Chief Economist

  • QAR Excellent base + bonus QAR
  • Doha, Dawhah, Qatar Doha Dawhah QA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Westbourne Partners
  • 18 Sep 18 2018-09-18

The Cheif Economist acts as a thought leader on economic issues in the Group. You will provide key recommendations to Senior Management based on global macroeconomic developments and support Senior Management and various business units within the bank with economic analysis and forecasts based on quantitative and qualitative analysis. You will be responsible for producing macroeconomic stress tests for all Group countries twice a year in support of the ICAAP process under Basel III. You will supervise the macroeconomic analysis in support of the implementation of Bank’s overall Strategy and Expansion Plans.

Position: Chief Economist

Entity: Group Strategy

Location: Doha, Qatar

About us: We are the largest Financial Services firm in the MENA region with international offices across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Job Summary:

The Chief Economist acts as a thought leader on economic issues in the Group. You will provide key recommendations to Senior Management based on global macroeconomic developments and support Senior Management and various business units within the bank with economic analysis and forecasts based on quantitative and qualitative analysis. You will be responsible for producing macroeconomic stress tests for all Group countries twice a year in support of the ICAAP process under Basel III. You will supervise the macroeconomic analysis in support of the implementation of Bank’s overall Strategy and Expansion Plans. You will manage and own the overall production of the range of Group economic publications and are the main contact person for key external stakeholders, investors, and high net worth clients. You will be a member of the Investment Management Committee representing Group in quarterly investor conference calls with the Group Chief Finance Officer and at conferences as a speaker.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure yearly budgets are implemented according to Group Strategy supported by necessary details, and the subsequent monitoring thereof.
  • Identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for performance monitoring and quality measurement purposes pertaining to the activities performed by the Economics Department and report achievements on a periodic basis.
  • Supervise quality and accuracy of all reports and material submitted by the team for final approval by supervisor.
  • Manage and own production of internal reports for Senior Management to assist them in Strategic Planning, Competitive Analysis, Market Developments and entry into new markets.
  • Lead the process of producing customised research to assist other Departments within the Group
  • Supervise the development of economic forecasts using economic theory and econometric techniques.
  • Provide macroeconomic stress tests to Group Risk for the purposes of the ICAAP under the Qatar Central Bank Basel III Regulations
  • Manage requests for studies/reports of other Departments in order to meet business objectives
  • Collaborate with Asset and Wealth Management on the production of the Group Investment Outlook and participate in the Group Investment Management Committee
  • Collaborate with Corporate Communications Department and Agency in order to produce publications of the highest standard in terms of look and feel
  • Supervise and own the entire research, analysis, market intelligence, relationship management, coordination and finalisation of the Economic Insight Reports, produce the monthly Economic Section for the Alco Report, manage the process of producing the weekly Global Markets Update, prepare a global investment outlook on a monthly basis
  • Manage, build and maintain key relationships with government ministries and various other institutions in Qatar and other relevant countries to gather and keep a steady flow of vital economic, financial, regulatory and other information for use in publications, for use by Senior Management, departments within the Bank, and for clients, and also for a mutually benefiting working relationship
  • Identify opportunities to generate new business gathering info/data from pertinent sources including external research and valuation agencies and also develop relationship management for flow of information
  • Collaborate with Group Communications Department in order to coordinate various activities including Publications, Conferences & Events, Press Releases, and other publications.
  • Direct the identification of economic indicators with respect to trends of the national and local economies.
  • Represent the Group with key stakeholders, investors, and high net worth individuals.
  • Participate in quarterly investor conference calls with the Group CFO and conferences or interviews as directed by Group Communications
  • Identify related areas for professional development of staff
  • Ensure high standards of confidentiality to safeguard commercially sensitive information

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Economics from a top global university, with a demonstrated series of publications in major journals
  • At least 15 years of work experience within the economic department of a global financial institution with a demonstrable track record of leadership and managerial roles for at least 5 years
  • Proven track record of strong managerial skills in leading teams and managing projects
  • High degree of methodological-conceptual skills
  • Demonstrated career development, progress, and excellent team leadership skills and potential
  • In-depth knowledge of all major banking related business and support functions (MENA region experience preferable but not essential)
  • In-depth knowledge of the financial services arena and industry
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (Arabic is an asset but is not required)
  • Excellent relationship Building and Managing skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills combined with a sense of creativity and practicality
  • Ability to organize, evaluate, and present information effectively and supervise/ manage and guide the conduct of research studies
  • Capacity and drive to work and to communicate effectively
  • Ability to handle tight deadlines and work well under pressure
  • Personal qualities such as being a team worker and an independent thinker
  • Ability to work in a relatively unstructured, project-based and multi-cultural environment
  • Demonstrated career development, progress, and leadership potential
  • Proven strategic perspective and forward planning ability
  • Computer literate with a good knowledge of business and statistics software applications.
  • In-depth knowledge of the principles of economics, including econometrics and forecasting
  • In-depth knowledge of MS Office tools (Excel/ PowerPoint/ Word)
  • Proficiency and in-depth knowledge of statistical forecasting tools such as EViews as well as of data sources and tools such as Bloomberg and Haver Analytics