VP - AML / KYC Advisory, Regional Financial Crime Unit, APAC

  • Competitive
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong HK
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Societe Generale
  • 22 Jul 18 2018-07-22

VP - AML / KYC Advisory, Regional Financial Crime Unit, APAC


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.


The Vice President of Regional Financial Crime APAC has responsibility for the region in assisting the Regional Head of Financial Crime Unit (FCU) in maintaining the SG Group FCU Policy standards (mainly AML, KYC, Sanctions); 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 AML / KYC Advisory team providing expert advice and solutions to the business lines and support functions on a day-to-day basis.

The post holder is also expected to proactively implement policies and procedures, keep senior management informed of financial crime related matters and risks in a timely manner, contribute to the training and awareness program, conduct on-going review of the adequacy and effectiveness of the financial crime control framework, and undertake ad hoc projects to enhance on an ongoing basis the Compliance program.


Main Responsibilities

  • Active engagement with Group Compliance on policy development and implementation to ensure SGHK is compliant with both French and Hong Kong regulatory requirements while taking various business and operations needs into consideration. Proactively address and oversee closure of any policy and implementation gaps
  • Liaison with Business Lines, KYC Team and other relevant departments to provide in a timely manner Compliance opinions in relation to
- New client on-boarding

- Regular and trigger event review of existing clients

- Proposed transactions and structures, and

- Ad-hoc queries requiring FCU Compliance advisory or guidance

  • Ensure advice, guidance and approval provided by the FCU team are properly documented and kept for audit trial and record keeping purposes
  • Timely clearance of AML / KYC related alerts, including but not limited to AML transaction monitoring alerts, and STR related investigations
  • Support the Regional Head of FCU in handling financial crime related matters within the region such as information sharing with the regional Compliance teams as and when required
  • Maintain a strong knowledge of financial crime related rules and regulations; ensure up-to-date knowledge on regulatory trends, market practices and standards. Participate and provide feedback in industry wide reviews driven by regulators or the various industry groups in order to enhance the overall financial crime risk management framework of SG Hong Kong
  • Participate in ad-hoc projects as and when required
  • Provide training for staffs within the region as and when required



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

Past Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years in direct Banking/Securities Compliance / AML experience and preferably in a FI / Corporate banking environment regionally
  • Managerial experience essential

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

Technical Skills

  • Strong working knowledge of global regulatory and financial services legislation as it pertains to AML, KYC, Sanctions, ABC rules relevant to the SGHK businesses
  • Good understanding of the business line activities
General Competencies

  • Operational Skills
  • Regulatory Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Flexibility - Adaptability
  • Ability to make Decisions
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Analytical Skills
  • Initiative
  • Leadership Qualities
  • Teamwork

Personal Abilities

  • Proactive and ready to drive changes
  • Strong team player, willing to work together for solutions
  • Strong analytical and a critical thinker, able to analyze and assess issues quickly
  • Open-minded, willing to take suggestions
  • Good communications and influencing skills