Salary: £53527 to £60599 pa plus benefits
Location: London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff
Hours: Full time / Part time / Flexible
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Competition and Markets Authority and boost your career within its Mergers team. Within a supportive and intellectually demanding environment, you will lead the analysis and/or project management of one or more UK merger cases. This is a post where you will gain experience, using your legal, regulatory, economic or business knowledge and experience, together with your project management skills, for the public good.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is the UK’s main competition and consumer authority. Our aim is to make markets work well for consumers, businesses and the economy. It has exclusive jurisdiction to investigate UK qualifying mergers on competition grounds in all economic sectors, from retail shops to digital markets. Its Mergers team performs this statutory function with, among other professionals, a group of Principal Case Officers (PCOs) running phase 1 and phase 2 merger investigations.
At present, the Mergers team’s pool of PCOs includes 55% of legally trained colleagues and 45% of colleagues with experience in a regulatory, project management and/or business-economic context. Colleagues at this grade usually join the Mergers team with 2-6 PQE in their respective professional fields.
In phase 1 merger investigations, you will use your legal, economic and/or business expertise combined with your project management skills to ensure that any substantive issues are investigated fully, evidence is presented accurately, decision reasoning is explained clearly, and merger investigations run smoothly. The PCO communicates with the senior management and advisers of some of the leading companies in the UK and globally, as well as officials from other national competition authorities.
Candidates applying for a post in phase 2 merger cases require strong project management skills in a legal or regulatory environment to ensure their merger investigations are timely delivered to consistent high-quality standards. In this role, PCOs can also contribute to the analysis of substantive features of those cases.
In addition to case work, PCOs will help develop the CMA institutional practices, policy, and know-how. PCOs can follow, contribute to and develop expertise in areas of developing practice and know-how that are of interest to them. Working in diverse teams of varying seniorities, PCOs learn directly from experts in their fields, who are equally passionate about implementing competition law for the public good.
Applicants will have the opportunity to consider and discuss with current Mergers team colleagues the tasks that would suit them best and their preference to work in phase 1, phase 2 or in both stages of CMA merger cases. The Mergers team senior management will decide on the successful candidates’ placement based on their professional knowledge, experience, career development goals and the Merger team’s business needs.
To be successful at application stage, candidates must demonstrate a proven track record of working: in a project management role in merger control, competition enforcement or regulatory environment; OR as a competition 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. Also, you will be able to demonstrate your ability to undertake complex analytical work, including experience of gathering, analysing and managing complex information from a variety of sources and presenting, in oral and written form, information and recommendations to a wide audience.
Also, you must prove your experience of successfully delivering projects, working both autonomously and with multi-disciplinary teams and delivering results within challenging timeframes with limited resources (for example, in a management consulting environment).
In return, the CMA offers you a rewarding, stimulating, supportive and inclusive place to work. We champion a culture that respects your work-life balance, provides training tailored to maximise your potential, and offers genuine opportunities for career progression, gaining a level of experience compared to none.
To find out more about this opportunity and about working for the CMA, please click on the APPLY button.
The advert will remain open for applications until 11:55pm on 2 March 2023.
There will be two rounds of sift and interviews as outlined below. Candidates are requested to make one application in either the first or second round.
The first sift will be between 24 and 27 January with interviews scheduled between 21 February and 3 March.
Candidate applications received before 11:55pm on 23 January will be included in the first sift.
The second sift will be between 6 and 8 March with interviews scheduled between 20 March and 31 March.
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 50% of their time from their office location.
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.