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Chief Legal and Regulatory Affairs Officer

EABX is looking to recruit an individual with experience in the financial and capital markets industry as Chief Legal and Regulatory Affairs Officer (CLRO). The successful candidate will be responsible for EABX’s legal, compliance, corporate responsibility (CR) and regulatory affairs. It is expected that once EABX receives approvals as a selfregulatory organization, the individual will lead initiatives relating to market surveillance, member regulation, inspection, and compliance. The individual will also provide legal counsel to EABX’s leadership team and board of
directors.

Responsibilities

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General Counsel

  • Provide counsel on general legal and business matters to the Board and management;
  • Handle day-to-day legal matters throughout organization;
  • Manage complex legal projects, engage in complex legal analysis and problem solving, and provide appropriate legal and business recommendations informed by realistic risk assessment, to enable the company to achieve its objectives while mitigating and/or eliminating legal risk. Additional areas of responsibility may include drafting, reviewing, negotiating, and managing service agreements, vendor contracts, and other contracts;
  • Assist with defending the company in threatened, pending, and active litigation;
  • Analysing business opportunities, potential acquisitions, and business arrangements to assess and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements; and working closely with various company stakeholders to evaluate and, where appropriate, implement innovative business concepts and arrangements;
  • Manage record retention and key document maintenance;
  • Act as the independent and objective party to review and evaluate potential legal issues/concerns within the organization;
  • Proactively identify potential areas of legal vulnerability and risk;

Corporate Responsibility

  • Oversee the development and implementation of the firm’s corporate responsibility agenda and initiatives by crafting goals, policies and initiatives that align with the firm’s business strategies and operational objectives and support communities where we do business. CR includes Government Relations, Philanthropy and Sustainable Finance;
  • Support the leadership team on a wide variety of projects with components of policy development, strategy, project management, data gathering and analysis, research, and management reporting;
  • Identify and monitor regulatory policy developments on emerging regulatory issues (e.g., prudential, digital assets and technology, sustainable finance, and markets policy from domestic regulators and international standard setting bodies (e.g., IOSCO);
  • Lead management reporting initiatives on regulatory policy developments. Coordinate various firm-wide policy forums, track policy updates, and consolidate input from a variety of stakeholders into quarterly regulatory policy development reports;
  • Prepare briefings for senior management engagement with external stakeholders, including policymakers, membership, and trade associations;
  • Identify and drive strategic alliances and partnerships to augment EABX’s capabilities and capacity;

Compliance

  • Ensure that the company is in compliance with established legal and regulatory policies, procedures and statutory regulations;
  • Ensure, as a key financial market intermediary, the business meets PFMI – IOSCO standards, regularly ensuring the assessment and relevant disclosures are made to key stakeholders;
  • Responsible for overseeing and managing regulatory compliances, including assisting with the regulatory audit functions;

CRO Responsibilities

  • Review, draft and maintain applicable rules, procedures and policies governing the business and its membership;
  • Promote market transparency, visibility and information symmetry by monitoring and reinforcing business conduct rules, and ensuring effective surveillance and inspection; and
  • Assist with other projects and duties as assigned.
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Qualifications

  • Relevant undergraduate, postgraduate, and professionally certified related qualifications (Current bar membership, in good standing);
  • At least 8 years of overall professional and senior management experience as a licensed attorney with a focus in the financial and capital markets industry;
  • Strong record of general managerial experience in financial services with demonstrated ability to maintain relationships with intermediaries and deliver superior customer service;
  • Possess legal and regulatory demonstrable expertise in matters relating to money markets, capital markets, bond market & trading, clearing, settlement and related matters;
  • Seniority, gravitas, and credentials to engage with internal stakeholders as well as external partners at the highest levels, customers and suppliers;
  • Strong leadership and people management skills;
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem-solving skills, and attention to detail;
  • Excellent writing, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to distil and present complex information plainly and succinctly.
  • Ability to take initiative, strong project, and time management skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple assignments and time sensitive deliverables, and learn new topics quickly;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform and document detailed legal research and synthesize advice into concise summaries;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide practical and actionable advice in a dynamic and ambiguous legal environment; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, multi-task, and manage multiple assignments simultaneously.

Preferred qualifications

  • Capital markets legal and regulatory experience;
  • Keen understanding of the regulatory process as it applies to global financial services issues;
  • Have cross-functional abilities relevant in a nascent business environment;
  • Experience in executive level documentation, presentation development, and delivery; and
  • Contract negotiation experience (e.g., negotiating various provisions in master service agreements, supplier agreements, statements of work, etc.)

Chief Operations Officer

EABX is looking to recruit an individual with experience in the financial and capital markets industry as Chief Operating Officer (COO). The successful candidate will be responsible for integrating the operational strategy, optimizing technology for operational excellence, containing business operating costs while enhancing overall client service and experience. With your experience and talents, you’ll lead a team of high-performing professionals to be efficient, productive, and effective. You will have proficiency with the practices, policies, and procedures of our industry. You will have strong leadership skills and the ability to approach business from a creative point of view.

Responsibilities

  • Provide to the Board and management key technical and professional advice with regard to the design, development, and implementation of the company’s I.T Strategy;
  • Provide advice to Management and all users in all matters relating to IT, applications, system improvements, enhancements, or changes by remaining current with organization’s technological requirements and new developments in the industry;
  • Ensure, as a key financial market intermediary, the business meets PFMI – IOSCO standards, regularly ensuring the assessment and relevant disclosures are made to key stakeholders;
  • Ensuring availability of fit-for-purpose technological solutions to industry needs so as to position the business as a key market utility;
  • Provide end-user support for all aspects of computerized systems including monitoring performance of systems and auxiliary equipment, training of users; troubleshooting on basic problems related to hardware, software, and auxiliary equipment of stand-alone or networked systems, and working with contractors /suppliers to resolve the more complex technical problems;
  • Oversee the technical and security aspects as regards information and data services, ensuring seamless partnerships with key data and information service vendors and users;
  • Support the commercial and business development team for the business to meet annual business development targets in line with Corporate Strategy and product issuance pipeline;
  • Ensure and promote market transparency (pre- and post-trade) by applying appropriate instruments using different transaction types and well-established trading mechanisms e.g., standardized
  • transaction conventions and technical infrastructure for trading, clearing, and settlement facilities, business conduct rules, effective market surveillance and investor protection;
  • Ensure ICT projects meet the set timelines and with set budgets;
  • Set and take corrective action against significant deviations from set I.T service quality standards;

Qualifications

  • Relevant undergraduate, postgraduate, and professionally certified related qualifications;
  • At least 8 years of overall professional and senior management experience in the financial and capital markets industry;
  • Strong record of general managerial experience in financial services with demonstrated ability to maintain relationships with intermediaries and deliver superior customer service;
  • Possess demonstrable expertise in matters relating to money markets, capital markets, bond market & trading, clearing, settlement and related processes;
  • Solid record of adopting and leveraging technology and efficient business processes in the capital markets;
  • Demonstrated track record in optimizing operations to enhance the overall customer experience is an advantage;
  • Seniority, gravitas and credentials to engage with internal stakeholders as well as external partners at the highest levels, customers and suppliers;
  • Strong leadership and people management skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
  • A thorough professional displaying highest level of integrity and business acumen to negotiate and find solutions; and
  • Demonstrated record of strategic planning and execution skills.

Preferred qualifications

  • You can break complex problems down into component parts. The ability to lead on and enjoy both strategic and tactical work is key;
  • Capital markets technology and operations experience;
  • Have the organizational and analytical skills to be able to solve problems and create procedures;
  • Have in-depth knowledge in financial market trading, clearing and settlement operations; and
  • Have cross-functional abilities relevant in a nascent business environment.

Chief of Staff

EABX is looking to recruit an individual who will have the power and responsibility to make sure that all administrative, strategic, and operational aspects are running smoothly for the CEO and other executives. The CoS will handle several principal duties, all focused on managing risk, making time, information, and decision processes more effective. Ultimately the Chief Of Staff will be a member of the executive committee possessing strong leadership qualities and is a detail-oriented, organized, analytical, and strategic thinker.

Responsibilities

  • Work directly with the CEO to grow the company, with a focus on building and streamlining operations and systems, documenting standard operating procedures and nurturing relationships with key
  • stakeholders;
  • Be a thought partner, drive execution of action items and proactively identify opportunities to add value to the CEO and company;
  • Works closely with the senior executives on key projects, helping them to navigate through uncertainty and risk;
  • Interacts with regulatory agencies regarding approval of the company’s emerging products;
  • Own and continuously improve the company’s operating cadence (e.g., executive team meetings, leadership offsites, quarterly reviews, quarterly board meetings);
  • Reviewing Internal and External Communications: drafting company newsletters, reports, pitch decks, speeches, or presentations for the CEO;
  • Leading annual strategic planning for the company;
  • Creating & updating dashboards for reviewing key performance indicators;
  • Carry out risk and internal controls examinations and include reviews for market risk in trading, clearing and settlement activities and firm assets, including VAR (value at risk), economic models (margin methodologies), scenario analyses, stress testing, and daily back testing, review funding, liquidity and credit risks, including counterparty credit risk across all products and businesses, credit limits, pricing models, valuation, guarantees, collateral, margin, and settlement and legal risks;
  • Ensure a well-documented system of internal controls designed to manage material risk exposures which will enable the business to identify, analyse, and manage the risks inherent in the firm’s activities;
  • Provide the business, through a detailed risk matrix, with critical control indicators that assess economic, regulatory, and operational risks;
  • Drive the processes associated with the introduction of new products and client offerings;

Qualifications

  • Relevant undergraduate, postgraduate, and professionally certified related qualifications;
  • At least 6 years of overall professional experience with a focus in the financial and capital markets industry;
  • Possess demonstrable expertise in matters relating to money markets, capital markets, trading, clearing, settlement and related matters;
  • Seniority, gravitas, and credentials to engage with internal stakeholders as well as external partners at the highest levels, customers and suppliers;
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving skills, and attention to detail;
  • Excellent writing, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to distil and present complex information plainly and succinctly;
  • Ability to take initiative, strong project, and time management skills with the ability to multitask, prioritize and manage multiple assignments and time sensitive deliverables, and learn new topics quickly;
  • Advanced understanding of MS PowerPoint, Excel, and Word (or equivalent) to develop executive presentations and documents; and
  • High tolerance for ambiguity and complexity, while being efficient with limited resources.

Preferred Qualifications

  • You have the organizational skills, meticulous attention to detail, high sense of responsibility, and generalist skill set to take on a wide range of high priority tasks in support of the CEO and executive team.
  • You are dependable, and always deliver quality work.
  • Your written (including decks) and verbal communication is compelling and precise. You can quickly take complex concepts and communicate them briefly, simply, and persuasively. You’ve demonstrated the ability to communicate at executive or board levels of large companies or organizations.
  • You’re confident creating, scrutinizing, and improving everything from revenue models to pivot tables; and
  • You are business savvy, including understanding the industry, competitors, and technology and what is required for sustained operating results

Method of Application

If you believe you possess and can clearly demonstrate your ability in the required relevant criteria for the above role, please submit your application, including authentic certified copies of relevant academic and professional certificates and testimonials, your curriculum vitae, details of current position, current remuneration, as well as email and telephone contacts of three (3) referees who can speak of your competence, character, and integrity. All applications MUST be submitted through info@eabxgroup.com, and must be received not later than Friday, 22nd July 2022 addressed to:

The Chief Executive,
EABX Public Limited Company (EABX Plc),
Nairobi, Kenya.

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