Strategy & Competition

Our decisions have a major impact on how we achieve our goals. More than that, our work makes a difference on an international scale. We lead on competition, policy and communication activities and build strong relationships with everyone from consumer groups and industry contacts to the media and government stakeholders. We monitor the external environment and work across the FCA to build an aerial overview of how the markets are functioning.

Applications for our 2019 Strategy & Competition programme are now open. Please click here to apply. Applications for this programme will close on 18 November and the first assessment centre will be held on 5 December.

What you'll do

The teams in Strategy and Competition work together to make decisions on the overarching strategy of the company and how the FCA achieves its goals. Our focus is on building strong relationships with everyone from consumer groups and industry contacts to the media and government stakeholders. We also spot problems before they get out of hand and put into place the necessary regulatory actions. 

As a Strategy and Competition Graduate, you’ll discover strengths in several varied but complementary departments and roles. You’ll develop a network of contacts as you take on internal and external secondments. Whether you’re writing policy, promoting competition, undertaking pioneering research or drafting key communications, we will give you the support you need to grow. Wherever you’re learning, you’ll be involved in high-profile projects that fundamentally influence the FCA and shape how we regulate our markets. You’ll perform a number of different roles in areas such as the Chief Economist's Department (CED), Competition, Policy, Communications or Innovation, before deciding where you want to specialise.

What you'll need

Our Strategy & Competition programme attracts graduates from all backgrounds and degree disciplines. 

Graduates joining us in Strategy & Competition will need to be:

  • a strong researcher
  • a great communicator - both face to face and in writing
  • good with analytics
  • eager to learn
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