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Derivative Confirmations - Legal Negotiator

Belfast, United Kingdom

Job Req ID 22559266
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Overview

Acting as the functional heart of our business, Operations makes everything work on time and on target, in a world that demands lightning-fast transaction speeds, pinpoints execution accuracy and full visibility. It ensures global transactions flow smoothly around the clock, wherever we do business. Without it, the daily clearance, settlement and execution of a trillion dollars’ worth of trades and the weekly movement of tens of billions of dollars in dozens of world currencies would come to a complete standstill.

Success Profile

You’ll have strong communication, planning and organizational skills which will benefit you and the team. Our teams need individuals who can research, process, and interpret large amounts of information everyday which will allow you to make ethical decisions with integrity

  • Analytical
  • Adaptable
  • Logical
  • Quick-thinking
  • Multi-tasker
  • Efficient

Responsibilities

Overview of Citi

Citi is a world-leading global bank. We have approximately 200 million customer accounts and a presence in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions worldwide. We provide consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. We enable clients to achieve their strategic financial objectives by providing them with cutting-edge ideas, best-in-class products and solutions, and unparalleled access to capital and liquidity.

Citi Belfast is one of the largest employers in Northern Ireland with a diverse and talented team of over 3000 people from over 40 different nationalities across our four Belfast offices.

We are the only global investment bank operating in Northern Ireland. Every day, our local experts interact with global teams in over 100 countries developing and supporting next-generation technology solutions for the enterprise and delivering critical services to the bank and its customers, to make sure we are a stronger and safer organization for our clients.

You will have a truly global reach, which will provide you with new experiences and development opportunities right here in Belfast’s iconic Titanic Quarter.

Role Overview 

This role is within the Derivative Confirmations Middle Office team, covering GSP, Rates and Equity Derivatives. This is a great opportunity to join a high performing & welcoming team, who directly interact with over 200 global clients and support our trading desk across 3 key regions (Europe, Asia and the United States). 

This role will involve working with Citi’s external clients as well as the Sales, respective business lines, and Citi Product Legal Counsel in negotiating, reviewing and analysing legal trade level documentation, co-ordinating, implementing and execution of a variety of Master Confirmation Agreements, across the global library. The successful candidate must also participate in the development, implementation and maintenance of appropriate templates and addressing governance / control issues when they arise and escalating to senior management where appropriate.

This is a high-profile global team with exposure to large volumes of trades and high value items. The role involves daily engagement with Front Office, internal stakeholders and 3rd party vendors to reconcile exception items and identify/resolve root cause.

The successful candidate will receive supportive training and a personal development plan to help them succeed within this role and develop their career at Citi.

Responsibilities

  • Negotiating/reviewing Trade level Confirmations with internal/external clients to reach agreement on the contents of the relevant product/commercial documentation, through telephonic or electronic negotiation.

  • Close liaison with internal businesses/Product Legal/internal stakeholders in connection with the negotiation of the relevant documentation in the relevant business area. Convey strong commercial awareness and understanding of the relevant business’s priorities by ensuring prioritisation of your unconfirmed portfolio.  

  • Working closely with Product Legal and Derivative lawyers in other regions in ensuring global consistency of the documentation whilst addressing regional differences

  • Apply in-depth understanding of how key legal risks differ depending on product and documentation envisaged in relevant jurisdiction(s) and advise the internal stakeholders (Risk and Business) accordingly.

  • Develop and maintain up-to-date playbook and other negotiation processes and manuals.

  • Ensure key governance and risks and control checks are implemented during documentation process; proactively identify and escalate issues within the relevant Business/Legal.

  • Understand impact of applicable regulations on the business area and ensure that Confirmations meet with such regulatory requirements. 

  • Problem solve in order to facilitate solutions to ensure technology systems and legal documentation can support client offerings in order to drive forward the client experience.  Involvement with technology development discussions as and when potential solutions are being requested from or offered to clients which may have systems and/or documentation implications.

Experience

  • Experience of working in a legal/financial service organisation preferable.

  • Experience in negotiation of financial markets trading or product agreements is preferable, or some previous experience of negotiating commercial contracts as a minimum.

  • Proven track record in delivering results in a challenging and changing environment.

  • ISDA/derivatives experience, banking, capital markets, funds distribution or securitisations background would be beneficial.


Qualifications

  • Substantial experience in a related ISDA Legal or Derivative Confirmations role, including any of Equity, Rates or Credit Derivative products

  • Proven experience in creating and implementing processes that result in improved business performance

  • Effective verbal and written communication and analytical skills

Exceptional candidates who do not meet these criteria may be considered for the role provided they have the necessary skills and experience.


Education

  • Bachelor’s/University degree or equivalent experience

What We Offer

We work hard to have a positive financial and social impact on the communities we serve. In turn, we put our employees first and provide the best-in-class benefits they need to be well, live well and save well.

We’ll provide you with the resources to meet your unique needs, empower you to make healthy decisions, and allow you to choose which benefits suit you and your personal life best.

Highlights to our core benefits include:

  • Award winning pension

  • On-site health services

  • Private medical insurance packages to suit your personal circumstances

  • Paid parental leave

  • Generous holiday allowance starting at 27 Days plus bank holidays; increasing with tenure.

Citi Belfast also champions diversity within our workforce, which helps us be well and live well together. We have over 40 different nationalities in our Northern Ireland offices, are a vocal supporter of LGBTQ+ rights, and are proud to have 47% of our leadership team made up of individuals who identify as women.

We encourage and lead inclusivity through our Pride, Disability, Multicultural, Families Matter, and Women affinity networks that are run by and for, Citi Belfast colleagues; providing them with the support they need in their personal and professional journeys and supplying them with the tools to help educate colleagues on all things related to each network to help us work better together. 

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Job Family Group:

Operations - Transaction Services

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Job Family:

Securities and Derivatives Processing

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Time Type:

Full time

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Citi is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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We foster a culture that embraces all individuals and encourages diverse perspectives, where you can make an impact and grow your career. At Citi, we value colleagues that demonstrate high professional standards, a strong sense of integrity and generosity, intellectual curiosity, and rigor. We recognize the importance of owning your career, with the commitment that if you do, we promise to meet you more than half way.

Success Stories

Get inspired and hear what employees who started their careers in Operations have to say about Citi

Fiona

Cash and Trade processing Group Manager (SVP)
Length Working at Citi: 12 years

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What do you do at Citi?

I am responsible for the oversight and BAU of the various functions we have within FX, Confirmations, Settlements and Post Settlements. We service the Global FX/MM/Options Businesses across multiple Legal Vehicles. My main area of focus is Risk and Control and People Development.

How does your role/department impact the larger organization?

FX is a key partner to the various Products Citi support and we are key to the liquidity in the Global Markets.

How did you begin a career in your field?

Having worked in a Cash Office, and then in a Bank, I enjoyed Financial Services and that led me to Citi.

What does your day-to-day job entail and what do you like most about it?

My day is always busy between calls, dealing with queries from staff, our internal partners and often from the clients we support. I spend a lot of time focusing on Risk and Control, given the high volumes of transactions we do on a daily basis.

What is the best part about your work environment?

The teamwork and comradery we have within FX. We work hard but we have fun while we do it.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

For me it is the people I work with, they are a very talented, dedicated group who work collectively to achieve our goals. They are the reason I have remained in FX for so long.

What skill set does someone working in this kind of area need?

Ability to communicate effectively, teamwork, attention to detail, client service skills, adaptability and resilience.

What advice would you give to someone looking to break into a career in your field?

Be prepared to work hard and adapt to change.

Where can a career at Citi take you?

A career in Citi can take you wherever you want to go if you are prepared to work hard and take on roles/tasks that take you from your comfort zone.

What makes Citi a good place to work?

Citi has great benefits but more importantly a great community and people to work with.

Define what success means to you.

For me feeling like you have made a difference and achieved something at the end of each day.

Gareth

KYC Analyst
Length Working at Citi: 1 Year

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What do you do at Citi?

I work for the KYC (Know Your Client) team which is part of the Information Services Group, which provides services to Citi’s institutional client base. KYC is primarily concerned with keeping the bank safe from the risk of money laundering and reputational risk, in tandem with meeting the requirements of our regulators. My role focuses primarily in the “refresh” department which ensures that client data is appropriately kept up to date in accordance with internal Citi policy and in-line with regulatory changes, but I am also part of remediation projects within the broader KYC sphere.

How does your role/department impact the larger organization?

My role sits closely between the investor sales department who manage client relationships, obtaining relevant regulatory information; and AML/compliance advisory teams who are at the forefront of mitigating business risk. Our role engages with a variety of stakeholders including our clients – by conducting due diligence, we can minimize the administrative burden for our whilst satisfying all necessary regulatory requirements across multiple jurisdictions.

How did you begin a career in your field?

My Master’s program focused largely on the legal contexts that multinational firms encounter and the challenges in navigating this. Major regulatory changes are defining features of the regulatory landscape Citi is a part of.

What does your day-to-day job entail and what do you like most about it?

My current role is very cross-disciplinary and no two days are the same. We liaise within our team, adhering to the processes of our department, receiving advisement from compliance/AML teams, engaging with data management teams and investor sales. My team is often a part of training for and implementing regulatory changes from across the world.

What is the best part about your work environment?

Collaboration , focus on innovation and the cross-disciplinary nature of my role makes no two days the same, and constantly shows the progression of the firm to meet client needs.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Things are constantly changing. KYC is a very dynamic role, as regulatory requirements adapt and change, we as an organization must adapt with them. These changes allow people of all levels to be a part of innovating and streamlining our processes to be a more efficient and effective, all in the interest of providing the best experience for our clients.

What skill set does someone working in this kind of area need?

Attention to detail, a willingness to adapt and commitment to delivering results. Anyone who is dedicated and focused would fit well into this ever-changing department.

What advice would you give to someone looking to break into a career in your field?

The best thing you can have in your early career is have a good attitude and an eagerness to learn. The steepest learning curve comes at the beginning, so your approach to the challenges is what will aid you in navigating the early days.

Where can a career at Citi take you?

The sky truly is the limit. A career with Citi is dependent on the interests and ambitions of the candidate. If you have the drive to progress or your interests expand across different departments, Citi is an excellent place to facilitate this growth and movement.

What makes Citi a good place to work?

The truly global nature of my day-to-day is exciting, I can be communicating with Hong Kong in the morning, Germany in the middle of the day and New York in the afternoon. All of this makes you feel part of a bigger picture which is oriented towards gaining the best results for Citi’s clients. Additionally, Citi is very committed to the growth and development of their workforce, I have been with Citi for 1 year and have completed the first level of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment exams, and I am scheduled to complete the next level exams later in 2020.

Define what success means to you

Success is multi-faceted, for me, success is the balance of pursuing excellence in your daily role, with the drive and commitment to progress in the business.

Liadáin

Middle Office Operations – Risk, Compliance and Governance Analyst
Length Working at Citi: 2 Years

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What do you do at Citi?

I work in the Over The Counter Trades Middle Office department which forms part of the Middle Office Operations group within the wider Security & Issuer Services division. My role within the department is to help manage and coordinate all initiatives that impact the functional teams from an operational risk, compliance and governance perspective. These tasks include, but are not limited to, audit preparation (internal, SOC1, client), due diligence visits, End User Computing management, issue / cap closures and procedural updates. I ensure the department’s control framework and associated documentation is to a high standard.

How does your role/department impact the larger organization?

Citi’s clients, predominantly large Asset Managers, outsource a number of middle and back office services to Citi for any Over The Counter Trades Derivatives holdings within their portfolios. My principal responsibility is to ensure the department’s control framework and associated documentation is to a high standard.

How did you begin a career in your field?

I came through Citi’s Graduate Programme. After 18 months working at Citi, I applied internally for the role in the Over The Counter Trades Middle Office department.

What is the best part about your work environment?

Citi has a positive working environment that encourages employees to progress and grow within Citi. You are encouraged to apply yourself outside of your day to day role, to communicate and collaborate on projects with other teams. Citi recognizes you for your hard work with Citi Awards and Recognitions.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

There is a great degree of teamwork and communication within my team. We are encouraged to be innovative and express all our ideas no matter how small so we can always be the best for our clients.

What skill set does someone working in this kind of area need?

Understanding of a wide range of derivatives instruments and financial services. Excellent written and oral communication and a strong background in Risk and Control.

What advice would you give to someone looking to break into a career in your field?

The best way someone can learn is learning from others, broadening your knowledge, putting yourself out of your comfort zone and doing the best you can each day. Always look for new ways you can upskill no matter how small. The ones who succeed are the ones who challenge themselves day in, day out to learn something new. Your enthusiasm and attitude to learn and succeed will be valuable for any department. In summary, you must have the right attitude to make it happen.

Where can a career at Citi take you?

Starting your career in Citi at entry level, you have the opportunity to discover and shadow many different roles and departments that you may find better suited to you then you were previously aware of. As Citi is a global bank, you have the possibility to apply internally to another role globally.

What makes Citi a good place to work?

Citi values employee’s professional growth. Employees are encouraged to be innovative and to express ideas to management or through an idea databases. Citi recognizes you for your hard work and for taking on projects or applying yourself outside of your day to day role. I received 2 Citi awards and recognitions all within my first year at Citi. Taking on projects outside of your daily role not only expands your network but also your skills and experience.

Define what success means to you

Doing the best you can in every task each day.

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