CMA1656 Assistant Director, Economics - Darlington

Competition & Markets Authority

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 6th June 2022



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£71,370 - £77,300


Grade 6

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Type of role

Project Delivery

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Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

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The Competition and Markets Authority is undergoing an exciting expansion and increasing its presence with the establishment and creation of new offices and a Microeconomics Unit in Darlington.

As a result of this expansion, we are seeking Assistant Directors of Economics to play a key role in supporting the leadership of the unit. As this is a new function for the CMA the successful candidates will have considerable scope to influence how the unit works and how it interacts with the rest of the CMA and with other stakeholders.

If you are an excellent microeconomist with significant experience of leading economic research and analysis, and presenting it to policymakers and other stakeholders, this is an exciting opportunity to work in a fast-changing and challenging environment doing important work in the public interest.

Job description

About the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA)

The CMA is the UK’s National Competition Authority and an independent non-ministerial department.

Economics is at the heart of the CMA’s mission. The recent increase in our workload after EU Exit and the establishment of our new functions means that the economics profession at the CMA will continue to grow over the next few years.

The role:

You will support the Head of the Microeconomics Unit to provide leadership and vision to the unit; ensure the delivery of high-quality economic analysis by the unit; and ensure that this analysis influences policymakers.

Your primary responsibility will be to lead teams of economists in delivering the economic analysis underpinning the work of the Microeconomics Unit.

The main projects that the Unit will be focusing on initially are:

• The annual State of UK Competition report
• Research into supply-side reforms aimed at improving UK productivity
• The annual Positive Impact report
• The CMA’s ongoing programme of ex post studies into past competition policy interventions

Key responsibilities will include:

• Determining the key areas for investigation and any economic analysis required on projects
• Ensuring the work of the economics team on projects is delivered on time and to a high standard
• Managing the delivery of economic analysis on projects
• Communicating the economics of projects to others across the CMA (including senior management) and to stakeholders (such as other government departments, academics, think-tanks, consumer groups and the private sector)

To be considered for this position, you will require:

• A post-graduate degree, ideally, or at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in economics with a strong microeconomics and/or quantitative focus
• Substantial proven competence as a professional economist, including practical work experience in the economic analysis of markets or applied microeconomics
• Substantial experience of leading and managing teams in the design, development, management and timely delivery of economic projects and project analysis
• A high degree of people leadership, intellectual leadership and stakeholder management skills.

If you’re looking for a role that combines intellectual challenge with excellent opportunities for career development, we’d like to hear from you.

In return the CMA is a hugely diverse, rewarding and stimulating place to work – an opportunity to work for the public good and to stretch and develop yourself in doing so. We offer generous benefits, which you can review in full below.


Your detailed responsibilities as Assistant Director of Economics will be:

• Working with the Head of the Microeconomic Unit, to be responsible for the economics on your projects. This will include: determining the key areas for investigation and any economic analysis required to assess them; deciding what evidence should be gathered and how; and identifying and discussing how the economic analysis contributes to the overall assessment and approach to be taken.

• To be primarily responsible for ensuring the work of the economics team on your projects is delivered on time and to a high standard. Critically assessing and interpreting the evidence available and the weight that can be attached to it; identifying economic risks and mitigations for them; and presenting the team’s analysis both verbally and in writing.

• To be responsible for managing the delivery of economic analysis on the project. Ensuring that a detailed specification of the economic analysis to be undertaken is provided; that the team has the resources it needs and makes efficient use of them; that timetables for delivery are agreed and met; and to ensure that the Head of Unit is kept abreast of relevant analysis.

• To play a pivotal role in communicating the economics of your projects to others across the CMA (including senior management) and to stakeholders (such as other government departments, academics, think-tanks, consumer groups and the private sector).

• To establish relationships of influence with both internal and external stakeholders and represent the CMA externally.

• To have direct staff and/or work management responsibility for around three to six Economic Advisers and/or Assistant Economists, including supervising their work, providing opportunities for staff to develop their skills and providing constructive feedback to enable them to do so.

• To ensure that a “culture of economics” is developed and maintained in the Unit, in which economists share information, provide analytical support to each other, cascade development ideas and feel part of the wider professional grouping in the CMA.

To find out more about this opportunity and about working for the CMA, please click on the APPLY button.

Closing date: 11.55pm on Monday 6th June 2022.

Please visit our economist LinkedIn page:

Please also have a read of our blog to learn more about being an Economist at the CMA:


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Economic analysis of markets or applied microeconomics
All CMA employees enjoy the following benefits package:
• An excellent pension scheme
• 25 days leave (increasing to 30 days over five years)
• Favourable consideration of flexible working
• Generous maternity/paternity leave provision
• Interest-free season ticket loans
• Cycle to work scheme and our employee assistance programme.

Any move to the CMA from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at .

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).

During the Covid-19 pandemic period, CMA staff have been required to work from home to continue delivering our objectives. The CMA, like many other organisations, will move 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.

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 as an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from under-represented groups, including ethnically diverse people, people with a disability, and people with diverse gender identities.

The CMA is an accredited Disability Confident Employer and are Stonewall Diversity Champions. Disabled applicants meeting the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV, personal statement and an online application form. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

The selection process will comprise of the sift (CV & application review) and an interview. Arrangements for the interview will be enclosed in the invitation sent when you schedule your interview slot. Interviews will be conducted ideally face-to-face at our Canary Wharf office in London, or via MS Teams upon request.

An initial sift based on lead criteria 1 and 2 may be held if a large number of applications are received. If your application then progresses to a full sift, all elements of the essential criteria listed under Person Specification of the role profile will then be considered.

Please note that it is essential that your personal statement is aligned to provide evidence that you have the knowledge and recent practical experience for each of the following selection criteria in your application:

It is essential that you can provide evidence and examples for each of the following selection criteria in your application:

1) Post-graduate degree ideally, or at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in economics with strong microeconomics and/or quantitative focus (lead criteria).

2) Substantial proven competence as a professional economist, including practical work experience in the economic analysis of markets or applied microeconomics (lead criteria).

3) Substantial experience of leading and managing teams in the design, development, management and timely delivery of economic projects and project analysis.

4) Proven ability to communicate technical economic analysis to non-technical audiences, both orally and in writing.

5) Proven ability to lead, motivate and develop staff to achieve their full potential.

6) Proven ability to form relationships of influence with key stakeholders, both internal and external, and colleagues, including those from other professional backgrounds.

The sifting dates are 7th - 13th June 2022.

If your application is successful you will be invited to attend an interview.
You will be notified via email to log-in to your Civil Service Account to book your interview slot. You will then be sent an email with full details of your arrangements for interview.

Interviews are planned to take place from Monday 20th June. Our preference is for interviews to be face-to-face in London at our office in The Cabot, Canary Wharf. However, interviews via MS Teams maybe possible upon request.

The first part of the interview; you will be sent material prior to the interview on which you will be assessed. Further details on what this will entail, will be sent to you at the time of interview invite, 1 week in advance.
Next will be the panel interview. The panel interview will be approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour in length where you will be asked questions based on the Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills outlined in the role profile.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

If you have any inquiries relating to your application you can email

Reasonable adjustments:

In order for a person with disabilities not to be put at a disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need during the recruitment process.
For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you are deaf, a Language Service Professional.

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Contact point for applicants

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Further information

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