The call has gone out for anyone who thinks they've got what it takes to lead the Bank of Canada.

According to an announcement posted on the Bank of Canada website, advertisements seeking candidates to replace outgoing Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney have been placed in The Economist, La Presse and the Globe and Mail.

The ads, placed by private executive recruiting firm Odgers Berndtson, advise applicants they would have to "shape the culture and values of the organization, and build on the Bank’s commitment to integrity, intellectual discipline and openness of communication" if they get the job.

"You would also ensure that the Bank attracts, and retains, the calibre of individuals needed to sustain its reputation for excellence."

In the ads, "exceptionally well-qualified" candidates are invited to apply for the position so long as they meet several criteria, including:

  • "unquestioned technical competence in monetary policy";
  • leadership style "characterized by a personal inclination to lead through persuasion";
  • "the courage to take a stand to support principles and policies"

Candidates must also be Canadian citizens, able to communicate in both French and English, and willing to make the move to Ottawa.

Whoever gets the job has some big shoes to fill, considering the high esteem in which the outgoing governor is held.

Carney, at 47, was the youngest person to ever hold the Bank of Canada's top job, and is widely credited with successfully steering the Canadian economy since he took the post in February 2008.

In December of 2012, Carney was named The Canadian Press Business Newsmaker of the Year. Carney garnered 59 per cent of the vote in CP's annual survey of editors and broadcasters, far ahead of runner up "The Canadian in Debt" and its 17 per cent of the ballot.

Carney starts his new job next July, when he will officially become the first non-Brit to lead the Bank of England since its inception more than 300-years ago.