European Policy Advisor

Financial Conduct Authority
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 21

Position description

The team/ department

The FCA is a global regulator, supporting open markets through shaping the international regulatory agenda. The International Division leads our strategy for international engagement, working collaboratively across the FCA to ensure the organisation delivers on its international priorities.


In a post-Brexit context, our work also includes driving the FCA’s relationship with the EU and European partners, working in collaboration with colleagues across the FCA and UK authorities more broadly to tackle strategic issues, and driving our engagement with European authorities and counterparts.


The EU Strategy and Engagement Team helps set, advise and deliver on the FCA’s strategic engagement with European authorities and jurisdictions. It enhances the FCA’s capacity to meet its statutory and strategic objectives through high-quality international engagement, using a range of influencing tools and techniques.


What you will be doing (the role)

  • Own the FCA’s engagement with the EU with a particular focus on wholesale buy-side issues (i.e. funds and asset management)

  • Support FCA senior leadership in their engagement with European counterparts, including key EU partners for funds and asset management

  • Working with the team, and the team’s manager, to set creative strategy and engagement plans, working closely with colleagues across the FCA to ensure a coordinated and considered approach

  • Holding bilateral relationships with key European counterparts and managing engagement with key internal and external stakeholders

  • Representing the FCA in our engagement with other UK authorities on EU/EEA related matters

  • Responsible for the analysis of key policy and political developments, particularly relating to wholesale markets, within the EU/EEA and providing advice on strategic, policy, operational and supervisory challenges

  • Working closely with HM Treasury and the Bank of England to support combined engagement opportunities


What you will get from the role

  • Shape, design and implement important aspects of our international engagement strategy

  • Be responsible for overseeing a wide-range of relationships with European regulatory authorities

  • Work in a dynamic and changing environment, in a friendly team, with experienced, highly-skilled and motivated colleagues and with opportunities for growth; and

  • Work across multiple regulatory areas and workstreams with internal and external stakeholders, ensuring we take account of international examples and evidence in our decision-making


Core benefits that you will receive as standard are:  

  • 25 days holiday per year plus bank holidays 

  • Private healthcare with Bupa  

  • A non-contributory Pension of at least 8% of basic salary each month (there are several contribution levels that increase depending on your age – up to 12% a month once you reach age 35)  

  • Life assurance of eight times your basic salary  

  • Income protection  


We support hybrid working which means you will be able to work from home up to 60% of the time over a month with the remainder of your time in one of our three office locations.  


The skills and experience you will have 



We are a signatory to the Government’s Disability Confident scheme. This means that we will offer an interview to disabled candidates entering under the scheme, who best meet the minimum criteria for a role.

  • Significant experience of EU and/or international relations, and advising and influencing internal and external stakeholders 

  • Experience of policy development, supervision or enforcement in relation to funds and asset management, wholesale markets and/or financial services

  • Demonstrable experience of being able to work inclusively and collaboratively, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, drawing on range of expertise across the wider organisation to deliver



  • Proven ability to deliver through others, directing and motivating colleagues across multiple projects

  • Assured strategic approach - able to analyse complex issues, making judgements and proposals to build a long-term plan. Comfortable working with incomplete information

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to explain complex issues succinctly and compellingly, adapted to the audience

  • Identifies and manages key stakeholders, building rapport and constructive relationships

  • Strong political acumen and curiosity regarding other regulatory systems and actors

  • Excellent self-management and organisational skills, delivering multiple tasks under pressure

  • Comfortable working across a wide-range of regulatory policy areas and difficulties


About the FCA   

The FCA regulates the conduct of 50,000 firms in the UK to ensure our financial markets are honest, fair and competitive. We do this to make sure markets work well for individuals, businesses and the economy as a whole. For more information on what we do, our three-year strategy can be found here.  


The FCA's Values & Diversity  

Our ambition is to cultivate a culture of inclusion for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences and similarities enable us to be a better organisation – one that makes better decisions, drives innovation, and delivers better regulation.  


We particularly welcome applications from women, disabled, and minority ethnic candidates, as under-represented groups.  


Flexible working  


We welcome applications from candidates who are looking for flexible arrangements.  Many of our staff work flexibly including working part-time, staggered hours, and job shares.  We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want but we won’t judge you for asking.  



As part of the FCA’s on-going commitment to develop our national presence, most of our vacancies are now open to working in our Edinburgh, Leeds, or London offices. This means that as part of the application process you will be able to select your preference of which office location you would like to work from.   


Useful information  

Applications for this role close at midnight on Sunday 30th June 2024.   


This role is graded as Senior Associate – Regulatory.

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