Assistant Project Directors - Mergers

The Competition and Markets Authority



Location: London or Edinburgh

Salary: £67,584 - £77,300 per annum

Hours: Full time

Contract: Permanent

As the UK prepares to leave the EU, we expect to review an increasing number of multinational mergers, working in parallel with many other national competition authorities. We are therefore seeking Assistant Project Directors to join our Mergers and Market Group. We’re keen to talk to lawyers, litigators, economists and investigators with experience of competition or regulatory enforcement, consumer protection or a related policy field.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) works to promote competition for the benefit of consumers, both within and outside the UK. Our aim is to make markets work well for consumers, businesses and the economy. Mergers can bring benefits to the economy and help businesses and markets grow. The CMA’s merger control regime helps to ensure that mergers do not substantially lessen competition and lead to worse market outcomes for UK consumers, for example, through higher prices, lower quality and reduced choice.

About the role

Assistant Directors report to Project Directors in the Mergers Group and are responsible for the overall legal and factual analysis and timely delivery of the merger cases. They provide oversight, manage and advise multi-disciplinary teams of lawyers, economists and business advisors who form the case teams in phase 1. The role may also involve assisting in the legal and economic assessment and delivery of merger cases in phase 2.

In this high-profile role, you will set the direction and strategy for merger cases and will be responsible for taking some procedural decisions (such as interim measures) taking into account the details of each case and the bigger picture. In addition to case-work, you, as part of the Mergers management team, will be involved in shaping the CMA’s mergers policy and practice, in particular to address the challenges raised by novel substantive and procedural issues in UK merger control, including those raised by the UK’s forthcoming exit from the EU.

About you

The successful candidate will be a lawyer, economist or business consultant with a good track record of advising on and executing complex merger control, or other competition, markets or regulatory cases. This will include proven experience of leading and motivating multi-disciplinary teams to deliver robust, high quality and timely outcomes.

You will also possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills with proven experience influencing and building relationships with senior internal and external decision-makers.

You will be looking for a role and an organisation that will expose you to high quality and high profile work and offer you the opportunity to be at the centre of developing UK merger control and wider competition law, whilst engaging with colleagues that are highly regarded experts in a variety of sectors and professions.

About the benefits

The CMA is a hugely rewarding and stimulating place to work – an opportunity to work for the public good and to stretch and develop yourself in doing so.

In return we offer generous benefits, including an excellent pension scheme, at least 25 days leave (increasing to 30 over five years), and generous maternity/paternity leave provision. You can also take advantage of interest-free season ticket loans, a cycle to work scheme, our employee well-being programme and favourable consideration of flexible working.

We will be holding the following open house events and we invite anyone interested in applying for one of our vacancies to attend to find out more about the CMA’s Mergers service, our work and our staff.


Date: Tuesday 13th November

Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm

Venue: CMA, Victoria House (2nd floor), Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4AD

To register your place at the London event please click on the following link:


Date: Monday 19th November

Time: 5.00 – 7.00pm

Venue: CMA, One Lochrin Square, 92 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QA

To register your place at the Edinburgh event, please click on the following link:

Applications are welcome from candidates who wish to be based within either our London or Edinburgh offices.


Date: Thursday 15 November

Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm

Venue: Welsh Government EU Office (Wales House), Rond-Point Schuman 11, 1040 Brussels

To register your place at the Brussels event, please click on the following link:

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

Closing date: 26 November 2018.

The CMA are an accredited Disability Confident Employer, and we are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds.

We 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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