Head of Markets Department

REF.: ESMA/2017/VAC9/AD12

ESMA - European Securities and Markets Authority

Paris, France

Type of contract: Temporary Agent1
Function group and grade: AD12
Duration of contract: 5 years, with possibility of extension2
Division/Unit: Markets Department
Deadline for applications: 14/04/2017 (23:59 hrs, Paris local time)
Reserve list valid until: 31/12/20183

1. The Authority

ESMA is an independent EU Authority that was established on 1 January 2011. ESMA’s mission is to enhance investors’ protection and promote stable and orderly financial markets. This mission is derived from ESMA’s founding Regulation4 and encompasses three objectives:

  • Investors’ protection: to have the needs of financial consumers better served and to reinforce their rights as investors while acknowledging their responsibilities;
  • Orderly markets: to promote the integrity, transparency, efficiency, and well-functioning of financial markets and robust market infrastructures; and
  • Financial stability: to strengthen the financial system in order to be capable of withstanding shocks and the unravelling of financial imbalances while fostering economic growth.

ESMA achieves its mission within the European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS) through active co-operation with National Competent Authorities (in particular with securities market regulators) as well as with the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA). ESMA has a unique position within the ESFS as it focuses on the securities and financial markets dimension and the overarching European aspects of these objectives. For further information, please refer to ESMA’s website:

2. Job description

ESMA is organising a selection procedure for the post of Head of Markets Department, reporting to ESMA’s Executive Director.

The Markets Department is currently composed of a team of around 35 officers and is responsible for the rule-making, supervisory convergence and supervisory tasks related to market infrastructures (at the trading and post-trading levels) and secondary markets conduct rules. Therefore, it is leading ESMA's work on EMIR, Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR), Benchmarks Regulation, Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation (MIFID/MIFIR) and Short Selling Regulation (SSR). Amongst these regulations, the Markets Department is, in particular, leading the work on MiFID implementation on transparency of transactions in financial instruments, central counterparty (CCP) colleges, stress testing, reference data and data reporting to regulators and trade repositories policy.

The Department is structured in three teams/Units:

  • Post-Trading Unit (OTC Derivatives, CSDs, CCPs, EMIR and Trade Repositories);
  • Secondary Markets team; and
  • Market Integrity and Data Reporting team.

Main duties:

Under the supervision of ESMA’s Executive Director, the Head of Markets Department will be responsible for:

Operational management of the Department:

  • leading the development and implementation of ESMA’s work programme in designated areas by defining the Department’s work programme, establishing appropriate processes and communication structure, and setting priorities for implementation;
  • managing and coordinating the human resources of the Department and, where appropriate, its financial resources, so that people are well motivated, act professionally and deliver consistently high performance;
  • representing the Department and ESMA at relevant internal and external meetings in order to support and promote the Authority's decisions, proposals and image;
  • acting as the main channel for the exchange of information between senior management and the staff members of the Department; and
  • developing and fostering strong strategic relations with Member State bodies, EU institutions and other relevant stakeholders.

Rulemaking & Supervisory convergence:

  • driving the policy analysis of market-related legislative and regulatory developments at European level within the scope of the Markets Department, in accordance with the mission statement of ESMA;
  • driving the supervisory convergence work in the areas under the responsibility of the Markets Department, using various tools to achieve greater consistency in the implementation, supervision and enforcement across national authorities;
  • driving the efficient operational implementation of new requirements in close cooperation with other ESMA Departments, national authorities and external stakeholders;
  • ensuring high quality and timely outputs, on the basis of the Authority’s annual work programmes; and
  • actively guiding and supporting the work and activities of ESMA’s relevant Standing Committees.

Strategic leadership:

  • implementing ESMA’s strategic orientation and developing multi-annual/annual planning (defining the Department’s work programme, annual management plans and activity reports in co-operation with ESMA’s other Departments);
  • fostering strong strategic relations and enhancing cooperation with national securities regulators, EU institutions, EBA/EIOPA/ESRB including though the Joint Committee, non-EU regulators, and other relevant stakeholders in the areas of competence;
  • representing ESMA and the Markets Department externally, whether in conferences and seminars or bilaterally with stakeholders; and
  • supporting the efficient management of ESMA by being an active contributor to the Management Team and to the collective work to achieve the Authority’s strategic objectives.

3. Professional qualifications and other requirements

A. Eligibility criteria

To be considered eligible, candidates must satisfy all the eligibility criteria listed below, by the deadline for submitting applications:

  • have at least a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of four years attested by a diploma5 in a field relevant for this position, and after having obtained the diploma, fifteen years of proven professional experience6 in some or all of the fields covered by the job description;
  • have at least a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of three years attested by a diploma7 in a field relevant for this position, and after obtained the diploma, sixteen years of proven professional experience8 in some or all of the fields covered by the job description;
  • be a national of a Member State of the European Union or the EEA (Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland);
  • enjoy full rights as a citizen9;
  • have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws concerning military service;
  • produce the appropriate character references as to their suitability for the performance of their duties;
  • have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the European Union10 and a satisfactory knowledge11 of another language of the European Union; and
  • be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post12.

B. Selection criteria


Applications which fulfil the above Eligibility criteria (part A) will be assessed against the Essential requirements (part B.1). Candidates who do not meet all of the Essential requirements (part B.1) will be excluded from the selection process.

Candidates who meet all of the Essential requirements (part B.1) will be scored against the Advantageous requirements (part B.2). Within this comparative evaluation of applications, the 6 best candidates who obtain the highest scores and reach a minimum score of 65% will be invited for interviews and written tests.

B.1. Essential requirements

a) Experience in policy or supervision in the area of financial markets at EU or national level;

b) Experience in a managerial role for at least 5 years;

c) Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact well and work collaboratively with multiple internal and external stakeholders; and

d) Excellent written and oral English13.

B.2. Advantageous requirements

e) Significant experience in one or more of the areas covered by the Department;

f) Experience in policy analysis and design or implementation and supervision of legislative and regulatory requirements in the area of financial markets;

g) Experience in financial markets through working for a financial services firm, for a regulator or a related profession;

h) With reference to the criterion “b”, experience in managing a team in addition to the requested 5 years would be an asset;

i) Strong analytical capabilities and ability to think strategically;

j) Work experience in a multicultural environment, and in particular within the EU institutional framework; and

k) Motivation for the advertised position.


Candidates invited for interviews and written tests will be assessed against all selection criteria (parts B1 & B2 & B3).

B.3. Supplementary requirements

l) Ability to lead and motivate staff (management skills);

m) Ability to deal with people effectively and courteously and build productive and cooperative working relationships with other Units and colleagues (interpersonal skills);

n) Ability to communicate clearly and present complex subjects simply, both orally and in writing, including to the members of the team (communication skills); and

o) Ability to steer discussions and generate the best possible results without compromising productive working relationships with the other parties involved (negotiation skills).

Candidates who receive at least 65% of the maximum points in both the interview and written test will be included in the reserve list of suitable candidates. Reserve list candidates will be invited for a one-day assessment centre in Brussels, followed by an individual meeting with ESMA’s Executive Director and Chair.

The established reserve list may be used for the recruitment of a similar post depending on the needs of ESMA. Please note that inclusion in the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment.

B.4. How to apply

Candidates must apply by sending the following documents, by the specified deadline, to

  • The application must include both CV and motivation letter in English (working language of ESMA14);
  • Application documents must be marked accordingly with the reference number of the vacancy notice (see templates below).

CV in the European (Europass) format15, saved as:
ESMA_2017_VAC09_AD12_FAMILY NAME_First name_CV
Example: ESMA_2017_VAC09_AD12_SMITH_Anna_CV

Motivation letter of no more than 2 pages, explaining the interest and motivation of the candidate for this particular post, saved as:
ESMA_2017_VAC09_AD12_FAMILY NAME_First name_Motivation letter

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of the eligibility and selection criteria specified in the vacancy notice (as explained in part 3) and these must be met by the deadline for submitting applications.

4. Summary of conditions of employment

  • Successful external candidates may be offered an employment contract for five years as a temporary agent. Any further renewal shall be in principle for an indefinite duration;
  • Successful external candidates will be recruited in the grade and classified either in step 1 or 2;
Grade/step Minimum requirements for classification in step16
(required level of university studies + minimum number of years of
experience after university graduation)
Monthly salary17 Monthly net salary,including specificallowances18
AD12 step 1  4 years’ university degree in a field relevant for this position +15 years’ experience in some or all of the fields covered by the jobdescription 12,210 € 11,636 €
AD12 step 2  4 years’ university degree in a field relevant for this position +18 years’ experience in some or all of the fields covered by the jobdescription 12,725 € 11,983 €
  • The monthly basic salary is multiplied by the correction coefficient for France (currently 113.8%);
  • Salaries are subject to a Union tax deducted at source and are exempt from national taxation;
  • As a Head of Department, the successful candidate shall be entitled to receive a managerial allowance corresponding to 4.2% of the basic salary, on condition of successful completion of management trial period of nine months;
  • Depending on the individual family situation and the place of origin, the successful jobholder may be entitled to: expatriation allowance (16% of the basic salary), household allowance, dependent child allowance, education allowance, pre-school allowance, installation allowance, reimbursement of removal costs, initial temporary daily subsistence allowance, and other benefits;
  • Reimbursement of schooling costs in Paris may be provided;
  • Annual leave entitlement of two days per calendar month plus additional days for age, grade, 2,5 days’ home leave if applicable, and in addition on average 17 ESMA holidays per year;
  • EU Pension Scheme (after 10 years of service);
  • EU Joint Sickness and Insurance Scheme (JSIS), accident and occupational disease coverage, unemployment and invalidity allowance and insurance; and
  • General and applicable professional training, plus professional development opportunities.

Information reserved for applicants employed under Article 2(f) of the CEOS, in EU agencies other than ESMA:

According to ESMA Management Board decision ESMA/2015/MB/5619, adopting the implementing rules on the procedure governing the engagement and use of temporary staff under Article 2(f) of the CEOS, and in particular Article 12 (2), if a successful applicant from this external selection procedure, on the closing date for applications, as well as on the day of taking up duty at ESMA.

  • is a member of temporary staff under Article 2(f) of the CEOS; and
  • is employed within his/her agency in function group and grade included in the range AD11 – AD13.

ESMA shall offer the applicant, in writing, the opportunity either:

a) to be assigned to the post by means of mobility, as per Article 10 of ESMA/2015/MB/56. In this case the contract at ESMA will be in continuity with the contract of the previous agency (namely with regard to grade, step, seniority in step, and duration);
b) to be assigned to the post on the basis of a new contract for a fixed period of five years, subject to the probationary period of 9 months, at the grade indicated in this external vacancy notice (AD12)20.

For more information, please refer to Careers’ page of ESMA:

5. Data protection

Candidates’ personal data are processed as required by Regulation (EC) No. 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000, on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. This applies in particular to the confidentiality and security of such data. For more information, please check the privacy statement on recruitment procedures.

1 According to the Article 2(f) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants (CEOS) of the European Union.
2 Temporary agents may be engaged under their first contract for a fixed period of 5 years. Any further renewal shall be in principle for an indefinite duration. Probationary period for the first contract is nine months.
3 The validity of the reserve list may be extended.
4 Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 establishing a European Supervisory Authority (European Securities Markets Authority), amending Decision No 716/2009/EC and repealing Commission Decision 2009/77/EC.
5 Only qualifications that have been awarded in EU Member States or that are subject to the equivalence certificates issued by the
authorities in the said EU Member States shall be taken into consideration.
6 For more information on calculating the professional experience, please consult the “Candidates Guidelines” document published
on ESMA’s website
7 See footnote 5.
8 See footnote 6.
9 Prior to the appointment, the successful candidate will be asked to provide a police certificate confirming the absence of any criminal record.
10 The languages of the EU are: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish.
11 At least at the level B2, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:
Knowledge of the 2nd EU language will be tested in both oral and written form for candidates invited for interviews.
12 Before the appointment, the successful candidate shall be examined by one of the EU medical centres in order to confirm that the
candidate fulfils the requirements of Article 12(2) (d) of the CEOS (physical fitness to perform the duties).
13 At least at B2 level.
English is the internal working language of ESMA, as decided by ESMA Management Board with the decision ESMA/2011/MB/3 of 11/01/2011. This decision implements Article 73 (2) of the ESMA Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010 establishing ESMA.
14 See footnote no 13.
Please refer in your CV to all selection criteria.
For the criterion B.1 (b) “experience in a managerial role for at least 5 years”, please indicate the size of the team.
16 ESMA Management Board Decision ESMA/2011/MB/55, adopting of implementing rules on classification in grade and step on appointment or engagement - Commission decision (C(2004) 1313 of 07/04/2004):
17 The basic salary weighted by the correction coefficient for France (currently at 113.8 %), incl. managerial allowance.
18 An estimation of net salary, including the deduction for tax and social security and adding the allowances (this estimation has been calculated with management allowance, expatriation allowance, household allowance and with one dependent child allowance). Allowances depend in any case on the personal situation of the candidate.
20 Classification in step will be based on Articles 15 or 55 of the CEOS, as appropriate.

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