Current Vacancies

Principal/Senior Economist/Planner - London

Job Description:

This position of principal/senior economist/planner is to play an important role in the Economics team marketing and securing work and managing and helping deliver projects.

The Savills Economics team has established a reputation as one of the leading players in the UK covering property and economic analysis and research.  We are working on projects including: Oxford-Cambridge Expressway development impacts for Highways England; industrial intensification market analysis for clients including the Greater London Authority and Berkeley Homes; land value uplift and capture analysis for Transport for London; Manchester High Speed 2 stations development frameworks for Manchester City Council; preparation of an estate business plan for Scone Palace; and economic benefits assessments, social infrastructure analysis and negotiations, and infrastructure funding bids for a range of developers and land owners.

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 for projects and programmes, including major proposals and estate/property initiatives.
  • Carrying out social and economic impact assessments, for example as part of the formal environmental impact assessment (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 role of the principal/senior economist/planner is to:

  • Lead on/work with others on marketing and bids to secure work
  • Manage large (principal level), medium and small sized projects
  • Directing small projects (principal level)
  • Input in to preparing and updating the team’s business plan
  • Ensure the profitable performance of assigned projects
  • Help develop new business opportunities in the field of economic consultancy (specific areas to be agreed, and ideas from candidates are welcome).

Key Activities:

  • Draw up, present and negotiate competitive proposals
  • Liaise and cultivate good relationships with clients and fellow professionals
  • 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
  • Management of junior 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Head Office London

+44 (0) 20 3320 8242

+44 (0) 20 3320 8242