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Lead Economist, Economics Unit, EIU, London

Lead Economist, Economics Unit, EIU, London

ID 
2017-4263
Job Locations 
United Kingdom-London
Function  
Research

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Introduction

As the research and analysis division of the Economist Group, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) helps leaders prepare for
opportunity, empowering them to act with confidence when making strategic decisions. The EIU is the global standard in providing
quality, actionable intelligence to the public and private sector, assessing issues that impact the marketplace for over two hundred
countries.


We are recruiting for a Lead Economist who will be able to lead our team of economists within the modelling and forecasting team.
The Lead Economist will work to develop our modelling and forecasting methodologies and lead the development of quantitative
analysis. The Lead Economist will also contribute to the advancement of the EIU's Data Services portfolio through product
development and work closely with our consulting teams to deliver bespoke research projects with a strong quantitative element. In
addition, the Lead Economist will be able to promote methodologies and present the EIU’s forecasts at client events, conferences
and seminars to improve the EIU's visibility in the market.

Accountabilities

Management and scheduling:

  • Take line management responsibility for a team of four economists; this will involve recruitment, training, coaching, conducting formal performance reviews and dealing with any disciplinary issues in conjunction with the Director of Economics Unit
  • Make recommendations regarding salaries and promotions, supported by relevant evidence of performance standards; manage the distribution of the work within the team in a transparent fashion

Forecasting methodology:

  • Provide leadership in development and implementation of quantitative techniques to improve EIU’s proprietary models and forecast methodologies; ensuring the accuracy, reliability and consistency of economic forecasts and quantitative analysis
  • Lead the development of new methodologies and quantitative models (and products) in conjunction with the Directors of Economics Unit, Country Risk and Global Forecast; develop and commercialize such methodologies

Data Analysis:

  • Contribute to protecting and enhancing the quality of EIU’s data products and ensure regular quality checks
  • Ensure that EIU Data Services is consistent and of high editorial quality in terms of coverage, content and format

Coordination, training and product development:

  • Work closely with Editorial, Sales & Marketing and Consulting teams to support the forecasting process and to promote EIU methodologies
  • Coordinate modelling & forecasting resources to support internal training programs

 

Client relationships/media:

  • Represent EIU Data Services to both internal and external clients and/or partners; communicate research results to clients through presentations and written reports
  • Work with the sales and marketing teams to promote the EIU, through client visits, presentations, white papers and media interviews

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have:


• Relevant post-graduate degree in Economics, Econometrics or related subject
• Proven experience in managing/leading a team of economists/quantitative analysts
• Proven experience of around 5 years in econometric/statistical modelling and analysis – with a focus towards application
on macro-economic forecasting
• Proven experience with modelling global macroeconomic dynamics and linkages
• Advanced Excel skills and knowledge of database management
• Hands on experience with statistical packages like Eviews/Stata and R/Matlab

 

You will be able to demonstrate:


• Strong understanding of key macro-economic, international trade and econometric concepts
• Leadership to manage a diverse team, many of whom would be located remotely
• Good communication skills to work effectively with other functional teams
• Initiative and creativity in providing client solutions
• Ability to use team resources effectively and deliver high quality output