Head of Trade Finance - Mat. contract

Posted 7 November by KennedyPearce Consulting
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Our client, an International Bank with a stellar reputation, are looking for a Head of Trade Finance. This position will be for 6-9 months and will be cover for someone on maternity leave.

The responsibilities for the position are as follows:


  • Activity and performance of Trade Finance Department, encompassing LCs (export / import, back to back, transferable, standby) collections, guarantees, bill discounting, trade secondary participations, commodity deals and associated financing, and Funds Transfers for Correspondent Banks and customers of the Bank.
  • Input and agreement to revenue targets for TF Department, with responsibility to deliver. Report progress to BPR meetings.
  • Ensure that TF products, systems, procedures, controls and checks, reporting methodologies are up to date and appropriate to the business needs of the bank.
  • Ensure timely identification of point of service failures and implementation of corrective measures
  • Regular review and improvement of existing operational process flows to meet market demand and regulatory guidelines.
  • Act as expert point of reference and provide specialist TF advice externally to corporate and bank customers and internally to Banks personnel
  • Provide direction to staff and will be responsible for ensuring appropriate resourcing, development, training and appraisal to improve processing skills and to develop staff
  • Evaluation of transactional dynamics to identify and mitigate risks, in support of business development opportunities.
  • Ambassador for the bank through being a member of BCA, AFB and ICC, attending appropriate conferences and events associated with Trade Finance.
  • Assessing the training and development needs of the department and proposing training where appropriate.


  • Ensure the expeditious processing of transactions accurately and in line with set service standards, policies, procedures and regulatory requirements
  • Clearing of outstanding reconciliation items and dealing with enquiries.
  • Maintain complete, accurate and reliable records of transactions and a clear audit trail to ensure compliance with all bank's operational policies and procedures
  • Strict compliance with controls, capacity management and performance optimisation
  • Ensure awareness and alertness to money laundering risks and adherence to set anti-money laundering procedures
  • Strong liaison with the Compliance department, ensuring implementation of compliance policies and procedures and proactively alerting compliance issues
  • Ensure timely identification of point of service failures and the implementation of corrective measures
  • Liaise with other business units to ensure efficient service delivery.
  • Ensure prompt reconciliation and proofing of all ledger accounts and efficient resolution of long-standing reconciliation items.
  • Adopting a zero tolerance for processing errors and ensuring that all errors are identified and addressed same day.
  • Assessing the training and development needs of the department and proposing training where appropriate.

Reference: 36559336

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