Consultant Economist

  • Shape public policy
  • B Corp certified company
  • Permanent, full-time role with flexible work arrangements

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SGS works for the public interest and aspire to provide Australia’s best independent policy advice. We are analytical thinkers, data enthusiasts and always curious about how places and communities work. We are serious about solving social, economic, and environmental issues as a certified B Corp, we want all people in Australia to benefit from more equitable and sustainable cities and regions. Our evidence-based insights help understand how places and economies function, assess what projects and programs work, and plan future places and precincts. That is the kind of work you can expect at SGS.

About this opportunity

We are seeking an early career Consultant Economist to join our team in our Sydney practice, candidates based in Melbourne and Canberra will also be considered. We are looking for someone with formal qualifications and applied knowledge in economics, econometrics, finance, commerce, or similar quantitative fields who understands the power of well-presented and accessible data.

We address real-world problems and provide public policy insights; we are looking for someone who is highly competent in collecting and preparing data from established and novel data sources and who has experience with economic evaluation – financial analysis, cost-benefit analysis, economic impact assessment and program evaluation. Additional experience in providing inputs to business cases seeking government funding will be highly regarded. Being highly proficient in MS Excel is essential while experience or exposure to data analysis, coding/statistical and visualisation packages and languages will also be seen favourably.

Highly desirable applicants are those who can demonstrate attention to detail and pride in a high standard of work, adaptability, initiative and strong conceptual skills. Applicants will display a strong desire and ability to learn new techniques and concepts, both autonomously and by working in multidisciplinary teams.

While based locally, you’ll work with clients across Australia and New Zealand and, on occasion, elsewhere internationally.

The benefits of being part of our team


SGS works for the public interest and aspire to provide Australia’s best independent policy advice. This is an opportunity to do work that is meaningful and have positive impact on local communities. Our commitment to social good is woven into the fabric of our culture. A certified Benefit Corporation (B Corp), we are part of a global movement of people working for a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable society.

Employee-owned company

We are an employee-owned organisation dedicated to helping business and government make successful policy and strategy decisions for the public interest. We invest our time, our resources, and our very best thinking to solving pressing issues for our clients.

Our team

We are a cohesive multidisciplinary team that range from analytical thinkers, data enthusiasts and those who are curious about how places and communities work. We offer a diverse, inclusive, and supportive work environment. Our approach to work is team based, we welcome collaboration and encourage our team to participate in any discussion across our many communication channels virtually and in our offices.


We understand that workplace flexibility and autonomy is important, we seek to support our team with flexible and hybrid working arrangements that allow for greater work life balance. We are committed to equal opportunities and the ongoing improvement of gender equality in the workforce, we have a substantial Parental Leave policy that allows our team to take time off when it matters most. In addition, we have a range of wellbeing initiatives, leave and policies that support your ongoing health. Overall, we’re kind to each other – we strive to build a positive, supportive, and inclusive culture of cohesive teams.


We have a large focus on ongoing professional development. As an important member of our team, you will learn and collaborate with senior team members while also participating in formal training aimed to build consulting expertise across a range of interesting and exciting projects. We also hold weekly workshops, courses, and presentations to share knowledge and skills collaboratively.

Apply today

To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter that includes a response to the expectations, requirements, skills and attributes of the role to

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage people with diverse backgrounds including people with disability, LGBTQIA+ people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply. If you have questions regarding the role, our workplace or would like to chat about other support you may need in successfully applying, please contact Danielle Blanco (HR Coordinator) on 0403 473 637.

Note: All applicants must have the right to work in Australia.