Body: Competition & Markets Authority
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Between £140,000 - £160,000 per annum, plus reasonable expenses.
Time Requirements: The CMA Chair will typically be expected to work around 3 days per week and will be required to attend Board meetings in London.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

New CMA Chair Andrew Tyrie takes up his role today (Wednesday 20 June 2018).

Date: 20/06/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) was created in April 2014 to promote competition to benefit consumers, both within the UK and internationally, and ensure that markets operate well for consumers, businesses and the economy.

The CMA has established itself domestically and internationally as the UK’s primary competition and consumer body. There will be significant challenges in building on this initial success, as the CMA seeks to continue to meet its challenging target to deliver consumer benefits equivalent to ten times its costs.

This is also a critical time for the CMA as it is expected that there will be an increase in casework following exiting the EU and the need to establish itself internationally with other competition authorities on cases involving major worldwide companies. The increase in competition enforcement cases will lead to an increase in successful enforcement and the CMA will need to use its significant powers to investigate and remedy markets to maximum effect.

The new Chair will lead the organisation to meet these further challenges by working effectively with the CMA’s new Chief Executive, executive team, NEDs, and the CMA’s independent panel. In doing so, you will need to gain and retain the confidence of a wide range of stakeholders including Government, business, consumer groups, competition specialists and other international competition authorities.

As the Chair, you will have the following responsibility:

  • Providing effective leadership and strategic direction to form a cohesive and focused Board – in particular enabling a high standard of discussion and debate, and helping to steer the advice given by facilitating collaborative working;
  • Enabling the Board to take consistent, proportionate and fair decisions, bearing in mind recommendations from Ministers and other stakeholders;
  • Acting as an ambassador for sound competition and consumer protection practises, influencing and collaborating with key stakeholders, including Ministers, business, voluntary and community bodies and regulators;
  • Ensuring the Board is able to offer high quality advice on assessing the economic impacts of competition on business, voluntary and community bodies, while encouraging high standards of propriety and efficient and effective use of staff and resources;
  • Working with the Board to ensure it has an appropriate and diverse range of skills; and
  • Through oversight and constructive challenge, ensuring that the CMA continues to focus its efforts on its objectives and delivering benefits for UK consumers.

Person Specification

It is essential that your application demonstrates the following:

  • An ability to provide effective leadership skills and to encourage commitment, pace, innovation and flexibility on the Board;
  • An ability to find consensus quickly and drive forward a clear strategic vision across a multifaceted organisation;
  • An ability to make sound decisions to ensure resilience across the organisation and deliver results with vigour and pace;
  • An ability to develop and implement robust governance arrangements, ensuring the development, sustainability and high performance of the Board;
  • An ability to think innovatively, to provide constructive challenge where appropriate and support a culture of change;
  • The ability to raise the profile of an organisation effectively in the public domain;
  • Excellent influencing and communication skills, including the ability to inspire confidence and build relationships nationally and internationally; and
  • A strong commitment to equal opportunities, diversity of skills and experience and public service values.

Desirable experience:

  • A good understanding of how organisations are shaped by a changing environment;
  • A good understanding or willingness to understand the decision making processes within public sector organisations;
  • Experience of successfully dealing with the media; and
  • An ability to act as an ambassador for sound competition and consumer practices.

Additional Information

BEIS is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns and to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process. Applications are welcome from all, especially women, minority ethnic and disabled candidates who are under-represented at this level in public life.

This appointment is subject to pre-appointment hearing by the BEIS Select Committee.

How to Apply

For further information about the role, please download the candidate pack at reference 930414. For a confidential discussion, contact our advising consultants at Veredus Jemima Dalgliesh on 020 7932 4319 or James Greengrass on 020 7932 4286.

Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.


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