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Calling graduates: Grad scheme opportunity at the CMA

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We’ve launched the third year of our Delivery Graduate Scheme for September 2023! If you’ve recently graduated or will be graduating soon and are looking to start up your career, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

The Scheme

As a graduate at the CMA, you will form an integral part of our multi-disciplinary teams as a delivery case officer. You will gain hands-on experience in CMA casework which can involve mergers, markets, antitrust investigations, subsidy advice and much more.

This is an exciting springboard opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside legal, economic, financial and other experts across our delivery teams.

As a Case Officer on the Graduate Scheme, you will do three 12-month placements in various Delivery teams and contribute to the delivery of high-quality outputs, assisting major investigations and studies. This may involve writing draft proposals for investigations, planning and executing dawn raids, analysing documents, developing strategy, and assisting with project management.

Advance your skills and knowledge

Our training programme

During your time at the CMA, you’ll also get to advance your skills and knowledge through a structured training programme. The programme will be spread over the 3 years of the scheme and is designed to:

  • expand your knowledge of the CMA – both who does what and how they do it – through the CMA’s Induction, Understanding, and Deepening courses;
  • sharpen your drafting, presenting, interpersonal and IT skills; and
  • develop your project management know-how through the CMA’s internal courses and by funding your place on an APM Project Management Qualification course

You will also be sponsored to study part-time for an external academic qualification related to your work at the CMA.

Hear what our grads have to say

Quotes from current graduates

Sam Fenton:

I would strongly encourage joining the CMA Delivery Graduate Scheme. Every day presents new challenges, and the work is incredibly varied both within and between projects. You could find yourself involved in anything, from investigating the effects of a proposed merger to working on a treaty for international cooperation. I can’t think of too many other places where the work is this varied!

Sil Van Kordelaar:

As a graduate at the CMA I’ve been able to do work that makes a real difference to consumers in the UK! During my time I’ve really felt like a valued member of my team and a trusted part of the wider organisation.

Application details

If you’re interested in the Scheme, we’d love to hear from you!

Applicants must be based and eligible to work in the UK.

Upon applying you will have three tests to complete –  after that, you will be presented with an application form to fill in.

If you’re successful, you’ll be invited to attend an assessment centre and interview.

Find out more and apply by 6 February.

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  1. Comment by Cathal Kinsella posted on

    I am wondering when applications will open for the 2024 CMA graduate scheme?


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