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Sia Partners

Economist - Energy & Utilities (Water)

90 Bartholomew Close, EC1A 7EB London, Royaume-Uni

Company description

Sia Partners is a specialist Management Consulting firm which was initially established in Paris, France in 1999 and has grown into a global firm with over 1,800 employees and annual revenue exceeding $300m. Our culture is strongly orientated towards high-quality expertise and delivering excellent results and outcomes for our clients, which include a wide range of multinational companies. Testament to its success, Sia Partners has shown double-digit growth every year since inception.

With our consultants representing 41 different nationalities, we are a highly diverse team spread across more than 30 offices in 17 countries. However, using innovative technologies such as our own in-house apps, social networks, and digital tools, we provide a truly integrated global service.

Sia Partners is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity, inclusion and employee well-being. Our diversity and inclusion networks (local and global) contribute to a pipeline of initiatives to enhance employee quality of life and foster a caring environment to work in. Employees are encouraged to contribute to these initiatives and drive positive change in the organisation across 5 pillars: Women@Sia, LGBTQ+, Multi-Ethnic, Well-being and Environment.

Job description

What do we do?

In the UK, Sia Partners’ Energy & Utilities practice work with regulators, suppliers and infrastructure funds on a variety of projects. We are continuing to expand our consulting business in the UK and are looking for talented people who are committed to building relationships and delivering results. In particular, we are looking for an Economist to strengthen our expertise in the Water sector to meet client demand and as part of our ongoing growth.

As part of our team, you will be involved in a range of projects with clients across the energy & utilities space, predominantly within Water, covering topics such as:

  • Business strategy definition & implementation: business plan creation and validation, strategy design and implementation, benchmarking;
  • Regulatory transformation: regulation impact analysis, stakeholder & customer engagement, audits and assessments, organisational gap analysis;
  • Business Improvement: business process mapping & re-engineering, performance management design & implementation, benchmarking & analysis;
  • Investor Assistance: regulatory analysis, financial modelling, performance assessment, due diligence;
  • Project & programme management: management of business and IS projects with both internal stakeholders and third parties.

As a Manager, you will be responsible for…

  • Leading the delivery of projects, potentially working across several clients in the UK and, if required, support overseas engagements;
  • Supporting business development activities, working with Senior Managers and Directors to develop proposals for practice-related opportunities;
  • Recognising opportunities for Sia Partners to expand their offering to existing clients;
  • Building and maintaining your own external professional peer networks;
  • Contributing to thought leadership, working on blogs and the development of Sia Partners ‘assets’ including methodology and tools;
  • Supporting marketing campaigns and overall external positioning of Sia Partners across social networks;
  • Facilitating own learning and specialist subject matter knowledge whilst supporting Senior Consultants to further develop their knowledge and consulting skills within the practice;
  • Working closely with other teams within Sia Partners to share information;
  • Coaching and mentoring junior colleagues’ performance and development;
  • Developing your specific service expertise.

You can expect…

  • A diverse and supportive atmosphere, where innovation and initiative are encouraged;
  • A commitment to diversity, inclusion and employee well-being;
  • Opportunities to flex your intellectual and creative muscles;
  • Welcoming, friendly and professional colleagues;
  • A personal development plan with clear goals for advancement;
  • A meritocratic approach to promotion that rewards those who exceed expectations;
  • A competitive salary, in line with the market and your peers.
  • Flexible working arrangements;
  • A performance-related bonus;
  • Health, life, dental, optical and travel insurance;
  • An employer-matched contribution pension scheme;
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • 25 days holiday per year, plus Bank Holidays.


What skills and experience are we looking for?

  • 5 or more years Management Consulting experience or other relevant experience in the Water industry e.g. utilities regulator, water supplier or infrastructure fund.
  • Strong interest in the water sector and a demonstrable understanding of the value chain.
  • Prior experience of regulatory and competition economics applied to a utility sector.
  • Project experience in some of the following areas:
    • design of price controls and regulatory frameworks.
    • design of incentive mechanisms, access pricing, charging arrangements and tariff design.
    • regulatory and commercial strategy.
    • cost of capital and financeability.
    • regulatory accounting and reporting.
    • efficiency analysis.
    • economic impact assessments.
  • Examples of utilising and visualising quantitative analysis to generate actionable insight.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.

What academic qualifications do you need?

  • Bachelor’s Degree (2:1) or international equivalent in Economics or a related subject.