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Economist Team Leader

Summary Information for vacancy - reference OFT885


Office of Fair Trading


£51000 - £55000 Per Annum


EC4Y 8JX, City of London, Greater London, London

Closing Date

20 June 2011

Interviews start

Not specified


Grade 7


Middle management

Pay frequency


Appointment Terms


Working Arrangement

Full time,Job share

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work


Brief Description

The OFT makes markets work well for UK consumers. We work in all sectors of the economy using a wide range of powers and legal instruments. As a result of our frontline enforcement, and other complementary work, consumers benefit from improved value, choice, and quality in products and services. The wider economy also thrives as competitive markets encourage greater productivity, growth and innovation by business.

As an Economist Team Leader in the Markets group at the OFT you will lead project work of major importance to the UK economy and its millions of consumers. Recent areas of work include market studies into equity underwriting and outdoor advertising, Competition Act investigations into the tobacco and pharmaceutical markets. Such a wide variety of work makes the OFT an excellent place to deepen your economic expertise and vastly broaden your knowledge and exposure to the economy.

Vacancy description

As an Economist Team Leader the post holder will be required to define the scope of a case or project by identifying testable hypotheses; structure practicable work plans to test these hypotheses; develop relationships of influence with key external and internal stakeholders; ensure that the team delivers robust analysis throughout the project, drawing on expertise from other parts of the OFT as appropriate; deliver high quality written material and presentations for reports, board meetings, steering groups, and other audiences as necessary; manage the project from end-to-end; identify relevant economic work strands in proposed projects, the level of resources required and likely timescales; ensure that the main economic issues in specific allocated projects are carefully analysed; present and stress-test all the main economic arguments; and identify the need for and, where appropriate, commissioning research from external economic consultants or academics.

For full details of the role, please see the attached job description or visit our website at


In order to succeed in these roles, you will have an economics-related qualification together with practical work experience in economic analysis of markets, excellent project management skills and a focus on delivery.

Further information

CRB check required - No

Regulated by OCSC - Yes

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - No

How to apply

Please submit a full CV and a comprehensive but succinct covering letter addressing the selection criteria on the job description. Please also complete and submit a diversity monitoring form.

Applications can be emailed to or sent by post to:

Recruitment team
The Office of Fair Trading
7th Floor
Fleetbank House
2-6 Salisbury Square

Please quote reference OFT885 – Economic Team Leader

Closing date: 20 June 2011

Please note: If you have applied for an economic-related position with the OFT in the last 3 months, your application will not be considered this time round.

The Office of Fair Trading is an equal opportunities employer.

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