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We are seeking to grow our Economic Development team and are therefore seeking applications for an Economy Consultant.
We expect all applicants to be able to show a genuine experience and knowledge of economic development in the UK. Common to all our staff is the ability to demonstrate flexibility. Whilst the majority of work would be in economic development, you will be required to support other areas of the business as needed such as analytical assignments and more hands-on research and facilitation (e.g. workshops / group facilitation and presentation).
We expect all candidates to demonstrate:
- The ability to lead and / or undertake qualitative and quantitative socio-economic research on local and regional economies, e.g. analysing strengths, weaknesses and future prospects of local labour markets and key employment sectors;
- An ability to build positive working relationships with people from a wide range of backgrounds;
- An ability to liaise with clients on the technical detail of projects;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Further, candidates must:
- Be self-motivated, well-organised, and quick learners;
- Be able to work effectively in a team as well as under your own initiative;
- Be committed to equality of opportunity and our ethos of collaboration with our clients to create sustainable, diverse and prosperous communities;
- Be IT literate (i.e. competent in Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word) and experience of data modelling and visualisation.
- Carrying out quantitative research and data analysis on economic, labour market, regeneration and other related issues as part of a project team. This will include desk research using secondary reports, the internet, and existing datasets.
- Qualitative research – preparing for, attending and writing up face-to-face interviews, focus groups and workshops, and carrying out interviews over the telephone.
- Analysing research findings, drawing conclusions and pulling out recommendations for clients.
- Supporting the drafting, amending and finalising of reports and other documentation to go to clients, again as part of a project team.
- Carrying out general administration for projects (e.g. setting up telephone interviews and meetings).
- Identify business opportunities, by developing and sustaining a network of contacts, drafting tenders and support marketing activities.
- Support business relationships with clients, by being aware of personal impact on clients and developing skills to build professional rapport and lasting relationships.
- Support client liaison on individual projects, by understanding the value of client engagement and pursuing regular client contact.
- Support meaningful feedback on client satisfaction, by recognising the value of regular client feedback.
- Lead projects or discrete elements of projects, providing effective supervision to individuals and judging priorities.
- Review projects and performance and identify learning, supporting continuous improvement.
- Able to promote good working relationships and, with advice from senior colleagues, to act promptly and positively to tackle project performance issues.
- Support the monitoring of business performance for key projects by understanding implications of timely and efficient delivery of projects.
- You will have demonstrable and relevant experience in a related role.
You will need:
- Knowledge of economic development, public policy, regeneration and renewal in the UK.
- Experience of proposal writing and work winning in an economic development context.
- Experience of project management, planning and organisation in a consultancy context.
- Experience of evaluation in an economic development context.
- Specialist expertise in niche areas of economic development policy (e.g. innovation policy) or specialist technical experience (e.g. evaluation methodologies).
- A demonstrable track-record of building and maintaining client relationships in an economic development context.
- Anticipated salary for this role is £27,000 – £32,000 per annum depending on experience.
- Staff Benefits Include: competitive annual leave, pension, childcare vouchers and cycle to work schemes. We are also committed to ongoing professional development.
- The closing date for this post is 1st June 2021
You will have a line manager who will look after your personal development, help you manage your workload, and be your first point of contact within the company. On individual assignments you will work to different project managers and it is likely that you will work on more than one project at a time. We will expect you to take an active interest in the work we do and the policy areas we work in, and to further your own learning in these areas.
Shared Intelligence is an economic development, public policy and research consultancy. We work with clients in central and local government, local enterprise partnerships, public agencies and charities to make places better and support local economies. As an organisation we believe in a collaborative working style and using high quality evidence to support decision-making.
Current and recent economic development assignments include:
Developing Local Industrial Strategies with Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Writing Economic Growth and Development Strategies and COVID-19 Recovery Plans.
Supporting councils with visions based on solid economic evidence.
Shared Intelligence is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of treating all its employees and job applicants equally. It is our policy to take all reasonable steps to employ and promote employees on the basis of their abilities and qualifications without regard to race, religion, colour, sex, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. We will appoint, train, develop and promote on the basis of merit and ability alone.