Principal Case Officer - Mergers

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)



Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full time

Salary: £50,688 - £58,844

Location: London or Edinburgh

The Mergers Group of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are seeking experienced competition lawyers, economists or business consultants with a track record in handling and advising on merger control, or other competition, markets or regulatory cases. The role is a career-enhancing position involving high-profile and challenging UK and global merger cases which may affect competition in the UK.

The CMA is the UK’s main competition and consumer authority. Our aim is to make markets work well for consumers, businesses and the wider economy. As the UK prepares to leave the EU, we expect to review an increasing number of high-profile multinational transactions, working in parallel with many other national competition authorities.

About the role

You will lead the investigation of several Phase 1 merger cases at a time, working as part of a multidisciplinary team of lawyers, economists, financial and business advisors and regulatory specialists. You will be responsible for delivering high quality, timely and factually and legally robust merger decisions to ensure healthy competition is maintained for the benefit of UK consumers. When required, you may also contribute as part of an enlarged team on the analysis and delivery of Phase 2 merger cases.

In this role, you will use your legal, economic and/or business expertise blended with project management skills to ensure that potential issues are investigated fully, the evidence is presented accurately, decision reasoning is explained clearly, and merger investigations run smoothly. You will take the lead in communicating 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.

Reporting to an Assistant Director or Director and with input and support from senior managers and colleagues from different professions, you will be expected to run merger investigations with sufficient autonomy, and efficient and collaborative team working.

In addition to casework, you will be expected to identify and address the challenges raised by novel substantive and procedural issues in UK merger control, including in particular those raised by the UK’s forthcoming exit from the EU. This will develop the merger practice and policy of UK merger control for the foreseeable future and you will be expected to assist in the development, collection and dissemination of new practices, substantive developments, know-how and best practices.

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 some 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, welcolming 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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