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Assistant Director - Economics

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The Competition and Markets Authority
London - United Kingdom
S: £64,960 - £77,300


London, WC1B 4AD

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Job description
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 wider economy. From investigating mergers that could restrict competition, to conducting market studies and investigations and enforcing competition and consumer law – the interests of the consumer are at the core of all CMA activity.

Economics is at the heart of everything we do; we tackle high-profile cases, champion the consumer and offer intellectual leadership. Here, you will join a strong community of Economists, working in a collaborative, collegiate atmosphere to manage a diverse case load. Working flexibly across the full range of projects – investigations into mergers and markets, competition and consumer enforcement cases, and regulatory appeals - you will have opportunities to coach and develop others, and ensure that the team delivers consistently outstanding economic analysis and insight. At the same time, you will also play a strategic role in the direction of individual projects, determining the key areas for investigation, the analysis required, how to gather evidence, and mitigate risk.

It's an environment with autonomy, responsibility and direct access to key decision makers. We are looking for a high calibre Economist with a proven track record. You must have a strong microeconomics and/or quantitative focus, with an in-depth understanding of industrial organisation and competition economics. Substantial experience in competition economics is vital, during which time you will have already proven that you can lead teams, manage stakeholder relationships and present technical economic analysis in a way that engages, informs and drives decision-making. Practical work experience in the economic analysis of markets is essential.

As part of the application stage, you will be required to complete a personal statement. This should address all points listed on the Person Specification section of the Role Profile, attached. Please include how you heard about this role.


Post-graduate degree ideally, or at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in Economics with strong microeconomics and/or quantitative focus.

We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
• Substantial proven competence in competition economics (ideally, or at least in a closely related area of applied economics) as a professional Economist, including practical work experience in the economic analysis of markets. (Seeing the Big Picture)(Making Effective Decisions)
• Experience of leading and managing teams in the design, development, management and timely delivery of economic projects and project analysis. (Leading and Communicating) (Delivering at Pace)
• Proven ability to communicate technical economic analysis to non-technical audiences, both orally and in writing. (Leading and Communicating)
• Proven ability to form relationships of influence with key stakeholders, both internal and external. (Collaborating and Partnering)


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
All CMA staff enjoy generous benefits, including:

• An excellent pension scheme
• 25 days leave (increasing to 30 days over five years)
• Favourable consideration of flexible working
• Generous maternity/paternity leave provision
• Childcare vouchers
• Interest-free season ticket loans
• Cycle to work scheme and our employee wellbeing programme.

We follow the Civil Service Pay Rules for existing Civil Servants, including CMA staff. So, successful Civil Servants will retain their existing salary if appointed on level transfer. If promoted they will receive a 10% pay increase or the new Grade Minimum whichever the greater.

Job summary


The Competition and Markets Authority


London, United Kingdom


Bachelor's Degree


Government Economist


£64,960 - £77,300

Job Type:





28th July 2017

Apply By:

20th August 2017

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