Executive Director Markets and Mergers

Competition & Markets Authority

London or Edinburgh

  • Location

    London or Edinburgh

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    £163,000 - £168,000, pension, and performance bonus

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    07 June 2021

  • Client

    Competition & Markets Authority

Ref: GSe73762

This is a unique opportunity for an outstanding leader with extensive experience of competition law or economics, competition policy, and merger control in particular to play a pivotal role in the leadership of the CMA.

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union and the expansion of our high-profile cases there has arguably never been a more exciting time to join the CMA.  This is particularly important in our mergers portfolio, where we have taken on responsibility for investigating bigger trans-national mergers which would previously have been reviewed exclusively by the European Commission.  In short, our global role in promoting competition whilst protecting consumers, particularly vulnerable consumers, is now bigger than ever before.

Reporting to the Chief Executive and as a member of the CMA Board, Executive and Policy Committees, you will be responsible for the Markets and Mergers Directorate and regulatory appeals. You will lead a team of 200 professionals providing strong, visible, and dynamic strategic leadership across your teams, managing associated work streams to help make markets work better for the benefit of consumers, business, and the economy generally.

Your remit will include:

  • the effective supervision of merger cases and market studies at each stage of the relevant processes to enable robust decision making and timely conclusion of cases;
  • ensuring the effective defence of CMA merger and market decisions in any appeal against such decisions;
  • developing a cadre of senior experienced staff within multi-disciplinary teams capable of providing the highest quality intelligence, analysis and support for decision takers across a range of competition, consumer and regulatory issues, ensuring the appropriate development of skills; and
  • participating fully in the overall leadership and management of the authority as a member of its main governance bodies, an executive member of the CMA Board, and a member of the Senior Executive Team, the Executive Committee (XCo), the Case and Policy Committee (CPC) and the Pipeline Steering Group (PSG).

You will be a strong advocate for competition and consumers, understand what drives effective operation of markets, and enhance the reputation of the CMA with a clear brand and vision.

For this high profile and influential role, you will possess:

  • Evidence of deep familiarity with UK competition law and/or competition economics, as well as competition policy including significant experience of merger cases, and a proven track record of working successfully in the area at a senior level.
  • Experience and strong track record of successful delivery of a portfolio of projects with varying and stretching challenges, complexities and delivery timescales.
  • Outstanding leadership skills, including the ability to provide direction and deliver results which meet demanding quality and deadline requirements.
  • Evidence of having worked with senior decision makers and having influenced, at a high level, decisions on issues with economic or legal implications.

If you’re passionate about helping to make markets work better for the benefit of consumers, business and the economy generally, please click on the APPLY button for further details about this pivotal role.

If you would like to discuss this role in more detail before submitting an application, please contact Jemima Dalgliesh at jemima.dalgliesh@gatenbysanderson.com, Katrina Paget at katrina.paget@gatenbysanderson.com, or Duncan Ewart at duncan.ewart@gatenbysanderson.com for a confidential conversation

The CMA is an accredited Disability Confident Employer and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds and recruit on merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles.

The CMA is fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. It is a priority to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we welcome applications from under-represented groups, including ethnically diverse people, people with a disability, and people with diverse gender identities.

The CMA may require you to work from home to continue delivering our objectives during the Covid-19 pandemic period. Any remote or home working arrangement is temporary only and does not constitute a permanent change to your designated place of work or working conditions.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
23 May 2021

Longlist Meeting
w/c Monday 31 May 2021

Preliminary Interviews
w/c Monday 7 June 2021

Shortlist Meeting
w/c Monday 14 June 2021

Assessments and Fireside Chats
w/c Monday 14 June to Friday 25 June 2021

Final Panel
w/c Monday 28 June 2021

How to Apply

To apply for this role please submit:

  1. A 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.
  2. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages), giving examples of how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Failure to submit both documents will mean the panel have only limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. 

Please ensure that both documents contain your full name.

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', but this information is very important to the Civil Service as we seek to build organisations and develop policies that reflect our society. Any information you provide is confidential and will not be used during the selection process or to inform decision making.


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