Why work at ESMA?


A career at ESMA will provide you with:


Interesting and challenging work;

Involvement in developing the European Union’s new financial markets regulatory framework;

An environment where you are encouraged to learn new skills and languages; and

The opportunity to work with people from all across the European Union.


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Who we are

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is an independent EU Authority that was established on 1 January 2011. It works closely with the national competent authorities who are members of the European System of Financial Supervision and the other European Supervisory Authorities – the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).

What we do

ESMA’s mission is to enhance the protection of investors and promote stable and well-functioning financial markets in the European Union (EU). As an independent institution, ESMA achieves this aim by building a single rule book for EU financial markets and ensuring its consistent application across the EU. ESMA contributes to the regulation of financial services firms with a pan-European reach, either through direct supervision or through the active co-ordination of national supervisory activity.

ESMA’s Values

The following values and characteristics describe ESMA and how it achieves its mission and bjectives:

  • European: When carrying out its tasks, ESMA acts in the interest of the EU. The organisation reflects the diversity of the EU;
  • Independent: ESMA is independent from the European institutions, national authorities and financial markets participants;
  • Co-operative: ESMA forms, together with the national authorities, a European network of financial markets supervisors. It co-operates with all relevant European bodies, including the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), and with regulators outside the EU;
  • Accountable: ESMA’s decision-making is transparent and it deals with its stakeholders in an open and inclusive manner. The organisation is accountable to the European Parliament, European Council, European Commission and the wider public;
  • Professional: ESMA strives for professional excellence by employing high-quality staff with strong technical expertise, knowledge and experience of financial markets, and through following sound practices and procedures; and
  • Effective: ESMA uses it resources efficiently in order to maximise its impact in investor protection and promoting stable and functioning markets in the EU.

Who do we look for?

ESMA’s recruitment and selection procedures aims to ensure that it employs people of ability, efficiency and integrity from across the EU Member States, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

ESMA looks to recruit personnel from a variety of backgrounds in both the private and public sectors and, for its core business positions, looks for financial markets experts with a thorough knowledge of their field.

We are looking for team players who can contribute to achieving ESMA’s goals. So whether you are an accomplished professional looking for a change, come from the private industry, the public sector or this is your first job, ESMA values your experience and the contribution you can make to our mission.



We are interested in candidates who:

  • Have a professional attitude combined with good organisational and communications skills;
  • Are capable of working with colleagues and stakeholders from a range of professional and cultural backgrounds;
  • Are eager to learn and develop their knowledge and skills; and
  • Have an interest in contributing to the protection of investors and the safety of financial markets in the European Union.