Head of KYC China

Permanent contract|Beijing|Banking operations processing

Head of KYC China

Beijing, China Permanent contract Banking operations processing


Major Accountabilities/Principal Responsibilities

  • Strong knowledge on China AML/KYC regulatory and compliance requirements, particularly in the banking and investments sector, to ensure our KYC standard is compliant with local regulatory requirements, in addition to Group standards
  • Lead a 12 people team in China.  This includes but not limited to management duties, such as production pipeline arrangement, goals/priorities definition, team governance, people development, performance assessment, change management, risk and controls, etc
  • Work in partnership with the Front Office to determine the priority of all onboarding and existing client review requests, provide full transparency on the ongoing cases to relevant stakeholders.  Through this process, optimize the commercial experience, identify any business opportunities, and address any potential inherent risks
  • Ensure KYC files are produced timely and meeting prevailing policy and procedures in terms of quality
  • Ensure client referential data are properly recorded in SG systems and applications, including but not limited to the regulatory required data (FATCA, CRS, 871M, etc.)
  • Work with relevant stakeholders on client referential data governance, by addressing data quality issues and implementing appropriate controls
  • Participate and provide accurate feedback to internal and external examinations on client KYC files and processes
  • Liaise with global/regional/local project teams and relevant stakeholders on the implementation of strategic tools, automation, digitalization and transformation projects.  Provide full transparency of the progress to the local and regional management for visibility  
  • Optimize current KYC process, identifying opportunities for improvement, synergies and cost reduction
  • Contribute to an efficient functional governance of KYC with smooth and transparent communication with relevant stakeholders
  • Conduct regular updates to SG China Executive Committee, Resources Executive Committee and APAC CLD Executive Committee on the KYC production and initiatives progress
  • Serve as the single point of contact for Front Office and internal teams for queries surrounding client lifecycle management
  • Lead and arrange internal meetings with all stakeholders to identify, facilitate, resolve and remediate any blocking point in the client lifecycle management

Profile required

Key Skill Areas & Knowledge Required

  • Strong knowledge of China AML and KYC regulations.  Hands on experiences in KYC onboarding and reviews
  • Familiar with investment banking environment, products, processes and activities
  • Ability to understand and explain AML/KYC requirements to relevant stakeholders to facilitate the production tasks
  • Ability to identify any AML, CTF, ABC risks inherent to the client due diligence processes, and propose preventive measures to control such risks
  • Continue fostering client focus working environment
  • Analytical skill and ability to report in due time, identify priorities and address difficult situations with autonomy
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle difficult conversations
  • Ability to prioritize and work within tight and changeable timeframes
  • Proactivity and solution oriented, proposition-making mindset
  • Ability to challenge the status quo and work with continuous improvement mindset
  • Ability to speak to the relevant stakeholders on regular basis and provide accurate and efficient information
  • Strong presentation and communication skill
  • Strong managerial skill to keep the team motivated under transition period.  Ability to influence and develop people as one of the core deliverables
  • Ability to identify and shape team successors
  • Continue promoting team spirit, inspires others to be creative, define new opportunities and continuously improve the organization
  • Strong interpersonal skills, sense of accountability and ownership, urgency and aptitude for multi-tasking, quickly identifying issues and escalating to the appropriate level for resolution

Experience & Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years experiences in KYC managementExperience of leading local teams with remote functional reporting
  • Strong knowledge of AML and KYC regulations
  • Experience of working in an international, multi-cultural organization
  • Experience of leading through change
  • MSc in Business, Finance and other relevant field
  • Previous experiences in projects and data management
  • ACAMS holder


  • Fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin), French would be desired

Business insight

Mission And Primary Objectives

The SGCIB KYC “Know Your Customer” is a key pillar of the bank anti-money laundering system.  Its mission is to ensure the bank is compliant with its obligation of client identification and due diligence on a worldwide basis and to provide the institution with adequate and complete client information.

The Head of KYC China is responsible for managing, developing and leading 3 teams: New Client Onboarding, Existing Client Reviews and Risk & Controls Office in China. The appointed individual will report to the COO Office locally and regionally to the Head of KYC for APAC branches.

Client Lifecycle & Digital (CLD) is part of the Global Banking Services Unit for Global Banking and Investor Solutions (GBIS).  Its mission is to ensure a simple-track and distinctive client journey, both on clients and employees side, with a continuous commitment all along our clients lifecycle.

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: 220000KZ
Entity: Societe Generale China Limited
Starting date: 2022/04/05
Publication date: 2022/01/06