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[Job Vacancy] Analyst – Trade Operations at Standard Chartered Bank

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Standard Chartered Bank – 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. As a leading international bank, we strive to help people and businesses prosper across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Analyst – Trade Operations

Job ID: 2300003489Location: LagosJob: OperationsSchedule: Full-timeEmployee Status: Permanent

The Role Responsibilities

Responsible for end-to-end delivery of Trade Operations for the country covering all the streams including operational risk related controls, performance monitoring through key metrics such as volumes, productivity, accuracy, service levels, losses/lapses, issues and risk registers.


Support the cluster head in developing the strategic direction and roadmap for trade operations aligning with the business strategy, overall operations strategy and investment appetite
Coordinate and monitor progress of the various strategic initiatives for end to end delivery of trade operations (both country as well as the hub) and maintenance of various operational risk related controls
Devise strategy to streamline processes, simplify, enhance productivity, reduce risk, improve controls by leveraging technologies
Partner with technology on digital agenda, pre-empt disruptive forces and commercialise innovative use of technologies
Maintain standard service level across Businesses responsible for, in line with expectations from various stakeholders across client segments 
Support ‘efficiency and effectiveness’, reduction of manual work to improve service delivery capability


Work hand in hand with the business, taking programs from investment decisions, into design, specification and solution phases, all to way to operations on the ground, securing support services from other teams
Ensure growth of Return on Equity, commercialisation of capabilities, improvement in client experience and identification of defects for future improvements
Be a strategic partner to business teams and work towards attaining end business financial goals 
Ensure adequate capacity plans in place to meet business growth.


Support the Head of Trade in transforming operations with best in class turn-around times, controls and standards as to provide market best client service and in a manner that the risks, if any, are clearly understood and managed
Responsible for putting in place appropriate standard processes for each product/sub-product, identifying deviations and gaps in processes, identifying potential risks and implementation of effective mitigants
Responsible for rolling out of processes for new products/sub-products by defining related processes required and by issuing related documentation  
Responsible to support country trade operations and hubs on Strategy, Operating Model, Standards and Risk Controls and compliance with regulations 
Responsible for ensuring complete commercialisation of various technological platforms.
Ensuring process related documentation in terms of issuing Global Department Operating Instructions (GDOIs) considering various policies of the bank and market practices 
Ensure Anti Money Laundering (AML) and sanctions activities are carried out as detailed in group guidelines 

People and Talent:

Lead through example and build the appropriate culture and values across teams 
Set appropriate tone and expectations for their team and work in collaboration with risk and control partners.
Ensure the provision of ongoing training and development, ensure that direct reports are suitably skilled and qualified for their roles and that they have effective supervision in place to mitigate any risks
Set and monitor job descriptions and objectives for direct reports and provide feedback and rewards in line with their performance against those responsibilities and objectives
Improve capabilities of country trade operations, multiply talent pool bench strength both in countries and hubs.

Risk Management:

Proactive assurances that the team is performing to an acceptable risk and control standard for the countries responsible for 
Act quickly and decisively when any risk and control weakness become apparent and ensure they are addressed within an appropriate timeframe and escalated through the relevant committees
Include all necessary internal, legal and regulatory controls through the development of product requirements
Balance business performance delivery and cost management constraints with risk and control matters to ensure that they do not materially threaten the group’s ability to remain within risk appetite.


Embed the Group’s values and code of conduct in the team to ensure that adherence with the highest standards of ethics and compliance with relevant policies, processes and regulations among employees form part of the culture
Ensure compliance with all salient SCB governance frameworks where there are direct touchpoints or any subsequent downstream influences 
Ensure compliance with the highest standards of regulatory, business conduct and compliance practices as defined by internal and external requirements including local banking laws and anti-money laundering regulations and guidelines
Represent operations as required at any relevant committees
Regular review of business performance metrics including Key Performance Index (KPI), transparent metrics, capacity models, cost per transaction and take appropriate steps immediately upon detection.

Job Purpose

Ensure smooth functioning of LC processes
Organization of work flow to achieve maximum productivity
Ensure that LC related products/applications/documents are processed against laid down procedures, service standards and key control standards.
Ensure compliance of all internal procedures, operational controls local regulation and ICC rules.
Conceptualize and build applications that would maximize productivity, save cost and deliver better services to clients.

Key ResponsibilitiesImport letters of credit:

Ensure that applications and shipping documents received are processed within approved SLA and as per client segmentation.
Ensure purchased funds are utilized within regulations
Amendment, loan liquidation and discrepancies acceptance request should be processed within approved SLA
Advise inability to process any transaction immediately to the respective stakeholders
Ensure the entire LC processes are finetuned to avoid losses, regulatory sanctions and in the best cost-effective way
Ensure nostro and suspense items do not exceed approved life span and ensure prompt escalations of items beyond control.
Ensure that issuance of Letter of Credit is in line with local and international standards.
Ensure that endorsed documents get to client within approved SLA
Ensure that the DOI is followed in processing and continuously reviewed to reflect current operations. Seek dispensation for all noncompliance. 
Follow through with the advising bank and ensure that LC are advised promptly and provide clarifications where required.

Export letters of credit:

Letters to be advised same day if authenticity of the message is established.
Ensure same day TAT on chasing and settlement of proceeds.
Ensure revenue is realized on received export LCs.
Ensure export shipping documents are processed in line with client’s instruction
Ensure to revert to client in case of discrepancies for their disposal instruction.


Returns to CBN via finance monthly on letter of credit.
Returns on utilization on letter of credit monthly
Timely return rendition
Periodic review of applicable report to ensure there is no overdue items or risk issues.


Processing customer transaction in line with agreed SLA
Maintain comprehensive register for all products
Monitor and ensure end to end consummation of all processes under my role.
Adequate start of day and end of day processes to ensure operational safety.
Ensure dual control is always maintained where applicable.
Ensure that all customer queries and requests are responded to within 24 hours after receipt


Provide all necessary assistance to ensure nil overdue items in reconciliations.
Weekly reconciliation of original shipping documents.

Regulatory and 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
Effectively and collaboratively identify, escalate, mitigate and resolve risk, conduct and compliance matters
Exercise authorities delegated in accordance with Articles of Association (or equivalent).
Lead the country to achieve the outcomes set out in the Bank’s Conduct Principles: [Fair Outcomes for Clients; Effective Financial Markets; Financial Crime Compliance; The Right environment] 

Our Ideal Candidate

Good communication and inter-personal skills.
A University Degree.
Minimum of three years’ experience in Trade Operations
Knowledge of risks and local Laws relating to Trade 
Good knowledge of applicable international trade practices
Minimum five (5) years banking experience 
Good working knowledge of the Bank’s products and services.
Good PC skills.

Role Specific Competencies:

Market Knowledge
Relevant operations experience
Collaborative skills.
Business Strategy
Risk Management
Financial Analysis

Key Stakeholder:

Trade Product Management Heads 
Trade Product Development Head
Trade Business Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Trade Technology Management Team
Country & Regional COOs.

Key Relationships:Internal:

Managers, Peers and Subordinates in Trade Services – Hub and Spoke
Head, Trade Operations; Head Wholesale Banking Operations
Global Market Staff
Internal Legal counsel.
Transaction Banking 
Relationship Managers and Head Credit Operations


Trade & Exchange Dept – Central Bank of Nigeria
Nigerian Deposit & Insurance Company
Nigeria Custom Service
Scanning Agents
National Drug Law Enforcement Agents
Economic and Financial Crime Commission.


How to ApplyInterested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply

Application Deadline 10th March, 2023 (12:59:00 AM).