The Centre for Forecasting and Modelling seeks a Director to lead the team in charge of model development, maintenance and scenario analysis. The Center's role is to put the best of current economic thinking to work in helping our customers make critical business decisions. The team is comprised of 6 people located in the US and Europe. They are responsible for updating the data and models used by the country economists to prepare their forecasts, providing assistance to model users (both internal and external), and quantifying alternative scenarios. The Director will work in close cooperation with the Value Added Data team in charge of preparing and quality-checking the data, and with the International Economics’ Innovation Centre whose mission is to ensure that our offerings remain at the edge of the innovation frontier. The successful candidate will have good management skills, extensive experience in econometric modelling, a good understanding of models used in the financial sector and sound knowledge of cutting-edge techniques in macroeconometrics and forecasting. International experience and knowledge of EViews are a plus.
General Job Duties
The primary responsibilities of the role are to manage a team responsible for:
- Manage a team of econometricians in charge of maintaining and further developing the macroeconomic and industry models which drive IHS Markit’s economic forecasts.
- Use the model in regular forecasting exercises (data &forecast updates, etc.).
- Contribute to further model enhancements, and to the development of additional modules linking the model to otherforecasting tools used at IHS Markit or by customers.
- Design and run alternative scenarios with the model.
- Develop programs for innovative data visualization.
- Provide training to users, both internals and customers.
- Support the sales process.
- Write special reports commenting the results of scenario analyses.
- Collaborate with other Senior Members of the Center for Forecasting and Modelling to enhance the operational efficiency of the forecast process.
- Advanced degree in economics or statistics, Business Informatics, or Econometrics. A PhD would be a plus.
- Extensive experience in applied econometrics and modelling, and proven competence in handling international economic data.
- Excellent oral and written communication (in English) and an interest in communicating cutting-edge economic ideas to a non-professional audience.
- Ability to program in EViews or other econometric packages.
- Excellent interpersonal and managerial skills, and ability to work in a collaborative environment.
- Extensive experience interacting with clients.
- Ability to work under tight deadlines.
International experience will be highly valued.