Vivid Economics is seeking an Engagement Manager to join our Energy & Industry practice area. This senior role has management, project delivery and client development responsibilities, alongside providing excellent economic analysis. An ambitious Engagement Manager has the opportunity to build their own expertise and clients.
About Vivid Economics
We are a leading strategic economics consultancy in the policy-commerce interface, where we advise on the most critical and complex policy and commercial questions facing clients around the world. In all our work, we put economics to good use.
The success we bring to our clients reflects a strong partnership culture, solid base of skills, and close cooperation with a large network of contacts. The foundations of our business are our values, mission-driven approach, and our commitment to developing and maintaining cutting-edge techniques. These are housed in an independent, highly-motivated, entrepreneurial, employee-owned business, based in London.
We are established leaders in energy, providing economic analysis and strategic insight into the net zero emissions transition, technological change and industrial strategy. Our clients come to us for scenarios, insight on regulatory and market arrangements, responses to disruptive technologies, and investment portfolio advice.
Description of the role
A successful applicant will deliver advanced economic analysis of new and complex problems and communicate recommendations. S/he will also be skilled in project and staff management; able to develop new thematic areas and key clients. Strategic advisory experience is essential, either in a corporate environment, government or non-government arena. This is because we are seeking a candidate who can use their energy and economics expertise to define problems and design solutions that can be delegated to team members for delivery. The candidate will then be responsible for synthesising quantitative and qualitative findings into key messages and developing these with clients.
Energy sector experience is essential. Our coverage is broad, encompassing electricity, gas, carbon pricing, disruptive technologies and system-wide energy transitions. The candidate should have a fascination for trends in the energy sector, where markets are in flux globally due to technological and policy-driven changes. Our pipeline of work covers a range of cutting edge topics such as the modelling of energy transitions, forecasting renewables, battery uptake and global energy demand. A high level of understanding of current trends, and a desire to deepen this knowledge and remain up to date is vital.
The geographic focus is broad, including Europe, and a number of countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, as is the client base, which includes energy multinationals, commodities traders, government departments, development banks and non-governmental organisations.
Some international travel is expected, likely to be one week out of every 6-12 weeks, with flexibility depending on client focus.
Reporting and supervisory relationships
An Engagement Manager is often the primary lead on a project. As a result an Engagement Manager will supervise up to five people, of Senior Economist, Economist and Analyst grade. They will also serve as a development manager for more junior staff members. An Engagement Manager will report to either a Director or Principal. Oversight can be limited and an Engagement Manager is expected to take substantial responsibility for delivery of high quality deliverables. An Engagement Manager will also report to the Directors regarding non-project work, such as client development and operational responsibilities.
Experience and qualifications
Candidates must have sufficient experience to demonstrate competency in the duties described. As a guide, six or more years of experience is required to achieve these competencies, with four to six years related to economic analysis. Previous consultancy experience is not necessary but is strongly preferred. Previous experience managing projects and complex analysis is required. A first class or upper second class degree in economics or a closely related field is required. An MSc/MA or Ph.D. in a relevant field preferred. Fluency in English is essential.
Primary day-to-day duties
- maintaining and developing relationships with existing clients; as well as a broader professional network;
- structuring and applying economic frameworks to analytical problems;
- developing client solutions, addressing client input, and designing materials that effectively communicate recommendations;
- developing and seeing through plans; forecasting resources; preparing budgets;
- supporting the development of junior staff through regular feedback and mentorship;
- keeping up to date with knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; participating in professional organisations;
- enhancing company reputation by establishing oneself as a recognised authority in the field, and representing the company in external events;
- participating in firm improvements; potentially leading on internal change initiatives.
- Salary of £60,000-£75,000 per year depending on experience
- plus annual bonus
- plus employee share ownership scheme
- plus 43 days of paid holiday, including eight UK bank holidays