Deputy Director Competition Enforcement & Mergers

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Organisation
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC)
Locations

Dublin, Ireland

Application Deadline
Salary
93,800 - €75,549

The Competition and Mergers Division (CEM) is primarily responsible for exercising the CCPC’s functions as they relate to civil competition enforcement and merger review. CEM is responsible for investigating non-hardcore anti-competitive agreements and abuses of a dominant position, evaluating mergers and acquisitions notified to the CCPC, and engaging with emerging issues such as digital markets, ECN+ and the green agenda which are likely to impact on application of competition policy in Ireland. At a high level, CEM works to ensure that businesses comply with the requirements of Irish and European Union competition law.

The Deputy Director position is critical to the success of the work of CEM and the CCPC. The Deputy Director will play a central role by leading investigation processes and delivering enforcement and compliance outcomes that contribute to the CCPC in achieving its mission. The Deputy Director will be required to demonstrate strong leadership, analytical, interpersonal and strategic organisational awareness skills. Due to the broad range of issues dealt with by CEM, the Deputy Director will be required to prioritise work, meet deadlines and work to agreed performance targets.

This is an opportunity for a professional with proven expertise in management and application of competition law/economics, in a regulatory or private sector setting, to take on a senior management role to lead a team within the Division and contribute to achieving the strategic objectives of the CCPC. The new Deputy Director, along with the other Deputy Directors and the Director make up the strategic senior leadership team in a division which will focus on managing a team of high calibre experienced analysts and investigators and oversee the delivery of CEM’s (and the CCPC’s) strategic priorities and activities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Directly lead and manage the team effectively, including managing performance and identification of learning/development needs, and deputising for the Director as required;
  • Lead teams responsible for the screening of competition issues, ex-post review work and the review and development of best practice processes;
  • Lead merger review teams and/ or competition enforcement investigators efficiently and effectively, in compliance with relevant legislation, guidelines and related procedures in investigating mergers and/ or potential breaches of competition law;
  • Deliver enforcement and compliance outcomes in competition investigation cases and merger review;
  • Assist in implementing ECN+ and Digital Services Act and the review and development of internal processes and procedures whilst conducting quality control on divisional outputs;
  • Lead CEM’s project to implement an effective competition issues screening process and develop a case pipeline for investigations and ex-post reviews;
  • Assist in managing the various risks captured in the risk register and promote a culture of continuous improvement in relation to developing Divisional procedures and systems including investigative best practise;
  • Take a lead on key Divisional and cross-divisional projects as the need arises, build familiarity with the broad remit of the CCPC’s mandate, encourage the team to do the same;
  • Promote the Mission, Vision and Values of the CCPC and contribute to the development and implementation of Divisional strategy and workplans that will pro-actively contribute to achieving CCPC strategic objectives; and
  • Deliver other workstreams as may be required by the Director.

Technical and Professional Requirements

Essential

  • Minimum 4 years professional experience in the application of competition law, economics or economic regulation.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience of leading and managing people/team(s).
  • Third level degree in Law, Economics or similar related discipline.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including the ability to understand and deliver clear, focused reports, with the ability to influence actionable recommendations.
  • Proven ability to lead and deliver on parallel projects within tight time frames and with multi-disciplinary and cross Divisional participation.

Desirable

  • A post graduate qualification in Leadership and/ or Management.
  • Relevant qualifications and/or experience in law or economics or business above the essential requirements.
  • Knowledge of Irish competition policy related legislative environment, issues and challenges.
  • Experience of working with various stakeholders within and outside your organisation.

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