CMA1498 Principal Case Officer

Competition & Markets Authority

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 1st November 2021

 

Reference number

156649

Salary

£53,527 - £60,599

Grade

Other
Grade 7C

Contract type

Permanent

Type of role

Economist
Investigation
Legal Services
Operational Delivery
Policy

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time

Number of posts

3

Location

Canary Wharf, London or Edinburgh

About the job

Summary

Principal Case Officers at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) come from a variety of backgrounds including lawyers, economists, and business consultants and play an important role in helping the CMA achieve its aim to make markets work well for consumers, businesses, and the economy.

The CMA is formed of several groups each working to promote competition. Antitrust and Cartels enforcement teams play a key role in achieving the CMA’s aims by uncovering and investigating hardcore cartels, anti-competitive agreements, and abuses of dominant positions. Our investigations vary greatly in subject and are generally high-profile, analytically challenging and make a positive difference to the UK economy and society.

As a Principal Case Officer, your role will vary from project to project and will depend on your relevant skills and experience. You can expect your role to include gathering and analysis of evidence, preparing key documents, and project strategy, scoping and planning. With senior guidance and support, you will also take lead responsibility for the delivery of individual elements of the investigation and, as required, for the work and staff management of one or more Project Officers.

Our end-to-end approach to competition enforcement means that, in addition to progressing a major investigation, you may help to: develop intelligence leads (for example, by assessing a leniency application, planning an interview with an informant or meeting with a complainant); apply for a search warrant for an on-site inspection; bring proceedings to disqualify a director; or devise a media campaign to amplify the deterrence message of a successful enforcement outcome. You may also get involved in the development of cartel and antitrust policy at a national and international level and have opportunities to represent the CMA externally.

While these roles are based in Antitrust and Cartels, successful candidates may sometimes be asked to work in other areas including consumer enforcement, market studies, market investigations, merger investigations, and regulatory appeals. Over time, there are also opportunities to move to other areas on a more permanent basis.
Principal Case Officers come from a diverse range of backgrounds, including enforcement professionals in regulatory fields, competition lawyers, economists, and lawyers, litigators, investigators, and advisers with experience of complex cases.

Job description

The CMA’s Antitrust and Cartels enforcement teams play a key role in achieving the CMA’s aims by uncovering and investigating hardcore cartels, anti-competitive agreements and abuses of dominant positions. Our investigations vary greatly in subject and are generally high-profile, analytically challenging and make a positive difference to the UK economy and society

We currently have several investigations in the digital (see Google, Facebook, and Apple), pharmaceutical and financial services sectors and others involving air transport, construction services and replica football kit. Previous cases have involved musical instruments, estate agency, golf clubs, roofing, online sales of posters and frames, household fuel, groundworks and galvanised steel tanks.

As a Principal Case Officer, you will play a central role in a multi-disciplinary case team investigating one or more suspected competition law infringements. You will contribute to many aspects of the investigation including the gathering and analysis of evidence, the preparation of key documents, and project strategy, scoping and planning. With senior guidance and support, you will take lead responsibility for the delivery of individual elements of the investigation and, as required, for the work and staff management of one or more Project Officers.

Our end-to-end approach to competition enforcement means that, in addition to progressing a major investigation, you may help to: develop intelligence leads (for example, by assessing a leniency application, planning an interview with an informant or meeting with a complainant); apply for a search warrant for an on-site inspection; bring proceedings to disqualify a director; or devise a media campaign to amplify the deterrence message of a successful enforcement outcome. You may also get involved in the development of cartel and antitrust policy at a national and international level and have opportunities to represent the CMA externally.

While these roles are based in Antitrust and Cartels, successful candidates may sometimes be asked to work in other areas including antitrust, cartels and consumer enforcement, market studies, market investigations, merger investigations, and regulatory appeals. Over time, there are also opportunities to move to other areas on a more permanent basis.

Responsibilities

Delivery
• Driving the overall investigation and individual workstreams forward on a day to day basis, including identifying ways to overcome obstacles and potential delays and working with colleagues and external stakeholders to ensure adherence to the timetable and deadlines.

• Identifying, recording and proactively managing risks, taking action where necessary and escalating as appropriate.

• Drafting a wide range of internal and external documents, including formal correspondence with parties to the investigation, internal papers and submissions and contributing to major investigation outputs such as statements of objections and infringement decisions. Reviewing documents for quality, coherence, accuracy and confidentiality.

• Delivering key investigatory steps, such as preparing formal requests for information and documents and contributing to planning and carrying out unannounced inspections of premises (‘dawn-raids’) and witness interviews.

• Supporting a Director and Assistant Director in defining the scope of an investigation, taking account of the relevant issues, the wider policy context and the resourcing implications.

• Ensuring that appropriate processes are implemented for managing and organising large amounts of evidence and information, filing and distributing project documents, the disclosure of material to external parties and the identification and protection of confidential information.

• Working with senior colleagues to develop a pipeline of future enforcement cases.

• Contributing to the development of policy, procedure and best practice within the CMA.

Substantive analysis
• Reviewing and analysing complex factual, legal and economic evidence from a variety of sources to identify relevant materials, make appropriate connections and arrive at well-reasoned and analytically robust conclusions.

• Contributing to ensuring that decisions on the investigation are based on clear, accurate, well-reasoned, researched, and evidence-based analysis, working with lawyers, economists and other case team members as appropriate.

Management and leadership
• Managing the allocation of work to team members in a way that makes the most of their specialist skills, knowledge and abilities and contributes to their professional and personal development. Day to day supervision of work, providing feedback and support as appropriate.

• Acting as staff manager, as required, including liaising with work managers to monitor and manage performance and assisting in development through performance management and by identifying training needs.

Stakeholder management
• Liaising with external parties, for example in relation to leniency applications for cartel conduct.

• Representing the CMA externally, including by delivering presentations at, for example, industry conferences, and internationally through bilateral and multilateral engagement with other competition authorities.

Behaviours

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

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

Technical skills

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

  • A proven track record undertaking complex analytical work including experience of gathering, analysing and managing evidence and complex information from a variety of sources and presenting information to an audience.

Benefits

All 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
• A supportive employee assistance programme

A 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 are 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, but not more than the mid-point, depending on skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications.

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, will move 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 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.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
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.
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV, personal statement and an online application form. Further details about application requirements 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. Interviews will be either conducted either virtually, by Microsoft Teams, or in-person at a CMA office.
An initial sift based on criteria 1 and 2 (Lead Criteria) may be held if a large number of applications are received. If your application 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 the role profile and provide evidence that you have the knowledge and experience for each of the following selection criteria in your application:

• A proven track record working as as a lawyer, economist, litigator, investigator, consultant or adviser with experience of complex enforcement or regulatory cases. (Lead criteria)

• A proven track record undertaking complex analytical work including experience of gathering, analysing and managing evidence and complex information from a variety of sources and presenting information to an audience. (Lead criteria)

• Excellent oral and written communication skills including drafting technical documents and reports for internal and external use designed for a wide variety of audiences.

• Excellent project management, and planning skills including the ability to successfully organise and prioritise work to meet expected work standards and deadlines.

• Demonstrable experience of working within multi-disciplinary teams and delivering results within challenging timeframes with limited resources.

• Excellent interpersonal skills, with experience of contributing through working as part of a team and the ability to work manage and coach colleagues.

The sift will take place week commencing 1 November 2021
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 be sent an email with full details of your arrangements for interview.

Interviews will be held week commencing 8 November 2021
The first part of the interview will comprise a written exercise for which no preparation is required. Details will be forwarded to you before the interview. The second part of the interview will be a 45 minute -1 hour panel interview with a presentation where you will be asked questions based on the Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills outlined in the role profile.

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.

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 :  recruitment
Email :  recruitment@cma.gov.uk
Telephone :  020 3738 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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