The Consumer and Competition Policy Directorate in BEIS encourages competitive, effective markets that lead to positive outcomes for consumer and businesses. The Directorate aims to be engaged, collaborative, innovative and influential.
We have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The Directorate has four teams:
The Competition Policy team is responsible for ensuring that the UK competition regime and postal networks operate effectively. This means leading Government interest in important mergers and takeovers, ensuring that the UK competition regime continues to operate effectively after the UK has left the European Union, sponsoring the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Competition Appeal Tribunal, and ensuring the efficient and financially sustainable delivery of the UK's universal postal service. This team also has oversight of the Pubs Code and the independent Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA), the Groceries Code and the independent Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) and the postal network.
The National Security and Investment Bill team is focused on getting the legislation creating the screening regime for foreign investment through Parliament and its secondary legislation implemented by early Autumn at which point the team will be wound up.
The Domestic Consumer Policy & Enforcement team covers consumer policy including taking forward proposals in the 2018 Consumer Green Paper, setting the framework for consumer protection; raising awareness of consumer rights and empowering consumers to exercise those rights through the sponsorship of Citizens Advice (and Citizens Advice Scotland) to deliver advice and education to consumers and advocate on their behalf; and through the sponsorship of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to advise and educate business on compliance with consumer law and regulation. The team also works on protecting consumers through the sponsorship of organisations such as National Trading Standards and Trading Standards Scotland and the Consumer Protection Partnership (CPP).
The Competition Analysis and Economic Regulation team leads on policy on economic regulation and other cross-cutting work across the directorate, including BEIS’s consumer and competition interests in the new digital economy. It also provides analysis, insight and evidence to colleagues across CCP and beyond on consumer and competition policy issues.
The team currently consists of three separate branches:
• Competition policy including policy development and negotiation of competition co-operation agreements with the EU and the Rest of the World and competition chapters in free trade agreements with key countries;
• Sponsorship of the Competition and Markets Authority and Competition Appeal Tribunal including appointments, funding of the CAT and review of the CAT Rules of Procedure; and
• Regulatory issues including the Government’s relationship with Royal Mail and sponsorship of the Pubs Code Adjudicator and Groceries Code Adjudicator (including policy responsibility for their codes).
The team of approximately 20 FTE works closely with other areas within CCP across BEIS, HMT and the regulators.
The post holder will be responsible for:
• Advising Ministers on the UK competition regime, including proposals for reform, review of block exemptions and advice on cases;
• Working collaboratively with OGDs on issues of mutual interest – including future trade agreements and on subjects related to product regulation and enforcement;
• Sponsorship of the Competition and Markets Authority, Competition Appeal Tribunal, Pubs Code Adjudicator and Groceries Code Adjudicator;
• Advising Ministers on the relationship with Royal Mail, its statutory obligations ; and
• Representing the UK at the Universal Postal Union.
• Leading BEIS and Government consideration of sensitive mergers and acquisitions in which the Government has an interest (other than National Security cases);
• Working closely with the Investment Screening Unit to ensure BEIS and Government as a whole has an effective and joined-up approach to UK mergers and acquisitions activity;
• Developing a Government response to the reform of competition law, taking account of recent independent reviews;
• Advising Ministers on the statutory obligations on Royal Mail; and
• Publishing the review of the Competition Appeal Tribunal rules.
The successful candidate will be a strong, credible leader, and will need to show evidence of their capability in the following areas:
• Strategy, able to lead and handle a complex agenda, maintaining a grip on the bigger picture while demonstrating understanding of the underlying detailed policy issues;
• Excellent evidence-based 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 including Ministers, city lawyers and investors and cross-Whitehall senior officials.