Managing Director, Corporate Strategy

European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) London, United Kingdom

About the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was founded in 1991 to further progress towards market-oriented economies and the promotion of private and entrepreneurial initiative, initially in eastern and central Europe and Central Asia. Development of the private sector is at the heart of the EBRD’s mandate. The EBRD pursues this by investing in projects, working on policy reform and providing technical advice, all which powers sustainable growth. The EBRD now operates in the economies across three continents. Since its creation, the EBRD has invested over €130 billion in more than 5,200 projects.
You can find further details on their website www.ebrd.com.

Managing Director, Corporate Strategy Role Profile

Purpose of the Job
The position has responsibility for leading the Bank’s strategy development, and advancing its strategic priorities, in partnership with other departments across the Bank. The role is key in developing and managing the Bank’s relationships in the Global and European Financial Architecture and also is pivotal in introducing and implementing new approaches and ideas across the Bank. Through a small team, the Managing Director fosters coordination and collaboration with other departments to deliver on the Bank’s transition mandate. 
The work of the Corporate Strategy team focusses on formulating the overall strategy and direction for the EBRD, working closely with other departments and the Bank’s shareholders. The team supports the implementation of strategy, tracks trends and develops responses to major new challenges. The team monitors and analyses the Bank’s strategic environment (including through scenario-building), develops options and action plans and drafts a key strategy documents including the Medium-Term Directions, the Strategic and Capital Framework and the Strategy Implementation Plan.  Through the integration and coordination of planning across departments and with external counterparts, the team also provides follow-up e.g. through the Corporate and Management Scorecards, and provides advice to the President on a range of matters.
The team is responsible for managing relationships between the Bank and other key international financial institutions and international organisations.  It coordinates the EBRD’s inputs and positions vis-à-vis the main policy fora and discussions of interest to the Bank such as the G7 and G20, and the 2030 Development Agenda (including the Sustainable Development Goals). 
Corporate Strategy coordinates cross-departmental initiatives or tasks, usually up-stream before handing over to departmental owners. For example, the corporate dimension of geographical expansions, the readiness for the Bank’s digital approach, the Bank’s Covid-19 solidarity response, ensuring of Green Economy Transition, the handling of certain institutionally sensitive discussions with shareholders and the clarification of the Bank’s approach to graduation.


  • Corporate Strategy is a small 7-person team

  • The MD is a member of Executive Committee and Strategy & Policy Committee and Observer of MCom.
  • The departmental budget is currently (2020) £1.3 million


Accountabilities & Responsibilities

  • Accountable for leading the development of Bank’s strategic direction for approval by Excom, Board and Governors
  • Responsible for advancing the strategic priorities of the Bank, both long and short-term, in partnership with various departments across the Bank.
  • Leads the Bank’s positioning within in the Global and European Financial Architecture, including institutional relations with key participants such as other multilateral development banks, the G7, the G20 and special initiative groups.
  • Partnering with and influencing across the Bank, especially to collectively implement the ambitions of the SCF
  • Horizon scans to identify opportunities and challenges for the Bank, ensuring options are considered by management and acted upon, and align departments on implementation
  • Key advisor to the President
  • Directly accountable for the engagement and effective overall management of Corporate Strategy staff including recruitment, compensation, performance management, coaching and development.
  • General corporate responsibilities as member of ExCom and SPCom
  • Champions and role models the Bank’s Behavioural Competencies and Corporate Behaviours, ensuring adherence within the team(s) so that the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct are exhibited at all times.

Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Degree or post graduate degree, or equivalent experience
  • Highly developed strategic thinking skills allied with a sense of realism and an ability to translate strategic concepts and general policy direction into implementation plans.
  • Proven professional track record in international finance and development, as well as international or national public experience at a senior executive level.
  • A profound understanding of the Bank’s mandate, organisation and capabilities, together with in-depth insight into policy issues, especially those pertaining to the Bank’s countries of operations.
  • Decisiveness, political acumen and persuasiveness.
  • Highly developed negotiation skills proven to yield positive outcomes with senior counterparts, both internal and external.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills and the personal authority to effectively harness the cooperation of key stakeholders across the Bank.
  • Strong team management skills and commitment to ongoing development of self and team and continuous improvement to inspire a collective sense of achievement.

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. EBRD is only able to hire those nationalities from their 69 member countries.
Location: London, UK

How to Apply?

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 30 April 2021. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.
If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected].
SRI Executive is exclusively retained by EBRD to undertake this assignment.


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