The European Banking Federation is the voice of the European banking sector, bringing together 32 national banking associations in Europe that represent some 3,500 banks – large and small, wholesale and retail, local and international – while employing about two million people. The EBF represents the interests of the banking sector with the European institutions, responding swiftly to changing market circumstances. The culture of the EBF can be defined as agile, flexible, open, transparent, working together, integrity, clarity.
The European Banking Federation (EBF) is seeking to recruit a full-time Policy Adviser who will be responsible for building consensus and developing policy positions, designing and delivering banking industry advice and coordinating members' actions.
This is a position with a significant workload and responsibility within a highly competitive team and working with European legislators and supervisors to achieve an appropriate regulatory and supervisory framework in the EU.
As a policy adviser on Banking Supervision you will be responsible for preparing EBF position papers in selected themes according to the strategic planning of activities. This involves:
- Setting out schedules for specific projects and tasks;
- Launching requests for information to members;
- Organising meetings and conference calls to discuss about and shape the EBF position;
- Participating in public hearings;
- Drafting the EBF position and guiding members towards plausible agreements.
The performance of advisory duties also include building and maintaining a cooperative relationship with EBF member associations and banks trying to understand with anticipation what their concerns are and getting insight from their points of view.
The policy adviser will integrate in an 8-member team assisting the Head of Banking Supervision in a wide range of topics in the field of prudential regulation of credit institutions at global and European level. The policy adviser will perform his/her duties in a rapidly changing environment:
- Staying abreast of external activity related to the banking supervision scope and informing about press releases, public hearings, consultations and other proceedings organised or announced by the EU authorities; as well as events and meetings organised by the manifold stakeholders from the public sector and from consultancy companies and think tanks, among others;
- Drafting preparatory documents on the state of play of the assigned dossiers;
- Leading and contributing to the further development of the EBF knowledge base on prudential matters as well as anticipating regulatory developments.
- Thorough knowledge of EU banking regulation and European (EU) public affairs with at least 2-3 years relevant experience;
- University degree in Economics, Law or Political Sciences;
- Relevant exposure to the prudential supervision of banks gained in previous positions at European institutions, consultancy firms or credit institutions;
- Broad understanding of the international policy standards, notably from the Financial Stability Board and the Basel Committee;
- Sound understanding of banking supervision relevant directives and regulations, as well as EBA technical standards and guidelines;
- Excellent influencing skills, persuasiveness and sense of diplomacy;
- Ability to blend the views and inputs provided by EBF members to draft joint position papers in response to public consultations;
- Excellent understanding of the EU decision making process;
- Skills to deal with officials from EU institutions and supervisory authorities and to obtain useful information for the sake of a more targeted positioning of the EBF;
- Capacity to adopt pragmatic viewpoints including on the implementation of regulation in credit institutions across EU Member States;
- Effective communication and team working skills with a good command of the concepts and terms generally used in the field of banking supervision;
- Excellent writing skills in English;
- Good interpersonal and bridge builder skills;
- Strong organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure;
- Openness to assume responsibilities on a variety of technical matters;
- Strategic and analytical thinking skills in a project-driven environment;
- Specific knowledge of prudential regulation in non-EU jurisdictions, especially in the USA, would be an asset;
- Specific knowledge of prudential standards and EU regulation for insurance companies would be an asset.
The ideal candidate will show considerable commitment to his/her work, enthusiasm and a positive attitude towards the various projects for which he/she will be responsible.
The person will report to the Head of Banking Supervision which function covers global and European prudential standards on banking supervision and resolution, risk management and accounting.
The position is based in Brussels, but occasional travelling, especially to Frankfurt, will be required.
This is a challenging position, which will be rewarded with a competitive and attractive package. Please note that references can/will be checked.
Please send your application with curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation clarifying why you are interested in this position, to EBF Recruitment.
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