Head of Financial Market Infrastructure Policy

Job Summary
Contract Type:
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Full time
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Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 12/06/2024 23:55
London: £67,160 - £70,525 / National: £64,160 - £67,525
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Policy/ Research
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This post can be based in London or Darlington
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Closing date:
12 Jun
Further Information
About the Team

The Securities and Markets team develops the Treasury’s policy on matters relating to international financial markets. The scope of the team’s work is wide, ranging from formulating the laws and regulations which govern the behaviour of traders, to defining the regulatory framework for UK infrastructure firms, including setting conditions for FinTech start-up firms to flourish.

One of the team’s most immediate objectives is to formulate the Treasury’s position on the future of the UK’s wholesale financial services regulations now that the UK has left the European Union. This involves scoping out potential improvements to the rules that the UK has inherited from the EU and identifying the opportunities and impacts of different options.

The team is responsible for domestic legislation on wholesale markets and market infrastructure, and has an ongoing legislative agenda. As part of that we monitor policy and legislation in other jurisdictions, in particular the European Union, as well as others.

About the Job

Key Accountabilities for this role include:
  1. Leading the team responsible for the design of regulatory requirements on Central Counterparties (CCPs), Central Securities Depositories (CSDs), and Trade Repositiories (including innovative firms), as well as the requirements on all firms trading securities and derivatives. These firms are collectively known as 'Financial Market Infrastructure', or FMI.
  2. Supporting the development of FMI technology, in particular by implementing the Digital Securities Sandbox. This is an innovative new initiative that allows firms to trial new technologies in delivering FMI services, where they are currently impeded by legislation designed for traditional FMIs.
  3. Take forward work on modernising our existing regulations and infrastructure for securities. Two high-profile independent taskforces are run out of the Branch: the Accelerated Settlement Taskforce and Digitisation Taskforce. Both taskforces are attracting international attention, and working with stakeholders with very different external interests is key.
  4. Lead on international trade policy for securities settlement and derivatives. The UK is globally dominant in clearing and derivatives trading, and this will continue to form a key component in trade discussions. You will be responsible for working closely with trade teams to ensure that this fact can be used effectively in trade negotiations.
  5. Handling HM Treasury’s relationships within the department, the regulators (FCA/BoE), and internationally, on FMI policy. Due to the very wide set of partners at stake, excellent interpersonal and institutional judgement will be vital. Creative, problem-solving skills, and the confidence to identify and call out difficult issues or project risk are integral.
  6. Providing leadership and management to the branch and creating a cohesive and collaborative workplace in which staff is productive and feel supported and empowered to deliver on their objectives. 
About You

We’re looking for someone with a good understanding of clearing and/or settlement policy. Our successful candidate will have proven strategic policy skills, and excellent judgment with ability to influence decision making, in an area where the landscape is constantly evolving.  Evidence of leadership and management skills is essential, with an ability to set the direction of travel, be decisive, think tactically and develop proactive solutions to problems.

Some of the Benefits our people love!
  • 25 days annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the King’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant). Additionally, we operate flexitime systems, allowing employees to take up to an additional 2 days off each month
  • Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
  • Generous parental and adoption leave packages
  • Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions of 27%
  • Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme and season ticket advances
  • A range of active staff networks, based around interests (e.g. analysts, music society, sports and social club) and diversity
For more information about the Treasury, role, salary, benefits, who to contact and how to apply please follow the Apply link.    

If you need any reasonable adjustments to take part in the selection process, please tell us about this in your online application form, or speak to the recruitment team at hrrecruitment@hmtreasury.gov.uk
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This job is closed for applications.