Economisch Onderzoeker/ Consultant Strategic Analysis & Policy | The Hague

Strengthening the earning capacity of the Netherlands with innovations and creating added value for society. Envision it. Become an economist/consultant at TNO in The Hague and bridge the gap between research and practice.


Den Haag

Education type



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

As an economist/consultant in the Strategic Analysis & Policy unit, you’ll work on challenging projects concerning the implementation of new technologies and the impact this has on society as a whole. This includes optimisation, exploration, monitoring and evaluation of economic impact. You’ll carry out quantitative analyses and translate the results in an intelligible way into implications for all stakeholders in the transitions and transformations, such as government, companies and the general public. Your focus will be on macro-economic effects and broad welfare effects that cannot always be expressed in financial terms. Examples are R&D, strengthening innovation ecosystems, nature, air quality or health. In this way, you’ll help public authorities, organisations and sectors to shape and implement the Mission-Driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy and to make strategic choices that create both social and economic impact. 

What makes your job special is that you have a broad focus area. You’ll be involved in various relevant and urgent issues, such as the mobility transition, energy transition, digitalisation, industrial transformation and the transition to a more circular economy. What are the challenges and opportunities for the future development of cities and regions? What is the position of the Netherlands in global value chains and networks? And how can the Netherlands create long-term prosperity and well-being? These are all questions that can come up in your job.
You’ll work on projects with TNO colleagues and external partners in multidisciplinary teams. With your research, analyses, presentations and reports, you’ll contribute to the coherent understanding and interpretation of trends, developments and societal impact, seen in a broad welfare context. In doing this, you’ll support policy and complex decision-making. In projects, you’ll sometimes also take on the role of project leader.

Read more about the department Strategic Business Analysis (SBA)

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

You have great conceptual and analytical strength. Just as importantly, you can convince internal and external stakeholders of the value of your work by bridging the gap between technological developments and their consequences for society and the related strategic policy choices. You have a strong awareness of and are able to deal with political sensitivities and opposing interests. Your powers of persuasion will be useful in this area. You’re visible and approachable to both clients and colleagues. You actively develop your network and enjoy fuelling discussions with objective information and an evidence-based vision in a political and social arena. You also obtain contracts in the market independently. You’re not fazed by quantitative economic models. Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:    
  • A university master’s degree in macroeconomics or general economics.
  • At least four years of working experience in research and advisory processes, preferably in the field of macroeconomics, economics of innovation or welfare economics.
  • A network in the Dutch policy and/or research world.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Dutch and English.

What you’ll get in return

Challenging and varied work with a real impact. And plenty of opportunities as, at TNO, you are in charge of shaping your career. We offer a gross monthly salary between € 3.713,- and € 5.774,- (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself. TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:
  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • 28 days annual leave and 5 compensation days under the reduction in working hours scheme (ATV, arbeidstijdverkorting) on a full-time basis.
  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of working from home.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • A good pension scheme.
  • Travel allowance or a bike. 
Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

The selection process

Please apply before 6 September. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on 13 September. The second interview round has been scheduled for 15 September. In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim to finalize the entire process within four weeks.

The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check.

In view of the current Corona restrictions, the selection and onboarding processes have been modified. Your invitation for a job interview will detail the relevant information.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.

Recruiter: Yvonne Pribnow
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-11097594

Hiring manager: Willem Horst, ter
Phone number: 08886 67140

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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