Legal Officer - Internal Market Affairs - Financial Services - Job Reference 17/2021

The EFTA Surveillance Authority
Legal Officer - Internal Market Affairs - Financial Services

Role Description

ESA is recruiting a legal officer to join its Internal Market Affairs Directorate, who will be
assigned responsibility for general surveillance work and case handling regarding the
implementation and application of EEA law relating to Financial Services in the
participating EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).

In the area of financial services, ESA has certain decision-making powers towards
national supervisory authorities and market operators (including credit institutions,
insurance companies and investment firms) established in the EEA-EFTA States. The
powers to adopt binding decisions correspond to powers with the European Supervisory
Authorities, EBA, EIOPA and ESMA in the EU. 

We are looking for an experienced candidate with a minimum of 5 years’ working
experience and solid knowledge of regulatory and/or supervisory work in the financial
services field in the public and/or private sector. The successful candidate will be
expected to follow and participate in the work of the European Supervisory Authorities at
board level, and engage in close, regular co-operation with those Authorities. A certain
share of the financial services cases involves Norway and entails large amounts of
documentation in the Norwegian language. As such, we are looking for lawyers with
experience of the language, legal system, economy and national administration of

Other tasks include examination of complaints, legal conformity assessments, and
drafting of decisions, opinions and reports. Depending on workload and other
developments, the responsibilities may also cover other general or specific issues relating
to EEA law.

The following are essential:

• University degree in law or equivalent qualification in law

• Minimum 5 years’ working experience

• Specialised knowledge of EEA/EU law in the field of financial services and expertise in financial services regulatory work and/or financial supervision from the public
and/or private sector

• Knowledge of the legal system, economy and national administration of Norway

• Command of written and spoken Norwegian

• Excellent command of written and spoken English (the working language of the Authority), as well as proven legal drafting ability

• Excellent organisational, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills

• Initiative and the ability to work both independently and in a team in an international environment


The position is placed at grade A4 of ESA’s salary scale, the precise step being
determined depending on the relevant experience of the successful candidate, with a
likely starting salary of between €97 000 and €102 000 per annum. Depending on
personal situation and family status, additional allowances and benefits may apply. Tax
conditions are favourable. Type and duration of appointment: fixed-term contract of three
years, renewable for a further three years if desirable and in the interest of ESA.
Candidates must be nationals of the States party to the EEA Agreement (EU + EEA
EFTA) at the point of application and the time of any offer being made. ESA’s
Recruitment Policy sets out the recruitment process and eligibility conditions in more
ESA actively seeks to promote a healthy work/life balance and a working environment
allowing its staff members to develop their professional skills and interests.
Application process:
- All applications must be made online at:
- Deadline for applications: 3 October 2021
- Interviews: October 2021
- Start date: As soon as possible
Applications submitted in response to this vacancy notice may also be taken into account
for the purpose of filling other vacancies arising for similar positions within ESA.


Om arbeidsgiveren

The EFTA Surveillance Authority
The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) monitors compliance with the Agreement on the
European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway,
enabling those States to participate in the Internal Market of the European Union.
ESA is an international organisation, independent of the States, which safeguards the
rights of individuals and undertakings under the EEA Agreement, ensuring free
movement, fair competition and control of state aid. ESA's work helps remove barriers to
trade and open up new opportunities to over 450 million Europeans, creating jobs and
growth and adding to the international competitiveness of the States.
ESA is based in Brussels. It currently employs staff members of 20 nationalities. ESA is
led by a College consisting of three members, each appointed for a period of four years
by the three participating EFTA States.

Juridiske tjenester
Økonomi og regnskap,
Jurist / Advokat

Spørsmål om stillingen

Marco Uccelli
Deputy Director
+32 2 286 18 95
Emma Thomas
+32 2 286 18 70
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FINN-kode 231991096
Sist endret 16. sep. 2021 12:40

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