This position of senior economist is to play an important role in the Economics team marketing and securing work and managing and helping deliver projects.
The Savills Economics team has established a reputation as one of the leading players in the UK covering property and economic analysis and research. We are working on projects including: Manchester High Speed 2 stations development frameworks for Manchester City Council; Development and Infrastructure Investment Framework for Ellesmere Port Industrial Area; Town Investment Plan for Newark on Trent; industrial intensification market analysis for clients including the Greater London Authority and Berkeley Homes; land value uplift and capture analysis for Transport for London; preparation of an Innovation Quarter business plan for Trinity College Dublin; electric vehicle charging market research for an institutional investor; and economic benefits assessments, social infrastructure analysis and negotiations, and infrastructure funding bids for a range of developers and land owners.
The remit of the Economics team is to lead on work in the field of property, planning and economics, covering:
• Preparing and influencing economic, planning, property, regeneration, and infrastructure development strategy, policy and research at national, sub-regional and local levels.
• Establishing the economic, financial and business cases for projects and programmes, including major proposals and estate/property initiatives.
• Carrying out social and economic impact assessments, for example as part of the formal environmental impact assessment (EIA) process.
• Developing new business opportunities in the field of economic consultancy as opportunities arise.
The team draws upon and works with other teams in Savills, for example its remit includes working with the Savills Research team to jointly develop areas of research that will raise the profile of the company.
• Manage medium and small sized projects
• Work with others on marketing and bids to secure work
• Ensure the profitable performance of assigned projects
• Help develop new business opportunities in the field of economic consultancy (specific areas to be agreed).
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
• Draw up, present and negotiate competitive proposals
• Liaise and cultivate good relationships with clients and fellow professionals
• Take responsibility for projects from the earliest stages through to completion
• Undertake research and analysis
• Develop creative and original solutions to satisfy all parties
• Write complex reports, interpreting data and making clear and relevant recommendations
• Prepare/make presentations at meetings
• Communicate and negotiate effectively with clients and colleagues
• Effective financial management of projects to ensure profitable delivery
• Maintain an awareness of market conditions and the impact of government policies
• Keep informed about documents relating to relevant policy and practice
• Attends external events to create local contacts and identify business opportunities.
• Excellent written and communication skills
• Detail conscious, accurate
• Thrives under pressure, can work to tight deadlines
• Team player
• Strives to deliver an exceptional level of service to clients at all times
• A good knowledge of micro-economics principles and concepts, feasibility studies and business plans, and ability to effectively apply this knowledge to the team’s areas of work.
• A good knowledge of the UK planning system
• Numerical and analytic skills, preferably including modelling expertise (usual in Excel) and ability to carry out property appraisals
• Expertise in successfully managing projects and teams to budget and programme (essential)
• Consultancy experience (strongly desirable)
• A degree in town planning, geography, property surveying, economics, or a related discipline, or equivalent experience
• Membership of an appropriate professional institution such as the RTPI and/or RICS (desirable).