About Charles River Associates

CRA's European Competition Practice specialises in providing economic advice on matters of competition policy and regulation.

We assist firms and their legal advisors in all types of competition proceedings: firms considering merger and acquisition opportunities or involved in merger control proceedings; and firms undergoing investigations relating to cartels, restrictive commercial agreements, abuse of dominance or state aid. We also provide advice to firms involved in regulatory proceedings and sector inquiries. We offer assistance on the estimation of effects and damages in cartel cases, international arbitration and intellectual property disputes.

We have a reputation for rigorous and innovative economic analysis, careful attention to detail, and the ability to work effectively as part of a wider team of advisors. From Airtours to GE/Honeywell, Tetra/Sidel, Oracle/PeopleSoft, Ryanair/Aer Lingus, TomTom/Tele Atlas, Microsoft and Intel, we have played a key role in many of the cases that have shaped European competition policy in recent years. We have also been involved in major cases before the competition authorities of the Member States, and in South Africa.

For further details on the CRA Competition practice please visit: https://www.crai.com/antitrust-competition-economics-practice/ 

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.

Job Overview

The Consulting Associate position - this is the standard entry-level position for applicants with a postgraduate qualification in economics, but little or no relevant experience.

Successful candidates will be expected to rapidly take on genuine responsibility, assisting senior staff by providing conceptual and practical input to projects as required. Junior consultants would use their programming, model building, and regression analysis skills in statistical analysis programs (such as Stata, R, or Python) and combined with their economic intuition will produce original pieces of analysis for a variety of cases across a large range of industries. They will be able to quickly familiarise themselves with client datasets such as financial, sales and survey data and identify potential issues as well as useful analyses that can be used to illustrate economic arguments. Furthermore they will be able to interact with clients and communicate economic concepts in an understandable manner while making complicated concepts and arguments approachable by non-experts. Also, assembling compelling evidence from data and research that support our expert opinions and business recommendations while working collaboratively with senior-led teams, including respected scholars and industry experts. All of the above while working in a highly collegiate and supporting environment and assisted both by peers and seniors.


Candidates for these positions must have (or expect to obtain) a good first degree in economics and a postgraduate qualification (MSc/MPhil) in economics from well-regarded institutions graduating between December 2021 and August 2022. They should have a strong foundation in microeconomics, preferably with a specialism in industrial economics, and be able to demonstrate the personal qualities that make a successful consultant. A high degree of numeracy and some comfort with data manipulation is essential, and familiarity with econometric techniques would also be an advantage.

How to Apply 

Applicants should apply by means of a full curriculum vitae and covering letter detailing why you are interested in a role with the Antitrust and Competition Economics practice in Europe. Please submit an application by 19 November 2021. Our team will begin reviewing applications after the deadline. Applications will be accepted and reviewed after the deadline on a rolling basis. 


If you have a Bachelors please apply to this position

If you have a PhD please apply to this position

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. As we transition back to our offices, we will continue to monitor local government and regulatory guidance and adapt our safety guidelines, including proof-of-vaccination requirements, accordingly.  We provide our colleagues with the day-to-day flexibility to periodically work from home.  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


The statements included in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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