Chief of Staff, GBSU APAC

Permanent contract|Hong Kong|Development / Coordination

Chief of Staff, GBSU APAC

Hong Kong, Hong Kong Permanent contract Development / Coordination


Société Générale 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 Chief of staff role is defined by its ability to provide strategic support and counsel to APAC COO. The position is a key component in supporting successfully GBSU in general and the head of GBSU in particular. The Chief of Staff is the go-to person for GBSU unit heads as well as for other departments seniors. He/she is a trusted advisor who ensure confidentiality of the information that has to be handled.

At its core, a Chief of Staff is responsible for:
•    Operational support
•    Strategic planning & initiatives
•    Internal and external communication

Role & Responsibility:

•    Assist APAC COO in the day-to-day duties
•    Coordinate GBSU in significant projects in the Region while ensuring change management
•    Lead strategic transformation impacting Regional set up / organization
•    Create and maintain cross-GBSU unit relationships to enable leadership success
•    Seize any opportunity to bring innovation & best practices and disseminate across the Region when appropriate
•    Respect the SG Group Code of Conduct and embody the SG Group Leadership Model

Actively participate and contribute in all-round COO activities:

Operational support and steering:
•    Supporting APAC COO to follow up on strategic steering (e.g. Business Reviews, Board of Directors, Strategic programs, relay for ASIFMA) as well as operational steering (GBSU ExCo organization/planification).
•    Monitoring information flow: sometimes acting as a gatekeeper, ensuring APAC COO involvement in a project or decision-making process at the right moment.
Strategic planning:
•    Setting APAC COO strategic priorities. Helping to identify: 1) the areas where APAC COO must direct his focus and 2) Objectives and Key Results for GBSU. Revisiting priorities regularly and evaluating progress.
•    Strategically managing APAC COO time: working with assistant, looking at long term travel calendar, evaluating opportunities and determining fit with priorities.
Change management:
•    Contributing to transversal projects/initiatives being driven by either local or global team
•    Be a key actor of GBSU organizational transformation
•    Bringing together multiple stakeholders and helping to drive decisions

Meeting & event preparation:
•    Meeting preparation and follow-up: reviewing upcoming meetings for the week to ensure APAC COO has all of the information needed to be productive and sending out agenda or documents to meeting attendees as necessary
•    Managing the meeting cadence, agenda, ensuring material are sent in advance, time is well spent, and objectives are achieved
•    Planning and leading GBSU + GTS townhalls, on-site, seminars, step backs and other special events

Internal & external communication:
•    Reviewing internal and external communications: drafting newsletters, speeches and preparing all presentations for APAC COO.
•    Collecting and providing regular market intelligence, Group articles/posts to APAC COO to ensure proper activity, visibility on Social Media (e.g. LinkedIn)

Specific context of the position (environment, special features, etc.)

This role has a dual reporting line:
•    Hierarchically to GBSU/COO
•    Functionally to GBSU head (e.g. APAC COO)

GBSU is a matrix working environment that requires the incumbent to be highly mature to work professionally with both functional and geographical teams in the region and in the Head Office.

Profile required

•    Senior VP to Director experience, at least 12 years of experience; ideally with a mix of production and project experience.
•    Strategic, reliable and self-motivated, ability to prioritize and work independently and under pressure.
•    Fast learner and high adaptability.
•    Strong problem-solving skills and highly attentive to details.
•    Excellent analytical skills and ability to work efficiently and effectively within a matrix organization.
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written/spoken); ability to communicate effectively with senior executives, stakeholders and GBSU’s employees. .
•    Strong sense of confidentiality and maturity in handling sensitive information.

Business insight

Company Description
Societe Generale is one of the leading European financial services groups. Founded in 1864, we have been playing a vital role in the economy for over 150 years. With more than 148,000 employees based in 76 countries worldwide, we accompany 32 million clients throughout the world on a daily basis. Based on a diversified universal banking model, the Group combines financial strength with a strategy of sustainable growth.

ASIA-PACIFIC (ASIA), as one of the Business Units of Societe Generale, operates in 12 locations across the Asia Pacific region, employing over 2,500 employees with the regional headquarter located in Hong Kong. Our activities here are centered on Societe Generale's Global Banking & Investor Solutions pole (GBIS), a major growth engine for the Group and a key pillar of Societe Generale's universal banking model. Our expertise in Asia Pacific ranges from Corporate & Investment Banking (Advisory, Financing and Global Markets) to Asset Management, Global Transaction Banking and specialised financial services like Equipment & Vendor Finance and Vehicle Leasing & Fleet Management. In addition, Societe Generale's Global Solution Centre (SGGSC) in Bangalore and Chennai offers customised business solutions to the Societe Generale Group globally including ASIA.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are proud to make diversity a strength for our company. Societe Generale is committed to recognizing and promoting all talents, regardless of their beliefs, age, disability, parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, membership of a political, religious, trade union or minority organisation, or any other characteristic that could be subject to discrimination.

Reference: 22000168
Entity: Societe Generale Hong Kong Branch
Starting date: 2022/02/02
Publication date: 2022/01/26