International Relationship Manager in Richmond, BC


Branch Richmond BC CA

International Relationship Manager
Richmond, BC

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Employment Type: Regular

  • The jobholder is expected to deliver an exceptional needs-based relationship management service to high value international customers and prospective international customers, supporting the bank’s long-term strategy to become the Leading International Trade and Business Bank. The jobholder will acquire, retain and grow portfolio of international customers profitably by identifying and meeting their needs.
  • The jobholder is also expected to act as a champion on international products, services and Bank’s cross border capabilities.

Impact on the Business

  • Act as Relationship Manager by offering value-added advice and guidance to customers and placing their needs at the forefront of all that we do, setting world class standards
  • Grow sustainable revenues from existing customer portfolio and through targeted acquisition of quality new-to-bank international customers
  • Build a network of business introducers in the local professional and business community
  • Champion international business in accordance with the Global IRM principles and promote HSBC as the bank of choice for international SMEs
  • Generate new-to-bank business through proactive management of shadow portfolios*
  • Increase profitability, relationship depth while minimizing risk
  • Work with product partners (such as PCM, Trade, Insurance) to assess needs of international and domestic customers and offer appropriate solutions
  • Generate cross country referrals facilitated via Global Links and local or overseas IBC, whichever appropriate
  • Generate quality assets through the use of appropriate risk management tools, price appropriately for risk and ensure superior returns within risk appetite
  • Structure credit facilities to ensure optimum balance between customer and HSBC interests while remaining within the bounds of prudent banking
  • Offer proactive value-added service to international customers*, international prospects and international professionals
  • Keep up-to-date on knowledge of HSBC’s international strategy, capabilities and policies
  • Keep abreast of external factors influencing international business e.g. economic, cultural, geographical, procedural and regulatory requirements
  • Align to MTO and Area Operating Targets defined by the Group (Revenue, RWA, RoRWA)

Customers / Stakeholders

  • Put customers first in all that we do and develop/increase connectivity
  • Own customer engagement; ensure service excellence at all times, for all aspects of any customer, prospect or professional’s interaction with HSBC
  • Work in partnership with colleagues across the HSBC network to deliver exceptional standards and quality of service
  • Take a proactive approach to client planning collaborating effectively with products partners and colleagues to assess customer needs and delivering appropriate solutions
  • Optimise the potential value and profitability of existing international relationships by assisting in the delivery of solutions, products and services appropriate to the customer need and to improve customer engagement
  • Ensure identification of early warning signs and problem relationships and proper action to be taken on potential and existing problem accounts to protect HSBC interests
  • Establish an effective dialogue/working relationship with Risk Management teams in order to build a sustainable asset growth
  • Be an ambassador for HSBC and develop the bank’s profile in the local ‘International Business’ community, by participating in internal and external business events, road shows and seminars as required by the business
  • Ensure fairness in all aspects of product delivery, sales processes, customer correspondence and complaint handling
  • In conjunction with management, establish strong relationships with HSBC international customers/prospects and business professionals, including Trade bodies and any other international related organisations

Leadership & Teamwork

  • Inspire and motivate junior colleagues to ensure a seamless relationship management service is delivered to a portfolio of international and internationally aspirant relationships
  • Live the Group Values
  • Act as an ambassador for the team and contribute fully to its development, effectiveness and success
  • Support new and existing colleagues promoting and contributing to an engagement culture
  • Proactively share knowledge, experiences and best practices on international matters with other RMs
  • Maintain excellent communication with Group colleagues to ensure a joined up approach to identifying and capturing cross border opportunities
  • Provide active feedback to seniors on process, operations, risks etc and make recommendation as to how these can be changed to secure the customer and the bank

Operational Effectiveness & Control

  • Adhere to structures and processes in place for the management of credit, operational, reputation and regulatory risk
  • Complete, timely, and in-depth evaluations or reviews of financial and operating risks for all credit facilities, in order to ensure usage is in accordance with approved terms and conditions
  • Ensure credit and operational quality is not compromised in the pursuit of income
  • Ensure operational losses and fraud are minimised
  • Respond within agreed timelines to issues raised by audit and external regulators
  • Ensure timely and accurate maintenance of customer information, including KYC requirements in Group systems
  • Resolve any/all identified issues promptly, and escalate concerns to management as appropriate to ensure timely awareness of any material concerns
  • Maintain awareness of operational risk within assigned portfolio and minimise the likelihood of it occurring including its identification, assessment, mitigation and control, loss identification and reporting
  • Protect sensitive customer and bank data by ensuring documents, computers, files, and all confidential matters are appropriately handled as set forth by policy
  • Maintain and observe all HSBC control standards and implement and observe the Group Compliance Policy, including the timely implementation of recommendations made by internal/external auditors and external regulators
  • Ensure all sales and prospecting activity documentation is complete to provide performance tracking and targeting future sales efforts
  • Compliance with and management of sales suitability risks and requirements
  • Ensure all completed sales and prospecting activity documentation is appropriately completed, approved and stored to provide performance tracking, targeted future sales efforts and compliance with sales and transactional suitability guidelines and requirements

Major Challenges

  • This is a new role within the Business Banking segment of CMB, in line with the Group Strategy and Global MTO and therefore creates a number of opportunities as well as challenges in a competitive environment. Major challenges are as follows:
  • Manage and grow existing portfolio of international customers whilst seeking to drive new-to-bank business
  • Seek to exceed customer expectations in delivery of international products & services
  • Provide leadership and guidance to junior and other RMs on international matters and HSBC’s capabilities locally and globally
  • Achieve RoRWA and RoE in line with Group guidelines while effectively managing credit and other risks
  • Maximise international opportunities by developing connectivity with internal stakeholders such as product partners, other IRMs in-country and overseas as well as external professional stakeholders such as accountants or trade organisations

Role Context

  • CMB is at the heart of the Group’s strategy to be the Leading International Bank. Within this framework CMB is positioned as the Leading International Trade and Business Bank. Business Banking will increasingly be driven with a clear international orientation, achieving a superior return and growth rate from international SMEs
  • Against an increasingly competitive backdrop, the Business Banking segment of CMB seeks to grow Net Income, through the acquisition of quality new-to-bank international customers, the retention of quality customers and by improving the average return and profitability of the portfolio.
  • It is known that customers who generate international product income streams are, on average, three times more valuable to the bank than those customers with a purely domestic product income stream
  • As per the Group’s strategic objective of becoming the Leading International Bank, which builds on our global network, recognises the increasing globalisation of the world’s economy and the increased value of international customers. Our Group capabilities, coupled with our understanding of local markets and cultures worldwide, help us deliver innovative solutions to our internationally minded clients
  • The ‘International’ banking space is extremely competitive; competition not only includes local high street clearing banks, but also some large international banks. At present all competitors are only focussed on the provision of products rather than providing a consultancy ‘How to’ support service
  • International Relationship Managers will work closely with their customers to ensure HSBC is the ‘Leading International Bank’ by providing an exemplary needs-based relationship management service. The jobholder will also proactively look for new-to-bank high value international prospect customers, showing genuine conviction in the value that HSBC can bring to their business. Relationship building with existing and prospect customers to advance sales opportunities locally and globally, achieved by working closely with relevant internal and external stakeholders
  • The jobholder will be a key member of the Business Area team and will have a portfolio of growing and dynamic international businesses which will make a substantial contribution to the profits of the Area. In conjunction with management, the jobholder will be expected to impart their international knowledge to other members of the Business Area team to ensure the creation and maintenance of an international business culture in the market

Management of Risk

  • Ensure compliance, operational risk controls in accordance with HSBC or regulatory standards and policies; and optimize relations with regulators by addressing any issues
  • The jobholder will ensure the fair treatment of our customers is at the heart of everything we do, both personally and as an organisation
  • The jobholder will also continually reassess the operational risks associated with the role and inherent in the business, taking account of changing economic or market conditions, legal and regulatory requirements, operating procedures and practices, management restructurings, and the impact of new technology. Additionally they will ensure they effectively manage sales suitability, money laundering, counter terrorist financing, fraud, and reputational risk
  • This will be achieved by ensuring all actions take account of the likelihood of operational risk occurring. Also by addressing any areas of concern in conjunction with line management and/or the appropriate department

Observation of Internal Controls

  • Maintains HSBC internal control standards, including timely implementation of internal and external audit points together with any issues raised by external regulators
  • The jobholder will adhere to and be able to demonstrate adherence to internal controls. This will be achieved by following relevant procedures, keeping appropriate records and, where appropriate, by the timely implementation of internal and external audit points, including issues raised by external regulators
  • The jobholder will implement the Group compliance policy by containing compliance risk in liaison with Global Head of Compliance, Global Compliance Officer, Area Compliance Officer or Local Compliance Officer. The term ‘compliance’ embraces all relevant financial services laws, rules and codes with which the business has to comply


  • Minimum 3 years of Relationship Management experience
  • Proven ability in identifying and meeting customer needs through a broad range of international products and services
  • Strong credit assessment skills, particularly with regard to more complex and structured facilities with an international dimension
  • Good understanding of the international business trade cycle, forex transactions and the business processes involved when importing and exporting and ability to apply structured bank solutions to match those needs
  • Good level of business acumen and international commercial awareness, including economic, cultural, procedural and regulatory issues


  • Balanced approach to risk management including techniques to mitigate risk
  • Strong knowledge of CMB’s international proposition / product capabilities
  • Broad knowledge of HSBC Group capabilities
  • Ability to interact with all levels of business customers
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to interact and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders incl.HSBC overseas offices and local professional community
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in guiding and advising other RMs, and influencing peers and junior colleagues
  • Ability to effectively plan and organise, with tenacity to drive through results
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal, and the ability to deliver compelling presentations
  • Qualification to a University Degree and/or training courses

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Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Richmond, BC, CA
Posted on: 2014-07-13
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