CMA1777 Assistant Director of Economics for the Office of Internal Markets

Competition & Markets Authority

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 6th February 2023



Reference number



£71,370 - £77,300

Job grade

Grade 6

Contract type


Type of role

Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

Number of jobs available



London / Edinburgh / Cardiff / Belfast / Manchester

Job summary

As the UK faces an unprecedented challenge to the economy, it is vital that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is able to provide high-quality economic analysis to inform decisions on competition cases and protect both consumers and businesses.

The scope of our work is also increasing as the CMA becomes responsible for the Office for the Internal Market. The Office for the Internal Market has been established to support the effective operation of the UK’s internal market by providing economic and technical reporting and monitoring. We are now looking for a highly experienced economist and leader to play a pivotal role leading the economics input into the Office for the Internal Market’s work.

Job description

As Assistant Director, Economics for the Office of Internal Markets, you will be responsible for leading a team of economists in delivering economic analysis, assuring the quality of that analysis, and managing economic risks on Office for the Internal Market projects. In particular, you will be the lead expert on trade analysis, leading the analytical team on annual monitoring reports and providing expert advice to analytical teams and reports to the UK and Devolved Governments.

Leading by example, you will be expected to contribute to the management and intellectual development of your team of economists, providing constructive feedback on their work and developing their abilities accordingly.

You will also be required to establish relationships of influence with both internal and external stakeholders – particularly the UK Government and Devolved Governments – when representing the CMA externally.

You will need substantial experience as a professional economist (ideally in economics relating to international trade, or in an area of applied economics that involves the economic analysis of markets), including practical work experience in empirical analysis. Experience of leading and managing teams in the delivery of economic projects and analysis is equally important.

Further information on the OIM's role (including a short introductory video) can be found on our website.

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.

Person specification

Your detailed responsibilities:

  • To be responsible for providing expert advice to the OIM on trade analysis
  • Working with Economics Directors, to be responsible for the economic input into the decisions on the strategic direction of OIM Determining the key areas for investigation and any economic analysis required to assess them; deciding what evidence should be gathered and how; identifying and discussing with the decision maker/s on the project how the economic analysis contributes to the overall assessment and approach to be taken; and ensuring that economic issues and risk are properly dealt with.
  • Ensure the work of the economics team on OIM projects is delivered on time and to a high 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 (in particular by taking responsibility for the drafting of various working papers and substantial sections of published reports).
  • Manage the delivery of economic analysis on OIM projects. 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 Economics Directors are kept abreast of relevant analysis and their attention is drawn to matters which they would want to be informed of.
  • Play a pivotal role in communicating the economics of OIM projects to the project team, others across the OIM/CMA (including senior management), and stakeholders (including businesses, government departments and consumer groups).
  • Establish relationships of influence with both internal and external stakeholders – particularly the UK Government and Devolved Governments – and represent the CMA externally.
  • 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, coaching and constructive feedback to enable them to do
  • Ensure that a “culture of economics” is developed and maintained in the team, 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 Monday 6th February 2023.

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

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

Technical skills

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

  • Economics experience: international trade / economic analysis of markets & empirical analysis

As well as the interesting and varied work you’ll do to contribute to effective competition in the UK, and to ensure consumers get a good deal when buying goods and services, you’ll also benefit from:

  • An exceptionally generous pension scheme with a significant employer contribution and range of options, including a tax-free lump sum at the point of retirement and injury, ill-health and life assurance benefits
  • 25 days leave (increasing to 30 days over five years), plus 8 public holidays and an additional day off for the King’s birthday. In addition, you’ll be able to access a wide range of other types of leave as and when you need it, including generous maternity, paternity, shared parental leave and adoption options, as well as paid special leave for volunteering
  • Season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, flu vaccinations and eye tests
  • Access to the Civil Service Sports & Leisure, giving discounted gym membership, high street discounts, free access to UK wide attractions and a free Tastecard
  • A range of wellbeing benefits, including an employee assistance programme, flexible working options and family friendly policies, regular networking events and professional learning opportunities at work.

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).

The CMA, like many other organisations, have 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. 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. Disabled applicants meeting the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.

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 if successful. Interviews to be held virtually via MS Teams.

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:

1) Post-graduate degree ideally, or at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in economics (lead criteria).

2) Substantial proven competence as a professional economist (ideally in economics relating to international trade or in an area of applied economics that involves the economic analysis of markets), including practical work experience in empirical analysis (lead criteria).

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

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

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-10th February 2023.

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.

The interviews will take place during the week beginning 20th of February 2023.

The first part of the interview will be a 5-minute presentation. Details of which will be sent to you at the time of invite.
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.

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.


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

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.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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Contact point for applicants

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  • Name : CMA Recruitment Team
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  • Telephone : 0208 738 6808

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Further information

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