Senior Economist, Global - Indicators

New York, NY
Economy, Strategy and Finance Center
New York, NY
190,000.00 Annual
145,000.00  Annual
Full Time

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Position Summary:

The Senior Economist will lead the global business cycle indicators (BCI) team and produce insights on the global economy. This is a member-facing role requiring ease of interaction with a C-Suite audience, as well as absolute discretion regarding the management of proprietary data.

The Senior Economist will be responsible for managing and producing The Conference Board’s proprietary leading, current, and lagging economic indicators for the global economy and 12 countries, as well as derivative data and tools, including recession probability and tracking models. The incumbent will lead experimentation to improve existing BCIs and develop new ones and will also lead production, analysis, development, and marketing of the US CEO and Consumer Confidences indexes. This individual will also manage vendor relationships pertaining to the above indicators.

The Senior Economist role requires the frequent production of written insights on a variety of themes, including global growth, trade, supply chains, inflation, monetary and fiscal policy. An important role of the incumbent is to be featured in websites, podcasts, and briefings to both Member and non-member convenings. The Senior Economist will also be called on to support the Chief Economist’s responsibilities including leading global forecast meetings and ideation of new themes for research and investigation.

The Senior Economist will manage a team of 3 to 7 reports (direct and indirect) and serve as a member of the Chief Economist’s core leadership team.


  • Maintain and perpetuate the growth of The Conference Board BCI indicators business by maintaining revenue base and expanding with new products.
  • Supervise the work of the indicators team to produce data and insights in a timely fashion.
  • Ensure quality of output vis-à-vis BCIs and confidence indicators to prevent errors.
  • Accurately analyze results of the CEO Confidence and Consumer Confidence gauges monthly
  • Ideation of new tools, develop and document processes to improve efficiency.
  • Review the data products and written commentary of indicators team to ensure accuracy.
  • Edit press releases and written insights of reports weekly.
  • Manage relationships with data vendors – partners and suppliers – to ensure maximum revenue and cost savings for The Conference Board (i.e., protecting the bottom line, but also delivering greater revenue).
  • Identify and build revenue opportunities for the indictors program.
  • Ideate new insights for global macroeconomic themes, including global trade and value chains, global and regional growth, global and regional inflation drivers, and the interactions of regional fiscal and monetary policies with global economic growth.
  • Produce pithy and digestible insights regarding the abovementioned themes: creating clear goals and realistic deadlines for frequent output.
  • Present research results to Members, external media, the economist community, and other users through a variety of channels, including webcasts, briefings, external media interviews, and presentations to large gatherings at business and economics conferences.
  • Championing our five core values: Relevance, Openness, Innovation, Integrity, and Collaboration.


  • Macroeconomist with knowledge of the dynamics of global growth required.
  • Possess a Ph.D. or Master’s degree in Economics or related field with a minimum experience of 5-10 years working in a data-intensive production environment.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to interpret data accurately and quickly.
  • Keen attention to detail and meeting strict deadlines.
  • Exemplary writing, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Flexible and willing to deliver pithy but impactful insights appealing to a C-suite audience.
  • Capable of editing written content and providing constructive feedback.
  • Experience with several software and statistical packages (including Excel and E-views, possibly STATA, SAS, Python, or Matlab) as well as programming experience.
  • Knowledge of visualization tools (PowerPoint, Tableau) preferred.
  • Experience managing a team and project management is required.
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary, business-oriented, hybrid team environment.
  • Comfortable working well under pressure.