First listed on: 19 October 2022

Economic Consultant


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The Opportunity

  • Kickstart your career supporting economic research, analysis & consultation
  • Support rigorous economic analysis to internal and external senior stakeholders!
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

The Economic Consultant will play a key role in delivering economic research, analysis and consultation assistance within CSIRO Futures.

As the strategic advisory arm of Australia's national science organisation CSIRO Futures transforms the biggest challenges into opportunities for sustainable growth, helping our clients achieve their goals.

CSIRO Futures combines economic modelling, deep science and emerging technologies to solve strategic and technical problems in new ways. This ranges from strategic roadmaps that drive the creation of billion-dollar industries to game-changing business strategies. The group sits at the interface between science and industry and work closely with CSIRO’s researchers across the food and agriculture, health, energy and future industries, where they help senior decision makers develop evidence-based investment strategies.

Your role will contribute to exciting projects that seek to understand science and technology-enabled opportunities in particular industries and apply economic tools to quantify the economic impact and/or market sizes of emerging and existing technologies and/or industries.

Your duties will include:

  • Gather, understand, analyse and synthesise large amounts of information from disparate sources into logical, robust quantitative and qualitative insights and conclusions.
  • Extract information from client and industry workshops and interviews.
  • Undertake economic analysis of long-term trends and emerging technologies on the economy and key industries, with a focus on industry revenue and employment impacts.
  • Communicate succinctly and professionally in the provision of rigorous economic analysis to senior decision makers and peers within and outside of CSIRO, providing detailed and accurate information/reports based on robust and transparent evidence.
  • Assist with the creation of professional-quality client-facing project deliverables including presentations, written reports and other communications tools.
  • Actively develop an understanding of CSIRO and its key science domains to determine the most appropriate information sources and guide pertinent analysis and reporting.

Location: Melbourne Clayton, VIC (Hybrid Working Environment)
Salary: AU$66k - AU$84k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 2 years
Reference: 87201

To be considered you will need:

  • A degree in Economics or another relevant discipline and experience working in a consulting firm.
  • Experience applying cost-benefit modelling principles using ambiguous and complex quantitative and qualitative data to understand the impact of trends (such as emerging science and technology developments) on markets and key Australian economic indicators.
  • Demonstrated ability in applying economic analysis to support business strategy and investment decision making.
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in science and technology.
  • Excellent oral communication skills and experience generating professional quality client-facing written reports and deliverables that clearly communicate economic analysis and key insights to a senior executive-level audience. This includes the ability to present a clear narrative to help communicate challenging or contentious ideas to fellow team members and clients.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment and to identify and build positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

To enter a CSIRO site, CSIRO will require you to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (or show a valid medical exemption from vaccination). If you are unable to meet this requirement, then you must return a negative result on a Rapid Antigen Test (within 48 hours prior to attending site) and wear a face mask whilst on the CSIRO site. These requirements apply if you are attending a CSIRO site as part of a recruitment process.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Shortlisting for this role may take place as applications are received. We therefore reserve the right to close this vacancy once a suitable candidate has been appointed. Please consider applying as soon as possible.

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