Deputy Chief Economic Adviser

Competition & Markets Authority

London or Edinburgh

  • Location

    London or Edinburgh

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    £123,468 - £135,000 per annum plus benefits

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    22 June 2021

  • Client

    Competition & Markets Authority

Ref: GSe74212

In an increasingly digitalised world and with the UK's exit from the EU, the CMA has an exciting and challenging agenda making it a particularly interesting place for economists to define their careers. We are taking on more diverse and complex international mergers and antitrust cases; have been appointed a new function as the Office of Internal Markets; and have been tasked by the government to set up a Digital Markets Unit. As a result, the CMA is growing significantly, and we are looking for a Deputy Chief Economic Adviser to provide economic leadership.

As Deputy Chief Economic Adviser, you will support the Chief Economic Adviser in leading an expanding team of over 100 economists, econometricians and statisticians, helping to ensure that the economic work carried out by the CMA is of consistently high quality. You will provide economic leadership across a broad range of complex and high-profile mergers, markets and enforcement cases. You will also be involved in increasing the size of our economics group, being closely involved in helping to grow, lead, maintain and develop a strong, intellectually rigorous and responsive team culture.

You will be expected to be a strong external advocate for competition in the UK, Europe and internationally, and to build strong relationships with counterparts, including competition and regulatory authorities, Government Departments, economic academics and consultants. This will involve representing the CMA through public speaking engagements within the UK, as part of the ICN and OECD as required.

The successful candidate will be an excellent senior level competition economist with impressive academic and professional qualifications and experience. With an outstanding track record of providing high quality economic advice on complex cases, studies and enquiries, you will bring an in-depth knowledge of competition and regulatory economics and current issues in the field to the role.  You will utilise your extensive experience of building and leading teams, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills as you build and develop the team and interact with internal and external stakeholders.

The CMA is a hugely rewarding, diverse and stimulating place to work – an opportunity to work for the public good and to stretch and develop yourself in doing so. All CMA staff enjoy 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, and favourable consideration of flexible working.

The CMA are 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.

To find out more about this opportunity and about working for the CMA, please download the candidate information pack.

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

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Monday 21 June 2021

Longlist Meeting
w/c Monday 28 June 2021

Shortlist Meeting
w/c Monday 26 July 2021

Monday 2 August 2021 – Friday 3 September 2021

Final Panel
Commencing Thursday 9 September 2021

How to apply

To apply for this post you will need to complete the online application process. This should be completed no later than the Advert Closing Date, which is 23:55 on Monday 21 June 2021, and will involve uploading the documents outlined below:

  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.

Please note, GatenbySanderson is handling the application process, if you have any other queries about the role, please get in touch with Michael Lloyd at


  1. GIS Scheme 2020.docx
  2. Deputy Chief Economic Adviser candidate information pack.pdf