• Principal Economist, Middle East & Africa

    Job Locations United Kingdom-London
    ID
    2018-4730
    Function
    Editorial
  • Introduction

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    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 200 countries.

     

    The EIU is recruiting for a Principal Economist who will be responsible for leading a team of analysts and researchers within the EIU’s country analysis division to help deliver, promote and expand the company’s portfolio of country analysis products and services. The Principal Economist will work closely with the Regional Director and Directors Team on shaping the strategy of the Country Analysis division and develop its products and services with the aim of expanding business among current and new clients. A key feature of this role involves the ability to provide strategic insight and input to help develop the EIU business, its portfolio of products and services. The Principal Economist will be called upon to promote and present the EIU to improve the Group’s visibility among current and perspective clients, address media outlets and participate in client facing events, and address internal group meetings.

     

    The Principal Economist will have strong leadership skills and be able to effectively develop and guide a team of country analysts and researchers. The Principal Economist must provide necessary challenge and support to the EIU’s wider team of country analysts, whilst also offering intellectual leadership and rigour in economic, political and risk analysis relating to the region. This role requires a thorough understanding of country macroeconomic data and forecasting techniques, and the practical application of research and analysis to real world situations. The Principal Economist will need to demonstrate strong economic and forecasting skills, and be able to convey their knowledge and insight to help guide and train team members in this very crucial area of country analysis services and products

    Accountabilities

    How you will contribute:

    • Provide intellectual leadership and oversight of teams of EIU country analysts and researchers, with the aim of developing and producing high-quality and commercially-viable editorial products and services.
    • Work with both analysts and junior analysts to mentor them and help them develop their macroeconomic and forecasting skills.
    • Work closely with the country analysis Regional Director and other senior staff members to develop and implement divisional strategy.
    • Excellent and proactive communicator. Represent the Country Analysis team to internal stakeholders, including the global sales team and EIU Management Committee, conveying a sense of market knowledge and commercial awareness.
    • Represent the Country Analysis team clients and prospective clients at meetings, public speaking and in the media

    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    The ideal skills for this role are:

    • Strong analytical and forecasting skills and entrepreneurial mindset
    • A deep understanding of macroeconomic data series and models used in the forecasting procedure
    • Work on developing proprietary data sets that add analytical value
    • Experience in managing an editorial operation in an international environment.
    • Experience of working collaboratively with other senior stakeholders and balancing their competing requirements.
    • Broad knowledge of global/regional political, economic and business trends and prospects.
    • A proven ability to convey ideas and opinions coherently and with authority.
    • Ability to liaise with other senior analysts to discuss and help define key themes across different regions and development with the Economics unit

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