Experienced Economist, Economic Consulting

About BIS Oxford Economics

BIS Oxford Economics, part of Oxford Economics Group, is a leading independent economic forecasting and consultancy company. We are seeking to appoint a high-calibre experienced Economist to our expanding consultancy team to be based in our Sydney office. As the market leader, BIS Oxford Economics provides excellent career opportunities, both within Australia and internationally, as part of the Oxford Economics Group.

About the role

We are looking to hire an Economist with about three to five years experience to join the economic consulting team at BIS Oxford Economics. The team tackles a wide range of questions raised by our clients, in areas such as transport and infrastructure, the environment, information economics, cultural economics, defence and law enforcement.

This role will be based within the Economic Consulting team. The economist will report to the Head of Applied Economics and will assist in overseeing multiple projects at any one time. Consulting projects usually run for between two and six months, and culminate in a report or presentation to a client.

The successful applicant will assist on most aspects of a client engagement including helping with proposal writing, a degree of project management, analytical work and communicating the results to the customer.

They will also involve designing and overseeing the development of quantitative models using a variety of analytical tools such as economic impact work, cost-benefit analysis, applied microeconomics and applied econometric analysis.

Job Description

Key elements of the role include the following:

  • Ensuring robust economic analysis in the delivery of consultancy projects;
  • Economic impact, cost-benefit analysis, survey design and other forms of applied econometric analysis
  • Applying and assuring quantitative analytical techniques as applied to large datasets;
  • Communicating effectively with clients and potential clients;
  • Assisting with the production of research proposals, project reports and presentations;
  • Assisting with project planning and coordinating input from a range of sources; and
  • Some degree of project management and oversight

Person Specification

This exciting role would suit someone with at least three years’ experience as a professional economist. The successful candidate will be rigorous, adaptable and creative in seeking solutions to difficult economic questions. Candidates should have the following attributes.


  • Three to five years experience as a professional economist;
  • Undergraduate degree in economics (preferably honours);
  • Experience of quantitative economic analysis (or related analysis) and the use of a variety of data sources;
  • Good analytical skills and evidence of being proactive in using economics to answer (external, internal or policymaker) clients questions;
  • A genuine interest in problem solving coupled with the ability to creatively apply traditional and emerging economic methods to a range of contemporary economic and policy issues;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to explain economic concepts and quantitative results, as well as their implications, to non-specialists; and
  • Good attention to detail.


  • A post-graduate degree in economics or related discipline;
  • Strong knowledge of econometrics/related statistical methods
  • Experience with quantitative analysis software such as R, Stata, Python;
  • Familiarity with a range of analytical techniques as well as knowledge of cost-benefit analysis, CGE modelling and/or input-output analysis;
  • Experience of client-facing work and the ability to develop commercial relationships with potential clients.

Location: BIS Oxford Economics’ Sydney office

How to Apply

To apply for the role, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you meet the person specification and where you have relevant experience of elements and attributes of the role.

Applications should be addressed to Stephanie Marnell. The closing date for applications is 1700, Monday 16 March 2020.