.
  • Coaching and mentoring junior staff and upskilling them to aid their progression.
  • Authoring reports based on client commissions.
  • Leading training related to areas of your expertise
  • Reviewing broader team work in line with PwC standards to ensure quality delivery for clients

Essential Requirements
  • Significant experience of delivering option appraisals, impact assessments and development of evidence-based business cases.
  • Significant experience assessing the wider economic, environmental and/or social impacts of a policy and using those to inform robust cost benefit analysis combined with a good ability to apply these techniques in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Experience and knowledge of sector specific appraisal guidance (particularly in transport, housing or energy), ideally for several sectors.
  • Experience delivering evaluations to measure policy impacts and learn lessons (demonstrably aligning to Magenta Book guidance).
  • Familiarity with the 2020 Green Book revisions and, ideally, experience applying them in a policy context.
  • Experience delivering training to economists and/or non-economists.
  • Significant experience managing your own workload, and the work of others, to tight timelines, and with conflicting priorities.
  • Experience providing complex, economic analysis to non-economists in a clear, accessible manner, including the ability to draw out and simplify key insights from data.
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams and building strong trust-based relationships with a diverse range of colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Experience of one or more of the following systems is preferable; Stata, R, Matlab
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is a key requirement, and knowledge of another language is preferable.

In Consulting we deliver practical, far-sighted advice that gets straight to the heart of clients' business issues and delivers amazing results by helping our clients improve the way they operate, reduce costs, manage risks, leverage talent or fundamentally change the way they do business, the work you do will be all about helping organisations of all shapes and sizes work smarter and grow faster. You could find yourself working with household names in a diverse range of industries - everyone from big-name broadcasters and high-street banks to multinational telecoms operators and energy companies.
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