Who is Charles River Associates?

Charles River Associates is a top global consulting firm specializing in economic, financial, and management consulting services. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues. Since 1965, clients have engaged CRA for its unique combination of functional expertise and industry knowledge, and for its objective solutions to complex problems.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Charles River Associates is an equal opportunity employer. As part of our focus on equity and inclusion, we work to ensure a fair and consistent hiring process. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to an inclusive work environment.

Hiring Practices and Locations

For more information on each practice, please click on the practice title below to learn more.

What can CRA do for you?  

  • Work alongside some of the most respected scholars, specialists, industry experts and regulators in the world. CRA colleagues overseeing your development will often have PhD-level training and/or extensive industry or strategy consulting experience.
  • Analysts at CRA follow career paths to senior positions, or springboard from CRA to top graduate programs.
  • Formal and informal training programs, including:
    • Research and analysis training program focused on technical skills, consulting skills and networking with colleague
    • Quarterly technical training taught by in-house experts and affiliated professors
    • On-demand library of technical training workshops
    • Presentation skills and management training
  • Graduate school coaching and workshops, featuring small group Q&A with top admissions officers
  • Mentorship and coaching from an assigned senior staff colleague
  • Flexible feedback framework to provide continuous on-the-job feedback
  • Opportunities in recruiting, training, corporate sports teams, and volunteer activities in the local community
  • In-house immigration support for foreign nationals and those conducting international business travel
  • Tuition reimbursement program to cover training and skill development outside of CRA
  • Wellness program to promote health and well-being (e.g. nutrition counselling, financial wellbeing seminars, team fitness competitions)
  • Excellent benefits package

What can you expect working as a consultant?

CRA consultants are hired into one of our practice areas based on skill set and interest. Your specific responsibilities may include (varies by practice):

  • Technical Skills
    • Conducting sophisticated economic, financial, and strategic analysis in a project based environment
    • Developing familiarity with data that serves as input to this analysis, including company financial reporting, accounting statements, and social and economic survey data as well as non-financial measures of organizational performance
    • Programming, model building, and regression analysis in statistical analysis programs (such as Stata, SAS, R, or Python)
    • Ensuring reliability of analysis via peer review focused on testing the robustness of results
    • Developing familiarity with research tools most relevant for your practice area
  • Communication/Interpersonal Skills
    • Interacting with clients, by participating in client meetings or gathering data through interview-based research
    • Assembling compelling evidence from data and research that support our expert opinions and business recommendations
    • Working closely with senior-led teams, including respected scholars and industry experts

What do we look for?

    • Seeking students graduating from undergraduate or masters programs
    • Curious, highly-motivated graduates who have majored in economics, finance, mathematics, computer science, accounting, engineering, physical and biological sciences, or another quantitative discipline
    • Research experience and quantitative ability
    • Economic and financial concepts (practice dependent)
    • Strong attention to accuracy and quality
    • Exceptional English written and oral communication skills
    • Demonstrate a high level of initiative and take pride and ownership in their work
    • Ability to use data to solve client problems
    • Work in close coordination with a team
    • Clear and demonstrated interest in your preferred practice area, observable in coursework, work experience, or other activities
    • Effectively manage your time and prioritize tasks
    • Note: Verbal Mandarin language skills and written Simplified Chinese language skills are required for candidates to be considered for work on China Competition projects

    Check out our Analyst’s blogs about a typical day at CRA and how you can make an impact!

Interested in Applying?

To be considered for a position in North America, we require the following by November 30, 2021:

  • Cover letter – please describe your interest in CRA and how the analyst role matches your goals. Also, please note if you have interest in a particular practice and/or a location preference. 
  • Resume – please include current address, email, and telephone number
  • Transcript – may be unofficial

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, please apply early. 

Note:  Prior to an interview, you may be asked for an independently authored writing sample that illustrates your quantitative skills.  If you’d like to submit your writing sample now, please choose from your existing work (class, thesis, internship, or work environment) and include the entirety of the existing text. 

If you are interested in applying for one of our international locations, please click here to view and apply for available jobs.

Work Location, Flexibility, and COVID Safety

We believe that an in-person environment provides the best opportunity for CRA to deliver on its promise of career growth and development for all colleagues. That said, CRA values the health, safety, and wellbeing of our colleagues and will require proof of vaccination for employment with CRA US offices (except in the case of medical or religious exemption) and proof of vaccination for entry to our Toronto office.  We provide our colleagues with the day-to-day flexibility to periodically work from home.  Due to the changing nature and impact of COVID, our protocols are fluid and may change in accordance with government and regulatory guidance. For those who begin the interview process with CRA, your recruiting point of contact will be available to answer any questions about work location and COVID safety you may have.

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