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Collateral Derivatives Analyst/Margin Analyst - London

Company: Pontoon
Job type: full-time
Category: Accounting

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Collateral Derivatives Analyst/Margin Analyst

Global Collateral Operations

Trading with all kinds of clients (Investment Banks, Hedge Funds, listed companies, Governments) upstream systems mark trades covered under the Credit Support Annex (CSA) to market (MTM) - it is our responsibility to ensure these covered trades are sufficiently collateralised and that the bank as a whole is not subjected to unnecessary credit risk.

The department consists of 6 distinct support functions as listed:- Margin Management - responsible for processing Margin calls
- New Business - Involved in the on boarding of new clients and New Product Review
- Funding and Optimisation - Optimisation of Collateral posted/received from Clients, ensuring all inventory is well utilised
- Collateral Deed Mgt and Reporting - Monitoring data integrity and metrics reporting to senior management
- Cash Mgt and Reconciliations - Process cash adjustments and monthly reconciliation of Collateral books
- Initiatives - Drive change and review the impact of new regulation to Collateral

Responsibilities- Oversee the bilateral margining process to minimize risk whilst providing high levels of client service
- Negotiate collateral exchanges/substitutions with counterparties
- Work closely with key stakeholders to ensure the day to day Collateral Process is conducted
- Understand and monitor risk portfolio of clients
- Key escalation point for Bilateral Margin team and main point of contact for internal and external stakeholders
- Ownership of Key Performance Indicators including Nostro reconciliation items, collateral fails and interest items
- Monitor the collateralisation requirements arising from the trading activities of those counterparties with margin documentation in place
- Oversee the investigation and resolution of margin call disputes, involving portfolio reconciliation and interaction with various internal areas (Front Office, Legal, Credit Risk Management, Operations)
- Contribute to the specification and testing of improvements to all systems used


Strategic Thinking- Focuses strategies on delivering superior value to clients
- Translates strategies into plans that can be effectively executed

Business Results- Anticipates risks and obstacles and devises plans to manage them
- Pursues aggressive goals and continuously raises performance expectations to achieve excellence
- Appreciates the cost impact of actions and is commercial in decision-making
- Promotes continuous learning and development

Personal Effectiveness- Takes personal ownership for delivering superior services to clients
- Makes tough decisions when they are needed and acts quickly in getting things done
- Demonstrates the courage to express or defend unpopular decisions
- Maintains a constructive, positive outlook even when plans are thwarted

Planning and Organisation- Manages own time well, agreeing priorities
- Multi-tasks effectively, work well under pressure and meets tight and changing deadlines
- Organises and runs effective meetings and workshops

Communication Skills- Communicates clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing, at all levels within the organization


Essential Skills - Experience of working in Financial Services, especially Investment Banking
- Knowledge of Middle Office and Back Office processing (trade capture, confirmation, settlements, life cycle management, etc
- A self motivated, structured and logical thinker
- Partnership and communication skills (verbal and written)
- Presentation skills, able to summarise messages
- Strong assertiveness, listening, influencing and diplomacy skills (at all levels)
- Analytical and strong problem-solving abilities
- Attention to detail, delivering high quality output
- Strong controls background with previous experience of implementing and maintaining key business controls

System Skills - Competent with MS Core Products: Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Competent OR have working knowledge of industry applications: Margin Sphere, Arcadia Soft, Tri Optima, etc

Nice to have- Familiarity with markets products ideally in more than one asset class
- Product Knowledge: Collateral Management, Client Valuations
- A good understanding of financial markets documentation (ISDA, GMRA IFEMA, PSA)
- Systems skills in MS Project and Visio Knowledge of structured business analysis (eg 6 Sigma)

The Ajilon Consultant Model is a dedicated business unit within Ajilon, part of the Adecco Group. Here, Ajilon employs you as a Consultant on a permanent basis. This allows you to gain the benefits and of the flexibility to work and gain experience on a number of programmes while being rewarded with all the benefits expected of permanent positions and more including career progression.

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