Economic Analyst

Up to £25k to the right candidate
11 Jul 2019
08 Aug 2019
Sue Arnold
Contract Type
Full Time

The voice of the UK food and drink industry: the largest manufacturing sector in the country, are currently seeking to recruit an Economic Analyst, based in Central London.  This Association helps their members operate in a highly regulated marketplace to maximise their competitiveness and profitability. Their job is to communicate our industry's values and concerns to Government, regulators, consumers and the media, also work in partnership with key players in the food supply chain to ensure our food is safe, affordable and nutritious.

The Role:

The purpose of this role is to support the associations efforts to raise the economic importance of the UK food and drink industry, the effective contribution to policy developments impacting on the UK food and drink industry’s ability to grow and compete; and lobbying with economic research, data and analysis. To provide administrative support to the Director and Competitiveness team. You will be responsible for:
  • Monitoring key policy developments impacting on the economic performance of the sector and UK food and drink export growth. Ensuring that members, stakeholders and colleagues are kept informed by producing concise and informative briefings.Sourcing official economic data, conducting research and analysis to support the association’s overarching vision and the delivery of the Industrial Strategy Group business plan and work programme. Undertake ad hoc research and member/industry surveys related to the economics of the industry, exports and Brexit; analyse results and present information
  • Producing quarterly export performance reports, an annual economic report and conduct quarterly business confidence surveys, working closely with the media team to increase responses and provide a brief in preparation for media enquiries and Managers to undertake interviews. Keep annual industry and regional statistics (infographics) up-to-date
  • Effectively supporting the Food and Drink Sector Deal negotiations and outcomes, as well as the Food and Drink Sector Council Exports workstream to deliver the Council’s strategic aims and objectives.  Assisting with the organisation, record taking, following up actions, data requests/analysis and helping to maintain and grow member support as necessary
  • Building and maintaining links with key stakeholders relating to economic data and export policy including Defra, DIT, FDEA, Open to Export, ONS, HMRC, CBI and other relevant bodies
  • Drafting articles for newsletters and maintain relevant webpages to ensure information is up-to-date
  • Accurately produce documents including a note of internal and external meetings, and upload them onto the company website in a timely manner
  • Ensuring the database is maintained appropriately and undertake administrative tasks in support of the team e.g. diary management, co-ordinating meetings, conference calls, room bookings, producing detailed itineraries, travel and hotel arrangements and expense forms 

The Team

The Association’s Competitiveness team is responsible for policy and market developments that impact UK food and drink manufacturers’ ability to invest, grow and do business.  The team covers a range of economic issues including: trade and workforce implications of the UK leaving the European Union; skills and employment; exporting; and working with supply chains.

Key Skills & Qualifications:
  • A bachelor’s degree in economics or a related subject, with a strong foundation in quantitative analysis and statistical/econometric methods.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills.
  • The ability to gather data, compile information as well as handle and manipulate large amounts of numerical data, and present this analysis graphically.
  • Attention to detail and ability to produce accurate, robust work within project timescales.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Politically aware.
  • Strong minute taking ability.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills.
  • Knowledge and interest in macroeconomics, as well as familiarity with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) datasets are a plus.
  • Experience of using STATA software.
  • Experience of using a document management system.
  • Proven work experience within a paid or voluntary role.

This is great place to work where they take wellbeing seriously and have a great benefits package to match, offering a pension scheme, life insurance, 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme.


Based in the heart of central London in a modern, bright open-plan office, they have a friendly work culture with great break-out spaces, quiet booths and opportunities for flexible-working. 

How to Apply

If you think your experience and skillset are suited to the role, then please send your CV, covering letter and salary expectations, illustrating why you’d be a great candidate to the email address on this job board now!        

Closing Date:

26 July 2019 – 5:30pm


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