Engagement Manager, Natural Resources

Vivid Economics

£60,000 - £68,000 pa, plus opportunity for discretionary bonus

Paid • Full Time • Permanent


Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, carbon, climate & energy, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Job title: Engagement Manager, Natural Resources

Company: Vivid Economics

Location of work: London, UK 

Hours: Full-time/Flexi 

Compensation range:

  • Salary of £60,000 - £68,000 per annum, plus opportunity for discretionary bonus 
  • Share options scheme 
  • 43 days of paid holiday per year, including UK bank holidays

Closing date: Until a suitable candidate is found 


Vivid Economics is a mission-driven, strategic economics consultancy spanning public policy and support for commercial decision making. Headquartered in London, we are internationally recognised for ‘putting economics to good use’ in tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges. Our work spans a wide range of sectors and themes, with global reach, and we pride ourselves on the depth of our expertise, the rigour of our analytic tools, and the flexibility of our approach to making change happen.

We are currently looking for an Engagement Manager to join our Natural Resources practice, to support internal and external project management and develop our strategy and expertise in the areas of resilience, disaster risk management, water, land-use and biodiversity. The candidate is expected to bring economic expertise in relevant fields, with the drive and capability to deliver and grow our portfolio of work. 

Vivid Economics is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. 

Description of the role:

The main duties of an Engagement Manager will be advanced economic analysis and communication of recommendations, project and staff management, and the development of new thematic areas and key clients. A successful candidate is able to analyse new and complex economic problems, design and apply advanced methods, and manage the team to produce high quality end products. 

Strategic advisory experience is essential. The role will involve working in teams as well as independently to formulate evidence-based insights and translate them into credible, clear and compelling advice. The candidate will have worked in consultancy or other policy analyst positions and will understand what it takes to manage and successfully deliver projects in challenging contexts.

While the successful candidate is expected to focus on the role outlined above, there will also be the opportunity to manage business and client development while building the role further. 

Primary day-to-day duties of an Engagement Manager 

  • Structuring and applying economic frameworks to analytical problems.
  • Developing client solutions, addressing client input, and designing materials that effectively communicate recommendations.
  • Maintaining and developing relationships with existing clients and a broader professional network.
  • Keeping updated with knowledge by participating in external opportunities and networks
  • Identifying and contributing to business development and marketing opportunities.
  • Participating in and leading company improvements, developing junior staff.
  • Developing and seeing through plans; forecasting resources; preparing budgets.

Reporting and supervisory relationships: 

An Engagement Manager is often the primary lead on a project. As a result, an Engagement Manager will supervise up to five people, at Senior Economist, Economist and Analyst grade, on any one given project. An Engagement Manager will manage typically three to five projects at any time. They will also have direct line management responsibilities including professional development, feedback and mentorship for between two to six people. The Engagement Manager will report to the Head of Natural Resources. Oversight can be limited, and an Engagement Manager is expected to take substantial responsibility for delivery of high-quality outputs. An Engagement Manager will also report to the Directors regarding non-project work, such as client development and operational responsibilities.

Experience and qualifications: 

Candidates must have sufficient experience to demonstrate competency in the duties described. As a guide, an Engagement Manager is expected to have at least eight to ten years of experience, with at least two to four years' experience in consultancy strongly preferred. 

A first class or upper second-class degree in either economics or a closely related field is required. An MSc/MA or Ph.D. in a relevant field is strongly preferred. Fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other languages is an advantage. 

Work by the Natural Resources practice group involves an eclectic range of sectors and analytical techniques, organised under three pillars. Candidates are expected to have significant expertise within at least one of the pillars outlined below and show the drive and capability to make broader contributions. The pillars are: 

  • Resilience and disaster risk management, where we help clients understand risk, invest in resilience and manage extreme events, including through disaster risk finance strategies. Relevant expertise would include economic assessment of risk, climate change adaptation, infrastructure for resilience, social safety nets and disaster risk finance instruments – as well as more general expertise related to the insurance sector. 
  • Water, where we promote efficient, resilient provision of water services, ensuring access for all and protecting the natural environment. Relevant expertise would include an understanding economic regulation of utilities, econometric techniques for cost assessment, water resource management planning and financial models for infrastructure. 
  • Land use and biodiversity, where we help clients understand the economics, policy and finance of biodiversity, appraise interventions, develop investment strategy, understand risk, impact and uncertainty. Relevant expertise would include an understanding of the policy levers, appraisal techniques and financial models pertinent to this field. 

Our work is international in scope and candidates should expect some travel, though this can be managed according to preferences. 

How to apply: Via https://vivideconomics.peopleh..

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