Grade:  Higher Executive Officer

Reporting to: Deputy Director at Assistant Principal Officer Higher Level

Employing Authority: Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC)

Location:  Dublin 1

Closing Date: 12pm, Wednesday 21 August 2019


Role Summary

The Competition Enforcement and Mergers Division (CEM) is primarily responsible for exercising the CCPC’s functions as they relate to civil competition enforcement and merger review. CEM is responsible for investigating non-hardcore anti-competitive agreements, abuse of a dominant position and evaluating mergers and acquisitions notified to the CCPC. At a high level, CEM works to ensure that business comply with requirements of Irish and European Union competition law.  

As a Senior Analyst Investigator, you will be required to participate in investigations of notified mergers and acquisitions and alleged breaches of competition law. Your main task will be to effectively and efficiently review and analyse notified mergers, acquisitions and draft determinations. You will be required to effectively process notified mergers, conduct investigations, analyse information from various sources and write formal reports. You will be required to quickly understand how markets work through a combination of desk research, talking to industry players and conducting site visits. Due to the broad range of issues that may require investigation, you will be required to prioritise work, meet strict statutory deadlines and agreed performance targets. The successful candidate will on occasion be expected to travel both nationally and internationally as part of their duties.

Key Responsibilities

  • Effectively and efficiently identify and investigate potential competition issues arising from notified mergers and acquisitions.

  • Draft investigation plans and reports for Deputy Director/Director, making recommendations for further action.

  • Work with colleagues, Deputy Director or Director to secure appropriate remedies in mergers that raise competition concerns.

  • When required, participate in investigations of potential breaches of Sections 4 and 5 of the Competition Act 2002 and Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU.

  • Work with colleagues, Deputy Director or Director to secure appropriate outcomes where anti-competitive conduct has been identified.

  • Represent the CCPC at both national and international level at the appropriate fora (trade shows, OECD, ECN, ICN, domestic and international conferences, etc.).

  • Contribute to the overall mission of the CCPC by participating in cross-divisional work streams.

  • Promote the Mission, Vision and Values of the organisation.

  • Build and maintain effective and professional working relationships with CCPC staff, and individuals, businesses and organisations that the CCPC deals with.

Technical and Professional Requirements

Essential

  • Relevant Degree or equivalent in economics, law, business, regulation or compliance, OR comparable professional experience in the conduct of regulatory investigations and civil enforcement actions.

  • Experience in advising on merger control legislation or other competition, markets or regulatory cases.

  • Case management experience.

  • Good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, particularly in building relations and influencing others.

  • Excellent drafting skills and attention to detail.

Desirable

  • Knowledge of Irish competition policy related legislative environment, issues and challenges.

  • Formal accreditation in competition law, economics, economic regulation or business law in addition to the essential requirements.

  • Experience in reviewing mergers or handling complaints or conducting investigations within a regulatory/ enforcement agency or in private practice.

  • People management experience.

  • Project management experience

 

How to Apply 

1. Download the Job Information Booklet and Selection Process Guide below:

Selection Process Guide (Download)

Job Information Booklet (Download)

 

2. As per selection process guides we are looking for Cover letter (No more than one A4 page) & Up to date CV to be uploaded as part of the process. These must be uploaded as one document to the link below:

Closing Date 

Closing date for applications is 12pm, Wednesday 21 August 2019