Consultant Economist - Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra

  • Shape public policy
  • B Corp certified company
  • Permanent, full-time role
  • Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra location

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The opportunity

SGS is seeking an early career Economist to join our team in our Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra offices. We are looking for someone with formal qualifications in economics, econometrics, mathematics, or a similar quantitative field, who can take an analytic approach to providing policy advice. In particular, the use of spatial data, and analysis of urban/city economics is a significant component of SGS’ work.

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. Applicants will display a desire and ability to learn new techniques and concepts, both autonomously and by working in a team.

For this quantitative role, we seek applicants who are skilled in the use of MS Excel and have experience with one or more software packages commonly used for data analysis (R, Python, SQL, etc). However, the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with both technical and non-technical colleagues/clients is also crucial. Additionally, experience with Economic appraisals or Cost Benefit Analysis will be highly desirable.

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. That is the kind of work you can expect at SGS.

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 an inclusive and supportive work environment. Our approach to work is team based, we encourage our team to collaborate in new and exciting ways virtually and in our offices.


We understand that workplace flexibility is important, we seek to support our team with working arrangements that allow for greater balance. We will ensure you are equipped to complete your work from our office and your home office. We are committed to the ongoing improvement of gender equality in the workforce and 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.


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

Please submit your resume, a cover letter that includes a response to the expectations, requirements, skills and attributes of the role, outlined in the attached Position Description to by 7th of November, 2021.

Click here to download the Position Description.

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