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Team Leader (Economist)

Summary Information for vacancy - reference OFT822


Office of Fair Trading




City of London, Greater London, London

Closing Date

07 April 2010

Interviews start

Not specified


Grade 7


Middle management

Pay frequency


Appointment Terms


Working Arrangement

Full time

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work


Brief Description

As the UK’s consumer and competition authority, the OFT’s mission is to make markets work well for consumers. Protecting the interests of the public through advice, guidance and enforcement, our profile has never been higher.

From anti-competitive conduct and agreements through to unfair contract terms and mass-marketed fraud, we cover a huge range of issues. Which means that as leader of one of our research teams, you’ll have an equally sizeable amount of variety to look forward to in your work. Plus the satisfaction of knowing you’re having a positive impact on the kind of areas that affect the life of everyone you know. Every single day.

Guiding and motivating your team, you’ll identify specific areas for investigation and deliver high quality results to demanding timescales. Your work will be public and subject to scrutiny and challenge so you will have a good attention to detail, exacting standards and confidence in your abilities.

Your research background could be in academia, government or the commercial sector. It’s not experience in a specific area that’s important. What really counts is your strongly analytical and forensic mindset – a proven ability to examine in depth the data in front of you and decide what’s significant. Someone who relishes a challenge, you’re stimulated by the need to find your own way through a maze of complex information. And, of course, you value integrity highly.

Vacancy description

The Office of Fair Trading's mission is to make markets work well for consumers. The Infrastructure Group (one of 4 market groups) sits within the Markets and Projects area, which is the delivery arm of the OFT. We also take action to educate and protect consumers and work with our partners in the Trading Standards Service who take enforcement action at local level.

This role is for an economist team leader. It provides an excellent opportunity to apply economic knowledge and project management skills to solving real problems through delivering our cases and projects in mixed disciplinary teams. You will lead small mixed-disciplinary teams (or individual workstrands of a larger project) in order to ensure high impact, timely delivery.

The role may include some staff management responsibility such as monitoring and promoting the development of personnel, allocating work and providing constructive feedback on progress. Ensuring the team work effectively to produce high quality work; appropriate stakeholder liaison and timely delivery of project outputs that lead to positive outcomes for UK consumers.

The Role also involves providing economic analysis as appropriate and may involve working on projects with a greater degree of economic content.


Further information

CRB check required - No

Regulated by OCSC - No

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - No

How to apply

How to apply
Please submit a full CV and covering letter setting out the reasons for applying and addressing the qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills that you feel you can bring to the role. Please also complete a diversity monitoring form (Word 147kb).
Applications can be emailed to or sent by post to:
Recruitment Team
The Office of Fair Trading
7th Floor
Fleetbank House
2-6 Salisbury Square
Please quote reference OFT822 – Team Leader - Markets and Projects on all correspondence.
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 7 April 2010.
The Office of Fair Trading is an equal opportunities employer.
Please note existing Civil Servants on the same grade as the job advertised will be transferred on the same salary (unless currently working outside the London area). Civil Servants applying on promotion will be subject to the OFT promotion rules


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