Assistant Director of Economics

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Competition & Markets Authority

Darlington, United Kingdom

Application Deadline
£71,370 - £77,300

Location: Darlington

Salary: £71,370 - £77,300 pa

Hours: Full time / Part time / Flexible

Contract: Permanent

The Competition and Markets Authority is undergoing an exciting expansion and increasing its presence with the establishment and creation of new offices and a Microeconomics Unit in Darlington.

As a result of this expansion, we are seeking Assistant Directors of Economics to play a key role in supporting the leadership of the unit. As this is a new function for the CMA the successful candidates will have considerable scope to influence how the unit works and how it interacts with the rest of the CMA and with other stakeholders.

If you are an excellent microeconomist with significant experience of leading economic research and analysis, and presenting it to policymakers and other stakeholders, this is an exciting opportunity to work in a fast-changing and challenging environment doing important work in the public interest.

About the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA)

The CMA is the UK’s National Competition Authority and an independent non-ministerial department.

Economics is at the heart of the CMA’s mission. The recent increase in our workload after EU Exit and the establishment of our new functions means that the economics profession at the CMA will continue to grow over the next few years.

The role

You will support the Head of the Microeconomics Unit to provide leadership and vision to the unit; ensure the delivery of high-quality economic analysis by the unit; and ensure that this analysis influences policymakers.

Your primary responsibility will be to lead teams of economists in delivering the economic analysis underpinning the work of the Microeconomics Unit.

The main projects that the Unit will be focusing on initially are:

  • The annual State of UK Competition report
  • Research into supply-side reforms aimed at improving UK productivity
  • The annual Positive Impact report
  • The CMA’s ongoing programme of ex post studies into past competition policy interventions

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Determining the key areas for investigation and any economic analysis required on projects
  • Ensuring the work of the economics team on projects is delivered on time and to a high standard
  • Managing the delivery of economic analysis on projects
  • Communicating the economics of projects to others across the CMA (including senior management) and to stakeholders (such as other government departments, academics, think-tanks, consumer groups and the private sector)

To be considered for this position, you will require:

  • A post-graduate degree, ideally, or at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in economics with a strong microeconomics and/or quantitative focus
  • Substantial proven competence as a professional economist, including practical work experience in the economic analysis of markets or applied microeconomics
  • Substantial experience of leading and managing teams in the design, development, management and timely delivery of economic projects and project analysis
  • A high degree of people leadership, intellectual leadership and stakeholder management skills

The CMA prides itself on being a great place to work and strives to ensure that staff can grow and develop their skills. As well as being in a hugely rewarding, diverse and stimulating environment, you will have an opportunity to work for the public good whilst stretching and developing yourself in doing so.

We offer generous benefits, including an excellent pension scheme, 25 days leave (increasing to 30 days over five years) and generous maternity/paternity leave provision, plus interest-free season ticket loans, a cycle to work scheme and favourable consideration of flexible working.

To find out more about this opportunity and working for the CMA please click the apply button.

Closing date for completed applications: 11.55pm Monday 6th June 2022.

The CMA is an accredited Disability Confident Employer and are Stonewall Diversity Champions. As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds and recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.


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