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Calling all graduates: Grad scheme opportunity at the CMA

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Recently or soon to be graduated and looking to start your career? Applications for our September 2024 Graduate Scheme are now open!

Applications for our Delivery Graduate Scheme are open for September 2024! 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 could 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

I’m based in the CMA’s Edinburgh office and working in the Cartels team. My work has been really varied so far, including contributing to evidence review and analysis on a cartel investigation, collaborating with other competition agencies as part of the Cartels International team, and assisting on a dawn raid. I love working for the CMA. The work is challenging and meaningful, the people are friendly and interesting, and you can run straight out of the Edinburgh office and be on top of Arthur’s Seat in less than half an hour. Connie Hurton Case Officer, Delivery Graduate Scheme

After being placed on the Mergers Team as part of the graduate scheme, I have really enjoyed the fast-paced work environment and the challenging day-to-day work that I have been assigned. I have also really enjoyed getting to know all the other members of the graduate scheme and helping each other settle into the wider CMA organisation. James Banks Case Officer, Delivery Graduate Scheme

Application details

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

Please register for our online ‘Q&A’ event on Wednesday 24 January to find out more.

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

Upon applying, you will have three tests to complete comprising verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and management judgement. After these, 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 2024.

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