CMA745 Transformation Programme Lead

Competition & Markets Authority

Closing date: 20 Feb 2018

Reference number



£47157 - £52815


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

HMPO - Organisational Transformation - Governance and Performance

Type of role

Business Management and Improvement
Project Delivery

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



London, WC1B 4AD

About the job

Job description

A pivotal role for a proven transformation programme leader to drive and actively manage a strategically important transformation programme, designed to increase organisational capacity and capability across the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

The CMA works to promote competition, within and outside the UK. Our mission is to make markets work well in the interests of consumers, businesses and the economy. For those who join us it offers a uniquely exciting professional opportunity.

As Transformation Programme Lead, you will be responsible for embedding a single, coherent programme of change that both embraces existing projects across different specialisms (e.g. Finance, IT, Facilties) and identifies additional requirements, to ensure we obtain maximum value from the programme. The programme will incorporate projects that provide the systems, processes and platforms to support transformation, together with projects that develop new capability, behaviours and ways of working, to drive and embed lasting transformation.

Key initiatives as part of this transformation include building organisational project management capability; developing and implementing a leadership and management programme; embedding new IT programmes; the planning and relocation of our office within London, and the opening of a new Scotland based office.

Your track record will include experience of designing and delivering organisational change programmes across complex organisations, including their associated governance and reporting. Particularly given the profile and scale of the programme, excellent communication and influencing skills are a necessity: as well as chairing the Transformation Board, you’ll deliver engaging presentations; facilitate workshops; and work with senior stakeholders across the organisation, up to and including the Board.

Highly organised, resilient and results-focused, your proven ability to deliver multiple projects to specification, budget and timeline, coupled with your ability to effectively adapt to project changes, will round off your profile.

All CMA staff enjoy 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, childcare vouchers, our employee wellbeing programme and favourable consideration of flexible working.

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 Tuesday, 20 February 2018.


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

  • - Experience of designing and delivering organisational change or transformation programmes, with proven understanding of corporate shared service functions including HR, IT, finance and property and facilities management.

  • - Experience in a transformation programme management role, with the proven ability to design and implement governance and reporting for programmes.

  • - Evidence of stakeholder management, networking and negotiation skills in a complex environment, with the proven ability to develop, foster and influence relationships in order to achieve results.

  • - Strong written and verbal communication skills, including high level attention to detail and an ability to deal with numerical information.

  • - Evidence of presentation skills, with the ability to design and deliver workshops and training sessions to varying audiences.

  • - Highly organised, resilient and results-focused, with the proven ability to deliver projects to specification, budget and timeline, and adapt to project changes.



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

Please refer to the role profile for full 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 21 February. Interviews to be held the week commencing 5 March. The first part of the assessment will be a short presentation (shortlisted candidates will be provided with pre-preparation information). The second part of the assessment will be a one hour competency based 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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