Associate - WMD KYC - Singapore

  • -
  • Singapore
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Nomura Asia
  • 12 Dec 17 2017-12-12

This is an Associate role within the KYC operations team with a great opportunity to work with the regional Relationship Managers in HK and Singapore.

Nomura Overview


Nomura is an Asia-based financial services group with an integrated global network spanning over 30 countries. By connecting markets East & West, Nomura services the needs of individuals, institutions, corporates and governments through its three business divisions: Retail, Asset Management, and Wholesale (Global Markets and Investment Banking). Founded in 1925, the firm practices disciplined entrepreneurship while building on a long tradition of serving clients with creative solutions and considered thought leadership.


Role Overview


The KYC Controls team has a regional exposure covering the controls against money laundering and terrorist financing for different entities of Nomura in the region. The requirements for compliance are conferred by regulations and guidelines in different countries.


Key responsibilities will be:

  • Ensure all new client relationships have undergone the appropriate client identification screening (KYC) prior to opening a new account and entering into trading and loan transactions
  • All existing clients KYC is refreshed on periodic basis and necessary escalation is performed
  • Ability to perform hands on task related to KYC and account opening (Including working with sales on information and documents, update system with relevant details, perform checks, validate & upload documents, manage pipeline for new accounts and KYC rolling review- KYC refresh)
  • Ensure client information and documents are validated & updated correctly on the systems for seamless feed to other internal systems and reporting (Internal, regulatory etc.)
  • Ensure client classification is applied in accordance with the prevailing rules and regulations in Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • Continuously work with AML Compliance, Legal, Sales support on completing KYC and client information updates
  • Identify system enhancement focusing on controls and efficiency and work with the IT teams to implement
  • Face Internal & external Auditors and have good understanding of process to provide process walkthrough and samples



Language skills

  • Ability to fluently speak Cantonese or mandarin is a must as this role will involve interaction with local sales based out of Hong Kong


Technical Skills/Competencies

  • Well versed with the KYC requirements as suggested by MAS and other major Asia regulators
  • Ability to understand different risk types associated with Clients (Individuals, Private companies, corporation)
  • Ability to validate FATCA and CRS forms
  • Strong skills in documenting & storing exceptions and approvals
  • Flexible and quick to adopt change in policies, systems and requirements
  • Has intermediate knowledge on MS excel (Formulas, Pivot and V look ups) and MS Power points


Governance, Risk and Controls:

  • Relevant experience in compliance, risk management or operations with an investment bank or financial services firm for Wealth Management business
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, oversight and with cross region teams
  • All KYC breaches, near misses or risk events will be managed and escalated where necessary.
  • The individual will be required to deliver updates of KYC procedures, understand the policy and implement the operations changes and procedures required to meet the policy requirement
  • Able to handle reasoning and justification on KYC matters to AML Compliance and Legal teams
  • Accuracy, attention to details to avoid errors


Stakeholder management

  • Fact based and ability to understand the risk involved and highlights the same across levels
  • Detailed oriented in order to understand all requirements at one go
  • Managing Business stakeholders- Ability to handle business supervision teams and Sales. Need to have good negotiation skills to plan the pipeline and negotiate the timeline
  • Act as a single point of contact for Sales in Hong Kong and handle any prioritization discussions, escalations & prepare the action plan to closely work with teams in Singapore
  • Has experience in written and verbal communication with AML, Compliance, legal, Internal Audits