Senior Legal Counsel, Trade

Senior Legal Counsel, Trade

Standard Chartered
7-10 years
Not Specified

Job Description

The Role Responsibilities

  • Act as a trusted advisor across the global Trade Finance business, supporting growth plans, new product development across the range of Trade products and strategic initiatives.

  • Identifying legal risks, communicated such risks clearly to senior stakeholders, provide concise, easy to understand and fit for purpose legal advice and solutions to senior stakeholders


  • Be a trusted advisor and collaborator to senior stakeholders with respect to business as usual matters, business-related issues, strategic initiatives, governance, operational questions, communications, troubleshooting and escalations.

  • Maintain a keen ability to identify potential risks, gaps and inefficiencies in Trade Legal&rsquos practices, operations, advice, guides and standards. Collaborate across SCB Legal as and when required to deliver consistent advice across businesses.


  • Expertise in trade finance and awareness of legal risks arising in respect of the banks various trade finance products and ability to advise the business accordingly.

  • Proactively and collaboratively advise on, support, manage, and undertake the legal work required for Trade&rsquos strategic projects and initiatives.

  • Ensure a strong network and relationship with global legal team to promptly provide legal support BAU and for strategic projects where required.


  • Work with peers in SCB Legal and across the control functions to ensure an effective approach to legal risk management across Trade and the delivery of consistent legal advice and application of governance and standards across different businesses.

People and Talent

  • Whilst this is not a management role, the candidate should always lead by example in terms of conduct in all interactions with stakeholders.

Risk Management

  • Within the Group&rsquos overall Operational Risk Management Framework contribute to an appropriate risk-based approach to assessing, measuring, monitoring, managing, reducing and reporting Legal risk arising in Trade.

  • Act quickly and decisively when any Legal risk and control weaknesses become apparent and ensure they are addressed within an appropriate timeframe and escalated, where appropriate.


  • Demonstrate and be responsible for an active awareness and understanding of the regulatory framework in which the Group, Trade and Trade Distribution operate and the regulatory requirements and expectations relevant to the role.

  • Maintain effective processes (including training, advice, and support) to ensure that policies, procedures, and standards addressing legal risk in Trade and Trade Distribution are properly and effectively implemented.

Regulatory & Business Conduct

  • Display exemplary conduct and live by the Group&rsquos Values and Code of Conduct.

  • Take personal responsibility for embedding the highest standards of ethics, including regulatory and business conduct, across Standard Chartered Bank. This includes understanding and ensuring compliance with, in letter and spirit, all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and the Group Code of Conduct.

  • Contribute to the Trade Legal team targets and achieve the outcomes set out in the Bank&rsquos Conduct Principles.

  • Effectively and collaboratively identify, escalate, mitigate and resolve risk, conduct and compliance matters.

Key Stakeholders

  • Product Managers, Salespeople, Credit Officers, RMs, Operations, Legal colleagues in country and in the region/group, implementation managers and others.

Other Responsibilities

  • Execute and exemplify bank&rsquos values.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • Qualified lawyer from Singapore or another common law jurisdiction, 7+ yearsPQE.

  • Extensive experience in trade finance, including documentary trade, open account trade products such as receivables services, supply chain finance and structured trade solutions and trade distribution.

  • In-depth knowledge of security structures and requirements.

Role Specific Technical Competencies

  • Able to provide sound legal advice and transactional support to deal teams in Trade Finance across all products, in consideration of product and legal nuances and multi-jurisdictional implications as applicable

  • Working closely and effectively as a trusted advisor with Sales, Credit, Product, Trade Operations, Trade Credit Insurance, Country Legal and Documentation teams, sharing specialist knowledge and experience and best practices

  • Provide effective and prompt support to Product legal and other lawyers in different jurisdictions and where relevant, managing external counsel

  • Effectively and independently manage a challenging and changing portfolio of clients and bringing the technical lens of Trade and legal knowledge. This includes acquiring expertise in all trade finance products offered by the bank as a matter of priority.

  • Assure that legal risks are identified and mitigated, or are raised (including cross border risks)

  • Drive the engagement on new product developments/ global product launches, and global template documentation

  • Manage effectively issues involving product related legal, regulatory and reputational risks, to deliver positive outcomes and to reduce regulatory incidents.

  • Ensure consistency of approach and that minimum bank standards are met in providing advisory and transactional support, including negotiating and agreeing client documentation.

  • Establish good communications with Product Legal specialists and Regional / country Legal & Compliance, including keeping informed of material local developments and risks, working as a collaborative team player.

  • Advanced written and oral communication skills

  • Organization skills and attention to details

About Standard Chartered
We're an international bank, nimble enough to act, big enough for impact. For more than 160 years, we've worked to make a positive difference for our clients, communities, and each other. We question the status quo, love a challenge and enjoy finding new opportunities to grow and do better than before. If you're looking for a career with purpose and you want to work for a bank making a difference, we want to hear from you. You can count on us to celebrate your unique talents. And we can't wait to see the talents you can bring us.

Our purpose, to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, together with our brand promise, to be here for good are achieved by how we each live our valued behaviours. When you work with us, you'll see how we value difference and advocate inclusion. Together we:

  • Do the right thing and are assertive, challenge one another, and live with integrity, while putting the client at the heart of what we do

  • Never settle, continuously striving to improve and innovate, keeping things simple and learning from doing well, and not so well

  • Be better together, we can be ourselves, be inclusive, see more good in others, and work collectively to build for the long term

In line with our Fair Pay Charter, we offer a competitive salary and benefits to support your mental, physical, financial and social wellbeing.

  • Core bank funding for retirement savings, medical and life insurance, with flexible and voluntary benefits available in some locations

  • Time-off including annual, parental/maternity (20 weeks), sabbatical (12 weeks maximum) and volunteering leave (3 days), along with minimum global standards for annual and public holiday, which is combined to 30 days minimum

  • Flexible working options based around home and office locations, with flexible working patterns

  • Proactive wellbeing support through Unmind, a market-leading digital wellbeing platform, development courses for resilience and other human skills,global Employee Assistance Programme, sick leave, mental health first-aiders and all sorts of self-help toolkits

  • A continuous learning culture to support your growth, with opportunities to reskill and upskill and access to physical, virtual and digital learning

  • Being part of an inclusive and values driven organisation, one that embraces and celebrates our unique diversity, across our teams, business functions and geographies - everyone feels respected and can realise their full potential.

Recruitment assessments - some of our roles use assessments to help us understand how suitable you are for the role you've applied to. If you are invited to take an assessment, this is great news. It means your application has progressed to an important stage of our recruitment process.
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We are a leading international banking group, with a presence in more than 60 of the world’s most dynamic markets. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.
Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges.

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