Principal Economist


Melbourne, VIC

Posted 1/14/2021

Australia - Victoria, Melbourne

Job Summary

AECOM's Infrastructure Advisory group is looking for an Economist to join the Infrastructure Strategy & Economics team based in Melbourne. The successful candidate will be ready to lead and will contribute to the planning and delivery of high-profile infrastructure projects for our key clients. We are looking for an agile individual who loves analysing and problem solving, and who values excellent client and customer service across transport, water and infrastructure sectors.

The team offers services including economic assessment (appraisals and impact assessment), business case development, financial and demand analysis, strategic advice, feasibility and pre-feasibility advice and infrastructure prioritisation. You will be required to have competency in providing technically informed advisory services, including strong report production and analytical (including excel) skills, as well as a passion for developing good client relationships and winning work.

As an Economist in the Infrastructure Advisory team you will have relevant tertiary qualifications in economics, finance and/or engineering disciplines, and have direct industry experience, ideally working within consulting, although the government sector may be suitable.

The broader Infrastructure Advisory practice delivers technically informed advisory consulting services and relies on client relationships and high market visibility to win work, and expects high standards of service delivery to maintain that position. Our group comprised strategic transport modellers, mathematicians, data scientists, transport planners, traffic engineers, economists, strategic advisers, rail operations planners and infrastructure technical specialists. We offer opportunities to work across all teams within the group and encourage cross-skilling and multi-skilling of our team members.

Minimum Requirements

  • Strong technical proficiency in economic modelling (e.g. cost benefit analysis) of infrastructure projects, particularly in the transport sector.
  • Ability to develop and review economic and financial models and prepare reports for a variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience in leading teams to successfully deliver high-quality project outcomes.
  • Leadership support in business and strategic planning activities to identify opportunities to sustain the growth of the business in short, medium and longer term.
  • Ability to work as a member of multi-disciplinary teams, providing support to senior business leaders and leadership to junior staff.
  • Project management activities will include seeking opportunities from clients, submitting proposals and technical project leadership
  • Understand the requirements of State and Federal government funding processes such as business case development and applications.
  • Capabilities sought include strong technical capability in identifying and assessing economic problems, benefits and costs, an interest in leading projects, client interface and seeking and following up business opportunities.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience and technical proficiency in economic modelling and report preparation, ideally in a similar role
  • Tertiary qualifications in related discipline is essential; Postgraduate qualifications are desirable as are other relevant professional training courses
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written, with ability to engage effectively with a stakeholders from different backgrounds
  • Strong presentation and organisational skills, and willingness to articulate analytical outcomes and options to clients, stakeholders and project team partners
  • Inclusive and good team player with the right mix of independent thinking and working effectively within the team, sharing knowledge, providing coaching, peer review and contributing to joint problem solving
  • Customer focus - being empathetic and having a practical mindset - good understanding of how humans work, what influences behaviour and what will actually work, be useful and add value vs. what might be new and exciting but may never get used
  • Input to AECOM's continuous improvement, "can-do" problem solving and learning mindset with an active interest in self-development, keeping up with technology and market/world developments, being able to select the right tool for the job, learn new tools and techniques, generate ideas
  • A keen focus on your own development and retaining a high level of technical skill

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to "make amazing happen" in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours.

Job Category Economics

Business Line Transportation

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country Australia

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 243867BR

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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