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Senior Public Sector Economist - Senior Manager

Posted: 8 Jun 2021 Closes: 9 Jul 2021
London Competitive
Permanent & Full-time PwC_205894WD-int

PwC's Economics team is looking to recruit a Senior Public Sector Economist at Senior Manager grade to join the firm's expanding 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 substantial professional experience (8 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 and Magenta Book guidance on significant policy or investment projects. In particular, you will need to be able to demonstrate extensive knowledge and experience of leading successful projects across the policy cycle, as well as managing a portfolio of projects, often involving multidisciplinary teams. You will be expected to have excellent stakeholder management skills and be recognised as an expert in your area.

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.

Responsibilities
  • Providing expert advice (and guiding a team to provide it) on a wide range of public sector economics projects.
  • Working in and leading multi-disciplinary teams and clearly communicating an economics perspective on relevant topics, both to your team and to senior stakeholders across the firm.
  • Managing a portfolio of high profile client projects and wider practice development
  • Oversee the development of more junior members of the team, including providing on the job coaching and development and delivery of training courses in your area of expertise.
  • Contribute to the leadership of the economics team, including leading practice development activities and setting the strategy for the team.
  • Managing junior staff across multiple projects, including upwards of 10 staff at any one time.
  • Engaging with senior stakeholders across the firm and at clients.
  • Leading the development of responses to Invitations to Tender and other business development activity.
  • Coaching and mentoring junior staff and upskilling them to aid their progression.
  • Reviewing broader team work in line with PwC standards to ensure quality delivery for clients

Essential Requirements
  • Substantial experience leading projects across the policy cycle, including identifying and evidencing market failures and their impact on incentives, as well as delivering option appraisals, impact assessments and development of evidence-based business cases.
  • Substantial experience leading projects to assess 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.
  • Significant sector expertise including both a detailed understanding of sector specific appraisal guidance as well as significant wider expertise about the structure of the sector, key stakeholders and market trends.
  • 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.
  • Substantial management experience, including managing diverse teams across a varied portfolio of projects.
  • Significant experience engaging with senior stakeholders across Government and/or industry.
  • Significant experience synthesising complex economic analysis for senior stakeholders (both economists and non-economists), presenting findings in a clear, accessible manner, and drawing out and simplifying key insights from data.
  • A proven ability to build and maintain a network across organisations building strong, trust-based relationships.
  • A good track record of rigorous quality assurance and oversight of high profile deliverables.
  • Experience developing and delivering training.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is a key requirement, and knowledge of another language is preferable.
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