Vacancy/vacancies at DSC: urban/regional modelling and economic analysts


DSC (formally David Simmonds Consultancy Ltd) is a small consultancy specialising in land-use/economic analysis, particularly in the form of land-use/transport interaction (LUTI) modelling. Over the past 25 years the firm has developed the DELTA package, which is the most widely used LUTI modelling software in the UK; the development, application and support of DELTA applications is the core of our activity. Our results are used mainly to forecast and appraise the impacts of land-use and transport planning proposals, from modest planning and regeneration proposals up to major transport investment programmes.

We currently have a vacancy for an analyst, or possibly two analysts. We are looking for applicants with degrees in urban/regional modelling, urban/ regional economics, data science or other strongly quantitative subjects. The work for newly appointed Analysts typically involves

  • preparing data for use in land use and economic modelling – often using large spreadsheets and GIS analysis, and including identification and estimation of missing data;

  • checking, adjusting and running the models;

  • economic appraisal of the investments and other interventions tested in the model;

  • analysis, interpretation and reporting of results, including graphics and mapping.


The work draws increasingly on economic and econometric methods, together with elements of geography, demography, mathematics, statistics and other disciplines. It requires the ability to work carefully and intelligently with large amounts of data. A good command of English, the ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing, and some prior knowledge of Word and Excel, are all essential. A working knowledge of French would be an additional asset. Applications from both UK and EU citizens are welcomed.

The vacancy is in our Edinburgh office, which is in the heart of the New Town. The firm is fully set up to allow remote working, but we hope the new recruit(s) will be able to work in the office. In the longer term, there may be possibilities of relocating to Cambridge or possibly to Paris if that is of interest.

Successful candidates will be appointed to our Graduate Development Programme. This provides:

  • initial training;

  • a commitment to continuing professional development through formal and on-the-job training and internal conferences;

  • a structured work programme through which we aim to first get new staff familiar with a range of projects, often involving working on small specific tasks, then to develop skills through working on larger pieces of work that cover the full range of our activity;

  • a structured career pathway that typically involves promotion and increased responsibility as the candidate progresses from Analyst to Senior Analyst and Consultant grades.

The positions are suitable for someone who has recently obtained a first or second degree in an appropriate subject, but we are also keen to consider candidates with some years’ relevant experience or in other circumstances.

To apply, please send a full CV and a covering letter that sets out clearly why you have applied to work at DSC and what you can offer to a company in our specialist field. This must reach Emma Revill no later than Monday 26 April 2021, by email sent to Our Equal Opportunities Policy applies. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an Interview, which will be conducted by Skype, Teams or similar, and will involve some testing of the candidate’s reasoning and explanation skills.  Interviews will be scheduled for early or mid-May.

Applications and Information

DSC's equal opportunities policy applies to all vacancies.

To discuss the vacancies and career prospects at DSC, please contact Emma Revill at To apply, please send CV and letter to Emma either by e-mail or by post to 112 George Street, EH2 4LH, Edinburgh, Scotland.

We do not accept applications made via agencies.

112 George Street, 

Edinburgh, EH2 4LH,


Phone: +44 (0) 131 226 5908

Mobile: +44 (0) 7458 302263

David Simmonds Consultancy Ltd

DSC France,

34 Passage du Ponceau,

75002 Paris, France 

DSC France SAS

David Simmonds Consultancy Limited is registered in England and Wales, company registration 04860878. The registered office is 10 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

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