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Global Head of Asset Servicing Operations - Managing Director

London, United Kingdom| Belfast, United Kingdom

Job Req ID 21326725
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Overview

Acting as the functional heart of our business, Operations makes everything work on time and on target, in a world that demands lightning-fast transaction speeds, pinpoints execution accuracy and full visibility. It ensures global transactions flow smoothly around the clock, wherever we do business. Without it, the daily clearance, settlement and execution of a trillion dollars’ worth of trades and the weekly movement of tens of billions of dollars in dozens of world currencies would come to a complete standstill.

Success Profile

You’ll have strong communication, planning and organizational skills which will benefit you and the team. Our teams need individuals who can research, process, and interpret large amounts of information everyday which will allow you to make ethical decisions with integrity

  • Analytical
  • Adaptable
  • Logical
  • Quick-thinking
  • Multi-tasker
  • Efficient

Responsibilities

Citi Market Operations and Operations Technology is currently at a pivotal point in its evolution and journey to implement a target operating model. We take pride and are passionate about our People and our culture.  We are invested in people and their development. We are transforming and simplifying our operating model creating an exciting environment which encourages diversity of thought and inclusion. 

We are a dynamic, global and diverse Organisation, with a presence in over 60 Countries; covering all front post execution Operations teams including product aligned Middle Office groups, Settlements, Margin, Asset Servicing, Listed Derivative & Commodities Operations. We support an extensive range of Capital Markets products and services including Fixed Income (FX, Rates, Credit, Muni, Cash and Derivatives) where Citi is consistently a dominant top 3 player in the market, Equity (Cash, Derivatives, Prime Brokerage, Futures, Listed Derivs, FXPB) where Citi has a significant growth program to continue to build out its capabilities and services; and Syndicates where we support both FI and EQ new issues and IPOs.

Our Operations groups are core to the success of the Markets business and has significant impact across the lifecycle of a Trade.  We partner extensively with a range of internal stakeholders including Front Office Sales and Trading Desks, Compliance, Legal, Finance and HR; alongside having significant interaction with our external client base, playing a key role in the overall client experience. We have a Client relationship group dedicated to overseeing the group service performance and strategic partnership for our top tier client base, where we play a key role in supporting our global clients to ensure they have a first class experience when doing business with Citi.

Our Digitization and Implementation group works alongside our Operations teams delivering automation solutions to solve for operational challenges.  We partner with Citi’s innovation labs to drive optimization and overall play a pivotal role in enabling us to transform to achieve our target operating model.

Our Technology groups develop and implement a wide range of applications that support the Operations, Change, Design and Implementation groups in providing innovative products and solutions. We have re-imagined how to provide technology and service in our domain through the alignment of our team vision, culture, and aggressive retirement plan for legacy applications and adoption of a micro-based containerized cloud environment. We encourage our people to create, explore and be adventurous whilst taking measured risk, adopting safe practices to protect the firm.. Data lineage and optimization is core to how we develop our eco system. We are growing our capabilities using artificial intelligence, natural language processing and machine learning. 

Our roles entail ensuring we operate in a robust control environment, whilst in a fast-paced workplace.  We comply with global regulations and internal policies and adopt a proactive approach to identifying opportunities to reduce risk through the continuous evaluation of our controls; to protect our clients, the firm and our reputation.

We work closely with our external global peers, partners and regulators, and play an integral part in leading an agenda at the forefront to optimise and streamline processes, and drive strategy across our industry. 

Job Purpose :

Asset Servicing sits within ICG Markets Operations and is responsible for the management of global mandatory and voluntary Income and Corporate Action events, across equity and fixed income products. The team’s play a significant role in supporting both internal and external clients throughout the lifecycle of large-scale events, including Dividend season, Corporate restructuring, Shareholder Meetings, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Bankruptcies, providing a unique opportunity to play a real-time, impactful part in market transactions.

The Organisation provides client-orientated support to both the front and middle offices; supporting, Prime Brokerage, Stock lending, Firm Trading Desks, Repo and SWAPS for both Equity and Fixed Income.

The successful candidate will report directly into the Co-Heads of Markets Operations and Operations Technology and over see an Organisation of ~ 200 employees.  The candidate will be responsible for continuing to strengthen the experience within the teams whilst enhancing risk and control frameworks, aligning to company Operations and Technology strategy and vision.

The Global Head will deliver our Operations strategy, driving our target operating model, with a proactive People agenda, ensuring a robust control environment, enhancing service capabilities, and simplifying/ transforming platforms to build appropriate scale. 

The Global Head will have accountability for daily supervisory risk and service oversight of the Organisation, ensuring that the objectives of Operations, the Business and our Clients are executed to a high standard and in full accordance with regulatory and control requirements.

Organizational Oversight:

  • Leading the Organisation to maintain a culture and environment where processes, risks and controls are continually monitored, and potential risks escalated on a timely basis as well as acting as a senior point of escalation
  • Ensuring the infrastructure and tools are in place to effectively manage risk, and service our clients to a high standard

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Senior Asset Servicing partner for the front to back Operations groups across internal and external stakeholders
  • Continued engagement and face off with a range of senior Business, Technology and Operations partners
  • Supporting and partnering with the Business to facilitate a growing and expanding client base / operational offering
  • Engaging in client discussions & relationship management activities as required to support the Business

People Agenda:

  • Implementing a successful People and Engagement strategy to help attract, develop, retain and recognize a diverse and talented global workforce 
  • Promoting a culture of continuous improvement and cultivating a robust service and control environment
  • Engaging with and leading our People.  Developing effective and diverse teams across a global footprint
  • Coaching and mentoring our People.  Ensuring effective one to one discussions.  Providing direction, feedback, support, and encouragement for career development
  • Championing diversity and inclusion to create a working environment which allows our People to thrive and excel

Transformation:

  • Active engagement and thought leadership in the development and implementation of multi-year operations and Technology strategy for Asset Servicing Operations, in partnership with the Business
  • Leading the Organization to deliver vs goals to meet the Target Operating Model
  • Leading the global Organisation to simplify, improve and measure processes by delivering enhancements to the control environment, and the customer journey with input to design techniques and digital automation
  • Driving and supporting the delivery of strategic platform re-engineering initiatives, with conscious intent to standardize and industrial flow, reducing manual touch points and aligning tech delivery vs. business goal and wallet share optimization
  • Driving the implementation of initiatives to continuously improve STP rates and productivity, including the use of robotics, workflow and other innovative re-engineering techniques
  •  Identify opportunities for Digitization, Automation and Straight Through Processing (STP) focusing on User Experience.
  • Managing budgets and headcount plans in order to meet targets

Qualifications and Skills:

  • BS/BA degree or equivalent work experience preferred
  • 15years + Extensive experience in Tier 1 global financial institutions preferred
  • SME knowledge in Asset Servicing required
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a leader who can positively and productively add product impact to both strategic and tactical technology
  • Strong, influential communicator who is articulate and concise
  • Strong risk management and control mindset
  • Provides evaluative judgment based on analysis of factual information in complicated, unique and dynamic situations; draws on diverse range of internal and external sources
  • Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented
  • Demonstrated experience leading people and developing effective and diverse teams
  • Ability to establish and build trust with professionals throughout the business with a clear client orientation.
  • Strong awareness of both external and internal best practice perspectives, maintaining a balanced and fresh viewpoint.
  • Ability to conceptualize aspects of the organization’s model and its future development.

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Job Family Group:

Operations - Transaction Services

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Job Family:

Asset Servicing

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Success Stories

Get inspired and hear what employees who started their careers in Operations have to say about Citi

Fiona

Cash and Trade processing Group Manager (SVP)
Length Working at Citi: 12 years

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What do you do at Citi?

I am responsible for the oversight and BAU of the various functions we have within FX, Confirmations, Settlements and Post Settlements. We service the Global FX/MM/Options Businesses across multiple Legal Vehicles. My main area of focus is Risk and Control and People Development.

How does your role/department impact the larger organization?

FX is a key partner to the various Products Citi support and we are key to the liquidity in the Global Markets.

How did you begin a career in your field?

Having worked in a Cash Office, and then in a Bank, I enjoyed Financial Services and that led me to Citi.

What does your day-to-day job entail and what do you like most about it?

My day is always busy between calls, dealing with queries from staff, our internal partners and often from the clients we support. I spend a lot of time focusing on Risk and Control, given the high volumes of transactions we do on a daily basis.

What is the best part about your work environment?

The teamwork and comradery we have within FX. We work hard but we have fun while we do it.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

For me it is the people I work with, they are a very talented, dedicated group who work collectively to achieve our goals. They are the reason I have remained in FX for so long.

What skill set does someone working in this kind of area need?

Ability to communicate effectively, teamwork, attention to detail, client service skills, adaptability and resilience.

What advice would you give to someone looking to break into a career in your field?

Be prepared to work hard and adapt to change.

Where can a career at Citi take you?

A career in Citi can take you wherever you want to go if you are prepared to work hard and take on roles/tasks that take you from your comfort zone.

What makes Citi a good place to work?

Citi has great benefits but more importantly a great community and people to work with.

Define what success means to you.

For me feeling like you have made a difference and achieved something at the end of each day.

Gareth

KYC Analyst
Length Working at Citi: 1 Year

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What do you do at Citi?

I work for the KYC (Know Your Client) team which is part of the Information Services Group, which provides services to Citi’s institutional client base. KYC is primarily concerned with keeping the bank safe from the risk of money laundering and reputational risk, in tandem with meeting the requirements of our regulators. My role focuses primarily in the “refresh” department which ensures that client data is appropriately kept up to date in accordance with internal Citi policy and in-line with regulatory changes, but I am also part of remediation projects within the broader KYC sphere.

How does your role/department impact the larger organization?

My role sits closely between the investor sales department who manage client relationships, obtaining relevant regulatory information; and AML/compliance advisory teams who are at the forefront of mitigating business risk. Our role engages with a variety of stakeholders including our clients – by conducting due diligence, we can minimize the administrative burden for our whilst satisfying all necessary regulatory requirements across multiple jurisdictions.

How did you begin a career in your field?

My Master’s program focused largely on the legal contexts that multinational firms encounter and the challenges in navigating this. Major regulatory changes are defining features of the regulatory landscape Citi is a part of.

What does your day-to-day job entail and what do you like most about it?

My current role is very cross-disciplinary and no two days are the same. We liaise within our team, adhering to the processes of our department, receiving advisement from compliance/AML teams, engaging with data management teams and investor sales. My team is often a part of training for and implementing regulatory changes from across the world.

What is the best part about your work environment?

Collaboration , focus on innovation and the cross-disciplinary nature of my role makes no two days the same, and constantly shows the progression of the firm to meet client needs.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Things are constantly changing. KYC is a very dynamic role, as regulatory requirements adapt and change, we as an organization must adapt with them. These changes allow people of all levels to be a part of innovating and streamlining our processes to be a more efficient and effective, all in the interest of providing the best experience for our clients.

What skill set does someone working in this kind of area need?

Attention to detail, a willingness to adapt and commitment to delivering results. Anyone who is dedicated and focused would fit well into this ever-changing department.

What advice would you give to someone looking to break into a career in your field?

The best thing you can have in your early career is have a good attitude and an eagerness to learn. The steepest learning curve comes at the beginning, so your approach to the challenges is what will aid you in navigating the early days.

Where can a career at Citi take you?

The sky truly is the limit. A career with Citi is dependent on the interests and ambitions of the candidate. If you have the drive to progress or your interests expand across different departments, Citi is an excellent place to facilitate this growth and movement.

What makes Citi a good place to work?

The truly global nature of my day-to-day is exciting, I can be communicating with Hong Kong in the morning, Germany in the middle of the day and New York in the afternoon. All of this makes you feel part of a bigger picture which is oriented towards gaining the best results for Citi’s clients. Additionally, Citi is very committed to the growth and development of their workforce, I have been with Citi for 1 year and have completed the first level of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment exams, and I am scheduled to complete the next level exams later in 2020.

Define what success means to you

Success is multi-faceted, for me, success is the balance of pursuing excellence in your daily role, with the drive and commitment to progress in the business.

Liadáin

Middle Office Operations – Risk, Compliance and Governance Analyst
Length Working at Citi: 2 Years

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What do you do at Citi?

I work in the Over The Counter Trades Middle Office department which forms part of the Middle Office Operations group within the wider Security & Issuer Services division. My role within the department is to help manage and coordinate all initiatives that impact the functional teams from an operational risk, compliance and governance perspective. These tasks include, but are not limited to, audit preparation (internal, SOC1, client), due diligence visits, End User Computing management, issue / cap closures and procedural updates. I ensure the department’s control framework and associated documentation is to a high standard.

How does your role/department impact the larger organization?

Citi’s clients, predominantly large Asset Managers, outsource a number of middle and back office services to Citi for any Over The Counter Trades Derivatives holdings within their portfolios. My principal responsibility is to ensure the department’s control framework and associated documentation is to a high standard.

How did you begin a career in your field?

I came through Citi’s Graduate Programme. After 18 months working at Citi, I applied internally for the role in the Over The Counter Trades Middle Office department.

What is the best part about your work environment?

Citi has a positive working environment that encourages employees to progress and grow within Citi. You are encouraged to apply yourself outside of your day to day role, to communicate and collaborate on projects with other teams. Citi recognizes you for your hard work with Citi Awards and Recognitions.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

There is a great degree of teamwork and communication within my team. We are encouraged to be innovative and express all our ideas no matter how small so we can always be the best for our clients.

What skill set does someone working in this kind of area need?

Understanding of a wide range of derivatives instruments and financial services. Excellent written and oral communication and a strong background in Risk and Control.

What advice would you give to someone looking to break into a career in your field?

The best way someone can learn is learning from others, broadening your knowledge, putting yourself out of your comfort zone and doing the best you can each day. Always look for new ways you can upskill no matter how small. The ones who succeed are the ones who challenge themselves day in, day out to learn something new. Your enthusiasm and attitude to learn and succeed will be valuable for any department. In summary, you must have the right attitude to make it happen.

Where can a career at Citi take you?

Starting your career in Citi at entry level, you have the opportunity to discover and shadow many different roles and departments that you may find better suited to you then you were previously aware of. As Citi is a global bank, you have the possibility to apply internally to another role globally.

What makes Citi a good place to work?

Citi values employee’s professional growth. Employees are encouraged to be innovative and to express ideas to management or through an idea databases. Citi recognizes you for your hard work and for taking on projects or applying yourself outside of your day to day role. I received 2 Citi awards and recognitions all within my first year at Citi. Taking on projects outside of your daily role not only expands your network but also your skills and experience.

Define what success means to you

Doing the best you can in every task each day.

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