UK competition authority hunts first chief data officer

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The Competition & Markets Authority is looking to appoint its first chief data and digital insights officer to spearhead the development of the organisation's data strategy.

The role will act as an ambassador for data-driven approaches to the entire work of the CMA - which works to promote competition for the benefit of consumers, businesses and the economy - and contribute to the organisation’s wider strategy and approaches to cases and projects.

The post-holder will be responsible for carrying out CMA’s work through the definition and delivery of an effective data and digital insight strategy as well as influencing CMA’s culture on the collection, analysis and sharing of data.

CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli said: “We are at a critical juncture for the CMA. We face significant challenges, such as the UK’s exit from the EU, to how we enforce competition and consumer policy for the benefit of consumers, businesses and the UK economy.

“Improving our understanding of online data and of how to analyse it is one of these challenges. The growth in the collection and use of data by firms creates new competition policy concerns, as well as opportunities, and we need to be at the forefront of responding to them.

“As the first of its kind in Europe, the role of chief data and digital insights officer is high profile, challenging and demanding. The successful candidate will need to operate and command respect at a senior level within and beyond the CMA”, Coscelli added.