Salary: £73,512 - £79,408
Location: Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester
Hours: Full time / Part time / Flexible/Job Share
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is seeking to appoint Head of Advocacy to lead the CMA's competition advocacy function. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to work alongside a diverse and talented team situated at the nexus of policy development and economic analysis.
The Advocacy, Nations and External Relations (ANER) team is the CMA’s centre for stakeholder engagement with governments, parliaments, business and consumer groups in all four nations. A core part of its work involves providing information, advice and recommendations to the UK Government and the devolved administrations on how best to harness competition and promote the interests of consumers.
As a key member of the ANER senior leadership team, you will play a pivotal role in advising governments on the impact of policies on markets. You will champion the development of government capacity and capability, advocating for policies that foster healthy competition, and actively shape the CMA's stance on emerging competition policy and market issues, building strong relationships with governments to advocate for competitive practices.
Offering role model leadership, you will oversee the CMA's engagement with government and public bodies, providing formal and informal guidance to government officials. Your invaluable advice will ensure that the CMA remains at the forefront of competition advocacy, navigating interactions with governments and policy makers effectively. You will also develop a strategic plan for the CMA's advocacy function, considering internal changes and the evolving external landscape.
You will have an undergraduate degree or master's in economics or equivalent knowledge gained through professional experience in competition, regulation, and public policy development. A robust understanding of government policy priorities and the intricacies of policy and law-making processes is essential. Your ability to apply economic concepts to policy appraisal and evaluation would be highly desirable, as will your aptitude for gaining comprehensive knowledge of unfamiliar markets or policy domains.
You must demonstrate exceptional communication skills, both oral and written, and be able to present complex material to diverse audiences, from non-technical to specialist. Effective management of competing demands, initiative, and informed judgment will be key to your success.
In return the CMA is a hugely diverse, rewarding and stimulating place to work – an opportunity to work for the public good and to stretch and develop yourself in doing so. 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 assistance programme and flexible working options.
To find out more about this opportunity and about working for the CMA, please click on the APPLY button.
Closing date for applications: 11:55 pm on Monday 12th June 2023.
The CMA, like many other organisations, operate a hybrid working model with a mix of office and home working. We believe this supports us to deliver our best work while allowing the flexibility to maintain balanced and healthy lives. Our staff work at least 40% of their time from their office location.