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Economist

Type: full
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC335

Purpose of the role

The Connected Places Catapult accelerates smarter living and travelling in and between the places of tomorrow.  We focus on growing businesses with innovations in mobility services and the built environment that enable new levels of physical, digital and social connectedness.  We operate at the intersection between public and private sectors and between local government and transport authorities. We convene the disparate parts of the market to help innovators navigate the complexity of doing business, creating new commercial opportunities and improving productivity, socio-economic and environmental benefits for places.

 

We are seeking an enthusiastic Economist to join our Business Case & Impact Assessment Team.  The role will lead a broad range of analysis on the economic impacts of new technologies across a number of domains, including mobility, the built environment and decarbonisation.  This is an exciting time to join a team that is conducting ground-breaking analysis and thought leadership on the impacts of new and innovative products, services and technologies. You should be passionate and skilled at conducting rigorous qualitative and quantitative analysis throughout various stages of programme lifecycles from bidding for funding to supporting feasibility studies, pilots or large-scale trials.

 

The Business Case & Impact Assessment Team supports project across the whole Connected Places Catapult and as such you will typically be working on multi-disciplinary projects with engineers, data scientists, planners, modellers, software developers, environmental specialists, social researchers, designers and a diverse range of external stakeholders.

 

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead economic analysis on a diverse range of subject areas such that the impacts of new innovations on society and the economy can be understood.
  • Lead and design Impact Assessment Work Packages and collaborate across inter-disciplinary project teams.
  • Acts as a specialist and ‘go-to’ person within CPC for impact assessment and analysis.
  • Devising new approaches and metrics to impact assessment across a wide range of project types, locations and subject areas where precedents may not exist.
  • Use best practice and knowledge of appraisal and impact assessment to provide high quality analysis for partners and stakeholders.
  • Undertake data analysis, horizon scanning, roadmap development and research as required to meet project needs.
  • Produce high quality reports, analysis, graphs, charts, blog posts and case studies to enable the findings of your analysis to be disseminated either within the project team or more widely on behalf of the catapult.
  • Providing expertise and content support to various projects across the catapult, while supporting the activities of other colleagues.

Required skills and experience

  • You will possess a degree in economics or related discipline.
  • You will have an in depth understanding of economic theory and methods that enable you to analyse the benefits and impacts of new innovations.
  • You will have significant experience of undertaking impact assessments and evaluations across a range of different areas.
  • You will have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • You will be an effective communicator, adept at distilling more complex technical concepts into easy-to-understand language for internal and external stakeholders.
  • You will be able to use economic models and conduct quantitative analysis.
  • You should be familiar with and have experience of using UKs ‘Green Book’ and Magenta Book’ for project appraisal and evaluation.
  • You will be able to present the results of your analyses in high quality written reports, stakeholder meetings, and online presentations.
  • You will have the capacity to manage ambiguity in projects and offer pragmatic solutions.
  • Your background in economics should enable you to have a thorough knowledge about, how different markets work, about economic growth, and international trade.
  • You should have an interest in technology and innovation and how this could be used to improve the places where we live and work.

Desirable:

  • Experience in leading workshops and presenting to global audiences

 

Apply

If you would like to apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter, quoting the relevant job role you are applying for, to: jobs@cp.catapult.org.uk