Network Manager, Asia Pacific

Permanent contract|Hong Kong|Information Technology

Network Manager, Asia Pacific

Hong Kong, Hong Kong Permanent contract Information Technology


Part of the Core/Hosting group, the successful candidate will manage a strong community of Network engineers in Asia Pacific (~15 staffs) in charge of all connectivity/networking solutions used in the region (Lan/Wan, Vpn/Internet, datacenter, security…) and related services (admin/monitoring, automation & self-service too etc.).

GTS Core/Hosting is made of 25+ network, system & datacenter engineers, responsible for the development and maintenance of technical foundations in Asia Pacific:

Platform & Cloud

Means for application Cloud transformation (public/private). Professional Services approach.

Core Infrastructure

Hosting solutions for traditional services and applications. Manage 3rd party, clients/partners connections.

Market Access

Tailored infrastructure services for Market Access & Low latency business needs.

In partnership with key stakeholders, organize & lead the Network community to ensure global standards & best practices are defined, implemented & reinforced across the region.

In Société Générale's Digital Transformation context, GTS has adopted Agile@scale framework across the organization. The ability and leadership of the candidate to foster autonomy, self-management and technological innovation within the teams will be key.

Key Responsibilities

Operational Delivery & Expertise

  • Responsible for the quality of production on the perimeter. It includes, but is not limited to service availability, scheduling, applications, capacity planning, configuration management , disaster recovery, reporting & trend analysis,
  • Build and implement long-term strategic goals and short-term tactical plans for deploying, managing and maintaining all services linked to the perimeter.
  • Ensure that proposed and existing technical architectures are aligned with organizational goals and objectives.
  • Make sure we have all required policies & procedures covering architecture & security standards, production & other relevant TRM processes are in place.
  • Provide L3 expertise & recommendations to the teams as necessary. Be prompt and proactive to remove impediments harming the team’s ability to deliver effectively. Anticipate potential issues & challenges, propose solutions.
  • Define a comprehensive offshoring strategy with robust framework to follow-up execution & quality of delivery.
  • Supervise & manage strategic projects for the region (ie  Multi Cloud, NextGen networking solutions…), following best practices, standards aligned with our global strategy (Cloud, automation, data).
  • Provide input to the Product Owners (PO) on their strategies & vision and clear feedback on the content and prioritization of the various Backlogs.
  • Be an escalation point for any major issue in Asia & participate in regional AlertCo for GTS.
  • Manage Operational Risk (Security, Internal/external audits, permanent supervision etc.)

Business, Partners & Stakeholders management

  • Implement formal governance with key partners and monitor closely business satisfaction & quality of service.
  • Assist business lines in the implementation of their strategic goals in Asia.
  • Develop a strong relationship with other GTS functions in the region (Workplace, Market Data, transversal etc.)
  • Develop & maintain a strong engagement with Paris global management to guarantee good consistency between global/regional strategies. Contribute to international Network community Exco and other forums.
  • Manage strategic vendors in partnership with regional CTO and global GTS functions, (Cisco, NTT, OBS etc.)
  • Provide market intelligence (new technologies, industry best practices) and propose disruptive solutions to enable new business opportunities.

Staff Management

  • Manage the regional network community (including offshoring oversight) ensuring staffs have SMART objectives, clear roles defined with up to date job descriptions, training & personal development plans.
  • Develop & facilitate transversal roles (i.e. Technical chapter leadership) in Asia.
  • Ensure succession planning for key roles and provide corporate coaching to direct reports.
  • Communicate to the team on a regular basis in terms of regional & global agenda.
  • Develop a culture of permanent change, optimizations & innovation (Agility, automation, data strategy etc.)
  • Promote social and environmental objectives (CSR), even when not directly related to daily job.


  • Plan and construct the budget needs in agreement with global and regional stakeholders.
  • Closely monitor budget consumption in accordance with budget guidelines and expected targets (landing plan)
  • Ensure correct cost allocation and meaningful categorization (alignment of financial/GTS reports)

Profile required


  • University degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or equivalent.
  • 10 years of experience in designing, implementing & operating complex Telecom/Networks in large organizations.
  • At least 5 years or experience in management/supervision of IT teams and services (10+ staffs)
  • We are recruiting at Vice President level, candidates with more relevant experience maybe considered for Director level

Knowledge & Operational skills:

  • Strong experience in designing, implementing & operating complex Network solutions (lan/Man/Wan/, Dmz, VPN/Internet/Cloud, Datacenters, routing, Nat, dhcp …) and Security infrastructures (Firewalls, IPS, proxies ...)
  • Experience with Cisco solutions (Aci, Viptela…) and Network Automation tools (Ansible, python…)
  • Knowledge of reliable Network monitoring platforms (Solarwind, netscout, splunk, shinken, nagios, mrtg…)
  • Strong production & security mindset, knowledge of ITIL, NIST.
  • Knowledge of Agile frameworks & practices (scrum, Less, ci/cd…)
  • Experience in managing major incidents & high impact crisis with senior stakeholders
  • Experience in establishing strong and long-term relationship with partners.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal). Fluent in English (French, Cantonese/Mandaring would be a plus)
  • Broad understanding of Infrastructure services (virtualization, operational risks and management methodologies
  • Excellent analytical & problem-solving skills
  • Autonomous and resourceful

Expected behavior:

  • Client oriented: proactive approach to find & propose solutions to meet bank's & client’s goals
  • Team spirit: teamwork, diplomacy, adaptability, listening and coaching.
  • Innovation: ability to develop new solutions by challenging the status-quo and existing practices.
  • Commitment: rigor, capacity to manage complex topics in a challenging environment
  • Responsibility: autonomy, integrity, capacity to understand and manage risks
  • Demonstrate strong leadership.

Behavioral Skills

  • Client - Client focus: I nurture a long-term relationship with the clients/internal partners
  • Team Spirit - Open mindset/Respect: I listen and share my views and my expertise in an open mode
  • Innovation - Technology: I include technological breakthroughs in the strategies implemented
  • Responsibility - Empowerment and Accountability: I give resources and autonomy to make decisions

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.

Our expertise in the Asia Pacific region ranges from Corporate & Investment Banking (Advisory, Financing and Global Markets) to Asset Management, Securities Services, Trade Finance and Cash Management Services. Leveraging on our formidable global footprint, we serve corporates, financial institutions and the public sector. With our regional headquarters in Hong Kong, we operate in 11 countries across Asia Pacific, employing over 6,600 employees. You can find us in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Mumbai, Sydney and other locations in the region.

Department Description
The IT Infrastructure department, Global Technical Services (GTS), is one of the major stakes for the bank and is at the heart of Societe Generale group's strategy.
Today, the Digital Transformation raises important challenges around IT Architecture, Infrastructure and Security. Many of these challenges are opportunities to imagine new experiences for our clients and new way to deliver IT services. Within the Resources and Innovation division, GTS department plays a key role in the Digital Transformation. With more than 3500 GTS staff located across the world, GTS develops innovative projects while delivering operational excellence for infrastructure services to 148,000 employees and 32 millions external clients. GTS staff motivation comes from the new technologies they deliver to enhance agility of the various business lines (Hybrid Cloud, Seamless security, Big Data and A.I., smart and virtualized workplace, best in class market data and connectivity to exchanges). GTS Asia is organized around client products (Workplace, Core/Hosting, Market Data & Middleware) with agile Feature teams aligned to various business lines and support units

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, sexual or 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: 21000AFD
Entity: Societe Generale Hong Kong Branch
Starting date: 2021/07/01
Publication date: 2021/04/01