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Economist Executive - IAG

Date: Feb 2, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory Group (IAG) is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading independent strategic advisors in the infrastructure sector. The group has won many awards, including financial advisor of the year (Infrastructure Journal). In the UK the group consists of over 200 professionals, with locations in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh and is organised as a single national team.

We provide in-depth advice on the strategic, economic, financial and commercial issues driving infrastructure projects spanning the transport, power and utilities and social infrastructure sectors in the UK and internationally. This broad range of projects involves work with both public and private sector clients.

The Infrastructure Strategy team within KPMG’s IAG provides market-leading advice to major city region authorities, central government departments and private sector bodies, including developers, corporates and industry trade bodies in the UK on the economic and financial impacts of transport, housing, regeneration projects and other strategic economic and social infrastructure.

Over the last decade we have designed innovative new funding solutions that have underpinned the delivery of multi-billion pound infrastructure projects and programmes across the UK. We have also pioneered cutting-edge analytical approaches that allow our clients to understand the impacts of investment in transformational infrastructure on the local, regional and national economy.

We have worked on major funding deals, business cases and policy initiatives across many sectors within infrastructure. This has included government infrastructure business cases for some of the country’s largest and most high-profile projects, including HS2, Crossrail 2, the Elizabeth line extension, East West Rail, Northern Powerhouse Rail and Highways England’s Roads Investment Strategy programme. We have provided the economic and financial advice for a range of major funding deals between UK Government and city regions, including the 2020 Transport for London COVID-19 funding agreement, as well as deals for Greater Manchester Combined Authority (£3bn), Belfast (£1bn), Glasgow (£1bn) and others. We have also supported other government economic policy initiatives in the areas of Freeports, Digital transformation of the construction sector and the transition to a Net Zero carbon economy.

We are looking for talented and ambitious individuals to join our growing team and play an integral role in the continued growth of our business. You will join the team at an exciting time for our sector, with the future of infrastructure playing a key role in helping government meet its objectives of Building Back Better, Levelling Up the UK economy and achieving Net Zero Carbon targets.

The ideal candidate would:

- Possess a strong interest in Infrastructure (e.g. transport, housing and regeneration) and its role in UK economic development, ideally with a baseline understanding of the policy context through professional or academic research experience in one or more of these sectors.

- Understand the economic principles of major public infrastructure investments, including its impact on the wider economy e.g. labour markets, housing markets, productivity, and environmental and social outcomes.

- Be able to collect socioeconomic and financial data, and conduct quantitative analysis using software packages (e.g. MS Excel, Stata, EViews, R, Alteryx, Python etc).

- Have the ability to communicate complex concepts and quantitative analysis to colleagues and clients in plain English and with impact.

- Have strong written communication skills that can be employed to develop compelling business cases for new investments or policy proposals.

- Be a critical thinker, with the ability to problem solve from first principles.

- Be a highly motivated individual with the ability to undertake work of the highest quality under their own initiative.

- Have experience working in a fast-paced, dynamic and collaborative working environment, and is comfortable with multiple deadlines.

Key responsibilities of the role include:

- Undertaking economic and financial analysis to assess the impact of infrastructure policy and investment, including in transport, housing and regeneration projects and programmes.

- Conducting literature reviews of local and national policy documents to understand the context in which public intervention is required (‘case for change’).

- Address real-world, complex challenges our clients face by developing innovative analytical approaches that are tailored to them.

- Contributing to business development activities, including proposal writing and the origination of new ideas and client propositions, working closely with senior colleagues.

- Keeping abreast of policy developments in the sector in order to provide insightful advice to clients.

Qualifications

- Strong GCSEs and A Levels in quantitative disciplines.

- Strong BA/BSc Economics (or equivalent) degree strongly preferred.


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