Associate - Economics

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  • Sector:

    Construction, Engineering

  • Salary:

    Competitive salary

  • Published:

    3 months ago

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About the Role:

As one of the world’s leading engineering, professional services and technical consultancy firms, at WSP, we’re passionate about the big questions. And big answers, naturally. For us that’s all about reaching beyond the expected to do work that’ll make a profound impact felt long into the future.

A vacancy exists for an Associate level consultant (grade P-XX) to play a significant role in the team to support the development of strategic Economic Advisory services to clients in the UK and internationally. The candidate can be located anywhere in the U.K.  Periodic travel to London will be required.

A typical week would include:

WSP Advisory has traditionally had a strong focus advising our clients on strategic infrastructure and maritime development. We have differentiated ourselves by combining commercial, financial, technical and operational expertise in order to create more value for our clients in a sustainable way.  The team also has a strong track record of advising clients at the early stage of developing masterplans for cities at the same time as advising organisations such as EBRD and International Financial Institutions on the development of transport projects.

We are often involved from project origination through to completion as well as during asset optimisation and modernisation of existing facilities. Our front-end consultancy offer includes transaction services (including PPP), investment advisory, port master planning, economics, technical and financial feasibility, concept and outline engineering design and project management consultancy services.

Under its new leadership, the Advisory team is currently going through a process to diversify its client base and develop its expertise in new sectors.  This is supported by the recent addition of Jim Coleman to lead our economics related work and Ashley Dunseath to further strengthen our masterplanning capabilities.

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • An extensive working foundation in the fields of consulting, economic development, real estate advisory or infrastructure appraisal

  • Experience of work across different fields and specialisms and with significant exposure to an international environment

  • Additional experience gained through research, publications or academic activities – demonstrable use of social media to promote innovative practice in economic development

  • Excellent communication skills: a high level of proficiency in verbal and written English, with high quality report writing and drafting capability; significant exposure to complex, high-level stakeholder groups

  • A high degree of numeracy and experience of using and interpreting complex socio-economic data

  • Exposure to quantitative modelling along with familiarity of design, development and use of financial or business case modelling techniques

  • Experience of leading diverse teams, working to tight deadlines and dealing with the competing needs of internal and external clients

  • Ability to support work-winning efforts and high-value economic development consultancy contracts

  • A strong personal interest in urban development policy and urban regeneration – demonstration of clear depth in specific economic development specialisms

  • Strong drive to succeed, someone who continuously strives to take what they do to a higher level

  • Extensive experience of developing and motivating others; a strong track record in effective team/people management

  • Language skills – working knowledge of French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Mandarin would be advantageous


  • Degree level education in geography, planning, architecture or sustainability related subject

  • Minimum 2:1 honours degree in Economics or a related subject (where Economics comprises a significant component) from an internationally recognised university

  • Postgraduate degree in Economics or a related subject (where Economics comprises a significant component)

What if we can?

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including a 37.5 hour working week, 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and PLEDGE (Promoting Leadership, Encouraging Diversity & Gender Equality) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

In addition we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.

About us:

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services firms providing technical consultancy to the built and natural environment. We believe that for societies to thrive, we must all hold ourselves accountable for tomorrow. For us, that means creating innovative solutions to the challenges the future will bring to the communities and environments where we live and work across the UK.

We are locally dedicated and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, programme and construction management professionals. Our experts design lasting solutions in the property & buildings, transportation & infrastructure, environment, industry, resources (including mining, and oil & gas) and power & energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. And safety and sustainability are embedded in everything that we do.