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Consultant, Securities Finance Operations

Northern Trust
Sydney, Australia
Closing date
May 3, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
About Northern Trust:

Northern Trust, a Fortune 500 company, is a globally recognized, award-winning financial institution that has been in continuous operation since 1889.

Northern Trust is proud to provide innovative financial services and guidance to the world's most successful individuals, families, and institutions by remaining true to our enduring principles of service, expertise, and integrity. With more than 130 years of financial experience and over 22,000 partners, we serve the world's most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service.

Role Summary

Australia is a key expansion market for Northern Trust's Securities Finance business who are building their local presence both in the front office and in operations. The Consultant, Securities Finance Operations has been created to provide operational support to the Securities Lending Trading desk in Sydney and to work with external counterparts particularly borrowers and sub-custodians. The primary focus will be on trade settlements (equites and fixed income), loan recalls, sales management and Corporate Actions. The role will also be involved in other operational aspects of the securities finance lifecycle such as collateral management.

You will act as the primary point of contact for Securities Finance operations in Australia and will work closely with Securities Lending Trading desk, Securities Finance Operations teams based in Manila and Bangalore, and other internal areas such as the Account Management team. The role will have a direct reporting line to the Division Manager for Securities Finance Operations in APAC based in Bangalore.

What you will do

  • Act as first point of reference for day-to-day operational queries (primarily trade support related), and liaise with related areas.
  • Process daily securities finance operational activities (primarily settlements related) and, in time, supervise day-to-day work of junior staff offshore (but not a formal management role).
  • Work closely with Securities Finance Trading desk and Account Managers and provide operational support.
  • Identify potential risk situations, ensuring appropriate management and timely escalation where needed.
  • Interact with borrowers and other external parties, developing effective working relationships in order to address operational issues.
  • As a subject matter expert in the area of Australia trade support, provide guidance and leadership in these matters to staff and other impacted parties, and act as an advisor to business decisions.
  • Provide management reporting on operational activities.
  • Provide training and coaching to junior staff based offshore.
  • Effective contribution to ad-hoc projects and may lead projects.

About You

  • Operational knowledge of Securities Lending markets (especially Australia) and associated operational processes such as loan collateralization, Corporate Actions is mandatory
  • Knowledge in Australian Equity and Fixed Income settlements and post trade activites
  • Ability to set priorities, multi-task and manage deadlines, escalating issues where necessary.
  • Self-starter, flexible, with the ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision.
  • Effective and confident communicator (oral and written), capable of influencing peers and holding discussions with external counterparties.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Able to recognise opportunities for improvement and make constructive suggestions.
  • Ability to coach others.
  • Good PC skills, in particular, Excel.
  • Experience in communicating with teams (operations and front office) and external financial institutions.

Working with Us:

As a Northern Trust partner, greater achievements await. You will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture in an organization where financial strength and stability is an asset that emboldens us to explore new ideas.

Movement within the organization is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company committed to assisting the communities we serve! Join a workplace with a greater purpose.

We'd love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of the world's most admired and sustainable companies! Build your career with us and apply today. #MadeForGreater

Reasonable accommodation

Northern Trust is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our HR Service Center at

We hope you're excited about the role and the opportunity to work with us. We value an inclusive workplace and understand flexibility means different things to different people.

Apply today and talk to us about your flexible working requirements and together we can achieve greater.

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