Manager, Policy & Insights

Job Locations United Kingdom-London | AE-Dubai



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Economist Impact combines the rigour of a think-tank with the creativity of a media brand to engage a globally influential audience. We believe that evidence-based insights can open debate, broaden perspectives and catalyse progress. The services offered by Economist Impact previously existed within The Economist Group as separate entities, including EIU Thought Leadership, EIU Public Policy, EIU Health Policy, Economist Events, EBrandConnect and SignalNoise. 


Along with framework design, benchmarking, economic and social impact analysis, forecasting and scenario modelling, we bring creative storytelling, events expertise, design-thinking solutions and market-leading media products, making Economist Impact uniquely positioned to deliver measurable outcomes.


Economist Impact’s Policy & Insights team specialises in delivering research and engagement programmes that use evidence and data to drive change on the critical economic and public policy issues facing our world. Our clients include government bodies, international organisations and corporates, and we provide evidence, insights and advice to shape their policies and programmes.


Economist Impact’s Policy & Insights team in EMEA is looking for a Research Manager to work within an internationally-focused and diverse team. The successful candidate will support our consulting and research projects with strong public policy and thought leadership components. Candidates can either choose to be based in London or Dubai. 


Our four core thematic practice areas include (1) Health, (2) Globalisation, Trade & Finance, (3) Sustainability, Climate Change & Natural Resources, and (4) Technology and Society. We also deliver work on a wide range of issue areas aligned with sustainable development goals, including education, migration, future of work and international development. We are open to candidates that want to work across these themes, or specialise in one to two themes.


How you will contribute:


Project execution

  • Develop quantitative and qualitative methodologies and research techniques to drive new, analytic insights on key policy and research questions.
  • Acts as project leader for multiple client engagements simultaneously.
  • Responsible for final results, quality of the project and overall client satisfaction.
  • Effectively manages project team members, including performance management.
  • Present interim project and final project deliverables to clients.

Business development

  • Serve as a consultant and commercial liaison, working to deepen client relationships, and collaborate closely with representatives of other Economist Group businesses in EMEA.
  • Serve as a client contact for key accounts – use influence and position to renew and grow these accounts, deepening the relationships with these clients; build and maintain relationships with key clients to ensure business is renewed and expanded. 
  • Actively support business development activities through the generation of compelling proposals for new business development. 

Capacity building

  • Coach, train and mentor other team members in matters of career and personal development.
  • Develop methods and approaches for research/services that will help to scale up the EIU Public Policy and Thought Leadership business and to ensure consistent quality of output.
  • Work with other parts of the Economist Intelligence Unit, including Media Businesses, to secure valuable input to Public Policy and Thought Leadership projects. 



  • Manage Analysts, including planning and overseeing the project resourcing and career development of team member(s);
  • Support Regional Director & Team Lead(s) in regional resource (staff) assignments for both business development and project delivery.

Experience, skills and professional attributes

The desirable skills for this role include: 

  • Five years or more of consulting, think tank or other research experience with at least one year in a Managerial position
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated ability to translate complex research and analysis into clear and jargon-free prose highlighting key findings and policy analysis
  • Strong data and policy analysis skills; ability resolve complex and unfamiliar problems in a timely manner
  • Client management experience; comfortable with client interaction and interest in building relationships
  • Strong interpersonal skills to create easy working relationships with clients, partners and the internal team
  • Proven ability to motivate and lead project teams and meet deadlines under pressure
  • Ability to develop business from new and / or existing client accounts
  • Energy and desire to grow as part of a highly entrepreneurial team


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