Lex Consultancy

This is a unique opportunity to apply your knowledge and experience within the lucrative aviation industry ~ Bring your economic expertise to assist in delivering a number of economic oversight functions in respect of civil aviation in Ireland.

  • Offices centrally located in Dublin 2 (Near Green & Red Luas line, Tara Street train station and numerous bus routes)
  • Salary of €55,000 - €72,000 DOE
  • 28 days annual leave, flexible working arrangements & pension plan.


  • The regulation of airport charges and performance at Dublin Airport under national and European law, including setting the maximum level of airport charges by means of an annual price cap;
  • Setting the charges for the use of Irish controlled airspace under the EU Single European Sky performance and charging regulations, and establishing associated charging and performance targets for AirNav Ireland, and Met Eireann Aviation Services Division, the meteorological services provider;
  • Capacity and slot regulation at Dublin Airport, including declaring the capacity of various processors at the airport;
  • Contributing to the development of best regulatory practice both internally at the IAA, and at an EU and ICAO level, via active involvement in various forums.


  • Accurate and thorough analysis to inform decision making and associated processes. Such analysis might include benchmarking, forecasting of traffic, revenues, and costs, airport capacity analysis, cost efficiency analysis, performance trend analysis, financial modelling and other spreadsheet modelling.
  • Drafting consultation and decision reports and submissions, monitoring reports, internal reports, and giving presentations both internally and externally.
  • Meeting with key players in the aviation industry, assessing the merits of conflicting views, considering how to take their views into account in the decision-making process.
  • The regular monitoring and publication of performance of regulated entities, such as in relation to service quality and the delivery of investment programmes.
  • Maintaining an awareness of economic regulatory practice in Ireland and internationally.

Why this is the right role for you:

  • Be a part of a small team with key roles in respect of the economic regulation (cost and service quality) of airport and air traffic control services in Ireland.
  • Opportunity to quickly learn and develop a range of practical and transferable expertise in regulatory and aviation economics, in areas such as air/passenger traffic and cost forecasting, financial modelling skills, the cost of capital and financing, delivery of major infrastructure projects, airport and air navigation services operations and capacity.
  • Opportunity to contribute fully to the decision-making processes of the Authority and engage with a wide range of domestic and international stakeholders and organisations.
  • Travel opportunities, most frequently to Brussels, to attend meetings or workshops at EUROCONTROL, the European Commission, and with other regulators. Also elsewhere around Europe, and occasionally further afield.


  • A postgraduate degree in economics or related field.
  • Ability to carry out applied economic, quantitative, and policy analysis to a high standard, based on strong quantitative, analytical, and logical skills, as well as clear and accurate report writing skills.
  • An aptitude for attention to detail and accuracy.


  • Experience working as an applied economist.
  • Experience of spreadsheet modelling in Microsoft excel, including financial modelling, data visualisation and display.
  • Experience of econometrics packages such as Stata.

If you are interested in the above role, or are looking for a career change in the field, get in touch with Sarah Friel in Lex Consultancy.

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