Associate Economist/Business Analyst

  • Foster City, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Common Purpose, Uncommon Opportunity.
Everyone at Visa works with one goal in mind – making sure that Visa is the best way to pay and be paid, for everyone everywhere. This is our global vision and the common purpose that unites the entire Visa team. As a global payment company in Silicon Valley, technology is at the heart of what we do. Our VisaNet network processes over 13,000 transactions per second for people and businesses around the world, enabling them to use digital currency instead of cash and checks; our Advanced Authorization engine scores every authorization
VisNet processes with machine learning models for issuers to stop frauds in real-time. We are also global advocates for financial inclusion, working with partners around the world to help those who lack access to financial services join the global economy. Visa’s sponsorships, including the Olympics and FIFA™ World Cup, celebrate teamwork, diversity, and excellence throughout the world. If you have a passion to make a difference in the lives of people around the world, Visa offers an uncommon opportunity to build a strong, thriving career. Visa is fueled by our team of talented employees who continuously raise the bar on delivering the convenience and security of digital currency to people all over the world. Join our team and find out how Visa is everywhere you want to be.

Job Description

Business and Economic Insights (BEI) delivers actionable intelligence into the evolving global economy for Visa and Visa’s clients. The group harnesses its expertise, multiple data sources and deep client relationships to provide cutting-edge insights into consumer spending and the payments industry. Through close client engagement, BEI delivers these insights to inform business planning and management decisions.

Position Scope: The associate economist will help to advance VBEI’s expanding US coverage by combining Visa’s unique data assets, cutting-edge economic and econometric techniques, and external data sources to generate innovative business and economic insights. The scope of this role includes, but is not limited to, US economic analysis and forecasting, cross-border forecasting, research into the impact of digital technologies on consumer spending, measuring the evolution of the payments industry around the world.



  • Assist the principal US economist in researching and analyzing key macroeconomic trends as they impact consumer spending and the payments industry

  • Mine existing Visa data and create/develop business methods to forecast/track/communicate performance and industry change drivers 

  • Facilitate the sharing of economic analysis across departments to improve business performance and efficacy.

  • Contribute to analytical research used with client consulting projects and engagements, and deliver research findings to internal and external clients

  • Analyze and interpret market data and economic conditions impacting the business-to-business payments industry to assist business planning and development 

  • Draft final reports and prepare and give formal and informal presentations for staff, senior management, and clients to ultimately influence business decisions. 

  • Position is project focused and typically requires managing multiple projects and priorities within strict time constraints  

  • Collaborate with colleagues in other geographies and teams to support the Visa Business and Economic Insights department 


Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prefer advanced graduate degree in business or economics; however, relevant experience in lieu of advanced degree will be considered. 

  • 3+ years’ experience in the financial services or economic consulting industry.

  • Self-starter with an ability to manage priorities and adapt as required to an unstructured and fast paced work environment

  • Proficiency in eViews, STATA, SAS, Tableau and Excel

Strong written and oral communication skills

Additional Information

Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and applicable local law.

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