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Chief Economist (Microeconomist)

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Job Introduction

We’re recruiting for a Chief Economist to join the Policy team based in London. It’s a role providing professional economic leadership advising on public policy and competition economics, regulatory, and other policy matters across the BBC. This is a permanent opportunity.

Our team is the guardian of the BBC’s understanding of its public policy and regulatory environment. It manages the BBC’s relationship with key external stakeholders and leads the development of public policy positions. The Policy team forms part of the Managing Director’s group and sits right at the heart of the BBC. The Policy team provides high level policy support to key BBC projects and supports the development of the BBC’s policies and strategies, to promote the BBC’s interests at a time of rapid change in technology, consumer behaviour and regulation.

Role Responsibility

As Chief Economist, you will be advising on public policy and competition economic issues across the BBC.  Leading a small team of economists responsible for economic analysis necessary for assessing the market impact of the BBC’s ongoing activities and future initiatives.  You will ensure that the BBC is properly informed of and helps to shape its political, policy and regulatory environment through external representation at a UK and EU level.

This is a role with profile and you will contribute to the policy debate on a range of regulatory and economics issues, including engagement with UK government, Ofcom and EU institutions, to ensure the BBC’s interests are adequately represented.  In addition, you will advise and brief senior management on relevant aspects of BBC public policy, regulatory, competition and economics policy.  You will also represent the BBC with Ofcom and key internal and external stakeholders.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Senior level experience as a micro-economist ideally with public policy expertise as well as competition/regulatory experience  within a government department, competition/regulatory authority,  a consulting environment, or a major communications sector company.
  • Experience of advising at Board-level on public policy economics and/or competition/regulatory economics matters and managing a range of stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills as well as the ability to influence internal and external stakeholders effectively are both essential.
  • Experience of leading a team of micro-economists with public policy expertise and/or competition/regulatory expertise.
  • Strong quantitative skills, and a proven track record of applying econometrics are desirable.

Package Description

Band:   F
Contract type:   Permanent
Location:   London-based role - potential for flexibility

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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