Economist in London - GSMA

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London, England
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Full Time
Date Posted
14 days ago

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About the Team

GSMA Intelligence is the definitive source of mobile industry insights, forecasts and research, used around the world. Our insights cover every mobile operator, network and MVNO in every country worldwide – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Our team of analysts and experts use their deep understanding of markets, technologies and regulatory issues to identify and understand key trends in the telecoms and wider digital ecosystems, and form captivating analysis on the topics shaping the telco industry.
The Economist team in GSMA Intelligence publishes leading reports across a range of topics, including the role of mobile technology to drive socio-economic developments, the design of spectrum assignment policies, and the analysis of competition and regulatory frameworks, including their impacts. In addition, we also produce regional and country studies and develop a broad range of quantitative models and analysis considering the economic and financial implications of new technologies on telecoms networks transformation.

What the hiring manager says

“GSMA Intelligence is delivering a growing range of economic research and analysis to support the activities of the GSMA’s programmes and advocacy initiatives as well as key external stakeholders in the mobile ecosystem. The job holder will be part of a team of talented economists who are on high demand to deliver economic research and consulting across the GSMA and for external clients. Building on this success to date, the team are working across a broad range of topic areas including regulation and competition, network economics, taxation, spectrum, public policy and measuring the economic and social impact of mobile. We want someone who has a strong background in quantitative analysis and is interested in applying these skills to all aspects of the mobile ecosystem – from issues of public policy to the social and economic impact of mobile technology – and can create cutting edge quantitative analysis as well as insightful economic narratives and analysis bringing all this together.”

About the Role

The Economist will contribute to GSMA Intelligence projects as required, working across a range of subject areas. Areas of research and analysis going forward are likely to include:

Research and modelling of the economic impact of spectrum assignment policies, including pricing (across different countries and regions);

Micro-econometric analysis of the impact of mobile technology on poverty and welfare in developing countries.

Economic cost-benefit modelling of options to expand mobile coverage and capacity in developing countries;

Econometric analysis of the impact of regulatory and public policy on consumers in mobile markets (key areas of focus that may be subject to specific analysis are likely to include competition policy and sector specific regulations or taxes);

Economic modelling and forecasting of the macroeconomic impact of the industry on GDP, employment and public funding; with a special focus on assessing the economic impact of new technologies and applications such as 5G and IoT;

Analyse the impact that mobile money services in developing countries can have in influencing key economic indicators and shaping the development of the financial sector

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with solid knowledge of applied economics, experience in designing and developing complex economic impact models, and good track-record in effectively communicating analysis to non-specialists.

About You

Degree in economics, finance or related field

MSc (or PhD) on a relevant subject highly desirable

The candidate will have experience working as an applied economist in a consultancy, a strategy department, international organisation, think thank or government. Strong quantitative skills are essential, as well as a proven track record in applied economics. In particular, candidates with experience in the areas of regulatory economics, development economics or industrial organisation are encouraged to apply. A good working knowledge of other areas of economics is a plus, in particular macroeconomics, innovation and finance. The candidate will be business minded, but with good technical literacy and a knack for seeing through complexity. Detailed understanding of the telecommunications and/or digital industries is desirable, but strong applicants with no experience in this sector will also be considered.

The candidate will have a strong quantitative skillset and will be extremely proficient at Microsoft Excel, with an ability to build complex models and forecasts. Experience in advanced statistical and econometric techniques, cost-benefit analysis and impact assessments is also a requirement, along with proficiency in statistical packages such as Stata or R. The candidate will also be adept at primary and secondary research.

The candidate will be an exceptional, clear and persuasive communicator, both in writing and in person. The outputs of their work will include public facing reports and compelling, actionable insights which are ready to be embedded into the GSMA’s programmes. They will have the ability to get consistent internal and external buy-in for their work.

The candidate will be an inquisitive and creative problem solver, a strong listener driven to solve the needs of internal clients. Strong interpersonal skills are required, working well with team members, providing proactive support to team members, and the ability to influence senior stakeholders and build consensus around an approach.

International experience and fluency in more than one language would be an advantage although not essential.

Highly organised individual with excellent attention to detail and a proactive attitude

Ability to manage own time effectively as well as that of others

Confident in dealing with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including senior management and board level individuals

Collaborative, serves as best practice/quality resource and shares knowledge and expertise with others

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What We Offer

Working at the GSMA offers you unparalleled access to the mobile industry. We offer a chance to truly shape the direction of mobile, whatever your role. By joining the GSMA, you will be exposed to a fast-paced rapidly evolving environment, working on global solutions, genuinely fascinating and industry-changing projects and a stimulating and dynamic environment designed to enable you to flourish.

In addition to architect-designed offices and competitive compensation, our benefits include fantastic learning & development opportunities, generous holiday allowances, four additional days off for professional development and many others.

To learn more about the GSMA, visit our career site, our LinkedIn page and our Twitter page.

Being You at the GSMA

We are one of the most diverse companies you will ever come across, we care deeply about equality and inclusivity and aspire to be the best at it. Your well-being and work/life balance is important so if you prefer to work flexi-time or a day from home, just ask. We’re keen to ensure everyone is equal, represented and connected so we particularly encourage applications from all demographics. The success of the GSMA year on year will continue to be contributed by people from all walks of life.

Flexible Working

Here at the GSMA, we are committed to being an inclusive employer and are happy to consider flexible working arrangements supported by our BeWell programme. Our BeWell programme provides comprehensive benefits, tools and initiatives to encourage a happy and healthy working environment.


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