Senior Director, Mergers x2

Competition & Markets Authority

London or Edinburgh

  • Location

    London or Edinburgh

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    £123,648 – £135,000 per annum plus benefits (SCS PB 2)

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    31 January 2022

  • Client

    Competition & Markets Authority

Ref: GSe81538

As one of the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) two Senior Directors, Mergers, you will join the CMA at a critical juncture, as our global role in promoting competition and protecting consumers expands following the end of the EU Exit Transition Period. What this means for our mergers portfolio, is greater responsibility for investigating bigger trans-national mergers which would previously have been reviewed exclusively by the European Commission. We’ve invested in required people, skills and infrastructure to ensure that we continue to deliver high quality decisions that make a real impact for consumers, businesses and the UK economy, and we will achieve great outcomes by being bolder and more innovative than ever before, whilst ensuring that interventions are justified and our procedures are sound.

This is a pivotal and high-profile leadership role in which you willlead on the development of the CMA’s strategy and policy on mergers, providing coherent and inspiring leadership and development to the talented Mergers Group (c. 80 staff), whilst making a broader contribution to the strategic direction of the CMA as a  member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Specifically, you will:

  • be accountable to the Executive Director, Markets and Mergers, the CEO, and the Board for the quality and timely delivery of merger cases. Your remit will include acting as the Decision Maker in relation to Phase 1 mergers.
  • ensure the delivery of robust, high quality and timely work within the Mergers Group, working closely with the Legal Service as appropriate.
  • be accountable for adherence to strict statutory deadlines and the high quality and robustness of this very publicly visible work.
  • maximise the impact of the CMA’s merger activities through a strategic, prioritised and targeted approach to the casework programme in line with the procedural guidance.

You will also be an effective advocate for the CMA in the field of mergers policy and engage openly, professionally and proactively with key external stakeholders, representing the CMA externally, nationally and internationally, ensuring that the CMA enjoys a high reputation nationally and internationally for its mergers work.

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

  • a proven track record and extensive experience of strategic leadership relevant to merger policy, including knowledge and understanding of Phase I & II merger law within the UK or EC framework.
  • an extensive track record of successful delivery of a portfolio of merger cases 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.

The role of Senior Director, Mergers is high profile, challenging, demanding, and rewarding. If you’re passionate about helping to make markets work better for the benefit of consumers, please click on the APPLY button for further details about this important role.

The CMA are an accredited Disability Confident Employer, and we are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming 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.

During the Covid-19 pandemic period, our staff have been required to work from home to continue delivering our objectives. Since October 2021, the CMA, like many other organisations, moved to a hybrid working model with a mix of office and home working. We believe this supports us to deliver our best work while allowing the flexibility to maintain balanced and healthy lives. Our staff work at least 50% of their time from their office location.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
23:59 on Monday 31 January 2022

Longlist Meeting
End of w/c Monday 7 February 2022

Preliminary Interviews
w/c Monday 14 February 2022

Shortlist Meeting
w/c Monday 28 February 2022

Monday 2 March to Monday14 March 2022

Final Panel
w/c Monday 14 March 2022

How to apply

To apply for this role please include:

  • 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.
  • 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 CMA 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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