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AECOM Economist (Principal) - Public Sector Focus in Dublin, Ireland

Ireland - Dublin, Dublin

Job Summary

Our Transport Planning Unit in Dublin includes a team of economists that provides consultancy services to a range of clients in Ireland and across the EU. This consultancy team currently has a vacancy for an Economic Consultant with academic training in and, ideally, experience of economic analysis and research, consultancy public service or industry capacity.

The team provides economic input into transportation and infrastructure projects. It prepares Economic Impact Assessments and Cost-Benefit Analyses, with many projects complying with the Public Spending Code. The team is also involved in the evaluation of public spending programmes, and provides economic advice to a variety of policymakers. The team also provides economic analysis and advice in wider policy issues to private and public sector clients.

Our current portfolio of works comprises a diverse mix of studies. A selection of our recent projects includes:

  • A study on future skills needs for the Irish Built Environment Sector, for the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation

  • Research and evaluation advice for the Transport Infrastructure Ireland including development of aspects of their Project Appraisal Guidelines, evaluation of major projects and ad hoc advice on issues such as mainstreaming sustainability into transport schemes

  • Economics advisory services for National Transport Authority of Ireland, including developing the business case for BusConnects and update of the Taxi Cost Index

  • Development of tourism investment decision support tools for Fáilte Ireland

  • A long-term evaluation project on the introduction of sustainable travel measures in pilot “Smarter Travel Areas” in Ireland

The role will cover the following responsibilities:

  • Technical leadership in carrying out economic consulting

  • Managing the relationship between AECOM and clients as studies are progressed

  • Communicating the results of our work to a range of audiences

  • Identifying opportunities for the AECOM economics team, and working with the head of the team to convert these into sales

  • Research including literature reviews

  • Quantitative and financial analyses

Minimum Requirements

You will be an economics graduate, preferably with a master's degree, with significant experience working in a similar role in a consulting firm or a relevant public sector organisation or as an independent consultant. You would be joining a team carrying out economic consulting and evaluation across a wide range of wider policy areas but experience and interest in transport would be an advantage. There is a focus on public sector economics, as many of our clients operate under and adhere to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's "Public Spending Code".

We are looking for a person who has a good understanding of responsibilities and workflow, and who can hit the ground running after joining the economics team. You will have a significant technical role to play in the team, but will not necessarily have to lead in each project. We are looking for excellent technical skills and strong personal initiative.

A good combination of the following skills will be required:

  • Public sector focus, as many of our clients are government and statutory agencies

  • Ability to convey complex economic issues to a diverse range of audiences, in a clear and concise manner

  • Business development relating to new opportunities

  • Strong analytic skills, data management and statistics, economic modelling and econometric capabilities

  • Ability to research local and regional economic issues

  • Ability to advise on the development of dynamic regional and local economies

  • Development of solutions to issues such as labour markets, education and skills, deprivation and social inclusion, inward investment, and business development

  • Preparation of clear, well-written, reports based on project outcomes.

As a principal in AECOM, you would be expected to:

  • Demonstrate exceptional competence and achievement over a sustained period in this field

  • Possess technical excellence in this area and understand its contribution to the success of the firm

  • Have the capability to possess full technical control over some projects

  • Source and follow up on business development leads

  • Supervise the work of others and conduct performance evaluations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree/Masters qualification in an economics subject (e.g. geography, mathematics, engineering, economics) from an accredited college or university, or overall equivalent experience

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance, and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries.

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Finance and Accounting

Business Line Transportation

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country Ireland

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 239306BR

Clearance Required No

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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