Assistant Director, Sustainable Finance Solutions

Standard Chartered Bank
Singapore, Singapore
Feb 07, 2023
Feb 17, 2023
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
The Role Responsibilities
Associate Director Sustainable Finance Solutions will assist in the development of Sustainable Finance products and services to meet client needs (including SCB as a client) and investor demand. They will also help the Head, SF solutions and Director, Sustainable Finance Solutions in the maintenance and expansion of existing product ranges. This product capability serves all client segments and all businesses.
Our Sustainable Finance team serves as a centre of expertise on a broad set of ESG topics, providing thought leadership, strategic advice and transaction support to bring the Bank's coverage and product expertise to advance sustainability solutions for our clients. The group sits within the Sustainable Finance division of the Corporate and Institutional Bank and works with sales and coverage teams to identify and deliver on ESG-related product opportunities.
  • Assist in the development of Sustainable Finance products and services to meet client needs. This includes green, social, sustainable, transition, and ESG.
  • Support in the development of new SF products to be rolled out internally (deposits, FM, TB etc.).
  • Support the maintenance of the SCB SF Frameworks.
  • Support in embedding targets into SCB scorecards for new products.
  • Support in tracking the Sustainable Finance Balance Sheet internally.
  • Support in running the SF Governance processes.
  • Support in exploring LP / RWA incentive for SF assets / products.
  • Support in guidance for SF Origination teams for transactions where eligibility against our SCB SF Frameworks is unclear.
  • The successful candidate will support The Head of SF Solutions and Director of SF Solutions in running a small centre of excellence providing tools for Standard Chartered and its clients to access Sustainable Finance Solutions.
  • Ability to project manage complex product rollouts.
  • Ability to write and allocation and impact reports for SF bond issuances.
  • Ability to collate data from many sources in the organisation.
  • Be able to support structuring of internal sustainable debt issuances.
  • Will have good knowledge of ESG ratings agencies methodologies (as well as SPO services).
  • Will be able to run training sessions and workshops for clients and staff in footprint countries on Sustainable Finance.
  • Will have strong risk management knowledge and awareness of ESRM issues.
  • Experience in rolling out new products, including knowledge of reporting, governance, legal and compliance issues.
  • Experience in tracking and reporting on new initiatives within an organisation (preferably SCB).
  • Engage senior management and decision makers of key clients to improve the quality of dialogue with clients, promoting a move away from 'transactional' reactive client coverage to consistent value-added partner/trusted advisor status. Anticipate clients' needs and provide strategic advice, bringing in the relevant product and industry partners as appropriate.
  • Establish / maintain strong governance framework; to share ideas and best practice and to provide a forum for challenge.
  • Professionally represent Standard Chartered at the highest levels within region and internationally.
  • Ensure that industry and product knowledge is continually developed personally and within the team.
  • Stay abreast of and anticipate the developments of the industries in which our clients operate and proactively spot the ESG risks, mitigants and potential solutions to help them.
  • New product approval processes.
  • Develop opportunities through attendance at key Industry events as necessary.
  • Develop close ties with key stakeholders e.g., Financial Markets, Transaction Banking, Corporate Finance Risk, Country CEOs, Service Delivery, etc.
People and Talent
  • Ensure the provision of ongoing training and development of people.
  • Lead through example and build the appropriate culture and values. Set appropriate tone and expectations from broader team and work in collaboration with risk and control partners.
  • Engage and retain high quality people, with succession planning for critical roles.
Risk Management
  • Ensure that key regulatory risks and concerns are raised into the governance framework.
  • Take the initiative regarding regulatory, reputational and ethical matters, taking the initiative for providing proactive advice to clients as identified. Coach and manage the team in these matters and ensure they are adequately trained in and cognisant of regulatory, reputational and ethical risks.
  • Knowledge of E&S risks, experience with mitigation of rep-risk and other enterprise / franchise risks.
  • Strong knowledge of green, social and sustainable labels.
  • Awareness and understanding of the regulatory framework, in which the Group operates, and the regulatory requirements and expectations relevant to the role.
  • Knowledge and experience in navigating an audit.
Regulatory & Business Conduct
  • Display exemplary conduct and live by the Group's Values and Code of Conduct.
  • Take personal responsibility for embedding the highest standards of ethics, including regulatory and business conduct, across Standard Chartered Bank. This includes understanding and ensuring compliance with, in letter and spirit, all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and the Group Code of Conduct.
  • Support the SF team to achieve the outcomes set out in the Bank's Conduct Principles.
  • Effectively and collaboratively identify, escalate, mitigate and resolve risk, conduct and compliance matters.
  • Adhere to local regulator (i.e., PRA and FCA) prescribed responsibilities and Rationale for allocation.
Key Stakeholders
  • Internal: SF origination team, regional coverage teams, regional DCM teams, TM, FM, GBMT, CCIBMT, Private Bank ESG teams, FM SteerCO, Finance. Senior stakeholders in legal, compliance, CFCC.
  • External: The Bank's customers, competitors, debt investors, external advisors and ESG Rating firms, deal legal teams.
Our Ideal Candidate
  • Degree (BA or equivalent).
  • 5 + years experience in Sustainable Finance (preferred).
  • Knowledge of new product approval processes.
  • Clear understanding of the Bank's Operational Risk Framework or equivalent experience gained in other organisations.
  • Knowledge of Bank PPG processes.
  • Knowledge of booking systems.
  • Knowledge of SF regulation.
  • Ability to speak on C-suite panels.
  • Good writer and engaging speaker.
  • Ability to explain complex concepts in a simple manner.
  • Ability to form relationships with senior stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated history of applying sound judgement with critical thinking skills and the necessary courage to challenge status quo and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Strong analytical skills, detail-focused with the ability to interpret large volume of information.
  • Problem solving skills with ability to influence across all levels of business.
  • Ability to independently drive initiatives with minimum hands-on supervision.
Role Specific Technical Competencies
  • Sustainable Finance Knowledge
  • Governance
  • Impact reporting
  • New product launch
  • Environmental and Social Risk
  • Sustainability
  • Financial Markets
  • Sustainable Finance balance sheet management
  • Strategy
  • Stakeholder Management
About Standard Chartered
We're an international bank, nimble enough to act, big enough for impact. For more than 160 years, we've worked to make a positive difference for our clients, communities, and each other. We question the status quo, love a challenge and enjoy finding new opportunities to grow and do better than before. If you're looking for a career with purpose and you want to work for a bank making a difference, we want to hear from you. You can count on us to celebrate your unique talents. And we can't wait to see the talents you can bring us.
Our purpose, to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, together with our brand promise, to be here for good are achieved by how we each live our valued behaviours. When you work with us, you'll see how we value difference and advocate inclusion. Together we:
  • Do the right thing and are assertive, challenge one another, and live with integrity, while putting the client at the heart of what we do.
  • Never settle, continuously striving to improve and innovate, keeping things simple and learning from doing well, and not so well.
  • Be better together, we can be ourselves, be inclusive, see more good in others and work collectively to build for the long term.
  • In line with our Fair Pay Charter, we offer a competitive salary and benefits to support your mental, physical, financial and social wellbeing.
  • Core bank funding for retirement savings, medical and life insurance, with flexible and voluntary benefits available in some locations.
  • Time-off including annual, parental/maternity (20 weeks), sabbatical (12 weeks maximum) and volunteering leave (3 days), along with minimum global standards for annual and public holiday, which is combined to 30 days minimum.
  • Flexible working options based around home and office locations, with flexible working patterns.
  • Proactive wellbeing support through Unmind, a market-leading digital wellbeing platform, development courses for resilience and other human skills, global Employee Assistance Programme, sick leave, mental health first-aiders and all sorts of self-help toolkits.
  • A continuous learning culture to support your growth, with opportunities to reskill and upskill and access to physical, virtual and digital learning.
  • Being part of an inclusive and values driven organisation, one that embraces and celebrates our unique diversity, across our teams, business functions and geographies - everyone feels respected and can realise their full potential.
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