This job posting isn't available in all website languages

Senior Economic Advisor

Economic Planning
Europe Region

A career at Arup offers you the chance to make a positive difference in the world. Independently owned and independently minded, Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment. We offer a broad range of professional services that combine to make a real difference to our clients and the communities in which we work. For more than 70 years we been shaping a better world.


We are truly global, and our 15,870 planners, designers, engineers and consultants around the world deliver innovative projects with creativity and passion. We have over 630 staff working in Ireland based in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick.


Senior Economic Advisor (Dublin/Cork)


This is an exciting opportunity to assume a leading economic consultancy role within our Strategic Advisory Services Team in Ireland. The Strategic Advisory Services team comprises a core group of influential consultants that help clients respond to their ever-changing business needs through the creation of resilient strategies and approaches to problem solving.


This position leads economic thinking as part of our integrated approach to client support and will join our wider economics teams to support and deliver projects globally.

We are an independent firm of consultants, designers, planners, economists, engineers, technical and digital specialists. Arup is different to other firms. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world. As an organisation which is wholly owned in trust for the benefit of its employees, Arup determines its own direction. This allows us to make clear-sighted, thoughtful, long-term decisions about our priorities as a business and to pursue our common purpose to shape a better world and create a sustainable future for all through the work we do with our clients. We are a strong advocate in society for delivering on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and as a global firm, we have made a commitment to achieving net zero emissions across our entire operations by 2030

We have a broad base of both public and private clients in Ireland. Part of this role is working with these clients to appraise business strategy and to broaden economic assessments to encompass the total value of project planning and delivery.

You will be an influential leader and recognised in Ireland for your innovation and ability to respectfully challenge outmoded economic thinking. You will be capable of communicating with clarity to professional and non-economics professionals alike. You will be self-starting. You will have a minimum of ten years’ experience in economics (experience in any of the transport, water and energy sectors would be advantageous). You will be passionate about bringing change to practices and capable of working within current economic systems. You will be a highly collaborative person, able to bring people along and develop skills in the broader team. Ideally you will have both practical experience but also have moved into economic policy and may even have European Commission or World Bank experience.


Your responsibilities

  • Business development, client management and relationship building with public and private clients in Ireland;

  • Project Manager / Technical Leader for business case projects (focusing on approach, problem solving, technical project delivery and commercial success of projects);

  • Reviewing work and guiding the delivery of work undertaken by analysts, both within Arup and with project partners. 

  • Bid Manager for economics focussed projects (focusing on developing bid winning themes and delivering bids on time to an agreed budget).

  • Responsible for developing client networks and client care, including sharing successes and policy developments, leading panel discussions and supporting influential marketing and communications initiatives;

  • Keeping up to date with market, technical techniques and guidance developments and influencing these to be more inclusive and creating public benefit;

  • Supporting the development of a positive industry profile for Arup;

  • Developing and mentoring staff, helping develop new team skills, coordinating across multiple offices and cities;

  • The is likely to include line management of staff;

  • Promoting and encouraging excellence and quality of work in all activities performed by the Strategic Advisory Services Team; and

  • Promoting and communicating Arup’s values and setting standards of behaviour in relation to those values.


Your profile


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Recognised relevant post-graduate tertiary qualifications in an appropriate area;

  • Relevant industry recognised experience, including within a consulting business environment;

  • Expert in the use of industry guidance and techniques and a working understanding of models and analytical approaches used in the development of business cases;

  • Experienced in quantitative policy analysis as part of the policy-making process in, for example: the transport, energy or climate change portfolios;

  • Expert knowledge of leading economic models and the associated influencing skills necessary to unlock sustainable development opportunities across our target sector areas: cities, transport, energy and water;

  • Chartered membership of relevant professional institutions/professional peer bodies.

Key Experience:

  • Contributions to developing, winning and managing the delivery of new work;

  • Liaising with and presenting to clients;

  • Proven successful commercial capability;

  • Substantial knowledge and experience in government compliant business cases including appraisal and modelling approaches;

  • An awareness and interest in emerging government key sector issues, emerging priorities and critical issues.

  • Proven experience managing and developing the skills and capabilities of teams and overseeing junior staff;

  • Understanding of the economic aspects, sustainable funding / financing aspects, planning issues and business benefits of projects across our target sector areas;

  • Economic modelling experience (experience of introducing low-carbon innovative technologies within across our target sector areas would also be desirable).


What to expect at Arup 

We offer a multicultural and informal international working environment where you can develop professionally by being part of a team of professionals who enjoy what they do:

  • Be part of a company with a strong corporate culture committed to its values and aims: quality of work, holistic approach, humane organisation, straight and honourable dealings, social usefulness and reasonable prosperity;

  • The potential for short, long or educational assignments at Arup’s offices and projects anywhere in the world;

  • Continuous training and professional development that will allow you to adapt to the growing needs of our clients being in the midst of digital transformation;

  • Employees at Arup are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme, dependent on the firm’s financial performance. Competitive performance-based salary growth;

  • We offer a flexible working policy. We are open to candidates seeking a more flexible working week including flexible start/finish times, planned working-from-home and offer the ability to purchase additional leave.


Our goal is to shape a better world and to do that, we need to make Arup a great place to work for everyone. Our ambition is to always seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution.


Shape your time with us

At Arup, you’ll be a welcomed member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle - we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you're interested in flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.


In light of the current coronavirus (COVID) we are continuously and frequently reviewing our recruitment and onboarding processes. The health and safety of our candidates, employees, and community is our top priority. We will be conducting any interviews via video conference and other digital collaboration tools during this time. As a firm, we will continuously adapt our approach in line with any government guidelines and regulations as this situation develops.


Previous Job Searches

My Profile

Create and manage profiles for future opportunities.

Go to Profile

My Submissions

Track your opportunities.

My Submissions