- Please submit a copy of your CV and a cover letter with your application
- Closing date - 28 October 2021
We are looking for an economist to join the CBI’s Economic Intelligence team, to help shape our views on UK and international macroeconomic trends and feed into policy development. In line with the CBI’s hybrid working policy, the role’s location will be at our London offices in Cannon Street, with the option to work remotely. This is a wide-ranging role: typical tasks include conducting analysis of macroeconomic data and the CBI’s surveys, supporting development of CBI policy positions, getting involved in the directorate’s commercial work via CBI Economics (our consultancy), and presenting on economic developments to member companies, with no one day the same! The balance of duties will depend on the seniority of the successful candidate, and we offer ample scope and flexibility for in-role growth and development.
You will be working alongside other economists, data analysts and policy advisors, both within the CBI’s Economics directorate and across the organisation. A key part of the job will involve engagement with senior business leaders, government officials, and the media. This is a great opportunity for a skilled economist to work on a range of high-profile issues and help to steer economic debates, while working alongside a friendly and motivated team.
- Leading on the analysis and interpretation of one or more of the CBI's business surveys
- Contributing to the CBI's bi-annual economic forecast, through producing forecasts and analysis for one or more countries and commodity prices
- Supporting analysis on the UK economy, through producing commentary on macroeconomic data and developments for CBI senior management and member companies
- Presenting the CBI’s views on macroeconomic trends to businesses
- Supporting the development of CBI Economics – our economics consultancy – through working on commercial analytical projects and surveys
- Undertaking regular engagement with stakeholders in government, the Bank of England and the private sector
- Undertaking economic analysis to help develop the CBI’s policy positions, and supporting policy teams on ad-hoc analytical tasks
- Supporting the development of the CBI’s bespoke economic consulting projects, through work on external survey projects and microeconomic/impact analysis for clients
- Ad-hoc support for the wider economics directorate on data analysis/research, briefing, development of our business surveys, etc.
Knowledge and Experience
What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements:
- Degree or higher in an economics discipline or a related field
- Existing experience as an economist
- Excellent working knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook
- Demonstrable knowledge of macroeconomic data, and ability to identify and interpret key trends
- Ability to work with a range of stakeholders within the CBI, to build support for economic policies
- Ability to explain economic developments to a business audience, through both presentations and written work.
- Demonstrable knowledge of public finances data and key debates around fiscal policy
- Experience engaging with senior business leaders, government officials, and the media
- Experience with one or more econometric packages
- Ability to access and manipulate data on Macrobond
- Familiarity with microeconomic analysis – e.g., policy and cost/benefit analysis, impact analysis, etc.
The practical actions required in order to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements:
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
- The ability to convey complex economic concepts to non-experts
- Able to carry out accurate data analysis, and put together well-researched and clearly written economic reports
- Able to prioritise workload between multiple tasks, drawing on support as necessary
- Demonstrating the ability to think logically and to apply economic principles to analytical work or in response to a policy problem
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
The behaviours and characteristics required in order to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements:
- Self-starter, with ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines
- A team worker who enjoys working alongside people from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds
- Relishes the opportunity to investigate complex economic issues
- Comfortable interacting regularly with a wide variety of people – from business leaders and government to other economists and policy experts.
To apply, you will need to submit a current CV and a cover letter highlighting your skills and experience and how they align to the role.