Global banks are offshoring some of their IT roles away from Hong Kong and Singapore, but they remain huge employers of technologists in both cities. Some firms, J.P. Morgan and Standard Chartered among them, continue to build their local headcount.
What kind of senior fintech jobs do international banks have on offer right now? Here’s a selection.
1. Senior technology and innovation specialist, global software delivery, HSBC, Hong Kong
This high-level role is the only HSBC tech vacancy in either Singapore or Hong Kong right now. The bank wants someone to form and lead a team of researchers and developers who will “identify and track new trends” in fintech. In this job you’ll get to “establish and drive HSBC strategy on financial technologies to meet the bank’s commercial strategy”. You’ll be an expert in at least one of these hot emerging areas: artificial intelligence, behavioural biometrics, cyber security, blockchain and big data.
2. CIB tech, senior application development lead, J.P. Morgan, Singapore
Sophia Leung, J.P. Morgan’s chief information officer for Asia, told us last year that she was hiring “a few thousand technologists across Asia Pacific” between 2016 and 2018. This job is one of 38 tech openings in Singapore and is one of the most senior – it comes with an executive director rank. You’ll be part of JPM’s strategic payments programme and will work in partnership with the product, operations and technical architecture units to lead a development team delivering a “globally distributed, cloud ready, open-source based high-capacity micro-services platform”. Don’t apply unless you have at least 10 years of experience in the implementation of global tech projects
3. Cyber events response team lead, Bank of America, Singapore
BoA is on something of a hiring spree in its Singapore technology unit – it has 22 local jobs. You’ll be leading a team focused on cyber-hacking and malicious-code containment activities for the “security, safeguarding, continuity and confidentiality of information”. Unsurprisingly, given the seniority of this job, the list of required skills is onerous and includes a minimum of 10 years’ experience in information security, three of which must be in malware-events incident response.
4. Enterprise infrastructure projects, senior project manager, Morgan Stanley, Hong Kong
Morgan Stanley currently has 20 tech vacancies in Hong Kong alone. This is one of the more senior openings – eight years’ experience are required – and is based in the enterprise infrastructure projects team, which is responsible for implementing complex projects spanning several technical disciplines and locations. You’ll need to be an expert in both current banking technology and business processes such as planning, budgeting and status reporting.
5. Lead developer, pricing and electronification, Singapore
The largest foreign bank in Singapore has 112 local technology vacancies. This is a “hands-on lead-developer role” within commodities technology and involves the design, implementation and maintenance of the bank’s platform in that sector. To land this job you’ll have “superior technical knowledge of current programming languages”, especially Java, J2EE, C# and .Net. But you’ll also need some soft skills, such as the ability to build “working relationship” with traders and quants. Citi is looking for someone with between eight and 10 years’ experience.
6. Senior solutions architect financial markets pricing and risk, Standard Chartered, Singapore
Standard Chartered hired about 300 technologists in Singapore last year and it continues to recruit there. This job has high entry requirements, including 10 years of investment banking tech experience (at least three of which are in solution architecture) and domain knowledge in financial markets, cash, trade, channels, security services, and corporate finance. You’ll need to “grasp the big picture of the business drivers and IT drivers in order to create solutions” for Stan Chart’s corporate and investment bank.
7. Trade report development lead, Credit Suisse, Hong Kong
As the “IT owner” of Credit Suisse’s trade reporting across Asia Pacific and you must be able to “envision, architect, design, implement and upgrade” new and existing platforms at the bank. This is a highly technical job, which demands a 12-year C# development background as well as knowledge of Oracle Database, SQL, multi-threading, core server and client-side development, and debugging techniques. But you won’t get hired without financial expertise either – cash equity IT experience developing front-office systems is a prerequisite.
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