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Deputy Director, Competition Analysis & Economic Regulation

The jobholder will lead analytical input into consumer and competition policy issues across the directorate as well as being responsible for delivering a number of key policy commitments from the Consumer Green Paper.

The team consists of three separate branches:

• Analysis – responsible for all analysis within CCP. It also acts as a centre of expertise for BEIS on consumer and competition policy analysis.

• Economic regulation – responsible for BEIS’s overall policy on economic regulation, delivering the Smart Data review and other Consumer Green Paper commitments in relation to the regulated sectors, and the Secretariat for the joint Ministerial-regulator Consumer Forum

• Digital – leads the BEIS review of the competition regime in relation to the digital economy, as part of the overall competition law review

The team works closely with other areas within CCP, with other areas of BEIS including the Analysis Directorate and with other government departments including No 10, HMT and DCMS. It also has good links with key stakeholders such as the CMA, consumer organisations such as Citizen’s Advice and Which, and academia.

Responsibilities include:

• Ensuring the team successfully delivers on the commitments made within the Consumer Green Paper, including the Smart Data review and the review of digital competition

• Working collaboratively with the CCP senior leadership team to ensure that CCP policy advice is evidence-based, rigorous and founded on sound economic analysis

• Credibly representing BEIS’s views with ministers, senior officials, other government departments and with senior external stakeholders

• Building capability within the team to deliver its objectives, and enhancing its reputation as a centre of expertise on consumer and competition policy analysis

Person specification

The successful candidate will be a strong, credible leader, and will need to show evidence of their capability in the following areas:

• Strategic thinker, able to lead and manage a complex agenda, maintaining a grip on the bigger picture while demonstrating understanding of the underlying detailed policy issues

• Excellent evidence-based economic analysis skills, with experience of applying economic concepts rigorously to underpin sound policy development

• Strong track record of delivery, with experience of leading on complex projects, ensuring their successful completion to tight deadlines and through periods of challenge and ambiguity

• An inspiring, confident and engaged leader, able to motivate and engage a team to deliver high quality outputs at pace

• Highly developed communication skills, able to brief on complex issues to a variety of audiences

A qualification in economics is an advantage though not essential. Candidates are though expected to be familiar with economic concepts.
Whilst not essential, experience of consumer and competition policy issues would be an advantage.

Please take time to read the attached Candidate pack for further information about this role and the recruitment process.