Functional Project Manager

  • Competitive
  • Hong Kong
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Societe Generale
  • 14 Nov 18

Functional Project Manager


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.

ITEC/ASI/PJT is responsible for delivering all Transversal projects, functional support, enhancements for Asia pacific. The team consists of Project Managers and Business Analysts who are responsible for delivering end to end transformation programs. The team has managed large implementation projects for deployment of global tools primarily in Asia.

In the context of the expansion of SG in the Region (global and local booking) we are looking for a strong Functional Project manager to drive the transformation programs in the region.

The position is part of the Project Management team based in Bangalore. An ideal candidate would have between 12-20 years of industry experience in driving transversal Functional and Implementation programs. The role would require interacting and managing Stakeholders at CXO level, working with distributed teams and users requiring high levels of coordination and stakeholder management. The role would require understanding of and managing topics beyond IT scope. Pure Project management and Technical managers won't be a fit. The candidate should have strong functional expertise in managing Transversal programs (front to back) on Equity Derivatives space.


Main responsibilities:

Primary responsibilities:

  • Be responsible for projects assigned to him, on enhancements and new business projects either on System implementation or enhancements or run the bank activities.
  • Strong functional skills and understating of Banking and Investment banking domains.
  • Depending on the nature of the project and need the person shall be flexible to play various roles among being an individual contributor and business analyst, coordinator, project manager.
  • Project Management: Stakeholder management, Planning, monitoring of project progress and status reporting.
  • Business Analysis: responsible for study, coordination, UAT, Change management.
  • Alert and escalation management, Budget and follow up of budget.
  • Working with vendor teams.
  • Take part and deliver NPC (New products Committee) related tasks
  • Co-ordinate level 3 support issues for the region.
  • Participate, follow-up Local, Regional or Global projects for users.
  • Promote and ensure the use of standard project follow-up tools (PPlus, Prime)
  • Other management tasks as assigned.
  • Create maintain and contribute to the organizational process assets and implementation knowledge kits.
  • The role requires close coordination and working with Front Office, IT, Operations and various support functions teams across Paris, Bangalore and the regions.
  • Strong commitment and rigor to work under stress and demanding project timelines.

Degree of autonomy

As part of the BA & PM team, the person will have a reporting level according to his level of experience and position.

He is empowered to propose solutions and action plans on the projects on which he is assigned and will seek as much as possible to make them compatible / applicable on a Regional basis as well.

He / she have to follow and implement global ITEC guidelines and strategy.


Operational skills

Project Management skills:
  • Proven capability of following up a project's planning and budget.
  • Strong project management experience to coordinate and engage with Front, Middle, Back Office users and Various internal IT teams across geographies.
  • Strong experience in liaising with Senior management of the bank at CXO levels, conducting steering committee meetings.
  • Produce periodic test reporting, dashboards for audience at various levels.
  • Functional Knowledge around:
  • Strong functional expertise in Investment banking domain in Agency and Principal business (Forex, Money Market, Rate Derivatives, Fixed Income, Equity, Futures products and Transversal functions across Risk, PnL, Valuation functions )
  • • Strong experience in Test management, Test plan, Test strategy preparation with experience in driving end to end tests.
  • Be the first point of contact for users during functional testing, providing first and second level functional analysis during the tests.
  • Define and document Standard test strategy, test cases and design to be reusable across implementation projects.
  • Prepare, maintain and manage High level and Detailed Test planning in discussion and agreement with stakeholders.
  • Strong command in Test management using Quality Centre.
  • Implementation projects experience:
  • Strong experience in working on front to back system implementation and migration projects in Investment banking domain.
  • Build, Groom and Manage a team of implementation consultants focusing on tests and acceptance.
  • Strong commitment and rigor to work under stress and demanding project timelines.
  • Good communication skills in international, multi-team and multi-cultural environment:
  • Excellent English communication skills both spoken and written
  • Ability to steer distant development teams
  • Ability to work with remote users / teams and vendors.
  • Autonomy
Involvement in a wide scope of subjects and environments:
  • Sense of priority
  • Strong analytical and synthetic skills
  • Rigors, result-oriented and client-oriented
  • Ability to give autonomy to his team
  • Ability to motivate & drive project team
  • Creativity and pro-activity mind-set
  • Strong motivation
  • Willingness to learn and an appreciation for functional aspects of the job