Rail Economist Consultant (Principal/Associate Director) in Birmingham - Flood Modeller

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Birmingham, England
Job Type
Full Time
Date Posted
12 days ago

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About the Opportunity

As Rail Economist Consultant you’ll be involved in a variety of rail projects including a growing and exciting portfolio of major transport programmes across the globe, and this leads to excellent opportunities to get involved in extremely interesting and rewarding commissions. As a result of this growth, we are seeking talented Rail Consultants/Rail Economists at Principal/Associate Director level, with extensive rail sector experience, to join our Strategic Consulting team.

You’ll provide technical, strategic and policy advice to clients, including demand and revenue forecasting, operations planning, performance modelling, due diligence and business case development. We are looking for a proficient and credible individual with previous experience of working on rail delivery projects, an interest in the rail industry and the drive to learn, expand areas of expertise and progress quickly.

You’ll have the opportunity to work across markets from road, air and sea transport, energy and its distribution, as well as digital and communication for public and private infrastructure development. 

Examples of our recent rail advisory work includes:
• Providing strategic policy advice to DfT and Network Rail on the future of the UK rail industry
• Leading industry research study looking at the impacts of COVID-19 on rail travel behaviour 
• Development of business cases for High-Speed Rail lines in Sweden and the UAE
• Programme Partner for East West Rail delivering business and financial planning, engineering and operations support, and programme delivery and management support.
• Developing business case and transport modelling support to C2E (Crossrail to Ebbsfleet) Partnership on Crossrail extension.

Our core team is based across Jacobs offices in London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh, however with multiple Jacobs offices across the UK, we can be flexible about location and provide hybrid working options to give you a great work life balance. We are also open to part-time and flexible work patterns.

Here's What You'll Need:

• A relevant degree (or equivalent) in a numerate discipline economics, engineering, mathematics, business, operational research or a science; or equivalent professional experience;
• Proven rail experience and have a good understanding of the structure of the UK Rail Industry (and the various roles of all the key players in the industry) and emerging policy issues such as the Williams-Shapps Review
• Experience of business case and value for money appraisals in accordance with HM Treasury Green Book, including calculations of wider economic impacts
• Familiarity with key guidance such as TAG ad the Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook, including socio-economic factors underlying changes in rail demand
• Good working knowledge with the rail industry, such as rail operations, timetable planning, public transport fares and ticketing strategies
• Excellent analytical skills, and advanced user of excel spreadsheets and models;
• Capable of drafting high quality and insightful reports for public and/or private sector clients;
• A mindset to constructively challenge the accepted norms and always seek a better way; 
• An ability to work effectively as part of a team and to share ideas and expertise with team members to support ongoing learning and improvement; and,
• Strong organisational and communication skills.

Although not essential, prior experience in one or more of the sectors we operate, post-graduate training and/or qualifications, business development or work winning activities and project management experience would be advantageous. 

About Jacobs

At Jacobs, we'll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40+ countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.

People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent. In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay, free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships. We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.

Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business.

Our Culture

Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees. Find out more about life at Jacobs.

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s – find out more about our employee networks here.

Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent. For greater online accessibility please visit to view and access our roles. As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role
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