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Location: Basel, Switzerland

Friday, October 13, 2006

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I came across a job posting that sounded interesting the other day. One of the giants of Swiss banking is evidently looking for an Art Banker.

Art Banker? What on earth is that?

According to the job posting:

In this challenging role you will act as the single point of contact for internal and external queries with regard to the structuring of art financing and investment products, the structuring and development of Trusts & Foundations as well as any escrow transactions' demands. Your main responsibilities include:
  • Development, maintenance and monitoring of art oriented products and solutions
  • Carrying out feasibility studies of new art-related products and Implementation of new products' shelves
  • Continuous monitoring of developments in the financial and art markets
  • Conducting regular presentations and reviews with Regional Market Managers and Client Advisor teams on the art market and on UBS Art Banking solutions
As the ideal candidate you meet the following criteria:
  • Excellent knowledge of global financial instruments and banking products (Funds, Private Equity, Investment Products, Lending Products, etc.)
  • Passion for art and global art market trends
  • Charismatic personality with networking abilities
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English, French and German
This could be good, aside from my lack of fluency in German. And there's the minor issue that, after 13 years or so of disuse, my French isn't exactly fluent anymore either. Well, according to my resume, I've got "intermediate" German and "excellent" French. ("Beginner," "fluent," and "native speaker" were the other options.) I'll keep my fingers crossed.



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