Associate Financial Markets Specialist


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Job Title

Associate Financial Markets Specialist



Organization Name

Market Operations and Analysis Unit

Department Description

Financial Markets Department

Brief Description

The main purpose of this position is to contribute to the development of interest rate benchmarks and the transition to alternative reference rates in South Africa. The incumbent will be required to assist in the research, analysis and other facets pertaining to the design and implementation of the benchmark determination process at the South African Reserve Bank (SARB).

Detailed Description

The successful candidate will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following key performance areas:

• Conduct research on various aspects relating to interest rate benchmarks.
• Keep abreast of international developments on interest rate benchmark reforms and advise of key developments.
• Assist in the preparation of inputs into position papers, presentations and other documentation prepare by the SARB Working Group, Market Practitioners Group (MPG) and other relevant bodies.
• Assist in the development of interest rate benchmarks by testing the design of benchmarks using historical data and implementing solutions for various calculation methodologies.
• Assist in the development of a model for data collection alongside various work streams of the MPG.
• Assist in the development of operating procedures that will govern SARB-administered interest rate benchmarks.
• Assist with committee administration and provide secretarial support.
• Provide administrative support to relevant stakeholders on matters relating to the SARB’s interactions with the Official Sector Steering Group.
• Perform ad hoc tasks.

Job Requirements

To be considered for this position, candidates must have:

• an Honours degree in  Economics, Finance, Statistics, Data Science or an equivalent combination of education and job-related experience; and
• at least two to five years’ work experience in financial markets.

The following would be an added advantage:

• knowledge of financial markets products and the pricing thereof;
• proficient in Microsoft Office, R, and/or Python; and
• proficient in data analysis.

Additional requirements include:

• analytical and conceptual thinking abilities;
• written and verbal communication skills;
• availability to work irregular hours on an ad hoc basis;
• report writing skills;
• planning and organising skills;
• interpersonal skills; and
• being a team player.

How To Apply

All interested parties are invited to apply.

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Shortlisted applicants will be subjected to a psychometric assessment, an appropriate reference check and a security clearance as part of the selection process.

The closing date for applications is 27 January 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

In line with the SARB’s commitment to diversifying its workforce, preference will be given to suitable candidates from designated groups. People with disabilities are welcome to apply.

The SARB offers remuneration and benefits commensurate with the level of the position and in line with the market. The level at which the successful applicant will be appointed will depend on his/her experience and competence.


Ms Sarah Molomo
Senior Manager: Recruitment and Selection
Human Resources Department