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Under the authority of the General Counsel, and in cooperation with other members of the Legal Service, to provide appropriate advice on all legal matters relating to the Bank’s activities to the Board, Management, departments and services of the Bank, with a view to ensuring that the Bank acts with due respect for the rule of law at all times; to develop appropriate legal structures to support the Bank’s operations; to assure the provision, from time to time and on an ad hoc basis, of legal research and assistance to the central banking community on issues of interest to the Bank and to central banks with a view to fostering international legal cooperation and to promoting financial stability.
Acts as Deputy to the General Counsel.
Specific accountabilities as Deputy General Counsel:
Assumes primary responsibility for assisting the General Counsel in the management of the Legal Service and the implementation of his/her functions and duties by:
supporting him/her in the decision-making process;
under the authority of the General Counsel, coordinating and supervising the work of members of the Legal Service; providing advice and proposals to the General Counsel in strategic and tactical matters.
In the absence of the General Counsel, assumes primary responsibility for the operation of the Legal Service, represents the Legal Service at Management meetings/other meetings, and provides ad-hoc advice and support to senior management.
As a member of the Legal Service management team, contributes to the overall management of the Legal Service.
Provides legal advice and guidance at all levels of the Bank in all matters concerning the legal structure and texts governing the Bank, its staff, and the conduct of its operations, with due regard for the Bank’s special status as an international organisation.
Provides legal advice and assistance to prevent and, when necessary, defend and settle disputes and litigation involving the Bank and, where appropriate, retains and directs outside counsel in this connection.
Establishes and/or maintains appropriate contact with public authorities and international institutions in Switzerland and in other countries regarding the status of the Bank and all legal matters relating to its activities.
Participates in the activities of committees and working groups and conducts legal research in areas of interest to the Bank and to the central banking community.
Line manager responsibilities:
Manages and oversees workflows for all direct reports; guides, motivates and develops direct reports, with due sharing of information and delegation of responsibilities. Sets performance objectives for subordinate staff and carries out performance review discussions with them.
Qualifications and work experience required:
PhD or master’s degree in law
Extensive international experience at a high level of responsibility in legal issues relevant to the operations of central banks and/or international financial institutions
Experience of legal matters relating to banking transactions and international affairs in a broad range of practice areas, and in both common law and civil law jurisdictions
At least 10 years’ experience as a senior attorney, preferably with a central bank and/or international financial institution in the public or private sector
Analytical, managerial and leadership skills
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Excellent English drafting skills
The BIS is fully committed to equal opportunity employment and strives for diversity among its staff. It should be noted that appointments to senior positions are on the basis of a five-year (renewable) fixed-term contract.