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China Senior EconomistLondon, United Kingdom

CRU is seeking a talented and motivated Senior Economist to provide thought leadership on China. In addition to producing and owning CRU’s view of China, as a senior team member you will play an important role in contributing to our global view as well. 

CRU is a global company that undertakes analysis and consultancy of commodities markets. The Economics team is a small team of analysts who are responsible for producing a global forecast and story to support that view. The team’s brand is ‘where macroeconomics meets commodities’, which means our focus is on linking developments in the wider economy to sectors and countries that matter to our clients in the global mining, metals and fertilizer industries.

CRU has a strong ethos around continuous learning and respecting good work-life balance, with many opportunities to grow your knowledge and network. This is an opportunity to work in a truly international company with offices in Beijing, London, Mumbai, Pittsburgh, Santiago, Singapore and Sydney. This role will provide the opportunity to become part of a dynamic, supportive and truly international team.   

The key responsibilities of the China Senior Economist include:

Provide first rate analysis of China, drawing on data and models as required

Provide commentary on key Chinese data releases and policy actions

Review and produce a 5-year view for the key drivers of Chinese economic growth.

Communicate the story that supports your China view to internal and external clients

Maintain a deep and current understanding of the economic, financial and political forces shaping China’s economy

Maintain/update the long-term China forecast to 2050, which includes regional components

Own and update our China end use model (construction, vehicles, etc)

Coordinate the view on China costs with our Beijing/Shanghai offices

Support the Economics team by helping to produce the global forecast, supporting junior members of the team as needed

Write Special Feature (analytical pieces) on China, other economies and global issues to showcase our economic expertise.  

Be a flexible team player, covering other tasks and regions as required

Business travel to Asia twice a year

Essential Criteria

Masters in Economics from a top tier university

Bachelors degree in Economics (minimum 2.1) from a top tier university (or equivalent level qualification from a university outside the UK)

Proven economic excellence in analysing the Chinese Economy

Ability to use, maintain, and develop the data and models required to produce short and long-term forecasts

Ability to construct a compelling narrative and have the confidence to express and defend it

First class communication skills, with fluent written and spoken English

Proficiency in Excel, including chart creation and data organisation


Desirable Criteria

Proficiency with statistical software, such as R or E-view

Experience using a macro model for forecasting (e.g. Oxford Economics)

Experience working in a central bank, the public sector or an international organisation

Additional Information

Given the international nature of the role, there will be opportunity to travel to Asia

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