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.

CRA’s Financial Economics practice provides financial institutions, legal teams, and regulators with the experience and quantitative analysis capabilities they need to achieve their objectives in regulatory and litigation matters related to consumer finance and risk management. The practice applies rigorous statistical modeling techniques to matters involving a full spectrum of consumer finance issues including lending discrimination, mortgage practices, risk management, credit risk and credit scoring. They also conduct regulatory reviews involving federal financial regulatory agencies, including the CFPB, OCC, FRB, FDIC and HUD.

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.

Essential Functions

Consulting Associates/Senior Associates at CRA work on project teams with senior and junior consultants on a variety of client engagements across industries. 

Consulting Associates/Senior Associates conduct advanced strategic and economic analysis and assist in the management of consulting projects. They may serve as a project manager, direct the work of others, oversee analysis, manage mid-level client relationships, and/or communicate project results. Staff at this level are expected to work independently with minimal supervision.

To be successful in this role, you must be able to effectively plan and manage the execution of smaller projects or significant sub-tasks on larger, more complex projects, conceptualize and analyze issues, and perform or direct a wide variety of analytical tasks. We also highly value a strong work ethic, creativity, a positive attitude, and a high level of energy.  

Responsibilities

  • Independently identify/design analytic tasks and contribute to the development of overall analytic framework for consulting projects
  • Interface with client representatives to communicate developments and present results
  • Draft reports or presentations, or sections of reports or presentations
  • Contribute to project planning and budget management efforts
  • Provide training and technical supervision to less-experienced staff, including reviewing their analyses and providing coaching/direction
  • Contribute to business development efforts and draft client proposals

As most of our work is done in the office, minimum travel is required.

Minimum Educational and Experience Requirements:

Ph.D. or Master’s degree in  Economics, Statistics, Real Estate/Urban Economics, Finance or a closely related field with at least three years of relevant work experience.

  • 3 years of experience performing applied econometric and data analysis work on financial economics topics in a research, banking or consulting environment.
  • 3 years of experience of advanced programming skills in Stata statistical software performing data analysis or econometric analysis of financial matter.
  • 1 year of experience applying advanced skills in Microsoft Excel.
  • 3 years of experience working with large data sets, such as Census Bureau data, mortgage performance data, loan servicing data, and/or financial transaction data.
  • 3 years of experience analyzing financial and/or real estate industry topics.
  • 1 year of experience serving as Project Manager, including supervising junior staff, executing project sub-tasks within time and budget, and working with client expectations and deadlines.

How to Apply

To be considered for this role, please submit your resume and cover letter. 

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.

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (EEO/AAE): Minority/Female/Veteran/Disabled.

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