The Competition Bureau has officially launched its search for the next Commissioner of Competition. In a notice of vacancy posted on the bureau’s website Wednesday, the independent federal agency said it is seeking a new commissioner with senior level management experience, and who has knowledge of competition law policies and principles, as well as economic and trade policies and principles. “Knowledge of the Canadian business environment and world markets, emerging trends, the issues facing these areas and the implications for competition law enforcement and policy are required,” the notice added. “An understanding of how government operates, including government priorities and programs relating to the Canadian economy, as well as knowledge of the mandate of the Competition Bureau and all its relevant legislation are also required.” John Pecman, a long-time Competition Bureau employee, has served as the bureau’s interim commissioner since former commissioner Melanie Aitken stepped down in September. Aitken, who announced her intention to leave the bureau in June, left the position three years into her five-year term. In the notice posted this week, the Competition Bureau said it was seeking candidates with a law degree or a graduate degree “from a recognized university,” and that “roficiency in both official languages would be preferred.” It added that the Ottawa-based position will pay a salary that falls between $260,000 and $305,800, and asked interested applicants to apply to recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson. The Commissioner of Competition is appointed by the governor general under an order-in-council appointment at the advice of the federal cabinet.