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Senior Investigator - Criminal Competition Enforcement


Job Length:Permanent


Firm:The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

Job Type:Full Time

Email Address:


Practice Area:In-House/ Public Sector

Web Address:http://www.ccpc.ie

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission is seeking to appoint a Senior Investigator to join Criminal Enforcement Division.

Role summary:

The Criminal Enforcement Division is primarily responsible for exercising the CCPC’s functions as they relate to criminal enforcement of competition and consumer protection legislation. The Cartels & Gun-jumping Unit within the Division is responsible for investigating criminal contraventions of the Competition Act 2002, as amended, including cartel offences which consist of hard-core anti-competitive agreements and/or concerted practices, such as price fixing, bid-rigging, market sharing, limiting output/supply and failures to notify mergers and acquisitions, which meet the requirements for compulsory notification to the CCPC (commonly referred to as gun-jumping). In relation to cartel offences, the Criminal Enforcement Division prepares Referral Reports for the DPP, as these cases are prosecuted on indictment in the Central Criminal Court. In addition the Criminal Enforcement Division is also responsible for administering the Criminal Cartel Immunity Programme on behalf of both the CCPC and the DPP.

As a Senior Investigator in the Cartels & Gun-jumping Unit, you will be required to play a leading role in investigating alleged breaches of competition law and more specifically criminal investigations into allegations of cartel behaviour or gun-jumping. You will be required to understand the elements necessary to prove cartel and gun-jumping offences and how to investigate such contraventions efficiently, using investigation tools such as conducting cautioned interviews, leading on search operations and inspections, issuing requirements for information, taking witness statements and/or conducting summons hearings.

The successful candidate will be expected through desk research, corresponding with industry players and conducting field investigations to quickly establish how markets work. Due to the broad range of issues that may require investigation, you will be required to prioritise work, meet strict statutory deadlines and agreed key performance milestones. The successful candidate will on occasion be expected to travel both nationally and internationally as part of their duties.

Key responsibilities

  • Effectively and efficiently identify and investigate potential breaches of competition law, specifically cartels and gun-jumping;
  • Participate in investigations of potential breaches of sections 4, 6 and 18 of the Competition Act 2002 and Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU;
  • Draft investigation plans and reports for senior decision making, making recommendations for further action;
  • Ensure application of the CCPC’s selection and prioritisation criteria and risk assessment at all stages of assessment and investigation;
  • Work in collaboration with colleagues and Senior Management to prepare files for referral to the DPP in cases warranting criminal prosecutions;
  • Work as a Divisional team to assist in prosecutions and court action to secure appropriate criminal remedies where criminal breaches have been identified;
  • Work with all colleagues in Criminal Enforcement to assist in the transposition and introduction into Irish Law of the ECN Plus Directive;
  • As required, represent the CCPC at national and international events and conferences. This may include, for example, bid-rigging roadshows and/or training, European Commission Advisory Committee meetings, OECD conferences, European and International Competition Network Workshops and Seminars;
  • Build and maintain effective and professional working relationships with CCPC staff, and individuals, businesses and organisations that the CCPC deals with;
  • Promote the Mission, Vision and Values of the organisation through collaborative external working groups and networks and internal Cross Divisional projects.

Technical and professional requirements


  • Relevant degree or equivalent in law, policing, economic regulation or business law and compliance, and/or comparable professional experience in the conduct of regulatory investigations and criminal enforcement actions;
  • Experience in conducting investigations in competition, markets or regulatory cases or criminal prosecutions;
  • Case management experience;
  • People management experience and/ or team leadership experience;
  • Good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, particularly in building relations and influencing others;
  • Excellent drafting skills and attention to detail;
  • Full Irish driving licence.


  • Knowledge of Irish competition policy related legislative environment, issues and challenges;
  • Experience in handling complaints or conducting investigations within a regulatory/ enforcement agency or in private practice;
  • Formal accreditation or post graduate qualification in competition law, policing, economic regulation or business law in addition to the essential requirements;
  • Project management experience.


  • Maximum: €62,776/ Minimum: €49,845

Additional information can be requested from ccpc@sigmar.ie or by clicking here.

 Closing date for applications is 12 noon, Wednesday, 28 October 2020.

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