Chief Economist, EIU

Job Locations United States-NY-New York
Economic Research


EIU is the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, the sister company to The Economist newspaper. Created in 1946, we have over 70 years’ experience in helping businesses, financial firms and governments to navigate the ever-changing global landscape.

EIU is currently hiring a Chief Economist, to be based in our US headquarters in New York. This role is a senior editorial role leading both the quality of our economic models and driving both the internal and external thought leadership for the EIU. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of Economic modelling with a proven track record of driving consistently deep insights and understanding of how the global economic landscape will impact our clients. The EIU is going through a period of transformation and you will be change minded to help us further enhance our products and support development of future products.

The role requires the ideal candidate to have a strong external profile with the ability to speak to both Economists and non-economists about a wide range of topics. This role has a dual reporting line into the Managing Director, Economist Intelligence and the Editor in Chief, The Economist.


The expected base salary for this position ranges from $150,000.00- $275,000.00. It is not typical for offers to be made at or near the top of the range. Rather, salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including relevant skills, training, experience, education, and, where applicable, licensure or certifications obtained. Market and organizational factors are also considered.


*Please note this opportunity is located in NYC. The hired candidate will be required to work from our NYC office several days per week. 


Be a thought leader and demonstrate deep global expertise

  • You will be a thought leader globally and on multiple topics.
  • Ideally have a strong external profile with the ability to speak to both Economists and non-economists about a wide range of topics. 
  • You will display the ability to debate/challenge and drive discussion forward in a productive manner, recognising others’ expertise, while ensuring your views are heard.
  • You will show a strong sense of editorial judgement and ensure adherence to editorial guidelines, including independence, objectivity and quality.

Lead high-quality forecasts and analysis

  • Ensure the global editorial team produces high-quality economic, politics and policy forecasts and insight - driving this through thought leadership, training and regular feedback.
  • Write data- and graphic-rich research notes and analysis that identify important trends and highlight implications for clients. 

Leadership and Management

  • You will be an experienced manager, able to demonstrate a track record of effective hiring, training, mentoring/coaching, development and performance management.
  • You will be experienced in leading a global team and will have a proven experience of managing across borders to provide a cohesive and high functioning team.
  • You will be capable of being influential outside of formal reporting lines.
  • You will work across the teams at The Economist Group providing Chief Economist and thought leadership to other editorial teams.

Relentlessly client-focused

  • This will involve the internal and external promotion of our forecasts and analysts, to colleagues, to clients, to prospects, to the media and via our Speaker Bureau service as well as at our sister company events business.
  • However, you will also be very user-focused, thinking about the way our clients consume our work and not the back-end way we process it. 
  • You will work collaboratively with EIU commercial colleagues to support new business development and key account retention.
  • You will lead the development of the editorial team to convey the content in a relevant way to the clients specific use case.

Project work

  • You will ensure that client specific projects are managed within our editorial guidelines and that content remains true to the brand values.

Experience, skills and professional attributes

  • A deep knowledge and understanding of Economic analysis and forecasting with an ability to translate that to a non-economist.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills and an ability to write and edit under time pressure.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills, including the ability to mentor and inspire an intellectually-driven team, and the ability to support and balance the competing requirements of colleagues outside of your team. 
  • You will be a leader, able to influence the work of those who do not sit under your direct management.
  • Outstanding presentation skills and a strong public profile.


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