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Assistant Director, Digital Markets Unit

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Recruiter: The Competition and Markets Authority
Listed on: 23rd December 2021
Location: London, Manchester or Edinburgh
Salary/Rate: £71,370 - £77,300
Salary Notes: plus benefits
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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The Assistant Director, Digital Markets Unit (DMU) leads and contributes to the delivery of the CMA's work to build and establish the new Digital Markets Unit within the CMA. The role offers substantial opportunities to influence the shape of future regulation of digital markets - arguably one of the biggest policy challenges facing Government and regulators across the world.

The new Digital Markets Unit has been established within the CMA to promote greater competition and innovation in digital markets, to the benefit of consumers. Our work focuses on some of the most important digital markets used by consumers and business in the UK, like online search, social media, app stores and online marketplaces.

The unit is currently operating in shadow form, pending legislation to establish it formally and provide it with new regulatory powers. This role will focus on leading and contributing to work to prepare for the new regime, including building our evidence of digital markets, horizon scanning, working closely with Government on the legislation, operational readiness, communications and engagement with key stakeholders. 

As Assistant Director, DMU, your core accountabilities will include:

  • Leading a team to develop and deliver work to establish the new DMU as a leading agency worldwide effective in promoting greater competition and innovation in digital markets, in the interests of consumers and citizens.
  • Taking a leading role in delivering case and project work in digital markets, working closely with colleagues across the CMA, and using learnings from this work to inform the future work of the DMU.
  • Leading our work to build the DMU's horizon scanning and market insights function, working closely with colleagues in the CMA's Data and Technology Analytics unit who lead on understanding technologies. 
  • Leading our work to develop the policy, guidance and legislative framework for the new Digital Markets Unit and pro-competition regime, working closely with Government, providing expertise and advice based on the CMA's knowledge and experience.
  • Leading work with colleagues from across the CMA to ensure the DMU's operational readiness to take-on the new pro-competition regime.
  • Leading work to establish the DMU as a centre of excellence in digital markets, engaging with a wide range of stakeholders and building knowledge and expertise.
  • Leading our work with other regulators with responsibilities for digital markets, both domestically and internationally, to strengthen cooperation and deliver a more effective, coherent regulatory landscape.

We are looking for people with transferable skills and encourage applications from a diverse range of backgrounds. This may include, but is not limited to, people with experience working in digital markets and using data and technology, management and delivery, analytical, research, policy, government, regulatory, economics, or legal experience. 

In any event, your track record will evidence your:

  • Significant experience leading multi-disciplinary teams to successfully deliver results, working within challenging timescales and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.
  • Significant experience leading the development of strategic relationships with key stakeholders, both internal and external, including those with competing agendas and priorities and from other professional backgrounds.
  • Significant experience taking complex decisions, drawing on analysis of a wide range of information to support a broad understanding of the wider context, and balancing different views and perspectives.
  • Ability to communicate clearly to a range of audiences and secure buy-in to ideas, including developing and delivering presentations and materials for external publication.

If you're passionate about helping to make digital markets work better for the benefit of consumers, please click on the APPLY button for further details about this pivotal role.

 Closing date: 11:55pm on Monday, 17th January 2022.

 The CMA are an accredited Disability Confident Employer, and we are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

During the Covid-19 pandemic period, our staff have been required to work from home to continue delivering our objectives. Since October 2021, the CMA, like many other organisations, 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 will work at least 50% of their time from their office location.