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Frontier Economics is a significant economic consultancy looking for mid-level economic consultants (3-6 years’ experience) to join our team based in Melbourne.

Position summary

Our economic consultants work on a range of microeconomics projects undertaken on behalf of clients. Having intellectual curiosity, and an interest in solving the economic problems our clients face is important. Good time management is critical to being a consultant, as is enjoying diverse issues to work on, and a changing environment of clients.

You will be required to research, collect data and use economics to develop appropriate frameworks to solve business and public policy problems. As part of your work, you develop quantitative economic models that help you analyse problems. You will learn and become proficient in using existing economic models, tools and software developed or used by Frontier Economics for your project work.

You will report in writing on the results and conclusions of your work. At times, you will present these results and conclusions to colleagues, clients and the public. It is likely you will be working on projects concurrently.

As Frontier Economics, our project teams are put together for each specific client engagement. Economists can work across a variety of practice areas and with different colleagues. Frontier Economics has a flat structure, so economists will at times lead teams as project manager. All economists are required to actively engage in developing clients and winning new work.

Position requirements

Selection criteria

We are seeking economists with:

  • at least three years’ experience providing micro-economic advice within a government department, consulting firm, regulator, or business
  • honours or Master’s level degree qualifications in economics or econometrics
  • demonstrated ability to write and present complex economic ideas to a variety of different audiences
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • strong organisational skills, including managing multiple tasks, items or projects and ability to prioritise workload and deliverables
  • clear written and oral communications skills, including preparation of reports, presentations and proposals
  • Experience in working effectively and positively with clients or relevant stakeholders.

The following credentials will be viewed favourably:

  • Proficiency in, or aptitude for, computer coding and modelling skills, particularly Excel. R and/or Python are also desirable.
  • An understanding of, and experience in, one of the key industry sectors that Frontier Economics works in, such as energy, transport, infrastructure or water, particularly in Australia, New Zealand and/or South East Asia.

Main activities as an economic consultant

Activities

Description of activities and responsibilities

Economic research and advice

  • Conduct economic research on behalf of clients which could involve analysis of firm and industry:
    • Costs
    • Revenues
    • Profits
    • Production
    • Competition
    • Demand
  • Analyse data using mathematical models and statistical techniques
  • Develop existing and new economic models both for the clients and internal use
  • Interpret the results of reports, model outputs and provide verbal and written advice to clients
  • Present results and conclusions of economic research to colleagues, clients and the public as required

Operational

  • Assist the company provide high quality, independent economic advice to our clients
  • Ensure that all Company policies, product, legal requirements are adhered to by all employees involved in the reform and regulation activity area
  • Proactively identify ways to reduce expenditure or improve activity area profitability without affecting agreed KPIs, or adherence to legal or product requirements

Management and leadership

 

 

Consistent with the Company’s policies:

  • Co-operate with the company and other employees to ensure work is undertaken competently and efficiently
  • Develop client management skills
  • Assist other employees to develop their technical and communication skill

Professional development

 

 

  • Keep up-to-date with the latest economic, regulatory and modelling techniques
  • As required and approved by the Managing Director, attend industry forums, seminars and conferences ensuring networking relationships are developed and maintained

Relationship management

 

Maintain and develop positive relationships between yourself and:

  • employees
  • clients and potential clients
  • company supporters
  • government
  • regulators
  • corporate groups

To apply

Apply online at https://www.frontier-economics.com.au/careers/current-opportunities/

You will need to upload your CV, a covering letter addressing the selection criteria, a copy of your academic transcript or proof of your academic qualifications and some identification.

We ask for this information as part of our employment screening policy (available on our website).

To apply for a role at Frontier Economics you must have Australian Permanent Residency or Citizenship, or a visa with the right to work in Australia. 

For more information, please contact Ms Elly Davis on 03 9620 4488.

Applications close Sunday 27 June 2021 at 11.59pm.


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