Economics & Investment Strategy - Decision Support Modelling

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The current climate of greater uncertainty, reduced funding availability for the public sector and increased scrutiny means there is an increased requirement for evidence based decision making based on data, to understand the impact of change.

Organisations in both the public and private sectors need to provide stronger modelling and analysis to support their decisions and not appraise different options based on gut feelings or unconscious biases. This is especially the case when investment levels are significant and public scrutiny is high – you will be helping clients make key decisions on investment in new transport infrastructure, new hospitals, or cutting edge technologies and modelling how they can proactively respond to disruptors to set themselves up for success.

We help our clients to shape their greatest problems and assess the full range of options available to them before making decisions; making the most of available data, defining key assumptions and modelling future uncertainty to provide the required support and evidence base to their decision making process.

Our team is made up of applied mathematicians, operational research professionals and decision scientists. We are growing this capability across the following areas:

  • Demand and Capacity Planning: Developing models which forecast future demand, calculate future capacity, and determine the efficiencies required to achieve future targets. 


  • Workforce Modelling: Developing models to generate strategic workforce plans, developing tactical workforce solutions, or building more operationally focussed rosters and schedules.


  • Modelling Business Performance: Identifying suitable performance indicators, modelling how these are impacted under different scenarios, structuring client problems to identify courses of action that can impact performance.


  • Simulation modelling: Developing advanced simulation models using dedicated software to help model whole systems or specific workflows to optimise the use of resources, or scenario plan for the future.


What we're looking for

We're currently hiring:

  • Operational Research Professionals
  • Decision Scientists
  • Applied Mathematicians
  • Systems Dynamics Experts

We're looking for: 

  • Experienced operational research professionals or decision scientists.
  • Those with applied mathematics and operational research masters degree.
  • Previous consulting experience is useful but not a pre-requisite.
  • Private medical insurance
  • Transport allowance
  • 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days 
  • Company pension scheme 
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • Life and income protection insurance
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn, childcare benefits)
  • Voluntary benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/ partner life assurance)
About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe, and the Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.


Private equity investment

PA agreed a private equity-style investment with Jacobs in March 2021, a global technical and professional services leader that is “Challenging today, Reinventing tomorrow”. PA and Jacobs have shared values that are based on always doing the right thing for their people, planet and clients; a strong purpose; a desire to make the world a better place; and a drive to help innovative organisations go further, faster.

The relationship with Jacobs will allow PA people to maintain ownership in our business, to act with the care of owners and to benefit from the value that we deliver. More than two-thirds of our people own shares in PA. And it will create new opportunities for our people to build their careers and do impactful work.

The investment from Jacobs sees The Carlyle Group exit their investment in PA after a successful five-year partnership. Together, we’ve built strong foundations that will let us continue to provide exciting new opportunities for our people and clients, and over the next five years grow our firm to more than £1 billion.

Since our founding in 1943, the story of PA has been one of ingenuity – ingenious work that grows businesses, delights customers, serves citizens and improves the health of the planet. As we turn the page with Jacobs, we're excited by the opportunity to create new, and even better stories in the years ahead.

Inclusion & Diversity Statement

We believe that diversity makes us a stronger firm and look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to PA’s goals, without regard to their sex, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.

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Job information

Firm: PA Consulting Group

Location: London



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