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Director, Market Research

CMA offices (Belfast, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, London, Manchester)
£96,923-116,307 per annum
Closing date
13 May 2024

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Job Role
Government / Local Authority
Contract Type
Full Time

Are you a market researcher or statistician who wants to use your skills and experience to make a positive impact on the UK economy?

If you want to work in a fast-changing and challenging environment, doing important work in the public interest, then this would be the ideal role for you.

About the CMA

We help people, businesses, and the UK economy by promoting competitive markets and tackling unfair behaviour. Our work is wide ranging, ambitious and often new and challenging.

Our new powers regarding consumer protection enforcement work will require increased research work. As a result, market research at the CMA is growing significantly, and we are looking for a Market Research Director to join the Office of the Chief Economic Adviser.

The role

As the Market Research Director, you will be responsible for ensuring that the work carried out by the Market Research and Statistics Team (MR&S) is of high quality, represents current international best practice, and ensures the CMA has maximum impact in contributing to making markets work well in the interests of consumers, businesses and the economy.

You will work flexibly across the full range of projects the CMA undertakes and be accountable for the quality of research and statistical analysis across the CMA’s work, such as investigations into mergers and markets, competition and consumer enforcement cases, and regulatory appeals.

You will provide strategic direction, professional leadership, advice and quality assurance to MR&S on cases and will be accountable for ensuring the team adapts and develops to the changing needs of the organisation and external developments.

About you

You will have a 2.1 or equivalent and have substantial client or research agency experience of directing high quality and complex market or social research projects across a range of markets/topics. This is essential.

You will also need significant experience and understanding in all aspects of quantitative and qualitative research, and survey design, particularly questionnaire design.

Effective leadership skills and the ability to manage and develop high-calibre researchers and statisticians is equally important.

Applied experience in antitrust enforcement, merger reviews, market studies and investigations and digital markets would be an advantage but is not essential.

 We encourage applications for any of the CMA offices (Belfast, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, London, Manchester). 

What we can offer you

The CMA is a hugely diverse, rewarding and stimulating place to work – an opportunity to work for the public good and to stretch and develop yourself in doing so. We offer generous benefits, including an excellent pension scheme with an average employer contribution of 27%, 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, our employee assistance programme, and our extensive flexible working options.

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

Closing date for applications: 11:55 pm on Monday 13th May 2024.

Like many other organisations, we operate 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.

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. 


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