Senior 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 a Senior 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 a similar quantitative field, who can take an analytic approach to providing policy advice. This role requires 4 to 5 years’ work experience in the private or public sector and experience leading a small-scale multidisciplinary team. Experience in project management, preparing high quality engaging reports, presentations, proposals for clients and understanding of the importance of communication, is essential.

Responsibilities of the successful applicant will range from identifying the key issues in real-world problems, to forming hypotheses and critically analysing data, through to synthesising conclusions and recommendations. Highly desirable applicants are those who can demonstrate attention to detail, take pride in a high standard of work, and can apply problem-solving skills alongside their technical capabilities.

For this role, we seek applicants who are highly skilled in the use of MS Excel and have experience with one or more software packages commonly used for data analysis. Experience with financial appraisals and economic appraisals or cost benefit analysis is essential to the work. Additional experience in providing inputs to business cases seeking government funding will be highly regarded. Candidates will have the ability to effectively communicate, collaborate and manage with both technical and non-technical colleagues and clients - this is crucial to the role. Experience with the use of spatial data, and analysis of urban/city economics as it is a significant component of SGS’ work.

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.