Tesco is looking to hire a property consultant specifically to focus on safeguarding its position if there were to be future public inquiries into competition.

The role would play a pivotal part in Tesco's ­approach and response to a new inquiry, with the senior consultant tasked with developing an in-depth knowledge of all past OFT and Competition Commission investigations.

In a recruitment advertisement for the role, Tesco outlined that the position would also involve working with internal and external teams to deliver data and analysis to support its ­position in the event of a new inquiry.

Tesco spent millions of pounds on putting its case to the latest supermarket inquiry, including a £1.4m spend when it went to the Competition Appeals Tribunal over the addition of a 'competition test' to local planning laws.