Sanctions and Trade Finance Advisory, Regional Financial Crime Unit, APAC

  • Competitive
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong HK
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Societe Generale
  • 18 Mar 18 2018-03-18

Sanctions and Trade Finance Advisory, Regional Financial Crime Unit, APAC


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.


The Regional Financial Crime Associate, APAC has responsibility for the region in assisting the Regional Head of Financial Crime Unit ( FCU ) in maintaining the SG Group FCU Policy standards (i.e. AML, KYC, Sanctions, Anti-Bribery Act, etc); ensuring SG Group remains regulatory compliant in all FCU related matters.

In particular, the post holder will be one of the subject matter experts within FCU's Sanctions and Trade Finance Advisory team providing expert advice to the business lines and support functions on a day-to-day basis.

The post holder is also expected to help implement policies and procedures, keep senior management informed of financial crime related matters and risks, contribute to the training and awareness program and undertake ad hoc projects to enhance on an ongoing basis the Compliance program.

Main Responsibilities :

  • Work with Regional Head of FCU to support senior management (including both local and Group level) in discharging their AML / Sanctions obligations, including but not limited to
- Management reporting

- Timely escalation of risks associated with financial crime / reputational matters, and

- On-going review of the adequacy and effectiveness of the financial crime control framework
  • Liaison with Business Lines, KYC Team and other relevant departments to provide in a timely manner Compliance opinions in relation to
- Proposed transactions (including trade finance transactions, syndicated loans, debt issuances, advisory mandates etc) and

- Onboarding and regular reviews of customers with higher sanctions / AML risks
  • Provide advice in relation to the inclusion of compliance clauses in legal documentation
  • Timely clearance of AML / KYC/ Sanctions related alerts, including but not limited to second level sanctions screening alerts
  • Work with Business Lines, KYC Team and support functions to implement the relevant policies and procedures related to Sanctions and Trade Finance Compliance
  • Maintain a solid knowledge of EU / US / HK sanctions and AML regulations; ensure up-to-date knowledge on regulatory trends, trade-based money laundering typologies, market practices and standards
  • Undertake ad hoc projects



  • Graduate level with legal / finance or other professional qualification is required

Past Experience

  • Exposure to Sanctions / AML Compliance and Trade Finance with at least 3-5 years industry experience


  • Fluent in English & Chinese. Fluency in Putonghua is an advantage, but not prerequisite

Technical Skills

  • Solid knowledge of EU, OFAC and HK sanctions regimes
  • Good understanding of trade finance products and the business line activities
  • Working knowledge of global regulatory and financial services legislation as it pertains to AML, ABC rules relevant to the business line

General Competencies

  • Operational skills
  • Regulatory skills
  • Communication skills
  • Flexibility - Adaptability
  • Ability to make decisions
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Analytical skills
  • Initiative
  • Teamwork

Personal Abilities

  • Good communications and influencing skills
  • Good presentation and report-writing skills
  • Good analytical skills and a critical thinker
  • Open-minded, willing to take suggestions and work together for solutions
  • Proactive with a strong motivation to learn and gain knowledge required to perform