Managing Director, Deputy Secretary General

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Sep 24

Position description

We are seeking dynamic applicants for a newly created role of Managing Director, Deputy Secretary General within the Office of the Secretary General (OSG).


OSG has primary responsibility for supporting the Board of Governors and the Board of Directors, in both formal decision-making processes and informal discussions, as well as coordinating and facilitating relations between the Bank’s management and its shareholders (in which many other parts of the Bank are also involved). OSG’s work includes the organisation of formal meetings (notably regular meetings of the Board of Directors and its committees, the Annual Meeting of shareholders, and regional events), formal and informal dialogue with shareholders both within EBRD and in capitals, and relations with potential new shareholders.


OSG is led by the Secretary General (SG), who is a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee (ExCom). The role of MD, DSG is a new position and will form part of OSG’s senior leadership team, Reporting to the SG, deputising for him and working closely with him, this role will be pivotal in leading and implementing approaches in OSG which optimise the effectiveness of the department; including mandate, collaboration across the bank, and approach to core work. Moreover, the appointee will manage three direct reports and will offer inspirational team leadership and contribute to its strategy, enhancing the Bank’s approach to Board and shareholder relations.


Please note that the EBRD are working with an external Search Firm in the hiring for this position. By submitting your details to this role you are consenting to your details being shared with a third party. If you have any questions in relation to this please contact [email protected]


Accountabilities and Responsibilities

Internal OSG management

  • With the SG, revising the mandate and strategic priorities of OSG, deputising for the SG in communicating these effectively to all stakeholders and tracking progress against them
  • Participating in OSG’s leadership team, including supporting the SG to ensure sufficient progress is being made on OSG’s strategic priorities, and managing the risks to delivery
  • Streamlining OSG’s approach to core work by overseeing the development of clear work plans and ensuring sufficient resource in order for initiatives to deliver the desired outcomes
  • Under the direction of the SG, leading initiatives in OSG that seek to optimise the effectiveness of the department
  • Day to day management of OSG’s budgetary responsibilities, including the annual departmental budget
  • Accountable for the engagement and effective overall management of relevant staff including recruitment, compensation (as agreed with the Head of Department, if applicable), performance management, coaching and development
  • Championing and role modelling the Bank’s Behavioural Competencies and Corporate Behaviours, ensuring adherence within the team(s) so that the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct are exhibited at all times


Internal Bank management

  • Working with other parts of the Bank in order to clarify OSG’s role in coordinating shareholder relations across the Bank, including its division of labour with other relevant departments
  • Implementing OSG’s mandate; galvanising cross-functional partnership and collaboration across the Bank with key stakeholders


Board/Shareholder relations

  • Working with the SG and other senior internal staff to maintain and further develop good working relationships with Governors, Board Directors and other shareholder representatives, to ensure relevant stakeholders in the Bank understand their interests and concerns, and to promote well-informed decision-making
  • Working with the SG to providing advice to the President, ExCom members and others on how to work with the Board of Directors to deliver Bank priorities in line with Bank governance, including how to tailor key messages to gain the trust, understanding and buy-in of the Board into management’s work programme
  • With the SG, finding new ways for the President and other ExCom members to engage with Board Directors and other shareholder representatives to build trust and maximise their contribution to the Bank’s agenda, including following up on recommendations from the Review of Relations with Shareholders
  • Giving management support and advice to OSG teams engaged in the day-to-day running of support to the Board of Directors



  • Undergraduate degree (master’s degree or higher desirable) or equivalent experience
  • Extensive professional experience in international relations (bilateral or multilateral) and significant experience in multilateral institutions
  • Corporate governance and/ or secretariat experience in the public or private sectors
  • Political acumen, and a proven ability to acquire a rapid understanding of complex political dynamics in multiple countries
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including fluent spoken and written English, diplomatic/persuasive skills, ability to get on well with and build trust with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and a high degree of emotional intelligence
  • Demonstrable experience in effectively solving problems and bringing forward innovative solutions
  • Strong leadership skills, ideally leading large and diverse teams of multiple nationalities
  • Experience of managing continuous improvement in multinational organisations
  • Knowledge of international development, and the role of finance within it
  • Knowledge of and previous experience of MDB governance, and of EBRD’s recipient and non-recipient shareholders
  • Knowledge of the EBRD’s Countries of Operation



  • Knowledge of development finance or the provision of financial services in developing countries
  • Experience of working with the governments of some of EBRD’s major non-recipient shareholders
  • Experience of delivering MDB or bilateral programmes in emerging markets


Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does.  A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities.  As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.

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