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Senior VP, Corporate Sustainability Office

Posting Date:  12-Jan-2022

Raffles Place, Singapore, SG

Company:  United Overseas Bank Limited

About UOB

United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) is a leading bank in Asia with a global network of more than 500 branches and offices in 19 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. In Asia, we operate through our head office in Singapore and banking subsidiaries in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as branches and offices.

Our history spans more than 80 years. Over this time, we have been guided by our values — Honorable, Enterprising, United and Committed. This means we always strive to do what is right, build for the future, work as one team and pursue long-term success. It is how we work, consistently, be it towards the company, our colleagues or our customers.

About the Department

The Corporate Sustainability Office was established to oversee the Group’s sustainability strategy and roadmap, aligned to UOB’s long-term plans and vision. It ensures that the ESG pillars and objectives are operationalised and implemented through actionable and measurable plans and initiatives by functions across the Group.

UOB’s approach to sustainability is guided by five principles that act as a compass for how we address the material risks and opportunities which may impact our customers, colleagues, investors, suppliers and the communities in which we operate. As one of Asia’s largest banks, we have a duty to contribute to the region’s long-term economic, social and environmental well-being. We also recognise that good corporate governance is essential for embedding sustainable business practices across the Group. This long-term, responsible approach is central to our business strategy and activities.

The Guiding Principles of Our Sustainability Approach:-

  1. Forge a Sustainable Future With Our Customers - Engage our customers proactively to influence their sustainability practices and future-proof their business

  2. Aligned to Business Strategy and Stakeholder Interests - Stay economically relevant by pursuing sustainable growth strategies

  3. Pragmatic and Progressive - Implement sustainability programmes to manage ESG risks and opportunities sensibly, in line with market and competitive realities

  4. Regulatory Compliance as the Baseline - Align our sustainability approach with ESG policies and guidelines of governments in our key markets

  5. Values-driven - Based on our longstanding and distinct values

Job Responsibilities

The candidate will be a member of UOB’s Corporate Sustainability Office. The main responsibilities of this role will include:

  • Act as subject matter expert on ESG risk advising internal and external stakeholders on environmental and social risk from a sectoral, geographic and transaction specific perspective
  • Be up to date on sustainable finance and standards developments from a global and regional perspective, with a particular focus on climate related standards
  • Support the continued development and implementation of ESG risk standards
  • Support the management of high ESG risk transactions to mitigate reputational and credit risk
  • Support the development of an internal governance and monitoring system to ensure the quality of the Bank’s sustainable finance transactions / ESG risk management;
  • Support the review of existing loan portfolios and develop a sustainable portfolio transition strategy 
  • Support the design and implementation of business development strategies in sustainable finance & corporate sustainability; support coverage and product teams in developing and delivering credible sustainable finance transactions

Job Requirements

  • 10 years of experience in sustainability with direct experience in ESG risk management or relevant experience with additional academic qualifications
  • Experience of an equivalent role at a global/regional corporation with preference for experience in a financial institution setting
  • Deep understanding and knowledge of sustainable finance market developments and opportunities and ESG risk management
  • Strong network in the sustainability/green/aESG sector
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate with senior management in a clear and structured manner.
  • Self-motivated and strong interpersonal skills, ability to work independently

Be a part of UOB Family

UOB is an equal opportunity employer. UOB does not discriminate on the basis of a candidate's age, race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or other non-merit factors. All employment decisions at UOB are based on business needs, job requirements and qualifications. If you require any assistance or accommodations to be made for the recruitment process, please inform us when you submit your online application.

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