Assistant Director – Public Policy, UK

Job Title: Assistant Director, Public Policy, United Kingdom (U.K.)

Reports to: Director of UK Public Policy,

Location: London


Job purpose

The Assistant Director, Public Policy, will be located in London. and will report to the Director of UK Public Policy. You will sit within and work with the European Public Policy Team, members of which are based in Brussels and London. ISDA’s Public Policy function advances UK, EU. and international advocacy efforts by representing the organization before policy makers and financial regulators.

The Assistant Director will support ISDA and members in furtherance of ISDA’s advocacy efforts.


Duties and responsibilities


  • Oversee and monitor legislative and regulatory initiatives, keeping track of new legislation and up to date with all relevant regulations published.
  • Researching topics and news related to the members and issues you deal with.
  • Consulting members on ISDA’s position on issues of concern and (occasionally) managing divergent views, in cooperation with the UK, European and/or Global Head of Public Policy
  • Synthesizing members’ views in articulate, effective consultation responses, position papers and other written advocacy papers.


  • Formulation and execution of UK public policy strategies, in consultation and coordination with ISDA colleagues and ISDA members, as well as aligned trade associations, with laser-like focus on outcome.
  • Building coalitions with other trade associations, organisations representing users of derivatives, think tanks and academics.
  • Reporting (to colleagues and members) on and reacting to regulatory developments in a timely and effective manner.
  • Proposing resourceful, representative and appropriate solutions to regulators for challenges shared by regulators and industry alike (in collaboration with outside counsel, members and colleagues).
  • Developing and maintaining key relationships with UK policymakers.
  • Attending a variety of regulatory and industry, and providing detailed updates to Senior Management and members.

Relationship Management:

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships across ISDA.
  • Establish and maintain strong and value-adding relationships externally with regulators, members, peers in other associations, built on integrity, discretion and knowledge.



  • Bachelor’s degree/Master of Arts; Further financial qualifications an advantage.


Skills and competencies

  • Demonstrate an understanding of:
    • The wholesale sector in general and the workings of capital markets
    • The key political, legislative, and regulatory prudential issues in the UK
    • Ideally – ESG/sustainable finance, prudential regulation and/or regulation of uncleared derivatives business.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, in particular the ability to summarise complex topics in a way others can understand simply.
  • Strong attention to detail essential.
  • Ability to influence without authority and interact credibly with all levels of the organization internally and externally with members and/or other stakeholders.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to manage public policy issues and to take ownership for issues or projects.
  • Proven track record of prioritization, organization, time management, and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Strong working knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process in the UK.
  • Knowledge regarding the oversight and regulation of the swaps industry and/or financial institutions preferable.
  • Must have strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook).



  • 5 plus yrs professional experience in either legal/regulatory /legislative OR in financial institutions/ financial markets.


About ISDA

Since 1985, ISDA has worked to make the global derivatives markets safer and more efficient. Today, ISDA has more than 960 member institutions from 78 countries. These members comprise a broad range of derivatives market participants, including corporations, investment managers, government and supranational entities, insurance companies, energy and commodities firms, and international and regional banks. In addition to market participants, members also include key components of the derivatives market infrastructure, such as exchanges, intermediaries, clearing houses and repositories, as well as law firms, accounting firms and other service providers. Information about ISDA and its activities is available on the Association’s website: . Follow us on Twitter @ISDA.



ISDA offers a great work environment, with competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

  • Retirement – 10% Non-Contributory
  • Life, disability, and accident insurance
  • Healthcare – medical (AXA)
  • 27 days holiday per year
  • Maternity, paternity, and shared parental leave
  • Education – ISDA offers a yearly training calendar across all offices
  • Flexible working policy
  • Season ticket loan available
  • Bike to Work scheme


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