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Director - Economics - London (2393) in London at BuroHappold Engineering

Date Posted: 3/24/2018

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BuroHappold Cities brings together the expertise of world class engineers, economists and consultants to examine cities from a variety of angles, giving our clients a unique picture of the challenges to tackle and the assets and opportunities their city can capitalise on. Working on a diverse range of fascinating projects that cover urban development, infrastructure planning and design, resource management, and programme delivery, our Cities business unit is at the forefront of innovation in the urban environment.

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The BuroHappold Economics team has developed strongly over the last few years, with a growing international portfolio of economic development and urban regeneration projects. 

The group takes a lead role on the majority of its projects – managing the relationship with the client and building multi-disciplinary project teams drawn from both inside and outside BuroHappold Cities. Close integration between economics, planning and engineering disciplines is a market differentiator for the consulting group’s work.

The projects within the group cover a wide range of issues - from industrial and sector strategy; enterprise and SME development; capability development; urban resilience and infrastructure development – and at all levels from regional planning through to development of key sites within cities. The project workload has a strongly international focus, covering both developed and developing countries.

Example projects include:

  • Detroit city strategic plan, USA – preparation of a 20 year infrastructure rationalisation plan and ongoing support to the local programme management organisation for this high-profile US city undergoing fiscal and economic re-structuring.
  • King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia – development of an economic strategy to underpin a revised approach to overall development of the new city. Ongoing work has included a detailed review of the automotive sector in Saudi Arabia and its suitability for the new city, as well as detailed sector investment strategy for port-related sites.
  • DLR Lewisham Extension, UK- the preparation of passenger forecasts for the link to cover the period to the end of the concession in 2021. The findings of the report were utilised in the financial model for the concession.
  • Kuwait Economic Zones – preparation of a national level strategy for the development and spatial integration of three new Special Economic Zones, aligned to the country’s plans for economic diversification, development of the SME sector and increased economic participation.
  • Rosario to Victoria Toll Bridge, Argentina – advice to investors regarding historic traffic and revenue levels  

BuroHappold succeeds through the collaborative skills of its people. The key requirements for the Director role in the Economics team are as follows:


  • Minimum 2:1 honours degree in Economics or a related subject (where Economics comprises a significant component) from an internationally recognised university
  • Postgraduate degree in a subject area related to Economics and/or Urban Development (or where Economics comprises a significant component). 

Person specification:

  • An extensive working foundation in the fields of consulting, economic development, real estate advisory or infrastructure appraisal
  • Demonstrate a track record in strategy development for high profile public and private sector  clients to deliver actionable results. Significant previous experience with a recognised consulting organisation is essential
  • Have significant experience of quantitative economic modelling, economic appraisal and economic impact assessment, along with familiarity of design, development and use of financial or business case modelling techniques
  • Have an exceptional understanding of, and good networks with, city administration, and wider government clients globally as well as high profile international real estate developers. An industry thought leader evidenced by T experience gained through research, publications or academic activities and demonstrable use of social media to promote innovative practice in economic development
  • Have significant international consulting experience and willingness to travel regularly commensurate with the international focus of BuroHappold’s portfolio. 
  • Demonstrate strong cultural awareness to operate across a wide range of geographies; aligned to the international spread of the current client base.
  • Be a proven work winner with a track record of growing a strong, capable consulting team;
  • Have the ability to consult on and provide bespoke solutions for projects covering economic strategy, business case and business planning, urban planning, and urban regeneration for major public and private sector-led  projects;
  • Demonstrate an ability to have strong trusted advisor relationships with key clients.
  • Be an experienced project leader, with a strong track record of leading multi-disciplinary teams in an urban development or real estate setting;
  • Have a proven record in developing and maintaining relationships with a variety of non-client stakeholders, internally and externally.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how economic development is fundamental to successful planning;
  • Have significant experience of leadership in a consultancy environment; inspiring, mentoring and leading a high performing team;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of urban/city challenges and the value of providing an integrated offer including economics, planning and technical infrastructure expertise

The role is based in London but will require significant international travel, therefore the mobility to travel is considered a requirement for this role. 

BuroHappold is proud to be a practice of a diverse range of professionals that reflects the countries in which we operate.  We understand that through collaboration, diverse people with different experiences develop the most innovative and elegant solutions. BuroHappold actively promotes inclusivity across the practice to enable every individual to reach their full potential. This begins with a fair and inclusive recruitment process which focuses on your skills, competencies and experiences in relation to the role.


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