I am the Deputy Head of Central Bank Services in the Bank's Treasury. Our team handles the banking relationships of the BIS with some 140 central banks and international organisations that we assist in the management of their official reserves. We coordinate the BIS's asset management, foreign exchange and gold services for these customers.
We work closely with our customers in order to develop a clear understanding of their investment approaches and to provide customised financial services. I love the exposure to central banks around the world and the unique insights you get into central banking and the management of official reserves. It is fascinating how the approaches and needs of central banks can vary according to factors such as their currency regimes and the size of their reserves.
When you work in the BIS's Banking Department, you will take on a wide range of tasks. This requires a good measure of flexibility and readiness to think and act outside your box. In return, this allows you to follow processes and projects from beginning to end and see the big picture.
I find it easy to live in Basel. As it is a relatively small city, it is easy to navigate round town. Most of us have a commute of no more than 15 minutes. But the city has plenty to offer. Nature-lovers can quickly reach the Swiss Alps, the Black Forest in Germany or Alsace in France. Basel itself is packed with world-class museums and art galleries, and it's also very rich in terms of concerts and culture. Basel hosts the world's biggest art fair, the famous carnival Fasnacht and the biggest watch and jewellery fair, so there are always lots of interesting people visiting the city.
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