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Assistant Director (EL1) Financial Services Competition | ACCC |

Assistant Director

Assistant Director (EL1) Financial Services Competition | ACCC | Government & Defence

$106,931 to $118,340 per annum (plus 15.4% superannuation) Australia > Townsville

We are recruiting at the Assistant Director level within the Competition Enforcement Investigations team of the Financial Services Competition Branch.

The role involves conducting and leading competition analysis, investigations and litigation in relation to anti-competitive conduct, with a focus on conduct involving the financial services sector.

The successful candidates will work in the team responsible for supporting the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the prosecution of criminal cartel charges laid against a number of large financial services providers and their executives.

Under the supervision of a Director, and as a part of a multidisciplinary team, the Assistant Director is primarily responsible for investigating alleged breaches of the competition law provisions, including criminal provisions, of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.



The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

The ACCC is an independent statutory authority that administers the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and other Acts.

The ACCC works to promote effective competition and fair trading in the marketplace to benefit consumers, business and the community, and efficiency in the delivery of certain infrastructure services.

The ACCC shares staff, resources and facilities with the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).



Specialised Enforcement and Advocacy Division – Financial Services Competition Branch

The Specialised Enforcement and Advocacy Division has primary responsibility for the investigation and litigation of competition issues within a number of specialised enforcement areas, including the financial services sector. The Division also conducts regular market studies to examine competition issues in the financial services sector.

The Financial Services Competition Branch oversees competition in the financial services sector through targeted competition investigations, enforcement action and an ongoing program of market studies and advocacy.

As part of its enforcement function, the Financial Services Competition Branch:

  • supports the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) in the prosecution of criminal cartel charges involving the financial services sector; and
  • investigates anti-competitive conduct, and conducts civil enforcement action, in relation to competition issues involving the financial services sector.



As an Assistant Director, your work will involve:

  • working with a Director to assist in the management of a criminal cartel prosecution and competition law investigations in the financial services sector;
  • managing a team of investigators, legal advisers, economists and other specialists responsible for providing management, strategic and technical input into competition cases and matters allocated;
  • collecting, collating and analysing information from disparate sources, and exercising judgement to identify the best sources of such information specifically for competition law criminal proceedings;
  • monitoring and managing budgets and records of financial expenditure in relation to investigations and projects;
  • undertaking or supervising research and analysis into specific issues necessary for the management of criminal prosecutions under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010;
  • preparing (and/or reviewing as appropriate) internal and external documents including staff papers, correspondence, minutes, briefs, media releases, reports, notices and undertakings;
  • liaising with internal and external stakeholders (such as legal and/or economic advisers, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and witnesses);
  • preparing reports and recommendations for consideration by senior management; and
  • supervising and developing staff and contributing to the broader work of the Financial Services Competition Branch.



Selection criteria

In addition to meeting the Integrated Leadership Profile of the EL 1 level, the following job-specific criteria are highly desirable:

  • A strong and demonstrated understanding of the competition provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and other relevant legislation.
  • Tertiary qualifications in economics, law or similar fields.
  • Experience leading and managing investigations and/or litigation into complex matters and/or competition law issues, in accordance with developed plans and ensuring investigations are undertaken with established investigative principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake objective, systematic analysis to draw accurate conclusions, critically assess and support evidence-based decision making.
  • Well-developed research and strong analytical skills, with demonstrated experience of overseeing the gathering of evidence, intelligence and research/analytical tasks in investigations.
  • Strong written drafting skills and demonstrated experience in ensuring high-quality documentation including staff papers, notices, correspondence, reports, minutes and briefs.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience supervising and developing staff including providing regular and appropriate feedback and direction, and identifying development needs and opportunities.
  • Ability to develop and foster successful internal and external stakeholder relationships.
  • Experience in complex and large litigation.




The role of Assistant Director is advertised in all ACCC locations however, if the successful candidate is located outside of Sydney there is a requirement for regular travel to Sydney for at least the first 18 months of engagement.




If successful for further assessment, you may be asked to participate in remote or virtual locations, which would require you to have access to technology or a stable phone connection to participate. If you require reasonable adjustment for remote or virtual assessments please advise us of this in your application.

If you are asked to attend a face-to-face assessment, we ask that you follow current health guidelines around protective measures, which include:

  • good hand hygiene, regularly washing your hands with soap and water
  • covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • avoiding touching your face
  • avoiding physical contact (such as handshaking).



Working with us

We are a high-performing agency committed to promoting competition, consumer protection and fair trading in the Australian marketplace. To achieve this we must invest in, trust and care about our most important resource, our people.

We recognise that diversity and inclusion leverage a range of experiences and perspectives that drive belonging, engagement, performance, innovation and productivity. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, people with cultural and linguistic diversity, LGBTIQ people and are committed to achieving gender equality. We have a particular focus on supporting women and those from diverse backgrounds into senior leadership.

If you choose to work with us you will contribute to our workplace culture, as well as outcomes that have far-reaching economic, industrial and legal implications. You will also have access to a range of activities and initiatives that support wellbeing and flexible work practices and will receive an attractive remuneration package including excellent leave benefits.



How to apply

When applying for the position of Assistant Director, you will be asked to upload your resume and submit a statement of claims that is no more than 800 words.

When preparing your statement of claims, please take into consideration the role and duties, and detail instances from your past that demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.

When submitting your application, please ensure you capture your employment history and qualifications (the information found on your resume) directly on the application form.

Selection panels at the ACCC and AER have the option to run a de-identified selection process and may not be provided with your resume.

Contact Erin Pittard, (02) 9230 9161 or Alison Noad (02) 9230 9137 for more details.

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