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Economist


Join an innovative company that serves the sustainable agriculture sector. Mercaris provides rigorous data and analytics, for risk management tools for the agricultural supply chain; from farm to retail, and we’re looking for talented, mission-oriented team members to join us.

 

Duties

The Economist is responsible for a wide range of data product development, writing and research as Mercaris continues to grow its coverage of new organic and non-GMO commodities and ingredients.   A typical week might include:

 

  • Assessing survey data to ensure compliance with Mercaris methodologies and IOSCO data reporting principles;
  • Collecting market information/insights from industry contacts;
  • Analyzing raw data from our industry surveys, and researching new agricultural commodity market supply and demand fundamentals;
  • Producing written tight-copy, and detailed long-form market reporting for Mercaris clients;
  • Presenting organic and non-GMO commodity market data to industry stakeholders.

 

New Products--The candidate will be responsible for identifying opportunities to develop new data tools and areas of market research. This role will work with Mercaris’ Vice President of Economics to set project research goals, oversee development and provide project development feedback to Mercaris colleagues. Research will include conducting statistical analyses of selected IP food & fiber commodities, and turning raw data into actionable products and reports for our clients. The candidate must be familiar with standard data analysis methods and be able to apply these appropriately to a variety of food & feed commodities.

 

Qualifications

 

Candidate should have 3+ years experience in planning and executing economic research, risk management and/or analysis relevant to commodity markets, as well as familiarity with the demands of a start-up company.  Candidate must have a Masters or equivalent experience in Economics, Agricultural Economics or Agribusiness.

 

Other Qualifications:

 

  • Familiarity with statistical analysis techniques that apply to thin datasets;
  • Experience with various data visualization products;
  • Innovative, with an understanding of customers and their business needs;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Solid time-management and follow-through skills, with the ability to simultaneously work on and manage multiple tasks and projects with tight deadlines;
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills required, experience with large data files is a must;
  • Excellent writing skills to translate economic concepts in a way that is easily understood by non-economists.

 

Salary & Benefits:  Mercaris offers a comprehensive compensation package, including salary, benefits and the potential for an equity stake in the company.

Location: Remote work in the US

Contact:   Send resume and cover letter to, [email protected]