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Business Analyst - Economist Intelligence Unit - Canback

Business Analyst - Economist Intelligence Unit - Canback

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United States-MA-Cambridge

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As the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) helps leaders prepare for opportunity, empowering them to act with confidence when making strategic decisions. The EIU is the global standard in providing quality, actionable intelligence to the public and private sector, assessing issues that impact the marketplace for over two hundred countries.


EIU Canback, the Consumer Practice of the EIU and the world’s leading management consulting firm leveraging predictive analytics and serving global consumer-facing clients through four practices: Strategy, Organic Growth, Inorganic Growth, and Organizing for Performance, is currently seeking Business Analysts to work within Canback consulting teams and with client leadership to evaluate business problems, assemble recommendations, and communicate information and ideas clearly throughout projects.


The Business Analyst is an exciting and challenging role, with the opportunity to work independently and creatively under the direction Project Managers on projects aimed at unlocking latent market opportunities.  Business Analysts also assist in developing new client opportunities, as well as delivering projects in one of Canback’s knowledge domains supporting our consumer goods, retail, consumer finance and Information and communications technology clients on a global basis.


If you have an affinity for analytics and the drive to engage in analytical problem solving including number-based strategy consulting and the gravitas to interact effectively with senior client executives, we look forward to reading your application. 


EIU Canback is staffed with consultants operating in 57 countries, EIU Canback is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has other core offices in Johannesburg, London, and Beijing. Satellite and sales offices are located in Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, New York, Chicago, Mexico City, and Jakarta. You can learn more at


In the role you would be expected to:


  • Participate in projects for multi-national firms in emerging markets
  • Assist with M&A due diligence projects
  • Manipulate large datasets to extract quantitative findings
  • Conduct research to develop local insights to bridge the geographic and cultural gap
  • Integrate qualitative analysis
  • Conduct statistical analyses based on our in-house models using Excel and Stata
  • Create presentations and participate in regular updates with clients
  • Participate in internal initiatives including marketing efforts and recruiting

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have:


  • Bachelor’s degree with a leaning towards quantitative and/or business-related fields from a leading university
  • A love of analytics and a willingness to engage in analytical problem solving
  • Demonstrated analytical prowess
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a professional and collaborative environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to develop PowerPoint presentations and utilize Microsoft excel advanced features
  • Eligibility to work in the United States including being able to obtain work permits/visas for the other countries

To succeed in the role you will be able to demonstrate: 


  • Strong demonstrated quantitative, analytical and conceptual thinking capability, with attention to detail
  • Ability to develop into a strong influencer at senior levels as well as excellent problem solving skills
  • Personal credibility, integrity and gravitas along with personal drive and motivation
  • Sound judgement and decision making ability
  • Ability to work independently as well as a collaborative team player
  • Commitment, drive and enthusiasm and an understanding that consulting is a profession and not a business
  • Accountability / sense of ownership / results driven
  • Ability to interact with other consultants in the EIU and the wider Economist Group


To apply please include a resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript