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Research Analyst - Consulting - PittsburghPittsburgh, United States

Posted 14 August 2019

CRU Consulting is the consultancy arm of the CRU Group and delivers bespoke projects to a wide section of clients in the mining, metals and fertilisers industries. Many of our projects are related to valuation and strategy decisions faced by our clients. We provide value to our clients through accurate data, insightful analysis and timely delivery.

Our Pittsburgh Consulting team are looking to hire an ambitious Research Analyst. The role will  report into the Project Manager, and is responsible for working on a wide range of projects across CRU’s Consulting desks (Base metals, Fertilizers, Ferrous, High Value and Multi-commodity) in order to become familiar both with a range of commodity markets and the way CRU Consulting execute and manage projects.

Candidates need to have an Undergraduate degree in Economics or in a similar field with a minimum grade of 3.0.

CRU operate globally, so the successful candidate would be expected to travel to meet business requirements.

Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities

Customer Interaction and Market Awareness

  • Initiate and develop customer exposure when working on a given project within the project team
  • Understand customer requirements and work with colleagues to meet those needs
  • Keep informed on market developments
  • Take part in and contribute to customer/site visits and conference meetings as required, working with other team members and CRU Sales and Marketing team
  • Ensure customer inquiries are recorded and passed on to desk heads/sales/marketing often using CRU’s internal software
  • Represent CRU to customers and at conferences

Marketing, Project and Proposal Work

  • Use and develop data, models and methodologies
  • Contribute to marketing insights and presentations
  • Carry out primary research across a range of product areas, taking functional leadership from the lead consultant of those products
  • Find and manipulate data using existing data analysis methodologies, and identify key trends and messages in data
  • Maintain and develop a structured approach to data collection, storage and analysis
  • Understand and contribute to CRU’s research and forecast models and methodologies from complex commodity market data
  • Discover and develop own insights and model the implications for supply, demand, costs and prices
  • Develop and maintain a structured approach to data collection, storage and analysis
  • Use, maintain and develop data, models and methodologies that CRU use to produce transparent results for customers
  • Analyse and interpret data and statistics, charts and tables that are clear and meaningful
  • Work with senior researchers on developing and improving CRU models or investigating a project
  • Document frameworks in clear English and Maths, keeping to CRU formats

Report Writing and Presentations

  • Structure report sections in the “CRU Consulting” style
  • Explain CRU’s views clearly and engagingly in written reports and presentations
  • Responsible for meeting imposed deadlines

Team Work

  • Work in highly collaborative international teams; sharing information, presenting and testing ideas
  • Interact with CRU’s offices and key persons

Skills & Competencies 

  • Goal-oriented, with a high level of energy and enthusiasm; able to operate efficiently, effectively and professionally within a fast paced, dynamic and results driven business environment
  • Strong quantitative background and a creative thinker based on a robust approach to data/modelling
  • An analytical mind-set and able to get to grips quickly with the intricacies and complexities of the economics and data that drive our business and strategy
  • Strong commercial awareness
  • Ability to discuss confidently with market participants and an inquisitive mind to obtain information that helps CRU Consulting provide a unique understanding to these markets
  • Excellent team ethic and able to build strong interpersonal relationships
  • Demonstrates a ‘can-do’ attitude and a positive outlook
  • Organised and be able to deliver to strict deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail

Technical & Other Skills

  • Excellent IT skills including the use of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Aptitude to learn new systems; experience with statistical software (such as R,eviews or matlab) will be an advantage
  • Fluent written and spoken English
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