Place Strategy and Economics Consultant


Location: Sydney

Job Type: Not Specified


Requisition ID: 87632

Job Category: Consulting

Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Join a company that is passionately committed to the pursuit of a better world through positive change. With more than 65 years of business and technical expertise in mining, energy, and infrastructure, our 10,000 colleagues in 150 countries tirelessly work toward bettering the industries in which we operate. With practical solutions that are safe, innovative and sustainable, we think globally while acting locally. Are you looking for an opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals who are committed to remaining exceptional? We look forward to hearing from you.

Our expertise in infrastructure includes aviation, highways and bridges, planning and advisory services, ports, rail and transit, tunnels, and water. Want to be part of the creation and construction of our cities? Then the infrastructure team is for you!

Hatch RobertsDay has been one of Australia’s leading urbanism and place-led design practices for over two decades. In 2020, RobertsDay integrated with global engineering consultancy Hatch, providing new multi-disciplinary breadth and global reach.

We are an in an exciting period of growth across our Australian studios, diversifying our capabilities and projects as we create a truly integrated place-shaping offer that brings together place-led design, strategic planning and economics.

We are seeking a high-performing, versatile professional passionate about the built environment to deliver place strategy and socio-economic analysis across a variety of design and consulting projects.

Based in Sydney or Melbourne, this role will include opportunities to work with our other Australian studios on projects across the country – with a particular focus on developing and supporting East Coast business.

You will play a key role in the success of a growing and developing practice. We will invest in your growth as a valued team member who will contribute from day one.


You will work on a variety of projects for public and private clients, including:

  • Economic development strategy
  • Investment attraction strategy
  • Socio-economic impact assessment
  • Implementation frameworks
  • Place visions and strategies
  • Masterplans
  • Planning proposals and development applications

Main duties/responsibilities:

  • Provide socio-economic and spatial analysis to support economics and place planning projects
  • Gather, analyse and present spatial and socio-economic data from a variety of sources
  • Build bespoke analytical models quantifying socio-economic impact, development capacity and project feasibility
  • Prepare strategic mapping and spatial graphics
  • Produce clear reports and presentations to communicate project findings to varied audiences
  • Assist in identification of new business opportunities and preparation of proposals and bids including writing technical methodologies
  • Take the lead on management of small- to medium-sized projects successfully balancing commercial and technical outcomes
  • Work collaboratively as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.


Qualifications: Degree in business, finance, economics, planning, geography, urban design, social impact or related fields.

Experience: 3 years previous experience in a similar role/industry.

The successful candidate will possess the following characteristics:

  • A curious nature and willingness to learn and adapt to challenges on a diverse range of consultancy projects
  • Strong to advanced Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Strong to advanced capability with GIS software (ArcGIS or QGis) for mapping and data analysis
  • Ability to analyse and interrogate socioeconomic data and build Excel-based models
  • A passion for, and knowledge of, local economic development and social development issues and trends
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Strong organisation skills
  • Strong ability to anticipate and proactively manage future needs

The following characteristics are also desirable:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft PowerBI
  • Proficiency creating maps and strategic planning graphics using GIS and Adobe Illustrator
  • Proficiency with Adobe Indesign for document production
  • Basic understanding of commercial feasibility assessment
  • Experience in socio-economic impact appraisal and preparation of business cases

Why join us?

What we offer you?

  • Flexible work environment
  • Long term career development
  • Think globally, work locally

Don't meet every single requirement? You don't need to. At Hatch, we are building a diverse, inclusive workplace that fosters innovation. If you're interested in this role, we encourage you to apply even if your past experiences don't perfectly align with the skills we've listed.

As an accredited Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (WGEA) and Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to fostering a workforce in each of our locations that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate. Within Australia, this includes supporting and encouraging a flexible workplace and a comprehensive benefit offering. If you have any special needs requirements, please discuss with us and we will do our utmost to accommodate your request.

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