On application
27 October 2017
24 November 2017
Position / level
Contract Type
Full Time


The Irish Farmers’ Association is the largest representative organisation for over 70,000 farm families in Ireland and is the recognised voice of Irish farmers in Europe and internationally.

IFA provides focused leadership to deliver improved income and living standards for all farm families. The Association promotes the ongoing development and competitiveness of Irish agriculture and the food industry, which makes an important contribution to Ireland’s economy.


An opportunity has arisen for the position of Economist. This is an important role within the organisation, providing the successful candidate with the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the development of IFA policy.

Reporting to the Director General, or his designate, the candidate will analyse and interpret economic developments, trends and policies at national and EU level.

You will monitor and analyse farm income levels and trends, and will co-ordinate horizontal issues – providing high-quality briefing material and economic/statistical data to support the work of Council, National Officers and Committees.

The successful candidate will engage with relevant government agencies, industry and research bodies to promote IFA policy, and co-ordinate IFA’s pre-Budget and other submissions. You will liaise with the banking sector on access to credit for farmers and provide professional support to the Farm Business Committee and its Chairman.

You should have a relevant qualification in economics/finance/business (preferably at a postgraduate level), a minimum of three years’ post qualification work experience, strong analytical, report writing and communication skills. The ability to explain complex issues to a wide audience and to work on your own initiative and as part of a team is essential.

You should have demonstrable research experience, knowledge of policy developments in the agriculture sector and familiarity with the public finances. Knowledge of farm taxation issues and general taxation policy, while not essential, is desirable, as is previous experience of working within the agriculture sector.

Candidates should send full personal and career details, quoting reference number 6311 to John McCullough, KPMG Executive Search and Selection, 1 Stokes Place, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Please click APPLY.

Or for a confidential conversation please phone John McCullough on 01 410 1820.


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