CMA757 - Project Directors

Competition & Markets Authority

Closing date: 12 Mar 2018

Reference number



circa £95,000


SCS Pay Band 1

Contract type


Business area

Legal Services

Type of role

Legal Services
Project Delivery
Senior leadership

Working pattern




Number of posts



London, WC1B 4AD

About the job

Job description

Our team of Project Directors provide the vision, strategy and leadership to our multi-disciplinary teams of experts to ensure our portfolio of major projects is successfully delivered and can stand up to the highest levels of scrutiny. This means outputs must be legally robust, analytically sound, evidence-based and consistent with our policies and guidance.

The CMA are recruiting candidates who are able to lead and further enhance its competition enforcement work, including cartels. However, the CMA is also interested in candidates with an interest outside competition enforcement and successful candidates may work across a wide range of cases, including; antitrust, cartels and consumer enforcement, market studies, market investigations, merger investigations, and regulatory appeals. Candidates should indicate if they have a particular area of interest.

As a Project Director, you will have a highly visible senior management role where you can expect exposure across our organisation and beyond; including senior decision makers in Business and Government both nationally and internationally; be accessible, inclusive, influential, open and fair with stakeholders and be capable of synthesizing expert advice and analysis on complex issues.

These roles will suit experienced individuals from project delivery roles in competition, consumer, economic regulation or related policy fields; or competition lawyers or economists; or professional advisers/ lawyers/ litigators with substantial experience of delivering complex cases.

We are also expanding our team of Legal Directors. Should you have a relevant legal background, we would encourage you to apply for both positions.

For full details about this role and the benefits of working at the CMA, please click on the apply button below.

Closing date: 11:59pm on Monday, 12 March 2018.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Strong experience of taking decisions, using sound analysis and judgment, identifying and mitigating legal and other risks as appropriate, taking account of the wider context and of devising effective solutions to complex and strategic issues;
  • Strong experience of leading and motivating multi-disciplinary professional teams taking responsibility for the delivery of high quality, timely outcomes and decisions with defined resources and proactively managing legal and other risks as well as identifying opportunities to improve delivery;
  • Strong experience of working collaboratively and building relationships internally and externally, including with senior decision makers and stakeholders;
  • A proven track record and significant experience of working: in a senior project delivery role in competition, consumer, economic regulation or related policy field; or as a competition lawyer or economist; or as a professional adviser/lawyer/litigator with substantial experience of delivering complex cases.



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.

If you’re already a civil servant being appointed on level transfer, you’ll retain your existing terms, including annual leave. Where you’re being promoted, however, you’ll receive the greater of a 10% pay increase or the new grade minimum. Applicants new to the civil service may be considered for appointment at a salary higher than the starting point indicated above (depending on skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications).

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

The sifting date is 16 March. Interviews will take place the week commencing 18 April. The first part of the assessment will be a presentation (full details provided on confirmation of interview selection). The second part of the assessment will be a one hour competency based panel interview.

Further information

Equal Opportunity

The Civil Service is committed to providing services and developing policies which embrace diversity, promote equality of opportunity and eliminate unlawful discrimination. We are an equal opportunities employer and treat every application on the basis of merit alone. We also offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet our minimum selection criteria.

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of the following protected characteristics: Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Marriage & Civil Partnership, Pregnancy & Maternity and we will not tolerate any discrimination on those grounds.

Pension Statement

Pension schemes are available and more information will be provided to successful candidates. For further information on these schemes please refer to the following website

Our location is currently Holborn, London (Zone 1). In 2019 we are planning to relocate to either Zone 2 or Zone 3. Current locations being investigated are Canary Wharf as our preferred choice and Stratford as our second choice.

Recruitment Principles

The CMA’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

If your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission

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