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      Economic Consulting Manager – Chicago

      Chicago

      $131,400 - $146,100

      Permanent

      A global economic consulting firm is seeking a Manager to join its Labor and Employment Practice in Chicago.

       

      The Labor and Employment Practice typically engages in matters related to Wage and Hour or Discrimination litigation as well as other employment-related business consulting. The firm regularly provides analysis and support related to class action minimum wage/overtime claims, meal and rest break claims, employee misclassification claims, and discrimination matters related to hiring, pay, promotion, and/or wrongful termination. The firm conducts work at all stages of the litigation process. Clients rely on on the firm to provide complex exposure models, expert reports, preparation for depositions, rebuttals to the work of other experts, and expert testimony at deposition or trial. Services are also retained for data collection efforts in the form of surveys, video content analysis, and on-site observational studies.

       

      The Manager role is a highly demanding yet highly fulfilling position. Those operating as Managers are expected to have a thorough understanding of the relevant case law as it applies to their projects. Managers generally oversee multiple projects simultaneously and will be required to assess the staffing needs for these projects and effectively allocate their own time among them. Managers are responsible for personally conducting and/or overseeing the majority of the programming work required on their projects and for ensuring that all work is error-free, replicable, and sufficiently documented. Managers are further responsible for ensuring that: a) work moves forward in an efficient manner, b) data issues and/or methodological concerns are resolved or brought to the attention of project Directors or Partners, c) results and findings are presented in a way that is “client-ready” (e.g. visually pleasing and free of typographical errors), and d) work is completed on or ahead of schedule or that delays are effectively anticipated and communicated. Though not all cases will require direct contact with clients, Managers are expected to be able to accurately interpret client requests and to communicate with clients both orally and via e-mail in a professional manner. Managers also serve as mentors to junior staff, providing guidance with tasks such as programming, organization, and the strategic approach to case work.

       

       

      Key Responsibilities

      • Determining (through a review of legal documents and discussion with co-workers and counsel) the types of data required to address the claims at issue in a case
      • Formulating quantitative approaches to address the claims at issue in a case
      • Programming competently in SAS, including the use of advanced functionality (e.g. loops, arrays, macros, PROC SQL)
      • Understanding common data structures and formats
      • Evaluating the completeness and quality of data and devising approaches for dealing with data insufficiencies
      • Using EXCEL in a formula-driven way for computational and graphical purposes
      • Creating fully-linked, self-updating Excel models that incorporate user-selected parameters
      • Organizing data from multiple sources and proactively anticipating updates
      • Ensuring 100% accuracy of programs and output
      • Preparing write-ups, presentations, and exhibits to display or accompany quantitative findings
      • Communicating complex issues to a non-technical audience, including clients
      • Actively contributing to work at all levels within the life cycle of a project
      • Keeping Partners and Directors informed of work progress, delays, and potential issues
      • Managing and mentoring junior staff
      • Assisting with office recruiting and training efforts

       

      Skills, Knowledge & Experience

      • Minimum 5 years of experience in validating, processing, and analyzing data (prior litigation consulting experience very strongly preferred)
      • Demonstrated ability to write code in SAS and to conduct complex data analysis (additional programming languages a plus)
      • High proficiency in Excel, experience building dynamic exposure models a plus
      • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills for presenting work product to Directors, Partners, and clients
      • Ability to respond to unexpected client requests and to handle quickly changing priorities
      • Extremely close attention to detail
      • Ability to quickly learn and apply new concepts
      • Ability to respectfully work in a team environment
      • Ability to balance several projects simultaneously
      • Understanding of economic damages and statistical concepts
      • General knowledge of labor and employment law and the legal framework is preferred
      • Willingness to work a flexible schedule (occasional weekend/evening work may occur)
      • Above all, the ability to develop a sense of ownership and personal responsibility for each project you are assigned
      • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, or other quantitative fields
      • Master’s degree a plus
      • 5-8 years of experience working in a high-demand consulting (or equivalent) environment
      • 5-8 years of SAS programming experience

      Posted by

      Ben Kinley

      Group Managing Director

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