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Director of Mergers

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16 Jun 2021

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Following the UK's exit from the EU, the CMA has an exciting and challenging agenda. We are taking on more diverse and complex international merger cases, as well as being at the forefront of pursuing effective merger control in the digital sector. As a result, the CMA is growing significantly, and we are looking for a Director of Mergers to lead and manage the delivery of the CMA's merger control work.

As Director of Mergers, you will have a pivotal and influential role in ensuring that mergers do not substantially lessen competition and lead to worse market outcomes for UK consumers, for example, through higher prices, lower quality or reduced choice. Reporting to the Senior Director of Mergers, you will be responsible for the high-quality, robust and efficient delivery of the CMA's merger control portfolio. You will lead teams of multi-disciplinary professionals to manage high-profile and complex merger cases, including senior engagement with major UK companies and their legal and economic advisers.

In addition to complex and high-profile casework, you will also play a key role in shaping the CMA's mergers policy and practice, in particular by helping to design and continually improve the way we work in merger control. You will play a central role in addressing the challenges raised by novel substantive and procedural issues in global and UK merger control, including in particular those raised by the UK's exit from the EU. The role also involves a significant amount of external representation with senior external stakeholders across other competition and regulatory authorities in the UK and abroad, as well as Government, the media, the advisory community and other interested parties.

The successful candidate will possess an outstanding track record of advising on and executing complex merger control, competition, markets or regulatory cases. This will include extensive experience of leading and motivating teams to deliver robust, high quality and timely outcomes. You will also possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills with proven experience influencing and building relationships with senior internal and external decision-makers.

The CMA is a hugely rewarding, diverse and stimulating place to work - an opportunity to work for the public good and to stretch and develop yourself in doing so. 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, and favourable consideration of flexible working.

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.

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.

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

Closing date: 11:55pm on 14 June 2021.

The CMA is an accredited Disability Confident Employer and are Stonewall Diversity Champions. 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.
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