Current Vacancies

Director/Associate Director Economics - London

Job Description:

Savills is building a new Economics and Property team reporting to our head of department. This position of director/associate director is to play a key role in the team helping build up and deliver work and manage the team. Our aim is to be one of the leading economics and property teams in the UK within two to three years and this post is a significant opportunity to take on responsibility and help grow an exciting area of business.

The remit of the Economics team is to lead on work in the field of property, planning and economics, covering:

  • Preparing and influencing economic, planning, property, regeneration, and infrastructure development strategy, policy and research at national, sub-regional and local levels.
  • Establishing the economic, financial and business cases in favour of projects and programmes, including major proposals and estate/property initiatives.
  • Carrying out social and economic impact assessments, for example as part of the formal EIA process.
  • Developing new business opportunities in the field of economic consultancy as opportunities arise.

The team draws upon and works with other teams in Savills, for example its remit includes working with the Savills Research team to jointly develop areas of research that will raise the profile of the company.

The team has already made good progress with a range of high profile projects. These include: preparation of Manchester HS2 property development strategy for Manchester City Council; research in to land value uplift associated with major infrastructure projects for TfL; Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Corridor property market and economy study for the National Infrastructure Commission; Oxford North development proposals national economic benefits assessment for one of the Oxford University colleges; Scone Palace visitor centre business plan; and build to rent market failure analysis and policy recommendations for the British Property Federation.

The role of the director/associate director is to:

  • Work closely with the head of department in building up the Economics team.
  • Work with the head of department in preparing and updating the team’s business plan.
  • Lead on/work with others on marketing and bids to secure work.
  • Direct or manage a range of projects.
  • Working with the head of department to ensure the profitable performance of the team in line with agreed targets.
  • Develop new business opportunities in the field of economic consultancy (specific areas to be agreed, and ideas from candidates are welcome).
  • Manage other staff as appropriate with successful growth of the team.

Key Activities:

  • Business planning and setting of strategy.
  • Marketing.
  • Draw up, present and negotiate competitive proposals.
  • Liaise and cultivate good relationships with clients and fellow professionals.
  • Build relationships with other divisions with a view to create joint business development opportunities.
  • Take responsibility for projects from the earliest stages through to completion.
  • Undertake research and analysis.
  • Develop creative and original solutions to satisfy all parties.
  • Write complex reports, interpreting data and making clear and relevant recommendations.
  • Prepare/make presentations at meetings.
  • Communicate and negotiate effectively with clients and colleagues.
  • Effective financial management of projects to ensure profitable delivery.
  • Team building.
  • Management of staff (with successful growth of the team).
  • Maintain an awareness of market conditions and the impact of government policies.
  • Keep informed about documents relating to relevant policy and practice.
  • Attends external events to create local contacts and identify business opportunities.

Candidate Profile:

  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Detail conscious, accurate.
  • Thrives under pressure, can work to tight deadlines.
  • Team player.
  • Strives to deliver an exceptional level of service to clients at all times.
  • Ability to market, generate and deliver significant quantities of work for the team
  • A good knowledge of micro-economics principles and concepts, feasibility studies and business plans, and ability to effectively apply this knowledge to the team’s areas of work.
  • A good knowledge of the UK planning system and how to prepare property development frameworks and strategies.
  • Numerical and analytic skills, preferably including modelling expertise (usual in Excel) and ability to carry out property appraisals.
  • Expertise in successfully managing projects and teams to budget and programme (essential).
  • Consultancy experience (strongly desirable)
  • A degree in town planning, geography, property surveying, economics, or a related discipline, or equivalent experience (essential).
  • An MSc/MBA/equivalent qualification in a relevant field (desirable), or overall equivalent experience.
  • Membership of an appropriate professional institution such as the RTPI and/or RICS (desirable).

Application Details:

Please apply via e-mail enclosing a CV and your current salary details to:

Anna Pugh

Salary details available upon application, commensurate with experience and skills.

You are also invited to complete the following: Equal Opportunities Monitoring Information Form

The Company is an Equal Opportunities Employer. View our Equality and Diversity Policy.



Key contacts

Anna Pugh

Anna Pugh

PA to Head of Division
Planning Management

Savills Margaret Street

+44 (0) 20 3320 8242

+44 (0) 20 3320 8242