Head of KYC Reviews – Asia Pacific

  • Competitive
  • Hong Kong
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Societe Generale
  • 18 Jan 18 2018-01-18

Head of KYC Reviews – Asia Pacific


SG CIB is the Corporate and Investment Banking arm of the Société Générale Group. Present in over 50 countries across Europe, the Americas and Asia. SG CIB provides corporate, financial institutions, investors and public sector clients with value-added integrated financial solutions.


Mission and Primary Objectives

The SGCIB KYC "Know Your Customer" is a key pillar of the bank's anti-money laundering system. Its mission is to ensure the bank is compliant with its obligation of client identification and due diligence on a worldwide basis and to provide the institution with adequate and complete client information.

The Head of KYC Reviews - Asia Pacific is responsible for the supervision of the Reviews and Trigger Event functions in Asia-Pacific across all CIB business lines. The role reports to the Head of KYC Existing Client Management - Asia Pacific.

Key Responsibilities include

  • Management of the network of 30+ KYC officers across the region with staff located in Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea and India. This includes usual management duties (budget management, goals / priorities definition, performance assessment, team governance, people development, succession plan build out etc)
  • To ensure high quality KYC files are produced in line with prevailing policy and procedures
  • To ensure a high level of service is provided to our clients and Front Office business partners, ensuring optimum allocation of resources to ensure KYC Reviews and Trigger Events are completed in a timely manner
  • To develop, monitor and improve performance metrics for the function
  • To optimize the KYC reviews process, identifying opportunities for improvement, synergies and cost reduction
  • To contribute to an efficient functional governance of KYC at the worldwide level with smooth and transparent communication with global stakeholders
  • To lead change within the KYC function, ensuring Asia specificities are articulated in global projects and overall to ensure changes are implemented in a controlled and sustainable manner
  • Strong coordination will be required with regional and global management as well as the business lines, compliance and country heads


Technical Skills

Required / Must have

  • Strong knowledge of AML and KYC regulations
  • Knowledge of the investment banking environment / activities
  • Strong presentation and communication skills; the ability to communicate and influence people at all levels, as well as with external / internal auditors

Change Management

  • Ability to embrace and lead change
  • Negotiation and leadership skills
  • Curiosity and critical sense
  • Good oral and written communication
Result Orientation
  • Rigor
  • Ability to work in a high pressure environment
  • Ability to report in due time, identify priorities and address difficult situations with autonomy
  • Pro-activity and solution-oriented, proposition-making mindset
Client Orientation
  • Tracks performance and efficiency versus front office and client expectations
  • Fosters a client focused environment
People Management
  • Shapes roles and assignments in ways that develop people's capabilities
  • Identifies and shapes successors
  • Promotes sharing of expertise and learning
  • Delegates work to others in order to develop their skills
  • Inspires others to be creative, define new opportunities and continuously improve the organization
  • Good interpersonal skills
Required / Must have

  • 5+ years experience in KYC management in an investment bank
  • Experience of leading both local and remote teams
  • Experience of working in an international, multi-cultural organization
  • Experience of leading through change
Desired / Plus
  • Previous experience in projects

Must have

  • Fluent in English
Desired / Plus
  • Chinese (Mandarin / Cantonese)
  • MSc in Business, Finance or other relevant field