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Managing Director, Deputy General Counsel

Posting Date: 20-Jan-2023

Location: London, GB

Company: EBRD

Requisition ID 33129
Office Country United Kingdom
Office City London
Division Office of the General Counsel  
Contract Type Fixed Term 
Contract Length 4 years 
Posting End Date 12/02/2023 

 

 

 

 

Role Overview 

 

EBRD is looking to appoint Managing Director, Deputy General Counsel (DGC). They will support the planning, implementation, and supervision of the Office of the General Counsel’s (OGC) vision, goals, and administration and provide high-level policy advice and support to the General Counsel in carrying out the work program of the Office of the General Counsel.

 

The DGC is a leading member of the General Counsel’s senior management team and, in this capacity, will support the General Counsel and the Bank in delivering and safeguarding the legal aspects of the Bank’s status, operations and activities. They will contribute to ensuring alignment of the legal team with the Bank’s strategy and priorities as the EBRD and its clients continue to evolve. The DGC will provide effective, forward-thinking legal and policy advice on all corporate and administrative affairs, treasury, and human resources legal matters. The ideal incumbent would also have significant experience in capital markets, cross-border project financing and/or legal reform. The DGC will also play a critical role in wider institutional leadership and will serve as a member of senior management committees and ad-hoc working groups. 

 

The DGC has overall responsibility for determining goals for several teams and units within OGC, to ensure that all services under their responsibility are fit for purpose, of high quality and consistent with the Agreement Establishing the Bank (AEB), its policies and procedures and applicable laws, and that the Bank’s privileges and immunities under the AEB and other sources of international law are recognised and respected.

 

 

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

 

  • Assists the General Counsel in the management of OGC and the provision of legal and policy advice to the President and the other members of the Executive Committee, senior staff, the Board of Directors and its committees, and the Board of Governors.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of the Bank’s strategic initiatives, including advising on new and innovative instruments.
  • Is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the teams under their management to ensure that relevant legal and policy issues are identified, considered and addressed.
  • Deputises, as needed, for the General Counsel and represents them at meetings of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, Strategy and Policy Committee, Risk Committee, Operations Committee and ad-hoc committees as required. DGC may chair one or more top-level committees and in that capacity report directly to the Executive Committee. 
  • Recruits, motivates, trains and develops staff within agreed policies and practices to maintain an effective workplace capable of meeting OGC’s objectives and enables staff to provide high-quality legal advice, consistent with best practice, taking into account the Bank’s special status as an international financial institution. 
  • Provides guidance and direction to internal clients, including members of the Executive Committee and other senior staff and members of the Board of Directors, on the legal and policy aspects of the Bank’s operations, initiatives and strategies, taking into account the Bank’s operational and institutional objectives, international standards and applicable domestic and international law.
  • Assesses compliance of papers submitted to the Executive Committee and other management and Board committees with requirements of the AEB, the Bank’s policies and procedures and all applicable domestic and international law.
  • Represents the Bank in international conferences, including as part of OGC’s Legal Transition Programme.
  • Develops systems and procedures for the engagement of outside counsel in compliance with the Bank’s procurement rules and specific applicable requirements.
  • Participates in committee meetings; In their capacity as committee chair ensures that key issues are identified and that committee members are invited to contribute to the discussion.

 

 

Scale of Responsibilities

 

  • Responsible, along with other DGC, for an aggregate annual budget of £20M.
  • Manages several teams and/or units with a total of at least 60 staff, including 4-6 direct reports.
  • Along with other DGC, oversees the engagement and management of all outside counsel for the Bank: approximately 200 law firms for a total annual budget of 19M.
  • Main interfaces include members of the Executive Committee, members of the Board of Directors, senior representatives of EBRD clients, high level governmental officials and senior representatives of other international organisations.

 

 

Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications

 

  • Extensive management experience and strong leadership qualities – ready to motivate, lead and if necessary challenge team members.
  • Substantial professional experience corporate advisory services (normally not less than 20 years) gained at an IFI, at the in-house legal department of a top commercial/investment bank or in private practice, together with a sound understanding of legal reform and treasury.
  • An law and a post-graduate law degree or relevant professional legal experience in another country.
  • Admitted or qualified to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, and academic qualifications or professional experience in both civil and common law.
  • Extensive experience with the practice, law and procedures of international financial institutions active in private sector operations as well as with IFI policies.
  • Demonstrable experience in making top-level legal decisions and advising top-level decision-makers in the private and/or public sector (e.g., CEOs, board members, etc.).
  • Excellent command of written and oral English. Fluency in another official language of the Bank or a language of the EBRD’s countries of operations is an advantage.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills: highly articulate and confident to engage with senior counterparts both inside and outside the Bank and in international fora.

 

 

 

 

What is it like to work at the EBRD?

 

Our agile and innovative approach is what makes life at the EBRD a unique experience! You will be part of a pioneering and diverse international organisation, and use your talents to make a real difference to people's lives and help shape the future of the regions we invest in. 

 

The EBRD environment provides you with:

  • Varied, stimulating and engaging work that gives you an opportunity to interact with a wide range of experts in the financial, political, public and private sectors across the regions we invest in;
  • A working culture that embraces inclusion and celebrates diversity;
  • An environment that places sustainability, equality and digital  transformation at the heart of what we do.

 

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 and expecting our employee to attend the office 50% of their working time.


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