AML/KYC Advisory, Regional Financial Crime Unit, APAC

  • Competitive
  • Hong Kong
  • Permanent, Full time
  • 19 Mar 19

AML/KYC Advisory, Regional Financial Crime Unit, APAC


Societe Generale is one of the leading financial services groups in Europe. Present in over 50 countries across Europe, the Americas and Asia. Societe Generale provides corporate, financial institutions, investors and public sector clients with value-added integrated financial solutions.

The position has responsibility in assisting the Regional Head of Financial Crime Compliance Unit (FCU) in maintaining the SG Group FCU Policy standards (mainly AML, KYC, Sanctions) throughout the APAC region, with a primary focus on Hong Kong; ensuring SG Group remains regulatory compliant in all FCU related matters.

In particular, the post holder will be one of the subject matter experts within FCU's AML/KYC Advisory team providing expert advice and solutions regarding AML policy requirements to the business lines and support functions.

The post holder is also expected to proactively implement policies and procedures, keep senior management informed of financial crime related matters and risks in a timely manner, develop the AML training and awareness program, conduct on-going review of the adequacy and effectiveness of the financial crime control framework, and undertake ad hoc projects to enhance on an ongoing basis the Compliance program.


  • Active engagement with Group Compliance on policy development and implementation to ensure SGHK are compliant with both French and local regulatory requirements taking various business and operational needs into consideration. Proactively address and oversee closure of any policy and implementation gaps.
  • Active liaison with KYC Team, Business Lines, Credit/Risk and other relevant departments on the KYC process, i.e. ensure relevant policies and procedures are adhered to, required approval are obtained, risks identified are mitigated or escalated and resolved in a timely manner, and provide Compliance sign-off where required.
  • Maintain a strong knowledge of the local financial crime related rules and regulations; perform on-going review of the adequacy and effectiveness of the financial crime control framework.
  • Implement and deliver financial crime compliance training programmes for internal stakeholders including KYC Team, Business Lines, to raise AML awareness and understand their regulatory obligations in relation to financial crime related matters.
  • Assist the Regional Transformation Team to roll out required changes arising from the various transformation projects; and to participate in ad-hoc projects as and when required.
  • Prepare for any regulatory visits or inspections and internal or external auditor reviews in relation to financial crime related matters as required. Address any queries or remediate any issues that arise.
  • Ensure information regarding financial crime policy development is properly disseminated and shared with relevant internal stakeholders.
  • Ensure all the training provided by HK FCU team is properly documented and kept for audit trial and record keeping purposes.
  • Participate in ad-hoc projects as and when required.



  • Graduate level with finance / legal or other professional qualification is required

Past experience

  • Minimum of 5 years in direct Banking/Securities Compliance/AML experience and preferably in a FI/Corporate banking environment regionally.
  • Preferably with previous experience in conducting financial crime compliance training and with sound knowledge on regulatory requirements.


  • Fluent in English. Putonghua is an advantage, but not a prerequisite

Technical skills

  • Strong working knowledge of global regulatory and financial services legislation as it pertains to AML, KYC, Sanctions, ABC rules relevant to the SGHK businesses
  • Good understanding of the business line activities

General Competencies

  • Operational Skills
  • Regulatory Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Flexibility - Adaptability
  • Ability to make Decisions
  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Analytical Skills
  • Initiative
  • Leadership Qualities
  • Teamwork