CMA661 - Project Support Officer with apprenticeship training

Competition & Markets Authority

Closing date: 26 Feb 2018

Reference number



£24,347 - £27,268


Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Information & Technology - Information, Communication and Technology

Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support
Information Technology
Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



London, WC1B 4AD

About the job

Job description

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have an exciting role for a Project Support Officer looking to further develop their knowledge and qualifications in project management.

The role is open to all ages, is a permanent position, and offers the opportunity to further develop your organisational and project management skills with an Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship. You will be joining the UK’s world-leading government body, the CMA, established to ensure competition works in consumers’ favour and businesses treat their customers fairly.

As a Project Support Officer, you will focus on providing support to the CMA’s ICT team, in the day-to-day running of a portfolio of ICT projects covering desktop, infrastructure, estate and application projects. This will entail carrying out project secretariat and Project Management Office (PMO) tasks, organising internal and external meetings such as Project Boards and Checkpoint reviews, managing the records management systems for filing and distributing correspondence and project papers.

Approximately 20% of your working hours will be spent completing the two-year Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship. The completion of which will result in you achieving PMQ and APM (IPMA Level D) qualifications along with the apprenticeship qualification.

This is truly an exciting opportunity to further develop your expertise whilst being supported to enhance your professional qualifications and career opportunities.

For more information on the requirements of the role please read the role profile below.


• A level in any subject or a Level 3 (NVQ/BTEC or equivalent) qualification in business administration or business management.


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

  • • Computer literate and proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications, in particular Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and SharePoint.

  • • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with experience of dealing with internal and external stakeholders at differing seniority levels to provide a high-quality service. .

  • • Excellent administrative skills with experience of data entry, records management and electronic filing and the ability to pay strict attention to detail.

  • • Proven organisational abilities with experience or involvement in co-ordinating team or project management activities.



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.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Tel: 020 3738 6851

Sift/interview dates and location

Shortlisting for this role will take place on 2 March and interviews will be held the week commencing 12 March 2018 and the following week.

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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