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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 that our focus is on linking developments in the wider economy to sectors and countries that matter most to our clients in the global mining, metals and fertilizer industries.

The key responsibilities of the China Senior Economist include:

Provide first rate analysis of China, including 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

Own and update CRU’s China end use model (construction, vehicles, etc)

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

Support the wider Economics team by helping to produce the global forecast, guiding junior members of the team and covering other administrative tasks and regions as required

Write analytical pieces on China, other economies and global issues to showcase our economic expertise

Essential Criteria

Fluent written and spoken Mandarin language skills

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

PhD in Economics 

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

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

Additional Information

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

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