Virgin Media O2 • Birmingham, London, Manchester, Reading

Technology Economics Manager

Employment type:  Full time

4 days/week at home

A little flex time

Job Description

The Economics Manager role is embedded in the CTO Strategy team, which is a dedicated group of Strategists, Technology / Network Modelers, Financial Planners and Consultants. Our remit is to support CTO leadership in setting the divisional strategy, building the 3-year investment plan, refining the CTO operating model and undertaking options analysis to address CTO strategic challenges. Our team members are a mix of specialists and generalists, who support each other on activities and projects as part of a strong emphasis on team play.

The Economics Manager role supports CTO decision making processes by developing sophisticated economic models to help make complex Network investment decisions, reduce cost, and improve customer experience. You will be responsible for evaluating the economic implications of present and future architectures, technologies and products. You will cover a range of different technologies, working with key architecture, engineering and planning functions (as well as vendors) to provide economic options, ‘what if’ scenarios and recommendations.

It is a deeply analytical role that will collate, model and evaluate financial, technical and market data using systems, databases and spreadsheets. It requires the continual development of a broad knowledge of a number of network technologies.

Who we are

The UK’s fastest broadband network. The nation’s best-loved mobile brand. And, one of the UK's biggest companies too.

Diverse, high performing teams - jam packed with serious talent. Together, we offer the UK more choice and better value, through our boundary-pushing, customer-championing values and ambitions.

Together, we are Virgin Media O2, and we can't wait to see what you can do.

Accessible, inclusive and equitable for all

Virgin Media O2 is an equal opportunities employer and we're working hard to remove bias and barriers for our people and candidates. So, we build equity and inclusion into everything we do, from the policies we craft to the relationships we shape. We support and encourage you to be your authentic self throughout your application journey with us.

The must haves

  • Knowledge of Telecoms (fixed network or mobile) and network technology is an essential ingredient of this role, but rather as breadth, as opposed to depth in knowledge, as we regularly draw upon subject matter expert insights from across Virgin Media O2
  • A keen interest in and curiosity about technology, and the ability to understand standards emergence and development, in fields relevant to the network
  • Experience of building business proposals and what-if scenarios, including methods and techniques for preparing and presenting business cases. Development of financial models, including the principles, methods, techniques and tools for the development and presentation of the models
  • Strong presentation skills/experience for developing written documentation (Powerpoint) and able to distil complex financial outputs for both technical and non-technical audiences, employing a suitable mix of text, diagrams and charts

The other stuff we are looking for

  • Ideally, a good understanding of network technologies such as IP, MPLS, Ethernet/CIN, BNG, DOCSIS, PON, 2G – 5G and able to communicate confidently across these topics, researching and building understanding of any new concepts encountered as required
  • Sharp and analytical, a critical thinker, able to map cost vs benefit, scenarios, outcomes and consequences §
  • Self-motivated and able to work unsupervised and to take on new challenges and develop
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines, and to prioritise workload / tasks against fluid deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to acquire insights/inputs from staff across a diverse range of departments, and to communicate/persuade/enthuse in relation to our strategies and roadmaps

What's in it for you

Our goal is to celebrate our people, their lives and everything in-between. We aim to create a culture that empowers everyone to bring the best versions of themselves to work each and every day. We believe the most inclusive and diverse culture makes for a better business and a brighter world.

Working at Virgin Media O2, you get a bumper reward package bursting with benefits, and loads of extras you can add if you’d like to. These are designed to support both you and your loved ones, making sure that you’re covered no matter what life throws your way.

Next steps

If we feel like a place where you can belong, we'd love to learn more about you as a person and your experience to date. .

When you apply, you'll be asked about any adjustments you might need to support the recruitment process. Let us know, and we'll be sure to discuss it with you.

Please note: Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert, therefore we may bring the closing date forward. We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience and for showing an interest in joining the Virgin Media O2 family.


Company benefits

Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at full pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 14 weeks at full pay
Adoption leave – 26 weeks at full pay
Shared parental leave
25 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay
Pregnancy loss leave
Teambuilding days
Open to part time work for some roles
Mental health platform access
Birthday off
Carer’s leave
Meditation space
Faith rooms
In office catering
Volunteer days
Employee discounts
Open to job sharing
Buy or sell annual leave
Cycle to work scheme
Life assurance
Financial coaching
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Working at Virgin Media O2

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

Flexible; Primary Locations Hammersmith & Reading

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

3rd – Large companies

3rd – Large companies

Flexa100 2024
Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023
2nd – Large companies

2nd – Large companies

Flexa100 2023

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