Engagement Manager, Cities & Infrastructure

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Posting date: 14 May 2020
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 13 June 2020
Location: London, UK
Company: Vivid Economics
Job type: Permanent
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Vivid Economics

Vivid Economics is seeking an Engagement Manager with expertise and experience to help develop our Cities and Infrastructure Practice Group. The role of Engagement Manager at Vivid Economics is a senior role with management and client development responsibilities, alongside a responsibility for excellent economic analysis and project delivery. The role will also include contribution to business and client development.

About Vivid Economics

We are an economics consultancy spanning public policy and private sector strategy, with a strong focus on social and environmental sustainability. The sectors Vivid specialises in include economic infrastructure, energy, water, and land-use. Our thematic areas of work include economic growth, trade and investment, urban development, sustainability and climate change.

In all our work, we put economics to good use in supporting important decisions and carrying the argument to implement them. The success we bring to our clients reflects a strong partnership culture, solid base of skills and analytical assets, and close cooperation with a large network of contacts. The foundations of our business are our values and mission-driven approach, world-class skills 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.

Description of the role

The main duties of an Engagement Manager will be advanced economic analysis and communication of recommendations, project and staff management, and the development of new thematic areas and key clients. A successful candidate is able to analyse new and complex economic problems, design and apply advanced methods, and manage the team to produce high quality end products.

The candidate will have experience applying economic analysis to urban systems and the design, financing and management of infrastructure. Relevant experience includes analysis of the economics of urban agglomeration; appraising the impacts of (urban) infrastructure interventions on economic and sustainability indicators; identifying and designing policies, interventions and governance arrangements that can support the sustainable development of cities; and analysing and/or structuring infrastructure financing arrangements.

The geographic focus is global, and the ideal candidate will have experience in working on urban design and infrastructure issues in both developed and, particularly, developing countries. The candidate should be willing to travel, with an average travel requirement of one week per month.

Primary day-to-day duties of an Engagement Manager

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;
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 at external events;
in addition, an Engagement Manager will be expected to develop and see through plans; forecast resources; prepare budgets; and support the development of junior staff.

Reporting and supervisory relationships

An Engagement Manager is often the primary lead on a project. As a result, an Engagement Manager will supervise teams and is likely to have line management and mentoring responsibilities.

An Engagement Manager will typically three to five projects at any time. They will also have direct line management responsibilities including professional development, feedback and mentorship for between two to six people.

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 outputs. 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, eight or more years for an Engagement Manager, with two to four years related to economic analysis. Previous consultancy experience is not necessary but is strongly preferred.

A first class or upper second class degree in either economics or a closely related field is required. An MSc/MA or Ph.D. in a relevant field is preferred. Fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other languages is an advantage.

How to apply via our website

Vivid can sponsor candidates who do not have the right to work in the UK.

Job posted: 14th May 2020
Closing date: 31st July 2020

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