Economics and Policy Analyst Graduate

Job description

Economics and policy - get the career you want at RSM

Our consulting graduate apprenticeship programme within economics and policy will give you all the skills and support you need to unlock a future that’s packed with opportunities and new experiences. You’ll enjoy a fast-tracked business career that recognises your potential and rewards your ambition.

When you join our team, you’ll enjoy a powerful combination of on-the-job learning and structured training – not to mention an impressive client list to work with. You’ll discover a culture that nurtures individuality and an environment where everyone is supported to reach their potential. With us, you’ll always be moving forward.

What does our economics and policy consulting team do?

RSM’s economics consulting team works predominantly with public sector clients to provide evidence for effective government policy making and public investment decisions. We complete research, evaluation and analysis that has an impact on the economy and society. Through the recommendations we make, we help improve the effectiveness of public policy and practice.

Our team of economists, evaluation experts, and social development researchers work across all areas of public policy. Our recent projects include evaluations of pilot NHS programmes to improve patient care and achieve cost savings for the NHS; studies into what affects house building rates in England; research into the commercialisation of intellectual property produced in the university sector; and cluster analysis in the cyber-security industry.

Our Consultants are responsible for:

Maintaining RSM's high level of service and values, taking responsibility for ensuring timely delivery of quality research outputs to clients.

Working on small to medium sized consultancy projects, with responsibility for tasks such as interviewing, data analysis and running surveys.

Contributing to reports and deliverables, drafting reports and producing charts and maps using software on which they will be trained.

Your own career development plan, setting out personal objectives, marketing your skills and expertise internally to proposal managers and externally to clients, and achieving individual performance targets (utilisation and business development).

Working with RSM colleagues to devise and implement a business development plan, making best use of RSM Marketing and Business Development resources and to raise awareness of RSM’s services.

Assisting with proposal responses to tender specifications issued by government clients in a timely and robust manner.

Developing client relationships and achieving positive client testimonials for the delivery of high quality work.

Mentoring and coaching junior staff as required, seeking to support the team and learning ethos that exists.

What can you expect?

At RSM, you’ll be a key member of our team from day one. Our graduate apprenticeship programme allows you to experience working in the consultancy team alongside experienced members of the firm. You’ll benefit from on-the-job training and ongoing support from colleagues and senior staff, gaining access to our internal training courses that will help you develop in the role. This hands-on early experience is invaluable as you take the next steps in your career. You will also have a buddy (with one to two years’ experience) to help you through your first days and weeks in the firm, and access to experienced mentors and your line manager to support your development.

This programme presents exciting career opportunities for you to join a team focused on delivering real value to clients. You will work directly with our Senior Consultant (Lead) for Emerging Technologies, advising government and business clients on the economic, social, and technological benefits and implications of investing in science, innovation and technology. You will also be supported to gain real world experience in data analytics and policy development at a rapid pace.

What we look for

We’re looking for enthusiastic self-starters who are always up for a challenge. Consulting is a diverse and demanding discipline, so we look for graduates who are organised and quick to grasp new concepts. It’s important you have confidence and are detail conscious.

You’ll need to have a passion for analytics as you will often spend time analysing data both quantitatively and qualitatively while conducting economic research. Working alongside Senior Consultants, you will gain experience with budget preparation, task management and reporting so you’ll need excellent written and verbal communication skills. What separates us from our competitors is the analytical acumen we demonstrate and we expect that right from the start from our people.

If that sounds like you, we know you’ll enjoy being part of our team.

Flexible working

At RSM we work hard to create an environment where our people can make a difference - to themselves, their career, their teams, and to the success of our firm and clients. We support all our people to work flexibly, to manage their family and other responsibilities alongside their work commitments; we believe this is key to achieving an inspiring and fulfilling working environment.

Diversity and inclusion at RSM

At RSM, inclusion and diversity are central to our values. We have an authentic focus on intentional inclusion, enabling our people to feel they can bring their whole self to work and ensuring everyone feels supported, respected and confident to make a valuable contribution.

To find out more, please visit our diversity and inclusion page on our careers website.

Our recruitment process

Please note, for those who perform well throughout our assessment process, should your first preference be unavailable, you could potentially be offered a role in another location or department. This would always be discussed with you in this instance.

RSM will only take one application into consideration per recruitment cycle. We do not accept multiple applications to different vacancies.

Minimum Qualifications

Entry requirements

At RSM, we don't just look for good exam results. We think passion, personality and originality are just as important.

You will need:

112 UCAS points across 3 A Levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification, or 104 UCAS points across 4 Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers or Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level);

A predicted/obtained honours degree.

Please note, RSM does not accept General Studies, AS levels or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Additional job details

UK wide
Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 30 September 2023

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Closing date:  30 September 2023

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