Economist, Insights and Innovations

Job ID: 1201956 | Amazon EU SARL (UK Branch)


Salary: Competitive
Job Posted: July 14th 2020
Closing Date: August 11th 2020
Location: London

Amazon strives to be Earth's most customer-centric company where people can find and discover anything they want to buy online. To achieve this we hire the world's brightest minds, offering them a fast paced, technologically sophisticated and friendly work environment.

Economists for Amazon UK will be expected to work directly with senior management on key business problems faced in international retail. The role allows you to influence UK wide strategy by applying the frontier of economic thinking to selection, pricing, forecasting, program evaluation, customer behaviour and other areas. Economists at Amazon will be expected to develop new techniques to process large data sets, use econometric models and methods to address complex problems, design and test hypothesis on customer pain points and key growth ideas and contribute to design of automated systems around the company.

We are looking for a results-driven Economist to join the Insights and Innovations team in London and be among the first economists to help build our technical economics capability in the EU. The team is focused on kick-starting the next radical idea in the UK and getting it from the drawing board to V1. The team owns key inputs at a UK level such as Selection, Pricing, Availability, Customer experience and Competitive and Market intelligence. The team is dedicated to innovating and failing fast with minimal resources. Economists will work closely with other research scientists, machine learning experts, and economists globally to design new frameworks that systematically identify low touch machine driven recommendations that propel customer growth while creating a meaningful economic impact for Amazon. Research science at Amazon is a highly experimental activity, although theoretical analysis and innovation are also welcome. Our economists and scientists work closely with software engineers to put algorithms into practice. They also work on cross-disciplinary efforts with other scientists within Amazon.

The key strategic objectives for this role include:
· Provide data-driven guidance and recommendations on strategic questions posed by the UK and EU Retail leadership.
· Design and analysis of version-zero (V0) experiments and define and analyze success metrics across marketing, pricing and supply chain optimization.
· Identify opportunities/tests that drive product discovery, new customer acquisition or purchase frequency with the end goal to drive growth. Conduct, direct, and coordinate all phases of research projects, demonstrating skill in all stages of the analysis process, including defining key research questions, recommending measures, working with multiple data sources, evaluating methodology and design, executing analysis plans, interpreting and communicating results.
· While the scope will be focused on UK and EU, the economist will also partner with economists in the US team and think of projects with Global scope. Functionally decompose complex problems into simple, straight-forward solutions.

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you know how to deliver results fast, and you have a deeply quantitative, highly innovative approach to solving problems, and long for the opportunity to build pioneering solutions to challenging problems, we want to talk to you.


§ Must have PhD in Economics.
§ Must have experience in retail, e-commerce, or similar industries.
§ Must have experience in Python, Stata, R and/or Scala.
§ Must have a proven record of bringing high impact statistical models to production at scale.
§ Must have strong background in program evaluation methods, empirical industrial organisation methods, applications to business problems, and/or big data.
§ Must have strong research track record.
§ Must have experience applying economics combined with machine learning or data science techniques.
§ Must have effective verbal and written communications skills.
§ Must have the ability to communicate relevant scientific insights from data to senior business leaders.


§ Ability to work in a fast-paced business environment.
§ Preferred specialties in applied micro or empirical IO, but behavioral economists and generalists with broad applied econometric skills are also encouraged to apply.

Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.