GF - Regional Head of KYC, APAC

Citibank NA
14 Aug 2017
16 Aug 2017
Contract Type
  • Primary Location: Singapore,Singapore,Singapore
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree
  • Job Function: Compliance and Control
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Travel Time: No
  • Job ID: 17042885


  • To be the APAC Go-To Leader for Regional and Country Senior Management on the subject of KYC Control processes relevant to all client types associated with Citi's portfolio of businesses. e.g. guide and approve implementation of business-specific KYC controls complying with expectations of Citi's regulators and delivery commitment dates
  • Lead the planning of the Region's annual investments in systems and resources to achieve the KYC program requirements keeping upcoming regulator, technology, process and business enhancements in mind. Also, ensure that the approved investments are implemented in a timely manner for adequate resourcing at the regional and country levels, where applicable. e.g. work with finance, HR, infrastructure and PMO teams to ensure successful implementation of strategies for the year; manage the annual budget to deliver financial goals.
  • Lead implementation of Policy and Controls in place to adequately quality assess the bank's KYC processes from a second-line-of-defense perspective and escalate to Senior Management where Management action is required. e.g. through setting up of periodic and well-documented Governance Forums at regional level to share key performance metrics, escalations and required actions for tracking to closure including oversight of formal Corrective Action Plans where mandated.
  • Implement appropriate mechanisms, working with Global Governance Forums, Global SME teams and Country AML teams, to ensure APAC's Country Regulatory requirements are addressed both on Global Policies and Standards but also through country-specific provisions where necessary. e.g. local AML regulatory requirements
  • Engage with Internal Audit, Compliance Testing Team, Country In-Business Risk & Control Leaders and line of business Risk Management Leaders in ensuring robust (a) first line of defense processes (b) credible challenge to business proposals, and (c) KYC risk identification for correct actions.
Developing Value:
  • Exposure to Global CitiKYC Leaders, Regional AML Management and Country AMLCOs
  • Development across a broad cross-section of CitiKYC disciplines impacting Client relationships
  • Opportunity to be considered for Global Compliance Development Course / Citi Management Course
  • Engagement in the development of cutting-edge, globally applicable KYC processes


Experience - Essential: Have a good understanding of KYC controls for AML covering all aspects of AML prevention process controls applicable to a fully regulated financial institution from consumer and institutional perspectives such as:
Development & Execution of KYC Policies and Standards / Name Screening approaches / Client Risk Scoring Methodologies / required client due diligence including Beneficial Ownership determination / Enhanced Due Diligence practices in an FI / Client On-Boarding / innovative KYC profile Maintenance
Evidence of leading a large and distributed team to deliver on measurable goals across control processes  and financials
Skills - Possesses:
  • Be a Manager of managers and a people developer
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Negotiating and persuasive abilities
  • Ability to communicate with senior management
  • Analytical and risk evaluation skills
  • Evidence of working with Audit Team & Exam teams
  • Ability to work closely and co operatively with the business and other support departments
  • Strong planning and organisation skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work under time-line / resource constraint through risk-based prioritization
  • Demonstrate abilities as a solution-provider and partner in managing KYC risk
  • University Degree; experience in the business or business education will be an advantage
  • 12+ years' experience in banking/financial services, preferably in global programs exposure
  • 10+ years heading Regional KYC functions for compliance in roles with strong regulatory interaction; Citi experience will be an advantage
  • Working knowledge of APAC AML regulatory requirements relating to KYC
  • ACAMS Certification is required
Business/Industry Knowledge/Competencies:
  • Strong IT tools competency especially PowerPoint/Excel
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Working knowledge of an APAC language
  • Strong engagement in Industry forums as Speaker on AML / KYC topics
  • Willingness to under-take 30% business travel across APAC and Global locations