London - United Kingdom
S: Competitive + Benefits
Role type - Permanent
Division - Strategy
Location - London
The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile operator community, and plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of mobile through industry collaboration. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators as its members, as well as linking them with more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organizations. The GSMA is focused on innovating, incubating and creating new opportunities for its membership, with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile communications industry.
Our people include some of the best talent from around the world focusing on developing strategic industry initiatives. We are a truly international organisation with offices in London, Atlanta, Barcelona, Brussels, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Nairobi, Delhi, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, and through our different offices we embrace the diversity that has allowed the mobile industry to be acknowledged as one of most fast moving and dynamic industries in the world.
GSMA Intelligence is working to position the GSMA as the intelligence powerhouse of the global mobile industry. GSMA Intelligence provides primary industry data, research and thought leadership on the mobile industry ecosystem and its wider impact. In the last year, our research has featured in publications such as the FT, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Reuters and dozens of industry press articles.
GSMA Intelligence is also the internal supplier of choice for research and analysis across the GSMA's programmes and advocacy activities. This had previously relied heavily on top-tier management, strategy and economic consultants, and GSMA Intelligence is now providing a high quality alternative, bringing benefits of increased quality, consistency, visibility and cost effectiveness. A few of our most recently completed projects for internal clients can be found here:
GSMA Intelligence is looking to hire a talented and highly-motivated economist. This is an exciting new role where the candidate will have a unique opportunity to drive innovative economic analysis to influence the industry in the most strategic and cutting-edge topics, areas and challenges. The economist will work on a range of projects for GSMA Intelligence's internal clients - the GSMA's programmes and advocacy initiatives. Examples of such programmes include:
- Mobile for Development (http://www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/ )
- Public Policy (http://www.gsma.com/publicpolicy/ )
- Spectrum (http://www.gsma.com/spectrum/ )
- Connected Society (http://www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/programmes/connected-society)
The job holder will be part of a team of talented economists which are on high internal demand to deliver economic research and consulting across the GSMA.
The economist will ensure that robust economic thinking underpins all socio-economic analysis across the GSMA, and contribute to other GSMA research projects as required, working across a range of subject areas. Areas of research and analysis for the next 18 months are likely to include, to cite a few:
Research and modelling of the economic impact of taxation on the mobile sector (across different countries and regions);
Econometric research of the impact of regulatory change on consumers (key areas of regulatory focus that may be subject to specific analysis are likely to include competition policy, spectrum policy and sector specific regulations);
Economic modelling and forecasting of the macroeconomic impact of the industry on GDP, employment and public funding;
The development of quantitative benchmarking tools to understand the social and economic contribution of mobile technology to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030;
Economic cost-benefit modelling of options to expand mobile coverage into rural areas in developing countries.
Other research and projects that require economic input or quantitative analysis will arise on an ongoing basis and the candidate will need to be able to respond to such short-term requests.
The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with solid knowledge of applied economics, experience in designing and developing complex economic impact models, and a good track-record in effectively communicating analysis to non-specialists. The team is growing fast and there is also an important role to play in building the team's activities, developing new proposals and projects with internal clients.
The GSMA encourages personal and professional development and this is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to develop within the organisation and the wider telecommunications industry, and to help grow the GSMA Intelligence business.
Degree in economics, finance or related field.
MSc (or PhD) on a relevant subject highly desirable
Domain expertise - The candidate will have at least 2 years' experience working as an applied economist in a consultancy, a strategy department, international organisation, think thank or government. Strong quantitative skills are essential, as well as a proven track record in applied economics. In particular, candidates with experience in the areas of regulatory economics, development economics or industrial organisation are encouraged to apply. A good working knowledge of other areas of economics is a plus, in particular macroeconomics, innovation and finance. The candidate will be business minded, but with good technical literacy and a knack for seeing through complexity. Detailed understanding of the telecommunications and/or digital industries is highly desirable, but strong applicants with no experience in this sector will also be considered.
Research and analytical skills - The candidate will have a strong quantitative skillset and will be extremely proficient at Microsoft Excel, with an ability to build complex models and forecasts. Experience in advanced statistical and econometric techniques, cost-benefit analysis and impact assessments would be a plus, as would proficiency in statistical packages such as Stata, SPSS or R. The candidate will also be adept at primary and secondary research.
Presentation - The candidate will be an exceptional, clear and persuasive communicator, both in writing and in person. The outputs of their work will include public facing reports and compelling, actionable insights which are ready to be embedded into the GSMA's programmes. They will have the ability to get consistent internal and external buy-in for their work.
Consultative approach - The candidate will be an inquisitive and creative problem solver, a strong listener driven to solve the needs of internal clients. Strong interpersonal skills are required, working well with team members, providing proactive support to team members, and the ability to influence senior stakeholders and build consensus around an approach.
Global outlook - International experience and fluency in more than one language would be an advantage although not essential.
Highly organised individual with excellent attention to detail and a proactive attitude
Ability to manage own time effectively as well as that of others
Confident in dealing with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including senior management and board level individuals
Collaborative, serves as best practice/quality resource and shares knowledge and expertise with others.