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Director - Senior Compliance Officer, Chief Operating Office, Asia Pacific
June 7, 2018
Societe Generale is one of the leading financial services groups in Europe. Based on a diversified and integrated banking model, the Group combines financial solidity and a strategy of sustainable growth.
Société Générale is one of the leading financial services groups in Europe. Société Générale is serving 31 million customers in 67 countries on a worldwide basis. Based on a diversified and integrated banking model, the Group combines financial solidity and a strategy of sustainable growth. Our objective: to be the leading relationship-focused bank, a reference in its markets, close to its clients and chosen for the quality and commitment of its teams.
The Asia Business Unit division encompasses activities conducted in the Asia-Pacific region, where Société Générale has a presence of 2,500 employees in 12 different countries, with regional headquarters in Hong Kong. The Asia BU business is focused on Corporate & Investment Banking: Global Markets, Global Financing, and Global Transaction Banking.
The Asia-Pacific Compliance division ("CPLE/ASI") is the Compliance arm of the Asia BU. It has a local presence in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan (100+ staff in total). Our primary focus is to support CIB-type of activities (global capital markets & global structured finance) across the region.
Hong Kong is the regional Compliance hub. The Hong Kong Compliance team is approx. 50+ staff and split into 6 areas of expertise:
Advisory to Capital Markets Business Lines
Advisory to Global Investment Banking Business Lines, and Control Room
Advisory to Support Functions
Capital Markets Surveillance
2nd Level Controls and Risk Assessment
Financial Crime Unit
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
The candidate will be a member of the Hong Kong COO team. He/she will be reporting to the Compliance Regional COO (Chief Operating Officer) for Asia-Pacific, based in Hong Kong. The candidate will focus on some the topics with most exposure to Management: Compliance governance (towards the management of the bank), and will get the opportunity to intervene in the aspects of COO activity especially Steering of APAC Compliance and Compliance department transformation, including but not limited to Compliance Digital Transformation.
The candidate will assist the Compliance COO in deploying effective governance in the Asia-Pacific region and lead the execution of Asia-Pacific Compliance governance committee:
Lead the Asia Business Unit Compliance Committee ("COMCO")
The quarterly committee aims to:
- Determine the BU's broad outlines and principles in terms of compliance - Manage Compliance risks and steer the Compliance Plans: review key events, have an overview of the compliance system, main regulatory developments, and status of regulatory projects It is an extensive exercise prepared all through the quarter, with a deep-dive in the functional content to be able to present: - The recent Compliance incidents and trends - The main risks and how they are addressed - The progress in the Compliance Transformation Plan It involves the most senior group of leaders in the Asia Business Unit e.g. CEO, COO, Regional heads of Business Lines, CFO, CRO, CCO.
Lead the Compliance Contribution to Internal Control Committee for Asia ("ICCC")
The committee with Operational Risk, Finance, and internal Audit and CPLE aims to:
- Provide an assessment of the first line of defense - Picture an assessment of the second line of defense It also involves the most senior group of leaders in the Asia Business Unit Same as for the COMCO, it requires an extensive preparation work all through the quarter in order to be able to present meaningful metrics and assessments for management.
Contribute to other committees if required
There are thematic committees to which Compliance Asia is required to contribute. A recent example is the Asia BU Strategic Steering with DGLE.
The candidate will assist the Compliance COO in deploying effective Communication:
Management Presentations for Asia Compliance A recent example is the presentation of Legal, Audit, Risk and Credit Group, Compliance in Asia Pacific for the Societe Generale group chairman.
Presentations for Regulators Senior visitors as well as events (e.g. re-organization) leads to opportunities to proactively interact with our regulators in the region. Those opportunities typically lead to meetings with senior management of the bank and requires to build presentation materials, that are meaningful from a regulators' perspective. Internal Communication The department has a set of internal communications (e.g. visitors, appointments etc.) that would be under the supervision of the candidate.
Internal Events Asia Compliance holds a yearly seminar with ~70 participants from the region, as well as senior Compliance managers from other regions (e..g in 2018 Group Compliance Chief of Staff, Compliance Chief Officer for Americas, Compliance Global Head of Financial Crime. The event is a landmark event for the department, which is recognized for the quality of its content and execution. It requires an extensive work to design the event: selection of topics and internal/external distinguished speakers, coordination, administration and animation.
Maintain our bank of compliance presentation materials
Being reasonably small, the entire COO office operates as a group with an entrepreneurship mindset. The successful candidate will get opportunities to bring ideas and value in contributing to other topics that are relevant to his/her skills, aspirations and development plans.
This challenging role will provide the successful candidate with a unique opportunity to apprehend the various businesses of a top-tier investment bank and will be evolving at the forefront of regulatory developments. The position will involve constant interaction with the senior management, business lines, and various compliance teams.
1. Technical skills
At least 10 years relevant experience gained from investment/corporate banking
Very good capacity to see the bigger picture and highlight matters of strategic importance for senior management consideration
Knowledge of the investment banking environment (activities etc.)
Presentation and communication skills; ability to communicate with people at all levels of the organization
Ability to, identify priorities and address difficult situations with autonomy
Pro-activity and solution-oriented, proposition-making mindset
Negotiation and Leadership skills
Curiosity and critical sense
Embracing change and ability to leverage new technologies
Good oral and written communication
Good interpersonal skills
Required / Must have:
Previous experience in Compliance or Transversal function in an investment bank or consultancy firm at manager level
Experience working in International, Multi-cultural organization