Banks may be shifting some of their technology jobs from Singapore to India, but there are still plenty of IT roles based in the city state.
We’ve looking through careers website of major banks in Singapore and identified some of their more interesting tech openings – working in sought-after fields, on new platforms, or in emerging technologies.
Amid the scores of Singapore-based tech jobs on offer at Standard Chartered (64% of its current Asian IT hiring is based in the Republic, the highest proportion of all foreign banks), this role will get you to the heart of one of the firm’s most important initiatives. You’ll be working in “enterprise data management integration”, a new platform which brings together disparate IT systems across the bank. You’ll be responsible for building, testing and releasing new EDMI capabilities within an agile work environment. You’ll need senior-level programming skills in server-side Java and knowledge of distributed systems, APIs and protocols (HTTP, AMQP, JMS, MQ, SOAP).
DBS is doing plenty of tech hiring right now (96 out of its 287 Singapore vacancies are in this function) and like all banks, it’s looking for candidates with big data expertise. In this role you will “manage all projects related to the big data and analytics area…using agile methods in a fast-paced environment that may cross multiple business divisions”. You’ll also have control over team headcount. DBS has set high standards for candidates: 10 years of managing major programmes in an enterprise environment, and experience overseeing scrums of scrums with at least 80 team members, including developers, business analysts and QAs.
A senior but niche role focused exclusively on Murex, an application used for trading both exchange-traded and OTC securities and derivatives. UBS will only consider applicants who have “in-depth knowledge of Murex 3.1” and are bone fide subject matter experts. You will facilitate the roll-out of Murex to the bank’s rates businesses in APAC, recommend improvements, and generally be “the go-to person for all things Murex”. This jobs also calls for a good understanding of products such as bonds, futures and swaps.
In one of the most senior banking technology vacancies in Singapore at the moment, BNP Paribas is looking for someone to lead its APAC network architecture team. You’ll be defining and managing network standards and working on “data, video and voice-network related projects”. The role requires at least 10 years’ experience in network services, seven of which must be in the finance industry, with a focus on network-related components such as Cisco, Checkpoint and F5. You must be proficient in handling complex IT projects and be able to harness your network knowledge to improve BNPP’s infrastructure performance. Expertise in equity and high-frequency trading infrastructure is preferred.
Singapore financial services is suffering from a dearth of cyber security talent. But this opening should have no shortage of candidates: it’s senior, it’s at J.P. Morgan and it’s partly focused on another hot area of hiring – the cloud. Once on board you will design, develop, test and implement the firm’s security solutions for its cloud environments. JPM wants a combination of “practical networking, development, engineering, administration, information technology, and security skills”. For example, you will also have public/private cloud experience (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, VMware, OpenStack), in-depth OS expertise (RHEL, Ubuntu, Windows Server) and programming knowledge (Python, Perl, Ruby, Bash, Go).
Elements of AI may be creeping into many finance technology jobs, but this is a rare example of a pure AI role based in Singapore. It’s also a rare opportunity to break into this emerging part of the banking sector at a fairly young age. You’ll need two years’ work or educational experience in machine learning or artificial intelligence – banking expertise isn’t required. While in theory you can apply with a Bachelor’s degree, OCBC’s preferred qualifications are an MSc or PhD. The firm also demands experience in at least one general language (such as Java, C/C++ or Python) and in fields such as text understanding and pattern recognition. On the job you’ll get to “participate in cutting edge research in artificial intelligence”.
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