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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: £91,754 - £105,000
Salary Notes: plus benefits
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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The Director, Digital Markets Unit 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 Director DMU, your core accountabilities will include:

Overseeing DMU projects and programmes

In tandem with the other Director, you will take responsibility for a selection of the following:

  • Lead projects to build the base of evidence and understanding that will inform designations of Strategic Market Status and the accompanying remedies - for instance the current work on platforms and news publishers.
  • Build a programme of horizon-scanning and insights into digital markets, working closely with colleagues in the CMA's Data and Technology Analytics unit who lead on understanding technologies, establishing the CMA's credibility as a centre of expertise.
  • Influence and work with Government departments on the development of the policy and legislation that will underpin the new framework.
  • Build a Unit which has the vision, skills, capabilities, culture, strategy and structure to deliver on its objectives, while working in an integrated way with other parts of the CMA.
  • Collaborate and engage widely with all relevant stakeholders including: domestic counterpart authorities including through the Digital Regulation Forum; international counterparts including through the G7 digital competition track; the big platforms; UK tech businesses; consumer groups; investors in tech firms.

 Wider leadership in the CMA

  • Play an active part in the DMU leadership team, working to deliver the most effective vision and strategy for effective monitoring of the Internal Market whilst ensuring that the CMA is a great place to work for our staff;
  • Contribute to the DMU's development as a new unit within the CMA, ensuring arrangements are in place for effective and efficient project delivery, ensuring a focus on continuous improvement within projects and across the organisation, and sharing know-how.
  • Contribute to the wider corporate leadership of the CMA as a member of the CMA's senior leadership team.

Managing staff and building capability

  • To effectively manage and develop staff and contribute to wider leadership and capacity building in the CMA and DMU, including building staff capability through recruitment, coaching, learning and development, mentoring and effective performance management.

 Effective communication and close partnership working

  • To develop and maintain fair, open, professional and proactive communication with external stakeholders.

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 and experience will evidence your ability to:

  • work in senior policy or project delivery roles
  • provide strong leadership and management, including leading, developing and inspiring multi-disciplinary teams through times of uncertainty and change, offering a compelling vision behind which a team can unite.
  • think strategically, including the ability to deliver complex work while maintaining an awareness of the broader political, economic and international context.
  • build a network of strategic relationships and successfully use these to influence and deliver priorities, particularly including government(s).
  • to creating an environment that celebrates diversity and inclusion and promotes a culture of respect towards colleagues at all levels.

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 work at least 50% of their time from their office location.