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AECOM Head of Economics in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

Company Description

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Job Description

Do you have the energy and zeal to lead a dynamic team of economic consultants, working on public sector economics in Ireland? If you are interested in working on public investments that are being planned or under consideration, this job may interest you. If you have relevant experience gained in appraisal, measuring wider societal and environmental benefits, economic evaluation and significant time spent as a practicing economist, this role may suit you. We are ideally looking for a person who can work at pace in a multi-disciplinary consulting environment, with experience of winning work, growing and sustaining a business, including managing a team. The role may also suit people with relevant skills from working in the public service or industry capacity.

The economics team in Dublin is part of a 600-person transportation consulting team spread across UK and Ireland, although its work is not only limited to transportation. 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 Zero Carbon Economy, for the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment

  • Research and evaluation advice for Transport Infrastructure Ireland including development of aspects of their Project Appraisal Guidelines, evaluation of major projects, preparation of business cases and mainstreaming sustainability into transport schemes

  • Economics advisory services for the National Transport Authority of Ireland, including development of business cases for BusConnects and the Town Bus Services Programme

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

  • Preliminary Business Cases for projects within the Cork Area Rail Programme and DART+ for Iarnród Éireann

  • Developing Economic Appraisal methods for Irish Water and the Health Services Executive

  • Measuring and evaluating public realm improvements in towns for various county councils

  • Economic analysis on tourism investment for Fáilte Ireland.

Job Responsibilities

As Head of Economics, you will:

  • Demonstrate technical leadership in carrying out economic consulting projects

  • Demonstrate exceptional competence and achievement over a sustained period

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

  • Identify trends, issues and opportunities for economics consulting

  • Possess full technical control over projects

  • Communicate the results of our work to a range of audiences, making sure messaging is clear and appropriate

  • Manage projects in accordance with AECOM project management processes

  • Manage client relationships

  • Identify opportunities for the AECOM economics team, and convert these into sales

  • Work collaboratively and iteratively within multi-disciplinary teams

  • Collaborate with colleagues throughout AECOM to develop and realise business growth opportunities

  • Have the technical ability, knowledge and competence to provide guidance to teach and develop junior staff, including being a supervisor, motivator and conducting performance evaluations

  • Recruit and retain team members

  • Be accountable for establishing and achieving business goals.

The value of diversity and inclusion is readily apparent in creating a collaborative, supportive working environment and in delivering innovative, contextually appropriate projects. It is very important to both what we do and the way we do it. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The important thing for us is that you can demonstrate that you can effectively fulfil the needs of the role. If you feel you can fulfil the requirements of the role, but there are other factors that are making you hesitant in applying, we would still like to hear from you and see if we can work together to overcome any challenges.

We’re invested in your well-being, growth and success .

We’re committed to providing our people with the resources they need to be safe, healthy and well – both at work and in their personal lives. From flexible work options to learning and growth programs that advance your career, the opportunities here are virtually limitless

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, ability to purchase additional leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance, and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can 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.


Minimum requirements

We welcome all applicants with a keen interest in public sector economics and the behaviours and skills to deliver for our team. These are the minimum requirements we consider to be essential to the role:

  • Excellent technical skills in applied economics

  • Strong personal initiative and excellent organisation skills

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

  • Significant experience working in a similar role in a consulting firm, a relevant public sector organisation or industry.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree/Masters qualification or doctorate in an economics subject from an accredited college or university, or overall equivalent experience.

Additional Information



AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10106486

Business Line: Transportation

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Consulting Services

Work Location Model: Hybrid