Business and Market Analyst

August 3 2022
Industries Public administration
Categories Accounting, Finance, Actuarial, Statistics, Economy, Bank, Insurance, Financial services, Economy, Econometrics, Modelling, Enterprise Business Analyst, Financing, Investment, Merger & Acquisition, Project Management, Business Analysis
Toronto, ON

Investment Funds and Structured Products Branch
Permanent, Full-Time
File No. 22-48      

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is the statutory body responsible for regulating Ontario’s capital markets in accordance with the mandate established in the provincial Securities Act and the Commodity Futures Act. The mandate of the OSC is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, to foster fair, efficient and competitive capital markets and confidence in the capital markets, to foster capital formation, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic risk. This mandate is performed through policy, operational, adjudication and enforcement work. The OSC also contributes to national and global securities regulation development.

Branch Overview

The Investment Funds and Structured Products Branch oversees the regulation of investment funds and structured products that offer securities to the public in Ontario. Our function in the OSC’s mandate of providing investors protection is a vital one. We have a leadership role in developing new rules and policies within the OSC and within the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) to adapt to the changing environment in the investment fund and structured products industry. Our scope of activity includes reviewing and considering investor protection issues related to the offerings of investment products (including mutual funds, exchange traded funds, structured products, scholarship plans and labour-sponsored funds); assessing product disclosure, including prospectus and continuous disclosure filings; and considering applications for discretionary relief from Ontario securities legislation and rules.

Job Summary

The Business and Market Analyst position will involve playing a key role in profiling activities of the Investment Funds and Structured Products Branch by reporting on the success and impact of Branch initiatives and core work processes.

The Branch’s core processes include rule and policy consultation, prospectus and exemptive relief application reviews and issue-oriented reviews of important regulatory development. The Business and Market Analyst’s primary function will be to support the Branch’s core processes by conducting research, collecting and interpreting market data and activities, partnering with the Digital Solutions Branch, and supporting special policy projects the Branch undertakes (i.e.  Risk Methodologies, and Regulatory burden-reduction initiatives).

Reporting to the Manager, Investment Funds and Structured Products, the Business and Market Analyst will be instrumental in developing, maintaining and analyzing key performance indicators to measure, and report on, Branch activities internally and for publication (i.e. quarterly and annual reports). The Business and Market Analyst will work closely with the newly created Digital Solutions branch to ensure data accessibility, define analytics needed and support reporting needs for the Branch. The two branches will work together as a “hub and spoke” model and utilize an agile framework to allow for iterative development and delivery on IFSP Branch needs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Market Research for Branch Core Processes

  • Provide research, including conducting background research on topics relating to investment activities in the funds industry, novel investment products, capital market development, and investor protection concerns, as requested
  • Working with the Digital Solutions Branch, identify, plan and conduct extensive market research to inform on mutual funds industry trends which impact on core Branch processes and decisions, including prospectus, application and continuous disclosure reviews
  • Work closely with the Digital Solutions branch to identify, plan, and conduct research on relevant market developments and international regulatory developments
  • Conduct analysis of investment products’ attributes and risks
  • Collaborate with the Digital Solutions branch to monitor and identify products and trends in the investment funds and structured products markets, both in Canada and globally, and prepare and design requirements on these trends
  • Proactively identify additional market data and information to collect, maintain and analyze which is conducive to the efficient and effective operation of the Investment Funds and Structured Products Branch
  • Identify problems whereby efficiencies can be achieved, research and evaluate various alternatives and proceed with the most efficient solution
  • Identify, evaluate and access potential data sources and summarize results of the analysis in a clear manner
  • Present research findings to the Branch management team, senior staff, policy project leads and/or committees (i.e. CSA) and address questions and/or defend analysis
  • Partner with staff from the Digital Solutions branch to develop a data and analytics roadmap for Branch priorities with a goal of making tasks more efficient and effective

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Collaborate with the Digital Solutions branch by drawing on knowledge of OSC systems and databases, and act as a resource for the Branch and OSC in the area of data analysis and interpretation
  • Develop, maintain and report, using Branch-wide performance measures, to better reflect how the Branch is meeting its mandate (i.e. for use in quarterly reports)
  • By partnering with the Digital Solutions branch, interpret information related to Branch operations, analyze market data, and present and report issues, findings and trends that impact on the work of the Branch
  • Given the “hub and spoke” model with the Digital Solutions branch, develop, maintain, analyze, and report on key Branch operational performance indicators
  • Work with the Digital Solutions branch to conceptualize new ways of performing tasks, and establish, measure and analyze key performance indicators to develop a risk framework for reporting issuers

Skills & Qualifications:    

  • Intermediate-level knowledge and experience regarding business operations to identify process gaps and efficiencies
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to collect, organize, analyze and disseminate important information, with attention to detail, accuracy and confidentiality
  • Excellent presentation, problem-solving and strategic thinking skills
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated tact and sensitivity when negotiating with diverse parties
  • Ability to interact professionally with management and professionals at various levels
  • Demonstrated ability to respond to ad hoc unstructured problems with planning, flexibility, communication and execution
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and prepare dashboards
  • Ability to work with minimal direction, and prioritize and meet strict deadlines
  • Knowledge or experience in the securities industry
  • Understanding of investment funds regulation and funds’ operations

Education & Training:

  • University degree in Business, Finance or a related discipline
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, data science tools such as Microsoft Power BI, Tableau, Python and R for data preparation and analysis
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of intermediate-level experience in the financial services industry performing a similar function
  • Demonstrated interest in capital markets, specifically investment products and management
  • Understanding of the Canadian securities regulatory environment, with the capability of assessing the impact of various regulatory actions on stakeholders and the capital markets
  • Basic knowledge of the Ontario Securities Act, regulations, policy statements, rules and internal operating procedures
  • Data and business analysis experience working in the financial and/or regulatory sector
  • High proficiency in the MS Office suite of products
  • Completion of the Canadian Securities Course, an asset

Grow your career and make a difference working at the OSC!

Apply online at by Friday, August 12, 2022.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the Ontario Securities Commission. We will contact those selected for an interview.

Inclusion and Diversity at the OSC

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