Standard Bank Recruitment for Manager, Service Centre (Branch Manager) - UMUAHIA

Standard Bank Recruitment for Manager, Service Centre (Branch Manager) - UMUAHIA

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Position: Manager, Service Centre (Branch Manager) - UMUAHIA
Job ID: 7174
Location: Nigeria
Division: Personal and Business Banking
Position Category: Customer Relationship Management
Employment Type: Full Time - Permanent
Shift: No
Regulatory Approval: Yes
Application Deadline: 22 Sep, 2011

Job Purpose
Ensure that customers consistently receive a high quality service by efficiently managing, developing and using all available resources (i.e. staff, systems and processes) and ensuring that a strong, customer-focused service culture becomes entrenched in the service centres. To ensure that customers are migrated to more appropriate and cost-effective channels, that cross-selling opportunities are identified and actioned, based on customer needs. Proactively identify and assess the risks faced by the centres and reduce the overall exposure by maintaining an effective system of controls. Ensure the effective rollout of change management initiatives to the service centres. Maintain a high level of integrity and ethical standards.

Customer service
  • Set and ensure that service standards are maintained, in line with differentiated requirements of the market segments.
  • Ensure that customer needs are anticipated and met through provision of appropriate products and services via the most suitable channels.
  • Ensure that the centres strive for continuous service improvement.
  • Convene regular customer discussion forums and action the results.
  • Maintain awareness of serious customer complaints and attend to resolution.
  • Ensure that opportunities for migration of customers to more appropriate/cost-effective channels and migratable teller/enquiry transactions are identified and actioned.
  • Ensure efficient, customer-orientated telephone procedures.
  • Discuss staffing requirements as predicted by Branch Scheduling Tool (BST) with Provincial Productivity
  • Ensure BST schedule adherence for all reporting Service Centres
Management of service improvement
  • Manage the customer problem resolution process and ensure the accurate logging of information.
  • Set and monitor turn-around times for resolving customer queries and complaints.
  • Ensure that problem root causes are resolved by facilitating corrective action and regular liaison with support entities (including issues relating to ATM and Auto E terminals).
  • Ensure that service measurement is maintained and action adverse trends.
  • Implement service recovery to facilitate customer retention.
Legislative compliance
  • In terms of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act No 37 of 2002, (FAIS) no staff member is permitted to provide any financial advice or intermediary services to a customer, in terms of a financial product, as defined in the Act, unless they have been appointed as a Representative of an Authorised Financial Services Provider.
  • In your current position you are not an accredited Representative in terms of FAIS and are therefore prohibited from giving any advice or intermediary service to a customer in terms of a financial product, as determined by FAIS.
  • In your position as a non Representative staff member you may, however, operate in a FAIS position and sell financial products based on factual information, by describing the product features and benefits and at no time make a suggestion, recommendation, guidance or proposal to the customer that will lead the customer to buy a financial product as defined in FAIS
  • Ensure that customers provide/have provided documentation as required in terms of FICA/KYC legislation
Management of responsive sales
  • Develop sales plans to achieve responsive sales targets for the centres.
  • Manage the sales tracking system and provide feedback and coaching to the team.
  • Identify different local market segments prevalent in geographical area and keep up to date with changes/developments.
  • Drive the lead referral system.
  • Coach the responsive sales team on product knowledge, cross-selling opportunities and assist subordinates in generating meaningful and value-added solutions for customers resulting in maximum business development.
Management of credit and operational risk
  • Identify the major risks affecting the centres and ensure that the necessary steps are taken to measure, monitor and manage these risks.
  • Recommend revision of internal controls to provincial operations where appropriate, to address new or previously uncontrolled risks.
  • Manage assets, eg cash and cost accountabilities, with emphasis on the containment of controllable costs.
  • Manage and ensure overall operational readiness/efficiency of the centres’ infrastructure (including premises, ATMs, systems), physical security, opening/closing procedures and operational issues such as fraud, losses and differences.
  • Ensure irregularities highlighted in routine control reports are attended to.
  • Co-ordinate the checking of centre tellers/treasury/blank forms.
  • Complete monthly centre housekeeping checklist.
  • Report premises/equipment issues to regional operations.
  • Ensure that an effective control structure is maintained, with control activities defined at every level and duties appropriately segregated.
  • Ensure that levels of authority and limits of access to information/systems are adhered to.
  • Ensure that all routine controls relating to new business are effectively applied.
  • Ensure compliance with OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) requirements
People management
  • Delegate authority and responsibility in line with business objectives and service standards to ensure the empowerment, motivation and effectiveness of all subordinates.
  • Monitor and manage the performance and development of subordinates to ensure sustained profitability, compliance with the Code of Banking Practice, internal controls and overall well-being of staff.
  • Prepare a flexible staffing plan to meet service/sales demands in the centres, taking into account local conditions, resourcing options and costs.
  • Overall staff complement to be in line with productivity measurements. – Branch Scheduling Tool
  • Visibly assist the centres in achieving targets and standards of performance by providing consistent encouragement and guidance.
  • Ensure that equity requirements are met and transformation initiatives supported.
  • Identify strengths and development areas and ensure tat subordinates receive the required coaching/training
  • Turn-around times for processing and one-on-one customer interaction in terms of segment standards, efficient service.
  • Control operational losses and minimise risk compliance with laid-down instructions and effective management of credit risk, physical security etc.
  • Costs contained within budget.
  • Availability of ATMs and within target, site cleanliness requirements met, minimal vandalism.
  • Increased cross-selling ratios.
  • Effective migration of customers/transactions to more appropriate channels.
  • Requisite stationery and cash supplies held.
  • Effective, customer-orientated telephone management.
  • Retention of satisfied, well-informed customers as measured by Customer Evaluation of Bank Service (CEBS) ratings.
  • Staff effectiveness and motivation
  • Postive findings of Inspection Compliance reports
Required Skills and Qualifications
  • Minimum of a 2.2 B.Sc degree in any relevant course.
  • Through knowledge and understanding of market segmentation and management.
  • Knowledge of Personal and Business Banking products and services.
  • Knowledge of the country’s Personal and Business Banking Strategy.
  • Knowledge of sales and marketing theory and principles.
  • Knowledge of business and financial management principles and practice, including business economics.
  • Knowledge of risk management and credit principles.
  • Knowledge of the bank system.
  • Knowledge of branch transaction processes.
  • Knowledge of distribution channels.
  • Knowledge of human resources principles.
  • Maximum of 5 years and a minimum of 3 years experience within relationship management and sales or branch banking experience.
  • A seasoned Banker with wide banking experience.
  • Experience in managing a diverse range of people and activities are essential.
  • Required Competencies
  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing when interpreting and explaining information relating to business plans, strategy, product benefits, service provision etc. to branch staff and customers.
  • Good presentation and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to convey factual information clearly.
  • Ability to question, probe and clarify information in a diplomatic manner.
  • People management skills, including teambuilding, motivation, team goal planning and the ability to use team expertise to full advantage.
  • Socially confident, quick to establish rapport, able to maintain good relations even when communicating disagreeable information to customers.
  • Ability to reinforce standards and objectives.
  • Ability to adapt readily to changes in systems and procedures, and encourage others to do the same.
  • Logical thinker – has a clear, focused and methodical approach to work.
  • Results-orientated, strongly motivated to achieve, adheres to deadlines.
  • Customer service-orientated.
  • Team player – approachable, receptive to ideas/feedback from subordinates, superiors and customers
  • Assertive – able to handle conflict, stand by principles and put forward ideas despite opposition.
  • Tough-minded, rarely upset by criticism, able to retain optimism despite setbacks.
  • Self-motivated and energetic.
We are an equal opportunities employer and are totally opposed to discrimination in any form. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all employees regardless of race, sex, colour, nationality, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital / partnership status, religion, age or disability.

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