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Western Europe Sovereign Credit Underwriter - SVP

Job Req ID 22555427 Location(s) London, United Kingdom Job Category Risk Management
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Sovereign Credit Management (SCM) is responsible for establishing a consistent view of country risks and sovereign creditworthiness for Citigroup and for underwriting the firm’s sovereign exposures. It is a new organizational construct that is a part of the firm’s broader transformation efforts to make Citi more competitive and stronger in managing risks. Sitting in the 1st Line of Defense, SCM partners closely with Citi’s Franchise Management (Regional CEOs/Chief Country Officers), BCMA, Global/Local Markets Treasury, and other Institutional Credit Management (ICM) underwriting teams, to ensure that country/sovereign risk views are appropriately reflected in the management of Citi’s international franchises and full spectrum of sovereign exposures across Citigroup.

Within SCM, the credit underwriting function provides analysis, greenlight, underwriting, first-line-of-defense credit approval and subsequent credit monitoring for sovereign credit extended across all ICG wholesale credit businesses including Banking, Capital Markets, and Advisory (BCMA), Global Structured Products, Financings, and Securitizations (GSP-F&S), Treasury & Trade Services (TTS), Markets, and Securities Services (MSS).

SCM is looking for Sovereign Credit Underwriters for Western Europe (WE). This role reports to the Head for Western Europe Sovereign Credit Underwriting.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead the credit underwriting for portfolio of Western European sovereign and public sector clients/exposures
  • Set a culture which demands excellence in analysis, underwriting, monitoring, thought leadership, and strong execution
  • Ensure continuous adoption of leading practices in credit analysis, underwriting, and monitoring and drives global consistency across regions
  • Promote function’s close engagement with Regional Business Heads, Independent Risk, regulators, and other control functions to allow critical emerging areas of credit risk to be well understood and disseminated throughout the organization
  • Facilitate relationships with key clients in Banking and Risk and with key Regulators, Internal Audit, and control functions
  • Support the Head of North America/Western Europe and BSLM Underwriting on strategic initiatives/projects

SPECIFIC RISK EXPERIENCE:

  • Senior credit approval authority covering large and complex underwritings, capital commitments, derivatives, preferably related to sovereign clients
  • Experience in and exposure to global credit risk management standards
  • Ability to understand capital markets products and complex financing and product structures
  • Ability to provide strategic insights and strong sensitivity to macro and regulatory issues, and impact of such issues on the various Risk families, including franchise risks
  • Able to discuss and address issues associated with the allocation of risk assets and risk capital in partnership with banking and product organizations   

CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS / BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP:

  • Proven ability to understand nuances of local markets, local regulation, and the capabilities and practices of competitors
  • Navigates organizational complexity and breaks silos
  • Creates and sustains a network of strong partnerships with the business in all segments & geographies and other risk functions
  • Provides well-reasoned, balanced assessments of risk/return trade-offs associated with transactions and client relationships
  • Proven track record of partnering with global peers in leveraging and implementation of best practices

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Relevant number of years in risk/risk-related credit work experience in banking/financial institution environment
  • Senior Credit Officer designation is preferred
  • Proven ability to effectively engage with regulators and internal control functions including Internal Audit and Fundamental Credit Risk as well as with external audit
  • Demonstrates strong ethics and integrity
  • Strong leadership.  Dynamic, flexible, and with strong communication skills 
  • Ability to see the ‘big picture’ in a complex environment 
  • Can make decisions under pressure and short timeline
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills. Active listening skills. 
  • Demonstrated influencing and negotiating ability, resolve conflicts amongst various constituencies
  • Excellent presentation skills – adept at presenting effectively to audiences of various sizes and various constituencies

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Job Family Group:

Risk Management

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Job Family:

Credit Decisions

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Time Type:

Full time

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