CMA1330 Economics Adviser

Competition & Markets Authority

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 21st June 2021

 

Reference number

123495

Salary

£53,527 - £60,599

Grade

Grade 7

Contract type

Permanent

Type of role

Analytical
Economist
Policy
Strategy

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

Number of posts

4

Location

London, Canary Wharf or Edinburgh, One Lochrin Square

About the job

Summary

As the UK faces an unprecedented challenge to the economy, it is vital the CMA is able to provide high-quality economic analysis to protect both consumers and businesses. In order to meet this challenge, we are seeking Economic Advisers to join the team. In addition, as the UK has left the EU, our role has become even more important as the diversity, number, and complexity of the cases we work on has increased, presenting exciting opportunities for accomplished economists to further strengthen our capability in this critical field. The scope of our work is also increasing as the CMA becomes responsible for the Office for the Internal Market and due to its ongoing work in digital markets.

Job description

At the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), economics is at the heart of everything we do; we tackle high-profile cases, analyse potential harm to competition, champion the consumer and offer intellectual leadership. As an Economics Adviser, you will join a strong international team of economists, working in a collaborative, collegiate atmosphere to manage economic input into a diverse range of cases, including investigations into mergers and markets, competition and consumer enforcement, and regulatory appeals. Recent cases in which economists played a critical role include the Amazon/Deliveroo merger inquiry and the digital advertising market study.

Working flexibly across the full range of our projects, you will be the lead economist on some cases, and lead on a particular area of analysis in more complex cases. You will be responsible for carrying out and/or supervising economic analysis relevant to the project, including presenting results and providing economic advice to colleagues across different professions and decision makers. You will have opportunities to manage and develop others, and to contribute to the development of the CMA’s economics capability. It’s an environment with autonomy, responsibility and direct access to key decision makers.

We are looking for high calibre economists with practical work experience in the economic analysis of markets or applied microeconomics. A good understanding of industrial organisation and competition economics will be an advantage. The ability to write clearly and to present to non-technical audiences in a way that engages, informs and drives decision-making, is essential.

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

The CMA prides itself on being a great place to work and strives to ensure that staff have the opportunity to grow and expand their skills portfolio. As well as being a hugely rewarding, diverse and stimulating place to work, you will have an opportunity to work for the public good and to stretch and develop yourself while doing so.

We are looking for applicants to be based either in our London or Edinburgh offices. CMA staff in both offices work together in an integrated way across the full range of projects. You will have the opportunity for some home working.

The CMA may require you to work from home to continue delivering our objectives during the Covid-19 pandemic period. Any remote or home working arrangement is temporary only and does not constitute a permanent change to your designated place of work or working conditions.

As mentioned, 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, 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, our employee assistance programme and favourable consideration of flexible working.

Responsibilities

• Working with Assistant Directors, determine the key areas for investigation and any economic analysis required to assess them. Develop the key questions which will inform the direction of the project; decide on and gather appropriate evidence (including drafting data or other information requests and survey questionnaires); and identify how the economic analysis contributes to the overall assessment and approach to be taken in a project.

• Plan and manage the delivery of the economic analysis on projects or workstreams. Provide a detailed specification of the economic analysis to be undertaken and identify the resources required to deliver it; agree timetables for delivery and decide on the allocation of work within the economist team; monitor progress and review the work plan as the case develops; and ensure that the economic analysis is delivered on time.

• Ensure that the economic analysis is delivered to a high standard. Critically assess and interpret the evidence available and the weight that can be attached to it; identify economic risks and propose mitigations for them; present analysis clearly and accurately both orally and in writing (in particular by drafting substantial sections of published reports); and review and provide constructive feedback on work produced by colleagues.

• Communicate effectively with the project team, with others across the CMA (including senior management) and external stakeholders (including parties to the investigation/inquiry, government departments and consumer groups). Ensure that managers are kept abreast of relevant analysis and their attention is drawn to matters in which they would want to be informed/ involved; and establish effective working relationships with other staff and parties and their advisers.

• Direct staff and/or work management responsibilities for one or more Assistant Economists or Economic Interns, including supervising their work, coaching, and providing advice and supporting their development.

• Contribute to the development of the CMA’s economics capability, through knowledge sharing, providing peer review of others’ work and/or input to the policies and procedures of the CMA, representing the CMA at public events including conferences, and contributing to the recruitment of Assistant Economists.

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

Please have a read of our blog to learn more about being an Economist at the CMA: https://competitionandmarkets.blog.gov.uk/2019/05/02/working-as-an-economist-at-the-cma/

We are also hosting an experienced hires recruitment event to give people an insight into what is like to work as a Grade 6 or Grade 7 (this role) economist or econometric adviser at the CMA.

Anyone interested in attending can sign-up via Eventbrite using the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/find-out-more-about-working-in-the-cmas-economic-team-live-qa-tickets-156235960965

Closing date for this role : 11.55pm on Monday 21st June 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: We are also advertising for an Econometrics Adviser. Please feel free to consider this position also. You can view this role on Civil Service Jobs under the CMA.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Behaviours

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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Competition Economics
  • Applied Economics

Benefits

All Competition and Markets Authority (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 https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ .

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).

The CMA may require you to work from home to continue delivering our objectives during the Covid-19 pandemic period. Any remote or home working arrangement is temporary only and does not constitute a permanent change to your designated place of work or working conditions.

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

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, via Microsoft Teams. If your application is successful you will be invited to select an interview slot, after which you will be sent a link so you can dial into your video interview. Please be aware of your surroundings.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

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 and reviewed.

For more information about the Success Profiles framework, please follow the earlier link.

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:

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

2) Practical work experience in the economic analysis of markets or applied microeconomics. A good understanding of industrial organisation and competition economics will be an advantage.

3) Experience of the design, development, management and timely delivery of economic analysis to tight deadlines.

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

5) Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams and forming and developing influencing relationships with key stakeholders, both internal and external.

6) Ability to manage others’ work and support their development, and to contribute to the development of the CMA’s economics capability.

If you have any inquiries relating to your application you can email recruitment@cma.gov.uk.

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 and book your interview slot. You will then be sent an email with a link to save, ready to use at the time of your interview.

The first part of the interview will be a written drafting exercise. After a short break you will then join an MS Teams meeting where you will be greeted by the panel and conduct a 5-10 minute verbal presentation. The presentation topic will be sent to you at the time you are invited to interview. No slides required.
The final part will be the panel interview, which will be 45-50 minutes in length. You will be speaking to the interview panel via Microsoft Teams video.
Here you will be answering questions based upon the Behaviours, your Experience and Technical elements.

Sift/interview dates:
The sifting dates are Tuesday 22nd – Friday 25th June .
Interviews to be held from Tuesday 6th July 2021.
The interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams where possible. You will be sent dial-in details once your interview slot is secured.

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 (or eligible for) status under 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.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  CMA Recruitment Team
Email :  recruitment@cma.gov.uk
Telephone :  0208 738 6808
 
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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