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ECSDA recruits a Governement & Public Affairs Adviser

ECSDA recruits a Governement & Public Affairs Adviser


The European Central Securities Depositories Association (ECSDA) represents 39 national and international central securities depositories (CSDs) across 35 European countries. Central Securities Depositories are financial market infrastructures of crucial importance for EU and global financial stability. The association provides a forum for European CSDs to exchange views and take forward projects of mutual interest. It aims to promote a constructive dialogue between the CSD community, European public authorities, and other stakeholders aiming at contributing to an efficient and risk-averse infrastructure for European financial markets. You can find more about ECSDA, on its website and Youtube channel.

Our offer

The successful candidate will help develop the Central Securities Depositories’ position in a variety of relevant areas, searching for the alignment of members in sensitive regulatory areas, providing advice to the European (European Commission, Parliament and Council as well as ESMA) and National Competent Authorities on the regulation of CSDs, interacting with international organisations such as IOSCO, Financial Stability Board, OECD and others, and steering higher level of alignment and coherent implementation of the legislation across our Members.

The Public and government relations adviser will be in regular contact with the Chairs of the ECSDA Policy and Compliance working groups and will report directly to the Secretary General of the association.

We may explore a contract with a self-employed/independent consultant, on an invoice basis. In such a case, we may have certain flexibility on the location of the individual, within the remit of the EU. We may also explore a contract under Belgian law with an attractive package. In such a case, the candidate must have the legal right to work in Belgium. Part-time can be considered.

We are particularly looking for a candidate capable of diplomatic steering of consensus and development of a convincing and factually correct argumentation line in English.

The position is open immediately.

Tasks of the Adviser

  1. Help ECSDA Members, Board and Secretary General to identify the political priorities and design the positioning of the association in the changing regulatory environment by stimulating discussions of the association members;
  2. Organise the work of the ECSDA Policy and Compliance Working Groups (WGs) and related Task forces in the areas of the chosen priorities by, together with members, identifying the key legislative initiatives, with help of the members input, responding to the relevant consultation, drafting proactive thought leadership papers and helping in organising events in support of these activities;
  3. Follow-up on the Working group meetings by drafting summaries and taking action on the agreed decisions;
  4. Answer member queries on the relevant European legislation;
  5. Coordinate coherent implementation of legislation by European CSDs;
  6. Help steering industry standardisation in the relevant areas (such as agreement on the methodologies and frameworks for a coherent pan-European implementation, such as recently in the areas of Anti-money laundering);
  7. Produce research analysis based on data collected from members.

Technical skills and experience

  • You have working experience within an international association, a law firm or a public affairs consultancy firm (ideally specialised in financial services), a financial institution or a market infrastructure, or relevant other area (our offer will be adjusted);
  • You have exceptional writing skills and spoken English;
  • You have a master’s degree in law, economics, or political sciences (although an exception can be made for a candidate having additional experience and qualities).

Soft skills

  • You are proactive and capable of operating autonomously, and have an independent mindset;
  • You are a self-starter, ready to take ownership, solution-driven and client-focused, creative and going an extra mile;
  • You are assertive and diplomatic at the same time;
  • You have some project management skills and apply them to yourself and in your work with others, disciplined and have strong organisation skills and an eye for detail;
  • You can quickly build relationships with stakeholders.

How to apply
Please send your application via email (to addressed to the attention of Anna Kulik, Secretary-General of ECSDA.

The deadline for applications is 31 August.

The application must contain the following:

  • A CV in English;
  • A cover letter in English specifying why you would like to join ECSDA.