Director, Trade Finance (CDI)

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is seeking an experienced candidate to lead its global policy and standard setting activities on trade and supply chain financing.

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – the institutional representative of 45 million businesses worldwide – plays a central role in ensuring effective functioning of the trade finance market and enabling access to cost-effective credit for entrepreneurs across the world. We are recruiting a Director of Trade Finance to lead our full portfolio of activities in this area, from the development and maintenance of market rules and guidelines to advocacy with governments and regulatory bodies.

This unique position provides an opportunity for the right candidate to play a central role in shaping the evolution of the trade finance market – working with senior executives and practitioners across ICC’s global network. We are ideally seeking an experienced professional with specialized knowledge of the global trade finance market and/or transaction banking – together with demonstrated success engaging on associated public policy issues.

During a critical period for the trade finance market – given the impacts of COVID-19, digitization and regulatory change – the successful candidate will demonstrate a clear vision for leveraging ICC’s unique network and institutional links to enable industry innovation and effective regulatory reform.

This position will be based in Paris – though alternative locations may be considered on request.
Renumeration will be set at a competitive level benchmarked against comparable roles.

The Director will:

➢ Act as ICC’s in-house expert on trade finance issues and ensure the effective integration of this agenda into the organizations overall policy workprogram.

➢ Lead the strategic development of ICC’s suite of industry/product rules and guidance, working with technical experts from international banks and corporations.

➢ Drive effective engagement with key institutions and regulatory bodies to shape policies that enhance the availability of trade finance for entrepreneurs and small businesses (e.g. Basel III, AML/CTF).

➢ Unlock synergies with related ICC initiatives in areas such as trade policy, digitization and sustainability to maximize the value and impact of the organization’s trade finance work.

➢ Manage key relationships with senior executives/experts from financial institutions, major corporations and government officials.

➢ Take responsibility for embedding an inclusive approach to the development of standards and policy recommendations – engaging effectively with ICC’s network of national committees and chambers.

➢ Identify new market/public policy opportunities for ICC engagement and/or initiatives.

➢ Ensure effective management and professional development of team members designated to work on trade finance issues and hold responsibility for the budget allocated to this portfolio.

ICC’s work in this domain is conducted under the auspices of its Banking Commission – a globally recognized body which enjoys engagement with over 1,000 trade finance professionals from around the world. As part of this role, the Director will ensure effective coordination and prioritization of the Commission’s various activities – as well as holding management responsibility for delivering its two major annual meetings

The ideal candidate will have:

• Graduate degree, preferably in a related field, and at least 15 years of previous work in a relevant field – ideally with a significant degree of relevant public policy exposure.
• Strong knowledge of the trade finance market – preference will be given to candidates with direct market experience.
• First-rate relationship management skills and an overarching commitment to providing value-add service.
• Experience engaging with senior industry figures, government officials and regulatory bodies.
• Proven ability to work on both strategic and operational issues/activities.
• Demonstrated track-record in delivering high-impact outcomes in complex external environments.
• A naturally collaborative approach – ideally with experience working in or with networked organizations and/or industry working groups.
• Demonstrated success in managing high-performing teams and supporting the career progression of direct reports.
• Fluency in English, knowledge of French or other languages a plus.

Terms and conditions
Applicants should mention whether they are legally entitled to work in France.
Location: The location is located in Paris, France
Contract type and duration: Full time (CDI)
Remuneration: According to experience
How to apply: Interested candidates should send an application comprising a CV and a cover letter (no more than two pages) to detailing: (i) their suitability for the role; and (ii) their vision for ICC’s work in a changing trade finance landscape. Applications that do not contain a CV and cover letter, as per the above specifications, will not be considered.
Closing date for applications: 15 September 2020

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