CMA1575 Senior Director, Mergers

Competition & Markets Authority

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 31st January 2022

 

Reference number

172687

Salary

£123,648 - £135,000

Grade

SCS Pay Band 2

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

Mergers

Type of role

Economist
Legal Services
Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

Number of posts

2

Location

Edinburgh, London

About the job

Summary

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.

Job description

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.

Responsibilities

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.

It is important through your CV and Statement of Suitability that you give evidence and examples of proven experience of each of the selection criteria detailed.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate evidence against the following essential criteria:

• 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.
• Ability to grasp new and complex concepts and areas of law quickly and accurately, including relevant competition, markets and consumer law and procedure and developments in CMA policy.
• Ability to deliver complex merger cases within defined resources and defined timescales, prioritising resources efficiently and proactively identifying and managing risks and identifying opportunities to improve delivery.
• A proven track record of leadership and excellent experience of inspiring, motivating and developing capability both in direct reports and others, with a strong track record of developing people and supporting diversity and inclusion.
• Ability to work with senior decision makers, whether in business, national, regional or local Government and/or an enforcement area and strong influencing skills and ability to represent the CMA externally at a senior level.
• Ability to engage with mergers policy work and to work with other agencies in relation to the formation of merger policies, which may impact on the CMA.
• Experience of representing an organisation externally at a senior level and ability to influence and negotiate to effectively broker successful working relationships with fellow directors, external stakeholders at all levels and across functions within a matrix working environment.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication and analytical skills, including the ability to present complex messages through a range of media to suit diverse audiences.


If successful you must hold, or be willing to obtain, security clearance to SC level and possibly DV level.

Benefits

All CMA employees enjoy the following benefits package:

• An excellent pension scheme with generous employer contributions
• 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
• A supportive employee assistance programme
• Cycle to work scheme

We follow the Senior Civil Service Pay Rules for civil servants who secure a SCS role at the CMA, including existing CMA staff. Existing civil servants will retain their current SCS salary or move to the advertised salary minimum if appointed to a SCS role on level transfer, whichever is the greater. If promoted to a new SCS role, they will receive a 10% pay increase or move to the advertised salary minimum, whichever is the greater.

Applicants new to the Civil Service may be considered for appointment at a salary higher than the advertised salary minimum depending on skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications

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 https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic period, CMA staff have been required to work from home to continue delivering our objectives. From October 2021 onwards, 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. We are, currently, following the Government guidance on working from home where possible until further notice.

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.

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.

Things you need to know

Security

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

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process accessed via the advertisement listed for this role. This should be completed no later than the Advert Closing Date, which is 23:59 on 31 January 2022, 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.

Please see the attached candidate pack for full details of the person specification and essential criteria for application.

Applications should be submitted via www.gatenbysanderson.com/jobs/GSe81538. 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. Should you encounter any issues with your online application please get in touch with Emma Clark at emma.clark@gatenbysanderson.com

If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to take part in a series of assessments which could include psychometric tests. These assessments will not result in a pass or fail decision. Rather, they are designed to support the panel’s decision making and highlight areas for the panel to explore further at interview.

You may also have the opportunity to speak to Andrea Coscelli and /or David Stewart prior to the final interview to learn more about the role and the organisation. Please note this is not part of the formal assessment process. We may take up references for shortlisted candidates prior to interview.

You will be asked to attend a panel interview in order to have a more in-depth discussion of your previous experience and professional competence in relation to the criteria set out in the Person Specification.

Interviews will consist of questions where candidates will be expected to build on the information provided in their personal statement and CV. Candidates may be asked to prepare a short presentation on a topic to be advised if/when invited to the interview stage.

Full details of the assessment process will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

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

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 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

Job contact :
Name :  Katrina Paget or Duncan Ewart
Email :  katrina.paget@gatenbysanderson.com
Telephone :  020 3738 6580
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  recruitment@cma.gov.uk

Further information

If your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact Recruitment@cma.gov.uk in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk.

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www.gatenbysanderson.com/jobs/GSe81538

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