Senior Director, State Aid

Competition & Markets Authority

Holborn, London

  • Location

    Holborn, London

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  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    C.£125,000 per annum, with a range of £117,000 - £125,000 plus benefits

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  • Expiry date

    05 November 2018

  • Client

    Competition & Markets Authority

Ref: GSe47939

As a key element of EU exit, the United Kingdom will for the first time have its own system for controlling State aid to businesses – a function which has previously been the preserve of the European Commission.  The Government has chosen the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) as the principal agency to run this new UK State aid regime, building on our experience and expertise in applying competition economics, policy and law to real-world transactions.  It is a major new role for the CMA and for the country.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity for a Senior Director, State Aid to set up and oversee the new function, offering the chance for you to apply and grow skills in policy development, political awareness and sensitivity, team-building, governance, and understanding and giving practical effect to a complex and dynamic mix of regulation, law, economics, policy and the realities of business life. 

You will expand the existing team; set the tone for and cement relations with our stakeholders in the UK (including central government, devolved administrations, local government and businesses) and in Brussels, and provide strategic direction for the CMA’s policy and work programme in relation to design, implementation and operation of the new UK State aid regime.

The successful candidate will have: proven strategic experience in an enforcement, legal or policymaking context (preferably but not essentially in relation to competition, economic regulation or State aid); a track record of leading high-performing teams; strong analytical skills;  the ability to communicate effectively and explain complex concepts to a variety of audiences; a good record of delivering cases on time and within resource constraints; experience working with policymakers at a senior level, and experience establishing new systems or processes. 

This is a hugely exciting opportunity, at a historic moment in the life of our country - and of the CMA, which in the coming year or two is growing significantly to take on its new expanded post-EU exit role, strengthening its position as a champion of consumers and a spur to productivity.

For a confidential informal conversation about the role please contact the recruitment consultants at GatenbySanderson; Katrina Paget, Jemima Dalgliesh on 07393 013 066 or Julia St Clare on 07794 562088.

Closing DateMonday 5th November 2018
Longlist MeetingTuesday 13th November 2018
Preliminary InterviewsFriday 16th, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st November 2018
Shortlist MeetingTuesday 27th November 2018
Final PanelMonday 17th December 2018
How to apply

To apply for this role, we ask that you send to us:

  • CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.
  • Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with specific reference to the criteria in the person specification.
  • As part of the online application process, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. If you  do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to  select 'prefer not to say'. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards the Civil Service becoming the most inclusive employer by 2020. See the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for more information.

Failure to submit both documents (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. Please ensure that both documents contain your full name.

Contact details
Jemima Dalgliesh: 07393 013 066

Julia St Clare: 07794 562 088