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Job description

The Role

We are looking for a Private Secretary on a permanent basis to play a key role in managing the smooth running of the Executive Director's (ED) office including line management of Associate & Administrative staff. You will be reporting directly to the Executive Director of Supervision, Policy & Competition - Markets.

We are looking for someone proactive and efficient to join the team. You'll have excellent communication and stakeholder management skills along with experience of working with regulatory issues and good understanding of the FCA.

At the FCA, we're creating a fair and more resilient financial system. We're establishing more transparent relationships between financial services and their customers, building trust in financial markets and protecting vulnerable consumers. We are also a global regulator, supporting open markets through influencing the international regulatory agenda.

The Supervision, Policy and Competition Division is a team of over 1,500 individuals, led jointly by the Executive Directors of Consumers and Competition, and Markets. The division is dedicated to delivering the FCA's statutory objectives of protecting consumers, market integrity, and promoting effective competition in the interest of consumers, working across retail and wholesale financial services markets.

What does the role involve? What are the key responsibilities?
  • Working closely with and providing support and advice to the Executive Director and their senior team on a range of management, business, regulatory and operational issues
  • Assisting the ED on a day to day basis by managing their collective agenda, priorities, supporting their decision making, and monitoring those decisions to ensure that actions are carried out
  • Developing an effective and high performing working relationship with the SPC Directors' offices in order to help the effective running of the Division
  • Ensuring the effective flow of information between the ED's office and the Division and other areas of the FCA
  • Using your broad experience and understanding of regulatory work to inform your judgements to add value to the process and substance of the ED's decision making;
  • Briefing the ED on arising issues, including ahead of meetings
  • Represent the division in a number of FCA working level fora, ensuring objectives are aligned
  • Ensuring that actions assigned to the ED are completed and that actions assigned to the wider Division are progressing appropriately
  • Leading on the business planning input from the ED's perspective
  • Liaising with the various business partners to ensure the ED has an accurate view of operational matters (including headcount, budget, finance and recruitment);
  • Management oversight of the ED office
  • Engagement with CEO's office to ensure appropriate and timely flow of information between the CEO, the ED Markets, and the wider Supervision, Policy and Competition Division
  • Engaging closely with other Executive Director offices, particularly the other SPC office to ensure join-up across the division

What will the candidate get from the role?
  • Unique opportunity to provide support within a division that is at the forefront of the FCA's work
  • An opportunity to be an important and integral part of a team whose work is high profile
  • An insight into senior management and leadership
  • The opportunity to work in a busy, challenging and engaging environment with a wide and varied workload
  • Interaction with a range of internal and external stakeholders/contacts
  • The opportunity to establish and build a good network of working relationships with colleagues at all levels across the FCA

Skills/Experience Required


We're a signatory to the Government's Disability Confident scheme. This means that we will offer an interview to disabled candidates entering under the scheme, should they meet the minimum criteria for a role. A minimum criterion needs to be measurable from reviewing a candidate's CV. Exceptions may apply if due to the volume of applications we are not able to interview all eligible candidates who qualify under the scheme.
  • Proven project management experience and ability to lead and direct work outside of the line management relationship
  • Experience of working within or very closely with regulatory policymakers, investigators or compliance; and/or experience working within a private office environment
  • A proven understanding of the objectives and work of the FCA and why it is important
  • Experience of managing people and/or projects

  • Knowledge of one or more of:

- The FCA's approach to Supervision and the Supervision Framework

- The FCA's approach to policy, including policy development, implementation and evaluation

- The FCA's approach to competition, including an understanding of the FCA's competition objective
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish, develop and maintain good working relationships with stakeholders at all levels
  • Proven excellent communication skills to stakeholders of all levels. This includes the ability to communicate concisely, confidently and credibly
  • Resilient and calm under pressure and able to prioritise; work to tight deadlines whilst maintaining quality and being flexible in response to conflicting priorities
  • Ability to plan ahead, act on own initiative and exercise sound judgment with high degree of autonomy
  • High level of accuracy and a good attention to detail
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive data with a high degree of discretion
  • Flexibility and the willingness to get things done, supporting others as necessary
  • Excellent organisation skills with the ability to multitask
  • Ability to make connections between disparate strands of work and to spot potential issues before they crystallise
  • Ability to think both strategically and critically

  • Experience of business planning, risk management and resource planning;
  • Knowledge of and interest in the external political landscape and impact on the FCA.

About the FCA

At the FCA, we're creating a fair and more resilient financial system. We're establishing more transparent relationships between financial services and their customers, building trust in financial markets and protecting vulnerable consumers.

The FCA's Values & Diversity

Our ambition is to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the society we serve, helping us to be a better regulator.
As an inclusive employer, we are open to considering flexible working arrangements. Please contact our recruiter if you wish to apply for this role on a flexible basis.

Useful Information
  • This role is graded as Manager, COR F
  • The salary range will be approximately 58,000 to 75,000 GBP plus a competitive benefits package and non-contributory pension
  • Applications for this role close on26th September

If you are interested learning more about the role please contact Lucy Matthews on [email protected]

Please note - Applications must be submitted through our online portal. Applications sent via email will not be accepted.
Job Sector
Senior Appointments
Job Position
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