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Head of Division


Job Length:Contract


Firm:The Central Bank of Ireland

Job Type:

Email Address:


Practice Area:In-House/ Public Sector

Web Address:https://www.centralbank.ie/

The Central Bank of Ireland serves the public interest by safeguarding monetary and financial stability and by working to ensure that the financial system operates in the best interests of consumers and the wider economy.

They currently have a vacancy for a Head of Division - Enforcement Investigations in the Enforcement Investigations Division on a job share arrangement.

This role is specifically targeted at people who are looking to work flexibly and is offered as a job sharing arrangement where the successful person will be required to work 3 days per week, working in partnership with the current incumbent.

The role holders will be jointly responsible for the leadership and development of the Enforcement Investigations Division. This means that they will be responsible for the on-going development of the Division’s investigative capabilities and approach, and overseeing the entire enforcement case portfolio.

About the Central Bank of Ireland

The Central Bank of Ireland serves the public interest by safeguarding monetary and financial stability and by working to ensure that the financial system operates in the best interests of consumers and the wider economy.

They are passionate about diversity and inclusion and want to create a working environment where everyone can bring their true selves to work. They welcome and value applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives and if they can make any accommodations to enable us to see the best version of you during interview, and/or in how you carry out your role in the Central Bank, please do let them know.  All information disclosed will be kept confidential.

What does this role look like?

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Central Bank’s Enforcement Investigations Division, mandated to deliver appropriate enforcement outcomes, which are aligned to the priorities of the Directorate and the Central Bank as a whole, delivering on the Central Bank’s commitment to provide a credible threat of enforcement and holding individuals to account.

The role is offered on a fixed term contract for three years, with the operation of the job sharing arrangement subject to annual review. 

In collaboration with your job share partner you will

  • Provide oversight of the entire Enforcement case portfolio (Administrative Sanctions, Fitness and Probity investigations, Market Assessor cases, Revocations, Criminal cases, and Litigation/legal challenges arising from our pursuit of enforcement outcomes).
  • Constructively challenge and advise on case strategy and approach, ensuring that Enforcement resources are directed to the investigation of appropriate matters which align to the Central Bank’s Enforcement strategy and support the delivery of the Central Bank’s mandate.
  • Ensure that issues which have the potential to pose significant risk to the securing of appropriate enforcement outcomes and/or the reputation of the Central Bank are promptly identified and dealt with in the most efficient and effective manner.
  • Engage with a diverse range of stakeholders both internally and externally, domestically and internationally to influence and advocate for the Central Bank; ensuring that the views of Enforcement are effectively and appropriately communicated.
  • Manage a number of Heads of Function, enabling them and their wider teams to deliver high-quality and impactful outputs and helping people to develop to their full potential.
  • Contribute to, and influence, the strategic direction and management of the wider directorate, working closely and collaboratively with the Head of the Enforcement Advisory division and supporting the Director of Enforcement and AML.

Participate in the Leadership Network of the Bank and in wider management initiatives within and outside the directorate to promote change and continuous improvements across the organisation.

Education and technical skills

  • Professional legal qualification as a practicing solicitor or barrister;
  • A minimum of 10+ years' post qualification experience (PQE), with at least 8 years' at a senior level;
  • A high level of relevant academic achievement and evidence of continuous professional development in the fields of litigation, administrative law, financial services law, risk, compliance, forensic investigation, internal audit or any related professional discipline;
  • Experience of some or all of the following: administrative/regulatory and financial services law and litigation, including application of principles of natural justice; large complex litigation and/or leading large/complex investigations. In-depth understanding of enforcement policy and practice;
  • Strong knowledge of the relevant regulatory and legal frameworks, including recent developments in this area;
  • Membership of the professional body the Law Society of Ireland is an indispensable condition of the tenure of the employment (for solicitors only).


The role requires a driven individual with significant experience in leadership and people management coupled with the ability to motivate and empower a highly experienced team of professionals. The role holder must have excellent stakeholder management skills and strong analytical, planning and organisational skills with the ability to operate with agility, display a level of comfort with ambiguity and deal calmly with unexpected issues. Excellent problem solving and decision making ability with a strong solution focus is also required.

Application details

To apply, please complete the application form attached (via the “apply” link). Before starting your application you will be asked to create a profile, this will allow you to track and review your application throughout the process. Click "register" to create a profile and complete the application process.

Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt.. If you do not receive this auto-acknowledgement, please contact Gaven Bilsland or email recruitment@centralbank.ie.

Closing date for applications is 26 January 2021.

The Central Bank of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

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