About Charles River Associates

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

We assist firms and their legal advisors in all types of competition proceedings before competition authorities and courts in the UK and Europe. These matters can include where firms are:

  • Considering merger and acquisition opportunities or involved in merger control proceedings;
  • Undergoing investigations relating to cartels, restrictive commercial agreements, abuse of dominance or state aid;
  • Involved in regulatory proceedings and sector inquiries.
  • Require estimation of the 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. More recently, we have been at the forefront of economic thinking in antitrust investigations and regulation in the tech sector with investigations.

For further details on the CRA Competition practice please visit: http://ecp.crai.com/careers 

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.

Qualifications 

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 2022 and August 2023. They should have a strong foundation in microeconomics, ideally with a specialism in industrial economics although not essential. The candidate must 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 CV and one page covering letter detailing why you are interested, and well-placed to excel, in a role with the Antitrust and Competition Economics practice in Europe. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

CRA is a global firm. While we are recruiting globally, these applications are specifically for those who are seeking to work in Europe and particularly in London, Brussels, Paris or Munich.Please indicate in your application which office you would like to join.

Work Location, Flexibility, and COVID Safety

At CRA, we believe in creating a work environment that enables our colleagues to benefit from being together in the office to best deliver on our promise of career growth and mentorship, whilst also taking advantage of the flexibility and inclusivity that working from home provides. We continue to monitor local government and regulatory guidance and adapt our safety guidelines accordingly. 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.

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.

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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